JANUARY 21 & 22, 2022 Ghosts of Fort Madison's Past

Come join us on a rare tour of these riverfront properties during this one of a kind weekend! Look for our updated event page coming soon!

We've blocked our entire hotel off for this event and are running special room rates for those wanting to make a weekend out of it! You must book rooms through the hotel at 319-372-2144. Please call if you have any questions about this fun and unique weekend!

FRIDAY: 

(5pm - Cheryl Ann, our Psychic/Medium guest will tour the Kingsley Inn) 

6pm - Candle lit meal catered by 10th Street Station in the Kingsley Inn Club Room and Cheryl Ann will give a reveal of her walk through of the Kingsley.

7pm - Historical dancing with music from the 1860’s provided by Historical Merriments from Nauvoo, IL. (Popular throughout the 19th century, quadrilles were formal dances involving four couples in a square moving in set formations.)

8pm - Investigation  $30 per person includes, dinner, dancing and investigation!

Excerpt from the Fort Madison Daily Democrat Newspaper on Jan 14, 1874 regarding an evening at Concordia Hall (Now the Elks Club)  -  "Kathleen Mavourneen -  This beautiful Irish Dram will be presented at Concordia Hall on Thursday, January 22, by the Amateur troop of Bloomfield, IA, the Garrick Club.  This club, it will be remembered, were the hosts of the Damon and Pythias troupe of this place, on the occasion of the late excursion to Bloomfield.  The generous reception accorded to our people there, ought to, and no doubt, will be reciprocated. The evening's entertainment will conclude with the laughable farce of 'Penelope Ann'. Admission 55 cents. Reserved seats 60 cents. Quadrille party after performance."

 

 

 

SATURDAY: 

12:30pm - A Gallery Reading with Cheryl Ann Elliott-Fletcher at the Kingsley Inn! Cheryl is a renowned Psychic/Medium, TV and Radio personality that will be leading the gallery reading at 12:30pm. Tickets are $45 and payment can be sent to @Cheryl Ann-Fletcher on Venmo or can be paid at the door.

We will also host a dinner next door at the Fort Madison Elks Lodge at 6pm that night. 2 meats, 2 sides, salad bar and great conversation then investigate the 2nd floor of this historic Fort Madison building! This property has NEVER been investigated!  $30 for meal and investigation!

HISTORY OF THE ELKS BUILDING:   The building itself was built in 1866. It held a book store downstairs, Concordia Hall upstairs and the two story front porch was used as a place for residents to enjoy the cool breeze from the river with music by FM Brass Band. The building also hosted a German social club with our early Fort Madison leading families with plays presented in German. It also became the city's only public building at that time and included the city's first theater, supposedly with a maximum seating of 400 and 22x35 foot stage. Popular plays, traveling theatrical companies, melodramas and Shakespearean performances. Once a grand theater was built in town, this space was no longer used for those purposes but was used as a billiard and pool hall.

The Fort Madison Elks Lodge #374 bought the building in 1905 and has had ownership ever since. The lodge organized many activities to raise money during the 1905 to 1920 era. Wrestling matches, renting lodge rooms, band concerts, minstrel performances and monthly dances in the large upstairs room at the lodge were very popular. The Lodge held a smorgasbord in the upstairs Lodge -rooms and people literally lined up down the stairs, out the front door, and down the street while waiting to be seated!

In the late 1920's and into the 1940's the Fort Madison Lodge began serving an evening meal on Saturdays. With the food business under way in the lodge, other forms of entertainment and revenue were also enjoyed. Slot machines were a big hit in those days. Evidence of the slot machines can still be found in the building. There remains an old fuse box, abandoned for function years ago, in which one of the fuse blocks is labeled, "lights over slot machines!"

Changes were in the cards in the late 1950's as the front columns came down and a "modern" brick facade covered the original outside front of the building which is still has the same look. In the mid 1970's the Lodge underwent a major remodeling. A large dinning room was built in the majority of the first floor of the Concordia property with its own bar area. Today this area is known as the "Elkove" and where we will be having our dinner!

Needless to say, the Elks building has seen MANY things and has hosted many events since 1866. I have toured the abandoned second floor. It's now storage area but you could absolutely see what it would've been like during it's grand days of hosting events! It was eerie but at the same time welcoming as if it wanted to host guests again.

 

February 5, 2022 - Valentine's Themed Murder Mystery

Mark your calendar!  Details to come for a great date night with your beloved!

February 11, 2022 - Boy Scout Trivia Night in the River Rocks Bar Lounge

February 19, 2022 - Tri State Wedding Expo from 1-4pm!

March 5, 2022 - Mardi Gras Themed Murder Mystery

Mark your calendar!  Details to come for a great night for your friends to eat some King Cake and drink some Hurricanes and figure out, "Who did it?!"

March 12, 2022 - Mom's Getaway Weekend

It's National Working Mom's Day so we thought they deserved a weekend away!  Gather your girls and stay with us at the Inn!  There will be plenty of shopping, dining and drinks in the Downtown Fort Madison District that will end with a fun night in the Inn's Club Room.  

Mark your calendar!  Details to come...

April 9, 2022 - "Spring Scream" Themed Murder Mystery

Mark your calendar! Details to come for our last murder mystery series of the season!