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W-File: gh_summerwind.html

Type: Ghost
Location: West Bay Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin

Source: The National Directory Of Haunted Places By Dennis William Hauck, page 387.

West Bay Lake


Wisconsin's most famous haunted house was built in 1916 by Robert Lamont, who later became Secretary of Commerce under President Hoover. It is said that Lamont once fired two shots at a ghost that appeared in the kitchen. The house had many owners over the years, but only a few realized they were living with ghosts. Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw and their six children lived here in the 1970s.

Within a few days of moving in, they realized the house was possessed by spirits. Shadows moved through the house, mumbling voices were heard, and the apparition of a woman was frequently seen floating through the French doors into the parlor. Other strange things went on in the house. Windows raised by themselves, appliances failed for no reason, and eerie noises echoed through the house at night. Then, while remodeling a closet, the couple found the mummified remains of a human corpse. Their supernatural house soon became too much for the Hinshaws. Arnold started hinting that he was possessed by demons and finally had a nervous breakdown. Ginger attempted suicide. Ginger's father, Raymond Bober, asked her and the children to come live with him in Granton. Meanwhile, he bought the house and started remodeling it into a restaurant. During renovations, Bober encountered the ghost of Jonathan Carver, an 18th-century explorer. The ghost told Bober that it did not want anyone living on his property. According to the phantom, the Sioux Indians had deeded him the northern third of Wisconsin when he negotiated a peace between two tribes. The deed was in a black box sealed under the foundation of Summerwind. The box was never found, and Bober never completed renovations, because contractors refused to work at the haunted house. The house was abandoned in the 1980s and soon fell into ruin.

(West Bay Lake is in Vilas County on the Michigan border in northern Wisconsin. Summerwind is on private property overlooking the lake. It sits abandoned, except for its ghosts.)

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