HENRY PLANT MUSEUM
The spires of the University of Tampa are an iconic symbol of the city. They are on billboards, used in graphics and are a part of the skyline in this tropical climate.
The first time I visited the Henry Plant Museum, which was once the city’s largest hotel, it was for a photoshoot. The beautiful brick walls made for the perfect backdrop for the models and added a sense of history and class.
As I walked through the building, which was open for tourists, I saw that it held onto the charm and décor of its early years. A friendly conversation with someone on the staff there led to the revelation that it was haunted, possibly by Henry Plant himself!
I remembered that conversation and I wanted to learn more, which is why I did this episode. I was able to do the interview on-site and had an opportunity to speak with an employee of the museum as well as a visitor-turned-volunteer. Both had amazing experiences to share that seemed to link directly to the history of the immense building.
I remember during the interviews that I felt like there was someone else with us, hoping that his or her story was being relayed through the conversation. I also vividly remember laughing with both of my interviewees afterward because I admitted to looking over my own shoulder a few times just to make sure there wasn’t someone else lurking nearby, despite it being after-hours and the museum being closed.
This look into the inside of one of the city’s most iconic locations is an experience I’ll always relish. And one I hope listeners get a chance to have for themselves one day.