The owner of a church-turned-inn in Maine opens a priest’s former resting place up to visitors.

By Spencer Peterson
July 06, 2015
Crypt at Inn at Agora, Maine
Credit: Courtesy of Inn at Agora

The rectory of St. Patrick’s Church in Lewiston, Maine started its second act in September of 2014, when new owner Andrew Knight reopened it as a boutique hotel called the Inn at Agora. Now the crypt is taking reservations, too.

The body of Thomas Wallace, the church’s builder and original priest, spent over a century in the crypt before being moved to a cemetery in Bangor when St. Patrick’s closed in 2009. Though Knight thinks Wallace would approve of putting his former resting place to good use, he gives a firm “hell no” when asked if he would stay there himself.

Even for thrillseekers there are limits. With no bathroom, the crypt currently outfitted as a very small private theater with a DVD library stocked with horror classics, viewable on an LCD television not quite in keeping with the antique furnishings.

Though there is custom-built pine coffin that “sleeps two,” the crypt isn’t a proper hotel room; you have to rent one in the rectory to gain access to the package. You also have to be out by 2 AM. “We give you the key to the crypt,” says innkeeper Jan Barett. “What you do in there is your business.”