The Ten Most Haunted Places in Michigan

The Ten Most Haunted Places in Michigan

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1. The Traverse City State Hospital

Constructed in 1885 and closed over 100 years later, the Traverse City State Hospital is perhaps the most eerie place in Grand Traverse County. Originally an asylum for the mentally unstable, during its active years the hospital also housed those afflicted with tuberculosis, typhoid, diphtheria, and polio. Although the Gothic-style buildings have undergone renovations since 2000, a visit to the grounds conjures up the ominous and oppressive feelings of its past. Underground tunnels and caged balconies add to the spooky visual stimuli and, located on the trails behind the buildings, there is said to be a portal to Hell under “The Hippy Tree”. As well as documented paranormal investigations, the State Hospital has several books dedicated to its disturbing history.

2. Old City Orphanage in Marquette

Formerly known as the Holy Cross Orphanage, the Old City Orphanage stands against the Marquette hills as a menacing reminder of the city’s past. Built in 1915 and abandoned in the mid-sixties, the Catholic orphanage remains a location of lengthy narrative and legend. According to occupants of the orphanage, the nuns were known to physically and mentally abuse the children and were fierce in their punishments. One account recalls a little girl playing outside during a blizzard and subsequently catching pneumonia. She died several days later. As a testament to her foolishness and a warning to the other children, the nuns put her body on display for all to view. The crying of children is said to be heard if passing the building on a quiet night.



3. Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo

Over a century old and supposedly host to a legion of ghosts, Kalamazoo’s Henderson Castle is now a bed and breakfast that caters to the living… and the dead. The ghosts of the home’s original owners Frank and Mary Henderson, as well as those of a Spanish-American War veteran, a little girl, and a dog interact regularly with paranormal teams and guests alike. The apparently amiable spirits have favorite forms of communication, speaking through unplugged radios, tapping unsuspecting visitors on the shoulder, and sometimes appearing in full form, wearing period clothing.

4. The Masonic Temple in Detroit

Built in 1912 by a wealthy gentleman named George D. Mason, the Detroit Masonic Temple has over 1,000 rooms, and several secret staircases, concealed passages, and hidden compartments in the floors. Mr. Mason went slightly overboard when financing the construction of the building, and eventually went bankrupt, whereupon his wife left him. Overwhelmingly depressed about his financial and personal circumstances, Mason jumped to his death from the roof of the temple. Security guards claim to see his ghost to this day, ascending the steps to the roof. The temple, abundant with cold spots, inexplicable shadows, and slamming doors, is known to intimidate visitors with the eerie feeling of being watched…



5. Felt Mansion in Saugatuck

Felt Mansion, located on the Mitten’s west coast between Holland and Saugatuck, has worn several masks since its construction in 1928. The mansion was originally a gift to inventor Dorr Felt’s beloved wife Agnes, who died shortly after the Felt family moved in. After they left the home, it was transformed into a seminary, and then a police and drug enforcement agency office. It is presently being restored to its former glory. Homes with such rich history rarely remain quiet: many believe that the spirit of Agnes Felt wanders the house she was never able to enjoy in life. A shadowy figure waltzes around the ballroom frightening the mansion’s tourists, while heavy doors open and close of their own accord. There are even accounts of Agnes reprimanding guests whom she has deemed to be too offensive or crude in her presence.

6. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. in Grand Rapids

Shrouded in legend, the Michigan Bell Telephone Company stands on the grounds of what was once a lavish mansion in downtown Grand Rapids. Current employees often experience ghostly encounters due to the grisly history of this particular plot of land. It is said the Randall couple purchased the Judd-White House from its previous owners and hadn’t lived there for long before tragedy struck. Warren Randall, a railroad brakeman, lost his leg while on the job and had it replaced with a wooden prosthetic. This led to feelings of insecurity on Warren’s part, and he soon accused his wife Virginia of having an affair. Their marriage was no longer happy and arguments were often overheard from the street. After noticing a pungent odor emanating from the mansion, workers in the building next door contacted officials to investigate. The two were found dead in the house; Warren had allegedly beaten Virginia to death with his wooden leg before slitting his own throat. The ghosts of the couple argue to this day as witnessed by employees of the company, with some saying that the Randalls are responsible for eerie prank phone calls traced back to the building after hours.

7. River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe

The largest and bloodiest encounters fought on Michigan soil, the Battles of River Raisin (also known as the Battles of Frenchtown) were devastating upsets for the United States during the War of 1812. After several days of combat and an eventual surrender to the British, Americans soldiers were lead away by their captors. The maimed soldiers were abandoned, and would later be massacred by Native Americans in a surprise attack. In this deadliest battle of the War of 1812, over half of the total of 1,000 American soldiers lost in the War were killed. Paranormal teams have held investigations at what is now known as the River Raisin National Battlefield Park and have utilized the Singapore Theory which employs the use of time-oriented objects, music, and other triggers to encourage the appearance of ghosts. Figures in doorways, windows, and on the field have been photographed, and supposed sounds of war and cries of agony recorded.



8. The Paulding Light

Paulding, Michigan, is a small town in the Upper Peninsula known for a mysterious light display that occurs along a stretch of Highway 45. Although numerous paranormal investigators and even the Ripley’s Believe It or Not team have examined the area, no explanations for the phenomenon have ever been found. Locals say the small spherical lights of white, red, and green are the ghosts of a railroad worker who died while trying to switch the tracks, or of a Native American man dancing along the power lines.

9. Pere Cheney

Located near Grayling, Pere Cheney was once a bustling nineteenth century sawmill village. Diseases like diphtheria and cholera ravaged the town and the population dwindled to double-digits before the town was eventually abandoned some time after 1912, when the Post Office closed. Legend has it that nothing but a strange moss grows in the village, and the cemetery, one of the very few remaining landmarks, may even hold the bones of a witch. Many visitors hear voices and witness orbs and, perhaps most frighteningly of all, there are reports of sightseers finding hand-prints on cars from children who died in the area.

10. Mackinac Island

Thought to be the most haunted place in the Awesome Mitten, Mackinac Island has tours devoted to its most ghost-ridden locales. From the Grand Hotel (built upon the first military post’s cemetery) to Fort Mackinac (explored by SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters) to Mission Point (haunted by the ghost of young man who shot himself after a heartbreak), Mackinac Island is a paranormal investigator’s dream destination. The occasionally bloody history and relative isolation of the island lends to its spooky atmosphere of this time of year.

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176 thoughts on “The Ten Most Haunted Places in Michigan

  1. Buckbee says:

    UHM HELLOOO!!!??? Forster Michigan Didn’t even make top ten??!!! Minnie Quay is a Real Ghost, maybe we should giver her some recognition…..

    • Karen says:

      OMG…when we were teenagers…Minnie Quay walked the beach at Sanilac County Park every Labor Day Weekend in her green slimy wedding dress. We would walk past the Quay mansion and go to the cemetary to see her broken headstone…that she pushed up to go walking. I don’t believe I ever really knew the true story. We stopped in the Forster Store a few years ago…which was so cool…a blast from the past, but I never asked what the true story was.

  2. Ron says:

    why didn’t ghost trestle in lenawee county michigan make the list? look it up anyplace on the web, youtube,google, its south of adrian michigan about 3-4 miles. very scary and wierd things happen out there. here is a youtube video of the trestle. the 2nd video is more of a wide view of the area.

  3. Heather says:

    I’m surprise there wasn’t mention of the Stables in Saginaw or the Bay City Antique shop.

  4. bose301s says:

    Paulding lights have been debunked by students from Michigan Tech. As for the rest it’s pure BS, there is no such thing as haunting or paranormal activity, if you disagree I invite you to show some ACTUAL science to back you up, not the BS pseudoscience that these ghost hunters use.

    • Jamal Booty says:

      You right man. All these crackers be imaginin the same thangs. They crazy man. Like I can’t imagine this shit so it must not be true. You so smart man. Like pesudoscence or whatever that word is. Like man you one crazy cracker. Not one thing you says make sence. You expects all these other crazy crackers to prove using “science” that ghosts be livin up in these places. How you supposed to do that man? It ain’t possible. At least not right now. Think abouts what ya sayin before ya go ranting on and on like you better than anyone. Just my helpful tip for today. Peace.

      • Paige says:

        Im not defending the guy who wants us to use science but maybe before you talk about people ranting, you should stop calling people “cracker” or “crazy cracker” Think about what you’re saying before you go ranting on like you are better than anyone else. Not really a helpful tip for anytime.

      • Nerosync says:

        You seriously need to take a class on how to speak proper English before you reply on anyone else’s comment. Just because someone went farther than you in school and actually has the ability to speak eloquently should not elicit comments from you. Spend your time figuring out a way to keep your pants up around your waist rather than your knees and keep your hood speak in the hood. That’s my helpful tip for today.

      • DENISE LIGHT says:

        Wow, just because you can not imagine something it must not exist! You can not spell or use proper grammar, and are calling people crazy and crackers, that’s slander and very closed minded!! Get a life and an education.

      • mjh49783 says:

        Yes, all of those crazies imagining the same thing? It’s called having a good imagination, combined with group think. If everyone hears the legend, then there will be a lot of believers. It’s human psychology. ;^)

        But hey! If it brings in the tourists, you won’t hear me complain. Besides, people can believe whatever they want, and who doesn’t like a good story? I like a good story.

        Personally, I’ve never seen Minnie Quay’s ghost at Forester Park, now that Buckbee further up has poked at an old memory of mine, but quite a few people believed in that story, back when I was growing up in that area.

      • Chet says:

        This is one of the worst replies I have read on any thread.

    • So what are the claims of the students from Michigan Tech? I have seen the lights many, many times and have heard some of the theories that have never been proven as fact, especially for the lights that are seen year round every night!

      • john says:

        they showed that its a reflection from a peir I beleive.

      • Nicole says:

        What is interesting about Michigan Tech’s claim is the television crew from Fact or Fake tried to recreate it several times with cars & headlights, and couldn’t. We interview one of the Fake or Fake Investigators on our radio network and he told us the production company was given permission to close the road for a 2-hour period of time so no cars, other than their test car (which they used colored lenses for each run!), would have exclusive access. The Paulding LIghts still made it’s appearance, even while the test car was sitting there waiting to be used. Makes you wonder.

      • Shawn says:

        i have seen the light myself as a fact

    • Laura says:

      Science isnt always truth. Most is just experiments. If you see it, feel it, or hear it personally… what more proof do you need? Maybe you should try your hand at being a human.. and find out for yourself what kind of personal experiences you manage to get..

    • Marcia says:

      obviously You have never lived in a house with a ghost; I’ve lived in 3 of them, no doubt they’re real when washing machines turn themselves on and bowls come visiting You from a closed cupnoard in the kitchen all the way into the living room..

    • Allen says:

      Its still a mystery mich tech didnt find anything actually. I would know. I live and work in watersmeet. Its a two minute drive. You are foolish for not beleiving. There are still people investigating it. I my self have done the same. Its no hoax. This thing has been five feet infront of me. It also followed above me when i was over there provong the car light theory. Swamp gas isnt correct either. They think it is but ive seen it in the winter

  5. Becca says:

    UPDATE: The old state hospital has been revamped and no longer looks scary and creepy. The old buildings have been converted into well lit apartments and stores and it is not unusual to find people wandering the grounds well after dark. The tunnels are blocked and inaccessible. I haven’t heard any complaints from the current residents but it would fun to find out. The hippie tree is the largest, most spectacular tree on the property if you can find it off one of the lovely wooded trails and the two very old black willows along Kids creek are also a sight to behold. They are marked with a site/historical marker. Be ready to walk to see them since the road to them has been closed off. Regardless of what you are looking for, the state hospital is well worth the visit.

    • Amy says:

      My niece who was 3 at the time, has mentioned seeing white as well as black “ghosts”. Her dad resides there, but we never mentioned anything to her about any paranormal stuff. She said the the white ones were nice, and the black one were very very mean to her. She was pretty terrified, and it happened more than once. I do believe some demons may have been left behind in the state hospital.

    • Pam says:

      As of the summer of 2013 there were at least 5 buildings that hadn’t been renovated and still held that creepy feeling.

  6. j matuzak says:

    Fascinating my mom &grandmother where both patience in TC state hodpital in the mid 60s i know my mom hated it there (nervous breakdowns)

  7. Mikayla Gill says:

    I walk around the State Hospital all the time! It’s my favorite place in T.C since I moved up here. I’d love to witness something paranormal, but sadly, nothing at all. I’ve been there at morning, noon, and around midnight and nothing. :/ Not entirely conviced but it sure is creepy when you look at the black and white pics and old furniture and stuff in the Commons.

  8. Rob says:

    Battlefied in Monroe?

  9. Gary says:

    Ghost Hunters didn’t go to Fort Mackinac…they went to a hotel on the Island…

  10. Nancy says:

    I love to hear of the obscure history in Michigan. I agree with one other that if Eloise was still standing that would be one scarey place too. That history along with Northville Assylum is eerie.

  11. Amanda says:

    Another cool haunted place in the greater Grand rapids (Wyoming) area is Rogers plaza mall on 28th street. Way back in the day you were able to use the upper part of the mall and what now everyone calls the basements. Ive personally been in these basements and there is a reason why non of the security guards will go down there alone at night! In the disco room area there is a wide spiral stair case that leads you down to a strange dingy office area with old wood panel walls and dated carpets and an eerie essance about the place. As you walk further down the hall you see wide double doors that open up to a large empty room with hard floors and a shinny glass disco ball hanging from the center. Up just a little further is whats now a gated up stair case that no one can use because it leads straight to debs clothing stores floor. Sadly the rumors and truth from my experiences with this room and debs clothing store (where i work) the reasons why this room is haunted is because an older gentlemen who worked as a janitor for the mall hung him self from the rafters in the disco room. Some days you can hear him closing bathroom doors and walking up that gated stair case, but thats not all he also loves to scare us girls at work by walking past and messing up rounders in the back sometimes appearing full figure to me while im fixing racks and the walls, but my favorite thing has to be when he whistles little old show tunes to me as i mop the floors that are right above the stair case! Hes never seemed to harm anyone but he likes us to know hes still here. The other basements are just as equally freeky and sometimes give you more of an eerie feeling then the disco room.

  12. dave says:

    This list sucks didn’t even mention Northville. Hello they built a sub division over an abandoned insane asylum.,also there is a newer abandoned asylum out there that is still standing. What about Mayer road in algonac mi???

  13. Ben Mann says:

    Well I Been in Henderson castle more then 20 times, one of my ex g/f mom use to work there when i was in high school, her office was in the basement. Other then each room having there own theme, the view out of the ball room was sweet!!!! But the scary part was the giant parent huge McCall about 3 foot tall it had it own room, it would shriek omg so loud I was told he got paid 3 mill for his bird to mate with another one in new York. … wonder is the hot tubs sit on the roof? Man them parties were fantastic. …

  14. Jodie says:

    I believe that the Baraga, or Assinins area Catholic Orphanage is also worth mentioning. The area is about an hour NW of the Marquette Orphange. I myself, about 3 years ago made a visit with a friend late at night for curiosities sake. Let’s just say that I wish I hadn’t. At first the experience was pretty innocent. We heard children laughing and some playful yelling and were able to capture several orbs and streaks of light with our cameras. However, in one of the pictures the whole right side of the frame was completely red. There was no light source in this area and when I made mention of this it sounded as if the large barn doors slammed 3 times (the doors no longer move) and then we heard almost like a growl. I can’t liken this noise to anything I have ever heard before. I can say that it was terrifying and we left immediately! Shortly after this my 9 year old son said that he was seeing an old woman in his room at night. I would wake in the night and find him standing in the corner of his room, outside my bedroom door, and at the top of the steps with his eyes open but not really there. (No he has never been a sleep walker) My wife began having these completely terrifying dreams, and when she would wake he would be standing outside our room in the same fashion. This went on for several weeks. The final and most frightening experience was when, in the middle of the night, my wife was pulled by her legs out of the bottom of the bed and lay scraming on the floor. Again my son was standing outside of the bedroom eyes open, not really there. My wife was left with two very large red hand prints around her ankles which later bruised. We sought the guidence and help of the medicine man of our Tribe who came and cleansed our home as well as helping my son to be rid of these bad spirits. Even though we experienced no further activity after this we still quickly and happily packed our belonging as moved. After going through so much trauma in this house it was no longer home.

    • Robbie Potter says:

      Jodie – I have never heard about the Assinins area being haunted, but I do remember hearing stories about the orphanage from my Mom. There was a theory that when you disturbed spirits they followed you home (also if you play with Ouija boards). Who is the Medicine Man for the Tribe?

  15. Tyler C says:

    I believe Mackinac Island is part of the UP but as it has the UP area code but it’s such an awesome place I can see why the trolls would want to try and claim it

  16. Joe H. says:

    I can personally vouch for the Paulding Light, the Masonic Temple and Henderson Castle…

  17. Wendi says:

    We went to see the Pauldig light an it never showed! Not to mention the fact the directions on where to find it were har as hell to follow.

  18. Kendra says:

    When I was in college at Northwestern in TC we used to go through the grounds at night, knowing some the history made the place feel creepy, we did get into one of the buildings and with flashlights could see we were in a area where they served food, there was a watch tower, some really creepy things but can’t say it was haunted or that at any point I felt a spirit among us. Very cool place now!

  19. Mikal says:

    The Paulding Light has been solved several times over the past 30+ years. Time to use google, guys.

  20. Rich says:

    What about the Holly Hotel

  21. brandi says:

    I clean the state hospital and yes it is haunted you can see and hear many things.

  22. Another area I used to pass all the time, but never noticed til 2012 was McCourtie Park in Hillsdale County off old US12. That’s where some say they’ve see the lady in blue.

  23. Suz says:

    Wow you really shouldn’t say racist remarks! I bet you’d be freaking out if a caucastion person called you the n-word! I don’t know how you justify you saying hateful things like that! If your going to call someone stupid, and talk about how they make no sense, then learn how to spell it first, (sence as you spelled it is wrong) you could at least looked up the correct spelling in the dictionary! Just sayin! Don’t go talking crap if you aren’t intelligent enough to spell it in the right way or without racist remarks! It really pisses me off to hear your ignorant, and racist comments! Get with the modern day time’s cause racism is not the way of life any more! We accept people for who they are not the color of their skin!

  24. Alice Parris says:

    What about the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse at Presque Isle harbor in Presque Isle, Michigan? It has a light that comes on at night in the tower for no reason, no one has been able to explain it

  25. Mandy Gaedtke says:

    Maybury State Park and the Northville Asylum. Those are all you need to find some crazy shit…. just sayin ‘

  26. Soon will be adding The Ten Most Haunted Places in Michigan – Part Two

  27. Kelly hughes says:

    Loved looking through all these pictures the asylums caught my interest very eerie indeed but to be expected I suppose. I just love old buildings and there history an added treat to get a glimpse inside. Also the empire state building was just I can’t explain I wanted to know more. Anyway thank you

    Kelly hughes
    Belfast northern Ireland

  28. Ok all…. I will be making a top 10 viewer/readers list. Start posting favorites and I will compile a list of your top 10!!!

  29. I would like to believe that there is some kind of paranormal activity, but the “ghost” hunters that basically got my house on TV were snapping pics of their own cigarette smoke and labeling it ghosts….I ultimately had to not go through with the show, because after I looked through their evidence i found pretty much everything they found was something other then “ghosts”…..It was very disappointing…

  30. Anna says:

    The orphanage in Marquette wasn’t abandoned until the mid-80’s. It was an office building for years after the orphanage closed.

  31. The Bell Telephone story is false; no records of there having been a residential building on that site exist and there are no primary sources for it, just “friend of a friend” stories from back in the day.

  32. Shannon Morgan says:

    Do any of these places allow private investigations ? I am part of paranormal team from Indianapolis and we would like to setup an investigation.. I would need to know who to contact … Thank you.

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