Whitewater, WI is notoriously known for its hauntings and haunted places, especially with legends of the Witches of Whitewater Lake and graveyards that create an isosceles triangle. Any stay, drive, or walk around the city at night in October will show you why Whitewater is The Second Salem. While haunted houses create a good scare, these 5 haunted places will surely make your hair stand on end.
Haunted Place #1
Hamilton House B&B – 328 W Main St.
Not only is this big, beautiful Victorian built atop an underground tunnel, but legend has it that the house is haunted by the ghosts of Little Boy Posey and his mother, Sarah. Book a stay in Sarah’s old room, “the Pissarro”, to hear about a time that the house had a doll museum where dolls just wouldn’t stay put. And maybe, in the early morning hours, you’ll hear Sarah humming in the East Garden.
Haunted Place #2
The Winchester House – 532 W Main St.
Chaos and mayhem erupt behind closed doors of the Tincher Realty office, formally the home of Lucius Winchester. Lucius, who was cursed by a supposed witch, Mary Worth, now haunts the building regularly in anger. Take a drive-by late at night and see if you can catch the strange flicker of lights or the ghost of Lucius move past a window.
Haunted Place #3
Hillside Cemetery – South Wisconsin St.
This cemetery, built on a few small rolling hills, welcomes you through a grand limestone archway. As you meander the paved roads throughout the cemetery, the main road begins to disappear from view. You may find yourself immersed in peace amongst the stillness of those who’ve passed, or you may catch a glimpse of the ghost of a supposed witch, Mary Worth, whose mausoleum resides at the highest point of the cemetery. Enter at night at your own discretion.
Haunted Place #4
Historic Starin Park Water Tower – 504 W Starin Rd.
Used as a place for witches to gather, chant, and perform rituals, the Starin Park Historic Water Tower (aka The Witches Tower) is legendary. One night, they noticed an iron fence was erected all around the tower with spikes pointing inward. Is it to keep something in rather than out? Visit on Halloween Eve and listen for noises from within the tower or wait for a spirit or two to emerge from the darkness.
Haunted Place #5
UW-Whitewater Greenhill Center of the Arts (CA) – 950 W Main St.
An entity or two (or more!) haunts the CA, according to a number of students and staff. Late at night, you can hear hammering coming from the metals room. Chairs move around in various classrooms. A ghost roams the backstage of the Young Auditorium. And in the basement (where you’ll find endless practice rooms), elevators descend from upstairs and open as you’re passing by… And you’re not greeted by another student.
Happy hauntings. Good luck out there!