Haunted Places in Madison, Wisconsin



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    Wisconsin State Historical Society

    Madison, Wisconsin

    0.2 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Supposedly, the place is haunted by two ghosts. One is a man who fell asleep at his desk and didn't wake up. The other is a man who committed suicide by falling off the third floor landing onto a marble floor (you can still see the blood in ...


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    Capone's Bar Next Door - The Wonder Bar

    Madison, Wisconsin

    1.8 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    It was called The Wonder Bar in the 1920s, and the Bar Next Door has now been renamed to that original name. The establishment is said to be haunted. Built originally by Roger "The Terrible" Touhy. The Touhy brothers' place was a hangout for gangsters, and Eddy Touhy (Roger's brother) ...


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    Alpha Omega Distributors

    Madison, Wisconsin

    2.8 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    A former employee killed in a car accident is said to be here, usually as a shadow in the corner of employees' eyes. One person has even claimed to have a had a conversation with him. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Sanitarium Hill

    Madison, Wisconsin

    4.7 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Sanitarium Hill is an area with an abandoned mansion atop a--you guessed it--hill. It was once the Lakeview Sanitarium (1930-1966), a tuberculosis treatment center, with woods behind it (now known as Lakeview Woods). In a nearby cemetery, folks have reported mists, cold spots, and more; along the trails through the ...


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    Elsing's Second Hand Shop

    Stoughton, Wisconsin

    14.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    This 1891 building was formerly a private residence, a restaurant and a hotel, and is rumoured to have some hauntings dating back to the turn of the twentieth century. The current owners have reported hearing the sound of glass breaking on the second floor, but upon investigation, nothing is ...


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    Weary Road

    Evansville, Wisconsin

    23.2 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The most realistic story about Weary Road of Evansville Wisconsin involves teenagers "car surfing", not slowing down for a curve in time and being killed when they were ejected off the vehicle into a steep ditch or the creepy treeline. Another involves more teens playing chicken on one of the ...


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    Aztalan State Park

    Lake Mills, Wisconsin

    27.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Aztalan State Park was created in 1952 on the site of a Mississippian settlement from the 10th to 13th centuries. Around the site's earthen mounds, many strange things are said to have been seen and heard by witnesses. The mounds are believed to be haunted by the spirits of the ...


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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Janesville, Wisconsin

    31.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Some folks say a ghostly white woman and flickering white lights haunt Oak Hill Cemetery. Others say not so--the white lady is actually a lifelike, spookily illuminated statue, and the white lights are markers to brighten the walkways. So, is Oak Hill Cemetery haunted, or not? You be the judge!


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    Flynn Steakhouse

    Brodhead, Wisconsin

    31.4 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Flynn Steakhouse, reported to no longer be in operation, was housed in a building from 1868, and had a haunted, unused hotel upstairs. Misty white formations were known to appear, long believed to be the ghost of Mary, a child who passed away here in the 1860s. Among the strange ...


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    Old Baraboo Inn

    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    32 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    This renovated, historic pub and grille, and former brewery and brothel, is believed to have many active spirits in the building according to paranormal investigators. Audio recordings of voices and sounds and video of orbs, light flashes, and anomalies have all been captured. Cowboys, a prostitute named Mary, several children, ...


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    Al Ringling Mansion

    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    32.5 miles from the center of Madison, WI


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    Ludlow Mansion - Idle Hour Farm

    Monroe, Wisconsin

    34 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Once part of the Underground Railroad, the historic house is believed to be haunted by former owner Lady Ludlow. Witnesses have seen her apparition in the back hallway and experienced mysteriously floating objects, cold spots and flickering lights.


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    Taliesin

    Spring Green, Wisconsin

    34.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The house (an estate once owned by Frank Lloyd Wright) is haunted by the apparition of a lady in a white gown. Windows open and close by themselves, and late at night, the lights in the building will flash on and off when no one is around.


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    Kirk Denmark Theatre - Rock County Theater

    Janesville, Wisconsin

    34.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Empty and dark theaters can be spooky because of their large, echoing spaces, but this one may be more so because it's said to have a ghost. A deceased employee, some say a theater instructor or a director, causes lights to go on and off and doors to open and ...


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    University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

    Whitewater, Wisconsin

    37 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    There are several spots rumored to cause the hairs on the back of your neck to go up at the University of Wisconsin. One is the Center of the Arts, where apparitions have been spotted, unexplained hammering comes from the metal lab at night and chairs move across the room. ...


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    Beaver Dam Community Theater

    Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

    38.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Beaver Dam Community Theater is reported to have a ghost of a disgruntled actress. So the story goes, after failing to get a part she wanted, the actress called Lacy hanged herself in the loft. Footsteps, crying and electrical anomalies have been reported around the area.


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    Eagle Road Cemetery

    Juneau, Wisconsin

    41.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Eagle Road Cemetery, aka Evangelical Church Cemetery or Tabor Cemetery, is a hot spot for activity. Witnesses have seen apparitions and felt cold spots and gusts here, and some have seen the Virgin Mary or experienced stigmata (bleeding from the hands and arms) after leaving.


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    The Walker House

    Mineral Point, Wisconsin

    41.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The magnificent stone hotel and restaurant dates back to the 1800s. It is said that the hauntings here may stem from a man during that century who was hanged from a tree outside by an angry mob after he stole a horse from his neighbor. Witnesses to the hauntings have ...


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    Dungeon of Horrors

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    42.6 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The Dungeon of Horrors, which originally operated as a haunted house attraction, closed down recently due to the fact that the owner was unable to employ any staff due to reports of real paranormal activity. The apparition of a bespectacled man used to follow employees and visitors around the building, ...


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    Captain Brady's Showboat Saloon

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    42.7 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    According to local legend, a girl called Molly once lived above the saloon, and her ghost now haunts the establishment. Witnesses say they have heard voices near the stage, have seen apparitions of figures in period clothing in the saloon mirrors, and have felt cold spots and seen kegs move ...


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    La Belle Cemetery

    Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

    46.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Legend here surrounds a large statue of a young girl and a cross. It is said that her apparition appears from the statue and drowns itself in Lac La Belle, or that her statue's hands drip blood.


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    Nashotah House Theological Seminary

    Nashotah, Wisconsin

    49.2 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The ghost at the Nashotah House Theological Seminary is said to have been here since the mid 1700s. So the story goes, the spirit belongs to an acolyte whose wife had an affair with the dean. In order to keep up the adulterous relationship, the woman hanged her husband, and ...


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    Max Meier's Hartland Inn

    Hartland, Wisconsin

    53.2 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Once a hotel and restaurant, the upstairs rooms are no longer in use. The restaurant is still open, however. At the early 1900s building, staff members have seen the apparition of a little girl in a Victorian sailor outfit in the basement and heard loud screams, which also came from ...


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    Tabernacle Cemetery

    Waukesha, Wisconsin

    54 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The 1842 Tabernacle Cemetery is said to be haunted. The apparition of a man has been seen next to a tree right behind the cemetery sign, and flashes of unexplained light have been seen flashing or shining on visitors. Because of vandalism, the public is not allowed on the property and ...


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    Cobble Stone Inn

    East Troy, Wisconsin

    54.2 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Cobble Stone Inn, built in the early 1800s and allegedly once visited by Abraham Lincoln, is the site of a mysterious disappearance. One day, the inn's owners simply vanished, never to be heard from again. Locals say they still haunt the place--their apparitions have been seen all over the premises.


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    Lawrence House Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    55.7 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Reports say that the inn was once a home where the wealthy would send their mentally disabled children to live. Witnesses have heard the eerie residual sounds of screaming and crying children in several rooms.


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    Fork in the Road

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    55.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Once called Inn the Olden Days, the Fork in the Road restaurant used to be a tavern in its early days. This may explain the ghostly footsteps and the sound of pool balls hitting each other and rolling across the floor. Vaporous clouds and voices also have been seen and ...


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    Lucerne's Fondue and Spirits

    Rockford, Illinois

    57.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Although the spirits in the name of this old-fashioned fondue restaurant refers to alcohol, it could also refer to a number of ghosts reported by staff and diners throughout its history. The residence that houses the establishment dates back to 1895, and was formerly occupied by the Utter family, ...


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    Heaven City Restaurant

    Mukwonago, Wisconsin

    57.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Heaven City Restaurant's supernatural activity is attributed to the fact that it sits on an Native-American burial ground. Apparitions have been seen wandering through the eatery and glasses have fallen and broken after closing time.


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    Deacon West Octagon House

    Pewaukee, Wisconsin

    57.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Some people believe that the builder of this manor killed his wife. Guests have reported voices and sometimes see apparitions. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Coronado Theatre

    Rockford, Illinois

    57.4 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    One night, police were called about a ghostly woman in white who appeared in an elevator at a parking garage. Earlier, witnesses had been confused as to why the elevator kept going up and down with no one inside it. But when the white figure showed up in the glass ...


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    Tinker Swiss Cottage

    Rockford, Illinois

    57.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Tinker Swiss Cottage is said to be haunted. Witnesses and paranormalists have heard humming and other children's voices, believed to be because the site used to be a home for terminally ill children. The spirits of the Tinker family are believed to linger in the place as well. Tinker Swiss ...


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    Faust Hotel - Faust Landmark

    Rockford, Illinois

    57.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    This old hotel was reportedly remodeled into housing for seniors. The basement used to hold a bar and bowling alley, but it hasn't been used since the 1980s. An eerie presence can be felt here, as well as sudden temperature changes and an overwhelming urge to leave the area. The ...


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    Dartford Cemetery

    Green Lake, Wisconsin

    58.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Dartford Cemetery has been rumored to be haunted for years because of its strange shadowy figures, orbs, unexplained sounds and apparitions of Native Americans and Civil War soldiers. Members of a family that was buried here also are said to show up from time to time. Visitors have described uneasy ...


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    Rockford College

    Rockford, Illinois

    58.8 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Several campus structures seem to be inhabited by haunts. Adams' Arch, the only part left of the original campus, rings with the laughter of young women late at night. The Burpee Building and Talcott Hall are each said to be haunted by men who committed suicide. The Clark Arts Center ...


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    St. Killian's Catholic Cemetery

    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    62.5 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Reported here have been a ghostly priest, a ringing bell, strange noises and footsteps, and mysterious mists. The bell is said to be from a phantom church, which used to stand nearby but was burned down a few decades ago, reports say. Some say the church basement was used for ...


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    Tichigan Lake Inn - What About Linda's

    Waterford, Wisconsin

    63 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Formerly the Tichigan Lake Inn and now called What About Linda's?, the restaurant and bar was once a Speakeasy originally built in the 1920s and is known to be haunted by a poltergeist. Glasses fly across the room and crash to the floor, beer taps turn on all at once, ...


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    Burlington Cemetery

    Burlington, Wisconsin

    64.1 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Visitors at Burlington Public Cemetery have described a feeling of being watched or followed--or even chased--by something unseen.


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    The Ably House

    Scales Mound, Illinois

    64.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    There were allegedly some murders that took place in this old home, and it is said that the spirits of the dead still remain within its walls.


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    Willow Creek Farm

    Shannon, Illinois

    65 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Willow Creek Farm was once the property of William Boardman and his wife Mary, who arrived in New York from England in 1835. Homes for his daughters and their families also were built on the property. It is said to be haunted by former residents and Native Americans; witnesses have ...


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    Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Brookfield, Wisconsin

    65.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum was an old stagecoach stop and, later, a farmhouse. The place was moved to its current museum location, and its spirits are said to have moved with it. Witnesses say doors slam on their own, and a dark figure can be seen pacing upstairs. The ghost ...


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    The Berlin Tannery

    Berlin, Wisconsin

    65.6 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The tannery hosts paranormal tours throughout the year by appointment. The activity levels in this 75,000 square foot building are staggering, which has been proven by most of the state's leading paranormal groups. Every October, the factory hosts Hallowed Chambers on Friday and Saturday nights which gives the perfect opportunity to ...


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    Boscobel Hotel

    Boscobel, Wisconsin

    65.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    This hotel's claim to fame is that it was the spot where the Gideon's Bible originated. The ghost of Adam Bobel, the hotel's original builder, has been seen here by employees and guests alike.


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    Sunset Playhouse

    Elm Grove, Wisconsin

    66.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Sunset Playhouse is believed to be haunted by local actor Lester L. Schultz, nicknamed Pinky, who died of a heart attack as he left the stage in 1968. He was a former Marine who had been with the playhouse since 1960. His ghost continues to be accepted and active in ...


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    Octagon House

    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

    67.9 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The historic 12-room home, actually shaped like an octagon, is believed to be haunted. Operating now as a museum, it is said to be home to the spirit of a young boy whose aparition has been seen throughout the house. Witnesses also report items that are moved or disappear, doors ...


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    Blood’s Point Cemetery

    Belvidere, Illinois

    68.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Blood’s Point Cemetery, named after the area's first white settle, Arthur Blood, is said to be a hot spot for the eerie, such as orbs, a vanishing barn, phantom vehicles and a ghost dog that sports glowing red eyes. To add to the spookiness, the nearby railroad bridge was said ...


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    Retlaw Theater

    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

    68.3 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Retlaw is Walter spelled backwards. The theater was owned and operated by Walter Schroeder, and he still lingers here in spirit. Witnesses have heard footsteps, clapping, creaking of theater seats, doors that open on their own, and figures that show up in the basement.


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    Retlaw Plaza Hotel

    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

    68.4 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Locals tell about the murder of a former property owner on the site, and say his apparition, among others', have been spotted here. The ghost likes to turn on the water and lights, scream and make noises.


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    Majdecki Piggly Wiggly

    West Allis, Wisconsin

    68.8 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    Piggly Wiggly, formerly a Sentry grocery, has a ghost who has been heard whistling in the aisles and the back room. It has also been reported that food disappears and toys have been played with at night, and the laughter of invisible children can be heard. Some blame the activity ...


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    Desoto House Hotel

    Galena, Illinois

    69.2 miles from the center of Madison, WI

    The 1855 DeSoto House Hotel boasts such esteemed former guests as Abraham Lincoln and William Jennings Bryan. It was also the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant, among others. Although the identity of the ghosts here is unknown, many folks have reported phantom cigar smoke, voices in the halls, ...


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