6 enchanted destinations a drive away from Lansing
For the believers among us, there are many supposedly haunted places in and around Lansing every fall: the old Stimson Hospital, Abigail Senior Apartments, the cul-de-sac at Seven Gables Road and Oak Park, once the city’s first cemetery.
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But when you’ve tired of these local offerings – or just want to take a day trip – there are paranormal adventures to experience further afield from the capital. Here are some destinations for those who want to hit the streets and try to take a look at the other side, sorted by distance from Lansing.
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Less than 1 hour away
Belding Library, Belding
The Alvah N. Belding Library is just outside Grand Rapids and was commissioned in 1917 by Belding, a silk magnate, as a memorial to his parents, Hiram Belding and Mary Wilson.
A little girl’s ghost is believed to haunt the libraries, where visitors have reported hearing laughter when no one else was around.
National House Inn, Marshall
Built in 1835, this Marshall bed and breakfast is the state’s oldest operating hotel and serves travelers as a stopover between Detroit and Chicago. Due to hidden passageways and vantage points throughout the building, many believe it was a subway stop, although others attribute the angles to prohibition.
Visitors have reported seeing a woman in red on the front stairs of the National House Inn and roaming the halls, suggesting in spiritual circles the spirit of a despised lover or sex worker killed by a customer.
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1 to 2 hours away
Historic Holly Hotel, Holly
This former Victorian-style hotel is now a fine dining restaurant and lives up to its reputation as a haunted inn. Management welcomes regular visits from Southern Michigan’s Ghost Hunters to catch a glimpse of paranormal events there, and staff hold tours that explain phenomena reported over the years, according to the hotel’s website.
The most frequently reported ghost is that of John Hirst, the building’s first hotelier since its inception in the early 20th century as a social hub. Visitors should look out for a man in a frock coat and top hat, or look out for the scent of cigar smoke that several visitors allegedly smelled.
The Whitney, Detroit
Another spot where ghost hunting comes with a meal is the Whitney in Detroit, named one of the busiest restaurants in America by the Syfy network’s ghost hunters.
The residence, which has been converted into a restaurant, was once the home of the wood baron David Whitney Jr., who died six years after its completion in 1894. His ghost – and that of his first wife Flora, who died before the mansion was completed – is said to haunt the building. The believers point to a sappy elevator that has moved between the floors without being asked.
The restaurant offers a paranormal dinner tour with a four-course meal and an expedition through the mansion, but this is currently booked until November.
Felt mansion, Holland
Dorr Felt, an inventor who patented an early mechanical calculator, built this villa as a gift for his wife Agnes, who died six weeks after the family moved into the house. Felt himself died a year and a half later. Visitors lead dark figures that brush the floors and doors that open on their own back to the felts that are still poking around their home.
On Halloween weekend, the mansion is hosting Hauntings & History Nights, a self-guided, candlelit tour of areas reserved for regular visitors for $ 25. For private groups there is an overnight stay for 1,200 US dollars.
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2+ hours away
Traverse City State Hospital
Opened in 1885, Traverse City State Hospital was known for “beauty as therapy” initiatives such as lush gardens and a ban on straitjackets. The hospital is now the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a redesigned community with homes, shops, and restaurants on the former site of the institution.
Although the Village avoids terms such as “ghosts” and “ghosts”, in addition to the more conventional historical tours of the campus, it also offers twilight tours of its grounds and underground steam tunnels with flashlights.
The hospital’s alleged haunted attractions include the “hippie tree,” an old willow tree with tangled sprayed limbs that enthusiasts believe is a portal to Hell.
Contact reporter Annabel Aguiar at [email protected] or (517) 449-8248.