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The old Traverse City State Hospital are now offering “Twilight Tours.”
On Devils Night in 1985, a large amount of us from school went to visit Pere Cheney Cemetery with the intent of getting scared. I had heard tons of stories about the “ghost train”, the witch and a few other legends and never felt scared one bit…until later on.
Pere Cheney, now just a lonely Michigan ghost town, was once a small but booming lumber town in Crawford County, west of Grayling.
For the paranormal enthusiast, staying overnight somewhere haunted is the ultimate experience. Are these places really haunted? Stay there and find out.
The ghost of The Griffon has haunted the northern waters of Lake Michigan since its disappearance in 1679. It was one of the first ships of its kind to sail the Great Lakes but her first voyage on August 7, 1679 was doomed to be her last.
Ghosts and lighthouses are synonymous with each other and Michigan has the most lighthouses of any state in the U.S. At one point in Michigan history, we had over 200 working lighthouses on our lakes. Humans might not have a hand in guiding the ships along the lakes nowadays, but the ghosts of past lighthouse keepers are still doing their jobs — even if they are dead. Enjoy learning about just a few of Michigan’s well known haunted lighthouses and the stories behind them. Because what’s a lighthouse without a ghost?
Are children able to sense spirits more so than adults? The visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum is generally from 380/400nm to about 760nm. UV or IR differs only in that there are some specialized cells in the retinas of our eyes that contain a pigment that gets excited when it encounters these wavelengths.
“In European folklore, the witching hour is the time when supernatural creatures such as witches, demons and ghosts are thought to be at their most powerful, and black magic at its most effective. This hour is typically midnight, and the term may now be used to refer to midnight, or any late hour, even without having the associated superstitious beliefs. The term “witching hour” can also refer to the period from midnight to 3am, while “devils hour” refers to the time around 3am.”
How many times have you heard or seen on the internet some group claiming to be scientific? Unfortunately television has taught many people to believe that a group is scientific just because they don’t use psychics, dowsing rods and the likes on their investigations. I hate to be the one to break the news, but that does not make a group ‘scientific.’ I want to say upfront that our group does paranormal investigations as a hobby; we are not ‘professionals’ but we do conduct a scientific investigation.
The 3:00 a.m. statement is complete nonsense based on pseudoscience and the laziness of some people to check their facts before declaring what they put forward as a fact.
The term “Shadow Person” is one sure fire method to send a chill down anyone’s spine. The idea that there could exist shadowy creatures lurking in the dark waiting to wreak havoc on humans is downright disturbing. According to the people who like to edit Wikipedia, the Shadow People phenomena wasn’t even popularized until it was mentioned on the late night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell
The history of Fort Wayne is monumental. Everything you can think of happening during war and peace took place there. Lives were lived, lost, found, broken and made there. Death occurred, atrocities happened, just as there were also heroes and happiness at the fort. Military personnel, along with civilians worked and fell in love there. Prisoners were even kept there and many stayed on after being released. Fort Wayne lived — and then Fort Wayne started to die.
While waiting for her husband, a woman has a shocking sighting at the old Grand Rapids Veterans Hospital. It’s not surprising this place has a few ghosts, given the 2016 shocking conditions reported about the place.
What makes a great paranormal moment? When a complete nonbeliever runs into a ghost…or perhaps two.
One of the stories our tour guides mentioned was about “Thelma Mertz,” a ghost that is said to lurk the halls of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at 329 S. Park Street. No one really knows when Thelma began her supernatural wanderings, but reports of her ghost have been made since at least the 1950s. Thelma’s true identity is a mystery, as is her real name.
Just about every owner of this beautiful old home has reported paranormal occurrences. The sound of raps on walls, doors opening and closing, lights going on and off by themselves and objects moving on their own are all common place in the Bowers Harbor Inn.
For years, rumors have been going around that the place is haunted, especially the second floor. One employee and friend I spoke with claimed he had seen a little kid running on the second floor after hours and heard his name spoken behind him, only to find no one there. Other employees have witnessed the same thing.
Mary Mayo Hall is located on Michigan State University’s northern end of campus known as “West Circle” alongside other historical buildings. It is the oldest residential hall on campus, built in 1931 as a standalone women’s dormitory in honor of its namesake, Mary Anne Mayo. Mayo was a leading member of the Michigan State Grange and an elected member of the Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) Committee (MAC would later become Michigan State University).
Haunted? Definitely. First, I want to recommend any desert on the menu from the Fenton Hotel restaurant. Second, while you’re eating your desert, you might feel like you are being envied by a presence you can’t see. That’s because the Fenton Hotel is most definitely haunted and Michigan’s Otherside has experienced it first hand.
Haunted Schools. They seem to be common and why not? Think about how much energy is expended on a daily basis in a school. All of those kids, the drama, the hormones, the friendships, the breakups! It’s all in one building all the time. If we are to believe places that carry a lot of energy generally cater to the spirit world, then what better place than a school.
Warriner Hall on the Central Michigan University campus is said to be haunted by an actress who died during a performance. The story says she was downstairs and tried to call upstairs to a friend using an out of commission dumbwaiter shaft. When she stuck her head inside the shaft, the dumbwaiter came crashing down and she was beheaded…or so that’s how the story has been told.
Tuberculosis, also commonly called “consumption” and the “white plague” was a major and devastating illness at one time and still is in parts of the world. Millions of deaths were caused by tuberculosis during the 20th century in the United States. The disease was hard to control and deadly. Hospitals were specifically built to house those stricken with it such as the now paranormally famous, Waverly Hill Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. Michigan had its fair share of hospitals to deal with the sickness as well.
The mansion has been a lot of things since its beginning, and it’s not surprising to hear about a few ghosts roaming it’s spacious interior. Soon after the remodeling started, the paranormal activity began.
When asylums were “all the rage,” in mental health, Traverse City was home to one of Michigan’s finest. It was first known as The Northern Michigan Asylum, built in 1885. The first superintendent was Dr. James Decker Munson. He had a theory that “beauty” could be a form of therapy. Munson felt that if mentally troubled people could come to a place and be surrounded by beauty and find peace and tranquility, that perhaps some of their troubles would cease to exist.
Mouth Cemetery is one of the most talked about cemeteries in Muskegon County when it comes to the paranormal. But is it really haunted? This cemetery is one of those places you have to watch out for. Not because the place is filled with ghosts and lost souls waiting to take you to the grave with them, but because it’s an easy “legend maker.”
Soop Cemetery is one of the most misunderstood haunted cemeteries in Michigan. It is often associated with victim Jane Mixer, 23, of serial murderer, John Collins, being left on a grave in 1968. However, this did not occur at Soop. Jane, a law student of the University of Michigan, was left shot and strangled in a cemetery in Denton Township; not a cemetery on Old Denton Road.
Established in 1883, Nunica Cemetery in tiny Nunica, Michigan has gained the reputation of being one of the “most haunted cemeteries in west Michigan”, maybe even the entire state. A dirt road will bring you past old and new tombstones sprinkled among large, gnarly trees that add to the spooky atmosphere.
For decades, people have gathered every year on the night of November 21 at the Reynolds Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan, hoping to see the reunion of two lost souls. Gathering might not be as common as it once was in the past, as creepy neighbors with shot guns and the police are a few of the factors that keep the curious ghost hunters away from the cemetery these days. So be warned.
The legend of Crying Mary says that at the stroke of midnight on every Sunday, the statue cries. People have claimed to have seen and felt her tears. Some say she only cries at night and never during the day. The story has been circulating some say, since the 1940’s and continues on.
Butler Cemetery, also known as William Ganong Cemetery, is in Westland, Michigan and the classic “lady in white” has been spotted in the graveyard. There is supposedly an unusual amount of traffic accidents by the cemetery as well. Enjoy the stories below that have been sent in over the years.
Have you ever wondered what some of those strange symbols on old tombstones mean? This list represents some of the most common symbols found in many Michigan cemeteries.
Cemeteries have some of the strangest superstitions attached to them.
Orbs. You know, those things that appear in everyone’s “paranormal” photos? I can’t count how many times someone has heard that I study the paranormal and then with excitement, asked me to look at a picture of their “orb.”