Meet The Places.
Investigations = Spooky Stuff
The Granger House Victorian Museum, Marion, IA
The Granger House Victorian Museum, built in 1848, was primarily the residence of Earl Granger, his wife Dora and their seven children. This brick home, with a Carriage House adjacent to the main building, has had its fair share of tragedy. Four of the seven children died at very young ages, ranging from diphtheria to measles complications to only living hours after being born. The Carriage House was allegedly the entertainment center of the neighborhood men, in which they had their share of bourbon while they discussed current events and gossip in the day.
Our team arrived at 5PM and would have the entire property to ourselves until 8AM the next day. One thing that we were all aware of were the mannequins placed strategically around the main house. You'd enter an upstairs bedroom and there would be a mannequin of a boy sitting on the bed, or a little girl mannequin staring at you by the 140 year old piano in the music room. The mannequins added to the atmosphere of a creepy night.
One incident started the investigation with a bang: our team was sitting in a circle in the music room. As a team member was listing off the family names to see who was present, there was an audible breath in between names. The breath was heard by everyone in the room and it was thought that the team member talking had made it. This was not the case.
The Carriage House proved to be the most active of the buildings. Early in the evening, the team broke up into groups to investigate the Carriage House. Team A performed a Sensory Deprivation Experiment first. As the others were asking questions, the answers were coming from the experimenter with rapidity. The answers given ranged from a little boy who thought he was being naughty to the answers from the man of the house, Earl. As Team A was comprised of all women, Earl did not take kindly to this as women were not allowed in the Carriage House. Team B entered the Carriage House and also performed a Sensory Deprivation Experiment and received some answers as well, along with the cat toys lighting up, The most noted answer they received was the name of Team A's experimenter (who said the answers in the previous session) and "help her."
Later in the evening, a group went back to the Carriage House to investigate with the Rem Pod, cat toys, K2 Meter and a digital recorder. For about 42 minutes, the Rem Pod lit up like a Christmas Tree; all the lights went off and did not have a distinguishable pattern. Even though the Rem Pod was reset three times, the lights would still go off after each reset. It was almost as if Earl was there and was angry that we invaded his space. The Rem Pod would not stop until we finally turned it off for the night.
As few things also occurred as we were settling down for the night: the group sleeping on the main floor had motion detector lights go off when no one was moving. The group sleeping upstairs had thought to sleep with the Rem Pod on throughout the night, but quickly nixed that idea because the Rem Pod went off right away as it was being turned on and set on the floor. There was also a strong feeling of being watching throughout the night by the upstairs group.
All in all, this was a good investigation to end 2021!
The Cottage Cafe, Plover WI
This unassuming building is home to 9 spirits and 2 cat ghosts. The building was formerly a personal home, a brothel and a restaurant (amongst other businesses) before being bought by a local paranormal investigation team.
Knowing that this investigation was going to be one of our last over-night trips for the year, we went into this with plenty of ideas, plenty of equipment and plenty of enthusiasm, which was mirrored by the owners. After getting our tour of the Cafe, we proceeded to set up our equipment and settle in for a long and exciting night.
For this particular time, we decided to focus on Sensory Deprivation (SD) sessions with a few of our investigators along with utilizing our usual equipment (Rem Pod, digital recorder, KII meters, light-up cat toys, etc.). With these sessions, a few of the spirits came through to do a little chatting with our team, including some of the children of the original homeowners and their father (The Deacon). The Deacon was not particularly happy that we brought along alcohol, which we knew was a trigger object for him (he was a prohibitionist) and made it quite clear that he disapproved of what we brought. A four-year old and an eleven-year old came to speak to us as well as an older woman who liked to knit in the basement, but did not like to talk to us.
The craziest SD session that occurred was when one of our investigators was speaking for a person named Tim. Tim wanted us to "release" him and to go into the basement as he did not enjoy being in the Cafe. He spoke ominously of a figure that was standing behind the investigator who was asking questions, and at the same time, a cat's meow was recorded.
All in all, the Cafe provided some great SD sessions to date for our team. We hope that all the spirits that may roam there are happy with where they are at, or can be released to another place that is more peaceful...except the cats. The cats can stay so that some of our investigators can play with them using their laser pens.
Greenville Station, Greenville WI
The original investigation. This former restaurant had not been used for some time, had some structural damage and definitely had something flitting around. Our experiences included cold breath on our necks in the basement (once a morgue and crematorium long ago), whispering and something scurrying around one of our investigator's ankles. The most compelling evidence was when we had knocked on a door and asked the spirit to knock back. What happened next? The spirit knocked back with gusto.
The Grand Opera House, Oshkosh WI
Is there a party in the pit?
Considered one of the most haunted buildings in Oshkosh, this old theater has a lot of history...and a lot of spirits. One memorable moment with the GPPT was being under the stage headed to the orchestra pit. As we approached, we could hear people talking as though there was a party happening. When we entered the pit, it was completely empty.
Another memorable moment from a GPPT member back in 2000: Percy Keene, the former stage manager had knocked her down in the lobby as he was scurrying to the theater. He looked back as if to say he was sorry.
At the time, Percy had been dead since 1967.
Stone Arch Brewpub, Appleton WI
I didn't want to sit there anyway...
Built in 1858, this was the first brewery in Outagamie County. With this history, how can there not be any spirits present? Our team had the opportunity to investigate the building not once, but twice...but it was our first investigation that merited the most activity. One of our investigators had his shirt tugged slightly by an unseen presence. A roll of tape that was on the bar rolled on its own. Quite possibly, our most surprising experience was when the GPPT was sitting in the main dining room located in the lower level. We were all sitting at different tables when all of the sudden, a chair tipped over with force...a chair that was no where near any investigator.
The scratchy spirit.
Our investigation at this private home was one of the more ominous ones. Not only because of the energy in the house felt dark and with weight, but because it was where one GPPT member seemed targeted by the spirit.
One of the investigators was walking around the backyard prior to the investigation, in which the area was an open space with no trees or shrubs close by. All of the sudden, the investigator said that his back was burning and lifted up his shirt. There were 3 very distinct long scratches on his back, and it was almost impossible for him to do that himself, judging from the location of the scratches.
The same investigator had the owner's service dog pull him back by the shorts as he tried to walk to a certain room on the first floor. Along with this, the investigator had his shoulder burn while we were in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Astonished, we pulled down his collar and saw that the flesh was reddening before our eyes.
The owner and the maid.
Three of our investigators decided to do an overnight at the historic Karsten Hotel, home to the spirits of Mr. William Karsten (the former owner), Billy Karsten (the grandchild) and Agatha (the maid). During the Flu Epidemic of 1918, the local morgue was overfilled, so the city used the hotel as a makeshift morgue, storing approximately 80 bodies.
There are various rooms that have activity happening, mostly reported in Room 310 (Agatha's room). Due to us visiting the hotel in February, we were the only guests staying along with the owner. One investigator decided to stay in Room 310, which is on the third floor with no one else staying on that floor.
We experienced music playing while doing our daytime walk through. The investigators staying in room 210 heard footsteps above them in the early morning. In Room 310, there were sighs and a woman's laugh...and there was an insistent knock on the door late in the night time going into the early hours of the morning. The knock stopped only when the investigator put out the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.
Don't let the name fool you.
Edinburgh Manor was known as a county poor farm and an institution for the incurably insane, the poor and the elderly. From 1850-1910 and again from 1911 to 2010, this facility held multiple types of patients. In 2021, it held the multiple types of GPPT investigators.
Our first out-of-state overnight investigation was a success. The Manor provided a lot of paranormal activity for us, including very active Rem Pod readings, shadow figures, motion detector balls going off, strange smells of body odor, and a very clear EVP of "Leave," possibly said by a man who did not want us in his room.
The Manor holds a lot of history and memories. What the Manor also holds are many personal effects left by the patients and the staff, as if they got up and didn't look back as soon as the Manor closed. The building also has a sad energy, as there is also a pioneer's cemetery for souls who perished while institutionalized.
The Trout Museum,
Some spirits are just too chatty.
Upon hearing that this museum is haunted, four members of the GPPT conducted an investigation with four of the museum staff. The museum staff had experienced a lot of activity, such as a boy seen in the 5th floor storage room, art installations being altered/tampered with on the 2nd floor and something lurking in the basement. The GPPT found the Rem Pod to be one of the most useful pieces of equipment used on this investigation.
The 5th floor did not merit a lot of activity during the investigation except for one part: a few of us went in groups up the stairs leading to the roof. This stairway still is made of the original building material, and there are old original elevator parts at the top of the stairs. One investigator had her shirt tugged and both groups experienced the Rem Pod going off.
On the second floor, the Rem Pod kept going off, which it also performed some beeps as if it was doing Morse Code. Three group members heard a very loud whistle that no one physically had made.
The basement is where we encountered a very chatty spirit. Dubbed "the Mouse Room," it houses the boilers and has no windows. We decided to do a Rem Pod and K2 Meter session. All of the sudden, a very chatty spirit came through and interacted with both instruments at the same time, which was consistent for a good 20 mins.
To the chatty spirit: we are sorry that we had to leave when you wanted to interact more, but we will be back and say hello.
The Grand Opera House, Oshkosh WI
For our third investigation to this classic theater, a new investigation technique was employed to enhance our paranormal experiences. This was the first time that our group had tried the Estes Experiment (aka Sensory Deprivation). The experiment goes like this: a person wears a blindfold and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that is hooked up to a spirit box as another person will ask questions. This person will say whatever response they hear without any distractions or outside influence.
This experiment worked very well on the willing investigators. The received responses seemed to be on point with the questions being asked. One session was especially exciting as a door opened by itself while questions were being asked.
We will definitely use this technique again!
A Full List.
August 2016: Greenville Station, Greenville WI
September 2016: Private Residence, WI
October 2016: Grand Opera House, Oshkosh WI
March 2016: Grand Opera House, Oshkosh WI
- October 2016: Private Business, WI
August 2017: Berlin Tannery, Berlin WI
October 2017: Berlin Tannery, Berlin WI
November 2017: Stone Arch Brewpub, Appleton, WI
January 2018: Captain's Walk Winery, Green Bay WI
August 2018: Leopolis House, Leopolis WI
June 2019: Private Residence, WI
February 2021: Karsten Inn, Kewaunee WI
March 2021: Private Residence, WI
June 2021: Brumder Mansion B&B, Milwaukee, WI
July 2021: Edinburgh Manor, Scotch Grove IA
August 2021: Trout Museum of Art, Appleton WI
September 2021: Grand Opera House, Oshkosh WI
October 2021: The Cottage Cafe, Plover WI
October 2021: Hazelwood House, Green Bay WI
November 2021: The Granger House Museum, Marion, IA
March 2022: Private Residence, WI
March 2022: Karsten Inn, Kewaunee WI
April 2022: Private Residence, WI
June 2022: Farrar School House, Maxwell IA
August 2022: The Boyd House, Boyd MN
Farrar School House
The Boyd House