Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sleeping at a Haunted Inn

We had been given a gift certificate for 2 nights to the Kewaunee Inn, and it was expiring this week.  I heard about the Schooner Coast, that I mentioned in the Christmas Ship blog post, and decided this would be a good weekend to use it and do the tour of the coastline from Manitowoc to Sturgeon Bay.

When we received the gift certificate, I didn't know anything about this inn, other than it was in Kewaunee, WI.  As I did a little research, I realized this is one of the most haunted hotels in Wisconsin with 3 known ghosts haunting it on a regular basis.  It has both a historic and interesting past. From the outside, it doesn't look remarkable.  It used to be called the Karsten hotel, and has changed owners several times.  Currently, it is owned by a Chicago couple, but will be sold in just a few weeks once again.  The 23 rooms are all a little different.  They leave all the unoccupied rooms open so you can browse the hotel.  Ours was a large room with 2 beds and a jacuzzi tub.  Some of the furniture in the hotel is Victorian style.  The lobby has a flat screen TV, piano, and even a cello!  There is a restaurant, but it was closed for the season.  We were only one of 3 families staying there this weekend, so we pretty much had free run of the place.

The hotel was built in 1912 and opened in February 1913, but the real paranormal activity began in 1966, after a renovation was done.  There are stories and photos of orbs, ghostlike figures, cold spots, hot spots, moving objects, foul odors, and documentation from people who study this type of activity.  Even if you check out their facebook page, you are likely to see photos taken by people who stayed here, who once they looked at their photos had things they could not explain.  It seems they have decided there are 3 prominent spirits who haunt the hotel- Agatha, William Karsten Sr., and Billy Karsten III.

Agatha, a mischievous former housekeeper, has been known to be found all over the hotel but her room which they say is haunted is a guest room on the third floor- room 310.  We weren't so interested in staying in a haunted room, because I admit I'm a scaredy cat!  But I was curious what type of strange occurrences one might encounter.  We took a peek into her room and this is all we saw.


Room 310
Agatha Struck, housekeeper
There was a scrapbook in the lobby and these are some photos that someone took with a little about the paranormal study that was done.  My husband thinks they were doctored.  Who knows?


The other two ghosts include the former owner/mayor of Kewaunee and his young grandson.  You can read about all the ghosts at the Kewaunee Inn website, under the paranormal heading.  We didn't actually see a ghost, but we did have a strange experience with Omar's Ipad.  He was playing some music when we were in our hotel room 201- just down the hall from where William Karsten is said to have lived during his lifetime.  All of a sudden something happened to the screen where it was changing and we were unable to do anything with it.  I even tried to power it off, but it was as if there was already someone touching the screen so I couldn't make it change.  This lasted for about 5-7 minutes, and then Omar regained control again.  Could it have been the child ghost Billy Karsten, III?  Maybe he was curious about this new toy. We may never know.  At any rate, all the spirits are thought to be friendly.

This was a fun weekend.  The hotel was comfortable and just a block from the lake.  We went bowling, did some sightseeing and got up early one morning to see the sunrise near the lighthouse.  Not too spooky, but an interesting experience anyway.



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