Every state has it chills and thrills where ghosts seem to dominate the space. There are haunted places in the Badger State, Wisconsin, that are unmatched anywhere else!
What makes these places extraordinary … they are unexplored, untampered and above all, patiently waiting for you with great ghostly anticipation! So fill up the gas tank, pack up your ghost hunting gear and join in our crawl to explore these unrested spaces … or do you even dare?
#1 The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee Wisconsin
The Pfister Hotel is so haunted many MLB players refuse to stay there!
Milwaukee's oldest and most iconic hotel is legendary for housing some of the city's most notorious ghosts. Even Major League Baseball players will all tell you, this place is insanely haunted! The Pfister (where players stay when on the road in Milwaukee) is notorious for being a haunting hot spot in the city. Players are not shy about retelling their experiences, like the most recent example when a number of Cardinals all slept in the same room after seeing a floating torso apparition in their rooms.
#2 The Octagon House in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
The nine secret tunnels have been claimed as the second most haunted by History Channel
The extensive history of the 1856 Octagon House in this property on the eastern part of the State offers the core of it's hauntings. Imagine the energies as a safe-house on the Underground Railroad, or even as a rum running haven during Prohibition. The nine secret passageways and tunnels under the house each offer a way for the spirits to engage with! Want more? The History Channel have claimed these Hidden Passages as the second most haunted house in the state!
Today, the Octagon operates as a museum and is said to have a young boy spirit whose apparition has been seen all throughout the house. Items appear to move or disappear, while doors open and close on their own. You will hear footsteps and witness shadowy figures seen. Cold spots will remind you that you are not alone. One report says that a spinning wheel was taken completely apart in a matter of a few seconds.
#3 The Dartford Cemetery in Green Lakes, Wisconsin
The Dartford Cemetery is one place not to challenge, especially with this tombstone!
Ordinarily, it is said that ghosts don't like to hang out in Cemetery, as creepy as they are. But the Dartford Cemetery is a strong exception. The one most people report seeing is the apparition of Chief Highknocker who died in 1911. Officially the cause of death is listed as an “accidental drowning”, but the local legend describes it as punishment for attempting to cross a river without a canoe. His gravestone, marked with a carved portrait of the man himself, is almost as creepy as his purported apparition. If you sit on top of the small mausoleum built for Jackson Walker, one allegedly will be pushed off by unknown forces. Folks have also reported seeing the shadowy figures of an entire Civil War platoon marching through the cemetery.
#4 Grand Opera House in Oshkosh Wisconsin
Could those that once served the oldest operating theatre in Wisconsin still lurk in it’s walls?
The 1883 Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, built by the very creative and talented local architect, William Waters, has the honor of being the oldest operating theater building in Wisconsin.
The main ghostly role player is Ferlo, a mischievous stagehand boy who was killed when he fell in a coal bin. The spooky legend tells young Ferlo plays pranks on people looking for a paranormal experience.
Other stories include the apparition of a benevolent stage manager, who actors and other performers have claimed to have seen watching from a seat in the balcony during rehearsals. Some claim the same ghost peers from the second-floor windows, watching passersby on High Street.
#5 McClintock Park in Silver Cliff, Wisconsin
Could the unsolved murder history be the impetus for the hauntings at this campground?
Located in Sliver Cliff, Wisc, McClintock Park is a 10-site rustic campground with a dark history. Rumors of strange noises and orbs that show up in photos are believed to be the related to the murder of recently to be wed couple Ellen Matheys and David Schuldes (from Green Bay) who where killed while on a camping trip in 1976. As of yet the murder is considered an unsolved case, yet not closed. Could their spirits that wander in this park be a reason?
#6 Summerwind Mansion in Land O Lakes, Wisconsin
This one is in the Northern reaches of the Badger State, a bit of a drive, but ohhh... so worth the trip!
With a terrifying history of dark apparitions, disappearing corpses, attempted suicides, and demonic possessions, the infamous Summerwind Mansion is easily one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin... a true testimony indeed.
The first renovation occurred in 1916 by US Secretary of Commerce Robert Lamont, which earned its original name of the Lamont Mansion. Now known as the Summerwind Mansion, it was rumored to be haunted before anyone had the chance to live in it. Through multiple renovations, the hauntings, poltergeist and the demonic possessions were out of control.
Many people reported seeing random furniture appearing in pictures, room dimensions suddenly changing, and even dark shadows in full view of people. Finally, in the summer of 1988, the house was struck by lightning, and much of it burned to the ground.
Since then, many curious legend seekers and paranormal investigators have visited what remains of the house, and according to those who have made the trek through the woods, the ghosts of Summerwind Mansion are still up to their own tricks.
Visit at your own risk, as the Summerwind, although they are abandoned ruins, is on private property.
#7 Wood County Asylum in Marshfield Wisconsin
Could the spirits of the restless spirits have taken a part in not wanting this property to meet its total demolition?
Although the current property owner spent three years dismantling, demolishing and razing the old rotting condemned structure, many landmarks still exist and as with many mysterious old (and some haunted) building the history of the site still exists in its legends and lore.
Unfortunately the Asylum fell to the hands of demolition. In October 2005, the destruction of the asylum began. Hardwood floors were used throughout the building before asbestos was so popular so there was very little used. Although the building was abandoned for many years, there were no spider webs, any other bugs, rats, or mice in the building. You would expect this infestation in abandoned buildings. In the winter, there would be three inch thick frost along the bottom of the stair well walls. It did not go all the way up, and there was no frost on the stairs. The pictures taken were taken when the building and the sky were clearly seen, but when the pictures came back from being developed there was always a white fog in the pictures.
Many believe it was the spirits of the people that died at the asylum that wanted to preserve their final place of unrest.
#8 Bloody Bride Bridge
The Bloody Bride lurks the bridge on Highway 66 and sometimes even cuddling into your car’s back seat!
There is a legend that a bride met her demise in a car accident on the Highway 66 Bridge, just over the Plover River in Steven’s Point. Yes, it happened on her wedding night. A woman’s spirit lurks this area, dressed in her white dress … a bloody white dress, that is! One of the chilling stories is of a local police officer who thought he hit a woman with his patrol car, but upon investigation … did not find the injured body he was sure to find. The anguished bride is said to be seen standing on the bridge, but also enjoys to appear in the backseat of cars only seen by the driver in the rear view mirror image.
To make this eerie story even more unsettling, present is a phenomenon that cannot be explained. In 2012, there near the water, a paranormal group called the Washington County Paranormal Team, in 2012 found very peculiar and unbelievable stacks of rocks beside the water. Together the stacks totaled nearly a dozen. When they paid closer inspection, they cannot find a logical way these stone could be balanced as they were found. They chose to leave them as is ... hoping not to anger the bride. Wonder if they are still there? Go and let us know!
#9 Berlin Tannery in Berlin, Wisconsin
One of the favorites for many Paranormal Investigator Teams, the Berlin Tannery is a hotbed for the ghostly activity.
Originally built in 1853 and became the 1903 Bassett Sheepskin Tannery in 1892, this place is a hotbed for ghostly activity. The activity levels in this 75,000 square foot building are staggering, which has been proven by most of the state’s leading paranormal groups.
With such a large property, there is no telling what you will experience. There are reports of shadow figures, disembodied voices and loud bangs are experienced throughout the building. In the basement, a walking sound has been heard on the catwalk, voices, and groans. Right outside of this space is where one of the proprietors heard a little girl screaming.
The tannery hosts paranormal tours throughout the year by appointment.
#10 Old Baraboo Inn in Baraboo, Wisconsin
The Baraboo Inn is home to incredible hauntings from their history as a honkey tonky bar and a brothel in the roaring 20s.
And a fine place to end your tour of Haunted Wisconsin, the Old Baraboo Inn!
Could the acclamation from the Food Network that a haunted old historic tavern is one of the ten most haunted locations in the Wisconsin. Yes. Located along Walnut Street in Baraboo, Wisconsin, this 154 year old historic landmark has gone through a lot. In its spicy heyday, the inn served as a tavern and brothel, conveniently located across from the railway station, connecting this sleepy town to crime infested Chicago. Originally, it operated as a boarding house, a honky-tonk saloon and even a brothel.
Among the hundreds of souls that passed thru these walls when alive, one of the most famous was Al Capone. “Scarface” used to hang-out at the Old Baraboo Inn during the naughty prohibition days. He enjoyed his visits so much, well ... he just never left! Paranormal evidence review has confirmed this old fella still lurks one of his favorite “hole in the (Wisconsin) walls”!
The Lovely Red Lady, as the property is playfully labeled, is a spectral portal of ghostly activities! Haunted Journeys has clearly defined that there are FOUR DIFFERENT HAUNTED SPACES in this property! In the FIRST space, you have the front main tavern. Here one senses the rugged and determined personalities of the cowboy who had a bit too much to drink. Then there’s the back tavern, the SECOND distinctive area of haunts, that offers a more hidden and protective aura. (Are these the spirits that protected the tavern’s naughtiness?). The THIRD space is the Brothel. which is located on the second floor.
The original entrance to this "hospitality xxx suite" was once found in back of the main bar via a hidden stairwell. Today, it is accessed from the outside of the pub through its own private entrance. Be assured. This detour has not confused the gals (and happy fellas) that are still UP there! There is a combined sexual tension felt (especially in one of the rooms), with and a residual “I’m in charge … You’re not.” mood. The FOURTH Chamber of Haunts is the basement. Yes, the dreaded basement. This space is generally closed off to guests, for it can be that unsettling. Some call the entity there ... pure nastiness. This is the first time we have had such distinctive experiences, all in one! This is what identifies this incredible property.
Read our full article on this amazing haunt! There is no secret we saved one of the best thrills for last!