Oakland University - John Dodge House

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Auto magnate John Dodge’s former weekend retreat in Oakland University’s Meadow Brook Estate is rumored to have a ghost. Suspects include Dodge himself, who died in 1920, and his daughter, Anna Margaret, who died of measles at age 4. Witnesses have described the sounds of footsteps and disembodied voices as well as the eerie sensation of being watched by something invisible. Guided tours of the residence are available.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Off Golf View Ln
Rochester, MI 48309
United States

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GPS:
42.672984992192085, -83.1947194933673
County:
Oakland County, Michigan
Nearest Towns:
Auburn Hills, MI (2.2 mi.)
Rochester Hills, MI (2.5 mi.)
Rochester, MI (3.1 mi.)
Troy, MI (5.2 mi.)
Pontiac, MI (5.4 mi.)
Lake Angelus, MI (6.4 mi.)
Bloomfield Hills, MI (6.7 mi.)
Sylvan Lake, MI (8.0 mi.)
Lake Orion, MI (8.0 mi.)
Shelby, MI (8.2 mi.)

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  1. I worked at Meadow Brook Hall as a security guard in college – I was the only one in the place for hours many evenings, never saw or heard anything. Most “footsteps” could be explained by the in-floor water pipe heating. Wanted to see or hear something, never happened.

  2. My boyfriend took my up to the mansion on evening. We walked around Danny’s cottage and found a little alcove of trees with some discarded items like a metal stove or something. We heard what we thought sounded like students from Oakland behind the trees. When we walked back to Danny’s cottage and closer to the Dollhouse, we heard what sounded like a horse whinny. As we approached the path to get back to campus, it got louder, even when we stopped, terrified in our tracks.

  3. I used to volunteer over at the Greenhouse and worked alone in there often. Once the manager came in and seemed surprised that I would work there alone, when I asked him why, he said that it was supposedly haunted by Tilly (Matilda) but she never bothered me any – probably because as soon as I walked in the door I felt oddly at peace…..working quietly with the plants, etc…..

  4. I just visited this today with my 3 year old daughter, when we got to the doll house I felt like someone was watching me from inside the house and I had a feeling like I would be imposing to look inside, I did and saw nothing my daughter wanted to look inside too and she said there was a little girl in there and that she would open the door so we can go inside and play.. She is 3 has no idea that this was a kids play house and didn’t know there was a little girl who died there. She then proceeded to tell me that the little girl liked to eat fudge and other treats that she has no idea what they are. She then pointed to the old horse stables and told me that was we’re the horses live and that a baby horse was lost and the mom horse was out looking for it, she also has no idea that it was a horse stable. But she was very worried about this lost horse! Very creepy!

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