Is Mackinac Island the most haunted island that tourists can visit? See for yourself!!
Mackinac Island is perhaps one of Michigan's most scenic and most visited spots. It lies of if the north shore of the mainland peninsula and in the waters of Lake Huron. During the summer months, it is packed with tourists and vacationers, but in the winter months Lake Huron turns to ice and the population of the island drops down to only a few hardy souls. It is in the bitter months of winter when the dead walk on Mackinac Island...
The residents of Mackinac Island deal kindly with their ghosts, with the spirits becoming a part of everyday life. The rugged island has seen it's share of death from the days of the Native Americans to the slain soldiers of the War of 1812.
The haunted locations:
Bailey House - Doors open and close, objects have fallen off of counters, sounds of boxes sliding across the attic floor, figure of a woman looking into bedrooms.
Bogan Lane - A little girl with long hair haunts this Bed & Breakfast. You can often hear here playing the Piano. Sometimes guests can see her. She says she wants to go home.
Bois Blanc Island - Pronounced 'bob-low island'...near Mackinac, is supposed to be haunted. Two British soldiers were supposed to have gone AWOL from Fort Mackinac and were slaughtered by Indians on the island. They had esacped by walking across the ice of winter frozen Lake Huron and lit a fire to warm themselves. The post commander had put a price on their heads and some natives had tracked them down and killed them.
Fort Mackinac - has its own ghosts. The children of the post commander are supposed to haunt the officers hill quarters. The hospitals near and in the fort are undoubtedly haunted and are surrounded by an air of sickness to this day. A skeleton was found in the "Black Hole" of the guardhouse and now people get the usual chills along their spines in the reconstructed guardhouse. There is supposedly a phantom piper that walks on the stonework above the North Sally Port. He is only sighted on misty mornings and his music can be heard faintly.
Grand Hotel - Uncountable skeletons were also unearthed when the foundation was laid for the Grand Hotel which now is supposed to hold many spine tingling feelings. The little horse coral behind the fort is supposedly right where the first post cemetery was. Not all of the bodies were removed when the US moved the cemetery to its present location.
Marquette Park - Any area of the island that had enough soil as at one time was used as a cemetery because the island is quite rocky with only a thin covering of soft earth. When soldiers built a garden in what is now Marquette park they unearthed over 1000 sets of remains. The entire town is haunted.
Mission House - When the Mission House (now state employee housing) was built it was at the heart of a Christian mission to convert Indians who lived on the island. When Indian children who were living there became sick with TB they were locked in the cool damp basement because it was thought that this would help them. It didn't. State employees report the ghosts of children all over the basement and first two floors of the house. The attic is less haunted but people feel presences and alarm clocks get tipped over. The forms of children can be seen walking around often at night inside. Reportedly, none of the presences are not hostile.
Mission Point - Supposedly, a high school student named 'Harvey' had just been dumped by his girlfriend. He was so depressed that he jumped off the bluff behind Mission Point. He became a nuisance; People who worked in the carpenter shop would clean up sawdust, and it would be scattered around the place the next morning as if it had never been touched after work. Also, things would be moved to another place, or disappear. Other sightings included soldiers being seen walking around Mission Point's theatre and other places.
North side of island- During the war of 1812, it is said that the English slaughtered 75 Indian men on the north side of the island, since that time, people who live on Makinac Island say that they see Indian men running through the woods at night, many tourists have reported several sightings of the ghosts of the slaughtered men.
Pine Cottage - On Mackinac Island has proven to be a popular spot for tourists with it's forty-two rooms and three floors... but it also apparently has a lot of room for ghosts. On a rainy night in 1942, tragedy struck at Pine Cottage. A woman who lived in the house was brutally murdered and the case was never solved. Could it be her ghost that haunts this place...or are there others? Bob Hughey came to Mackinac Island many years ago and opened a restaurant called Little Bob's. After World War II, he returned to the island, married and expanded his business, purchasing Pine Cottage in 1962. It was that Spring when they realized that they were sharing the house with "something" else. Strange footsteps began to be heard that had no explanation, followed by doors opening and closing, and searches revealed that no one was there. Things took a more frightening turn that year when Bob walked into a room on the first floor. Suddenly, from out of the closet, a woman rushed madly at him...she bumped into him, almost knocking him down, and then disappeared out the window. She was not your average woman though, not even for a ghost, for she had only been visible from the waist up! That was just the beginning though. The strange sightings continued of many different spirits, from men standing next to beds at night to a little girl that had been reported crying in the attic window. The little girl has been reported all over the house since then. Both staff members and visitors have talked of hearing the footsteps and other strange sounds and have reported things turning up missing and having the covers pulled from their beds at night.
Post Cemetery - where an unknown woman occasionally weeps in the left rear corner near the graves of some children buried there.
The Rifle range trail - has the sound of bullets fired over 100 years ago and one specter. The specter once appeared to a state employee who later identified him in an old fort photo.
Ruins of Stairway and Cave - On Mackinac Island there is a trail, where below and slightly into the woods are the ruins of an old stone staircase leading up to nothing but two caves. While 2 explorers claim that while they were there they got the chills just standing there, it was an eerie feeling. They took a picture of the staircase and they claim when the picture was developed a human sized black blur was in the center of the picture, atop the ruined staircase. The blur was interesting because of the way it was in relation to the lighting and trees and shadows it was obviously not a film defect, but rather something with "form" that was in the picture itself, but which they did not see while standing there. The shape was "in front" of some objects, but behind things in the foreground, suggesting that it was not a defect but something that was standing in front of and behind stones and trees. I've known about this place for a while, but the stairs have decomposed quite a bit in the last few years, and have crumbled down the side of the hill somewhat, but is still creepy. There is definitely something creepy about the place, as it is one of the larger caves on the island, but is not mentioned on any trail maps.
Stone Point Cottage - is supposed to have a ghost. Small Point Cottage was built in 1882 along the foot of East Bluff and a short distance away from it's present location. A sister house was built next door and later torn down, leaving Turner Cottage (as it was called then) to be moved to where it now rests. The house was known as a haunted one long before it became the bed-and-breakfast that it is today. But in 1971, John Findlay accepted a teaching position at the Mackinac Island Elementary School and started looking for a house to move into. Small Point Cottage was one of the few that was large enough to hold Findlay, his wife and seven children and one of the few insulated enough to make it through the long winter.
Strange things began to happen in the house... things would turn up missing, footsteps and unusual noises were not uncommon. Many year-round residents believe the ghost to be that of a young girl who was forced to move away from the island, vowing that she would someday return. It is said to be her ghost that haunts this house. Years after the Findlays first moved in, the house became an elegant bed-and-breakfast and during the summer months, tourists fill the rooms, sometimes having their own encounters with this playful and very non-threatening ghost.
Straights of Mackinac - The most famous is the apparition of LeSalle's 'Griffon' that is supposed to be sighted once in a while going through the straits of Mackinac, as well as a ship of the French explorer Sabastion that was lost near here too. There are many sunken ships throughout the straights, some of which are seen at various times as apparitons by many ship crewman today.
Lets not forget the popular attractions of 'Skull Cave', 'Devil's Kitchen', 'Arch Rock', and the Battlefield and the old golf course area (very haunted). Of course...if you are into the more 'made-up' and theartical kind of ghosts, then don't miss the "Haunted Theatre" in town- it's a blast!
There is no motorized transportation on the island, so most people get around with either horse drawn carriages or bicycles. Although, it is also an in-line skating fitness nut's (like me! [:P]) paradise too!
In any case, if you are a true ghost hunter looking for a vacation this summer...then look no further than historic Mackinac Island!
Interactive map link: http://www.mackinac.com/maps/main.html
Map link with all the trails, roads, & curious places listed: http://www.mackinaw.net/mackislandtour.jpg
There are countless Inn's, and charming Bed & Breakfast's on the island for tourists...as well as the oppulant Grand Hotel!
A little touristy link: http://www.islands.com/mackinac/
Well...that's it...I don't want to sound like a travel agent! I'm too late right? [8D]
More later...depending on posts...