The Ten Most Haunted Places in Michigan – Part Three
1. Holly Hotel – Holly
Now a restaurant only, this establishment has long been known to be haunted. One of the ghosts here is said to be Mr. Hirst, former owner and most-often-seen apparition. He doesn’t like noise or renovations. He wears a frock coat and top hat and smokes cigars. He sometimes can be heard laughing or, more rarely, speaking. Another ghost who resides here is Nora Kane, a petite, pretty lady who loves music. Her portrait can be seen in the main lobby. Her flowery perfume is often detected by guests and her apparition is often seen in the bar and back hall. She is sometimes heard playing the piano or singing late at night. If that weren’t enough, there is also said to be a ghost in the kitchen who is very active. It’s a playful spirit who often giggles and moves items, especially the meat cleaver, and can be heard running up and down stairways. This is believed to be the spirit of a child. Many more ghosts have been reported here, including Leona, the Hirst family’s terrier, who can be heard barking or running in the halls. The ghost dog even brushes up against people’s legs.
2. White Horse Inn – Metamora
The White Horse Inn has a long history in the community and has been reputedly haunted by the original owner, Lorenzo Hoard, who lived from 1816-1888. Hoard bought the White Horse Inn around 1850 after coming to the area from upstate New York. He purchased an existing village store, once a stagecoach stop, and expanded and refitted it as the Hoard House, now the White Horse Inn.
Current owners Tim and Lisa Wilkins bought the White Horse, now a restaurant, about eight years ago. From the beginning they became aware of the unusual occurrences that take place at the former boarding house and one-time stop on the Underground Railroad.
It is said that many drunken men were killed in a small fire that took place in the front section of the bar along with one bar maid. Evidently to this day when guests come and eat or stay at the inn they hear the screams and moans of the men and lady that tried to escape during the fire.
3. Cadillac House – Lexington
Haunted Hotel converted into a bar and restaurant. Very active poltergiest. Built in 1860. Investigated by several paranormal groups
4. Minnie Quay – Forster
A young girl named Minnie Quay is said to haunt the shores of this lake. When Minnie was around 15 years of age, she fell in love with a sailor. Unfortunately, Minnie’s parents disapproved and would not let her see him. The sailor later died at sea. Minnie was so upset upon hearing of his death that she dressed herself in all white and jumped off the pier into the cold waters of Lake Huron. Her body is buried in the nearby cemetery. People have claimed to see her ghost walking the beach, crying for her lost love.
The city of Oscoda, Michigan lies just north of Saginaw Bay on the eastern side of the state. It looks out over the waters of Lake Huron and has deep ties to the past. Nearby are many legends of death and spirits. Among those are the stories of Lake Solitude. This lake was once connected to Lake Huron, but now only a narrow creek allows the waters to join. Many believe that the passage was closed by the sinking of the Griffin, a ship of the explorer LaSalle, which sank here centuries ago. The ship is said to still be hidden beneath the lake and the ghosts of the ship’s crew are still haunting the nearby shores.
6. Ghost Trestle – Lenawee County
If you take Gorman Rd. west towards Sand Creek, you will come to a gravel road leading north. A mile or so up this road you will come to narrow one lane trestle bridge. The road goes under this. Legend has it that at one time there was a farm house built near the tracks. Late one night a fire broke out in the barn. While the father ran to the barn to try to get the horses out, his wife and young son went to the tracks to wave down one of the many trains that would use that right of way. They were too close to the tracks however and both were struck by the train as it went past. The father was killed in the barn. The father protects wife and son to this day, he will communicate but not allowing communcation with them.
7.McCourtie Park in Hillsdale County
McCourtie Park is located in Somerset, Mi, right off of U.S 12. McCourtie Park got its nickname ‘The Bridge Park” from the key attractions of the park: 17 bridges that span the stream meandering through the park. Each bridge is its own unique design and no two bridges are exactly alike. Visitors to McCourtie Park can wander the 42 acre estate crossing the stream on the bridges or can set and enjoy nature including the variety of birds attracted to the park by the elaborate bird houses on the grounds. It isn’t however the number of bridges or the natural setting that makes McCourtie Park so unique. It is rather the bridge construction. While the bridges appear to be built from rough trees, planed lumber, heavy rope, and thatch the bridges are in reality nothing but steel rods and concrete. There is no wood at all used on any of the 17 bridges in the park. McCourtie Park, the ‘Bridge Park,’ is named for the once owner of the property William H. L. McCourtie. McCourtie first came familiar with cement by W. F. Cowham of Jackson, Michigan in the late 1800s. Shortly after that McCourtie went to Dallas, Texas where he made a sizable amount of money by speculating in oil. In the 1920s McCourtie returned to his family estate in Somerset Center which was at that time named “Aiden Lair”. You might catch a glimpse of a woman dressed in a long blue gown moving quietly across a bridge. Or is she wearing black? Ghost hunters disagree on the color of her dress, but the suggestion of a gentle ghostly presence is just one of the unique features of this roadside park .
8. The War of 1812 Battlefied – Monroe
The War of 1812 was often called the second War of American Independence, which lasted 3 years. The British tried to retake the colonies, and even burned down the White House at one point, much to their shame and embarrassment today. Americans fought for their right to remain a free country with the right of not having the British shanghai Americans off merchant ships for their own military. The American goal of freeing Canada didn’t happen, and the fears of the fur trading companies came true. As a result of the war, the flow of settlers to the Michigan area continued, the education of the Indians continued and the fur trading industry as they knew it irrevocably changed.
Battlefields always have entities haunting the area, because of the nature of war; people are killed who are not ready to die yet. More American casualties occurred here than in any other single battle in 1812, because of the total victory of the British and the unauthorized killing of the wounded by the Indians. Besides the usual casualty entities, wounded men painfully killed by the Indians are added to the mix, with the total effect of creating a dream come true for paranormal investigators.
9. Maybury State Park – Northville
The Maybury Sanatorium operated on the site of the current state park from 1919-1969. At one time it served people who were diagnosed with tuberculosis at a time when there was no real cure for the disease. Northville Township was relatively sparsely populated back then—development was decades away from the fringes of western Wayne County. By the late 1960s, low populations led to the hospital’s closure and was sold to the state of Michigan for $3 million in 1971. In 1975 Maybury State park opened on the site of the former facility after all buildings had been demolished.
10. Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse – Thunder Bay Island
This uninhabited island on Lake Huron is haunted by a lighthouse keeper named Morgan. It is not known how or why his spirit dwells the lighthouse and island, but those who pass by the island claim to see and feel his presence walking the shoreline.