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Haunted Trail – Michigan’s Thumbcoast

Have you ever gotten an eerie feeling from somewhere?

According to some mortals, ghost haunts and paranormal activity are prevalent in the Thumbcoast. If you dare, take this self-guided tour of the spine-tingling locations we dug up and make the final arrangements to visit. Tag us in your ghost adventures on our Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok pages.

The 10 Haunted

1. The Morrow Road legend dates back to the 1800s. A woman passed away searching for her lost child. Some people claimed to see her at night along the road calling out for her child. Visit Paranormal Video Archive or Michigan’s Otherside for their takes on the story.

Photo | Paranormal Video

2. Marine City Hall was the former location of the city offices. Today, it remains for renovations. According to the Friends of City Hall members, a haunt was present, and they called in a paranormal investigation group.

Photo | Marine City Hall

3. 1836, Murphy Inn is one of the state’s oldest inns. Guests can still rent a room here if they dare. There are accounts of a haunting presence in the overnight rooms and the basement. The story & videos are by John Robinson.

Photo | WFMK

4. The Kammer Cabin, built in the 1850s, has long been thought to be haunted. This cabin was moved here from Casco Township; perhaps the move or its former life had a spooky history. Join Detroit Rock City’s Paranormal Investigation on Oct. 29, 2022, of the cabin and Carnegie Museum. Advanced tickets are required.

5. The Carnegie Center as unexplained paranormal phenomena reported. Objects were seen being thrown across the room, and creepy voices were heard while unexplained music plays. These haunts may be tied to the historical artifacts on display, such as the iron lung. Join Detroit Rock City’s Paranormal Investigation of the Carnegie Center on Oct. 28, 2023. Eventbrite Tickets, limited availability.

How Many Believe?

According to a poll by IPSOS, one of the world’s leading independent market research companies, “over a third of Americans believe in ghosts (36%) and U.F.O’s (39%).” Over a third of Americans believe in ghosts and U.F.O’s article from October 20, 2021.

6. It’s no surprise that Michigan’s oldest lighthouse, built in 1829 for the second time, has a few haunts. Join Detroit Rock City’s investigation of the Fort Gratiot Light on Oct. 21, 2023, and see if they uncover any activity using lots of techniques and equipment. Tickets on Eventbrite, limited availability.

Photo by Andrew Kercher

7. The Cadillac House Inn & Tavern is a registered historical location from the mid-nineteenth century and claims to be haunted by a ghost named George. The staff doesn’t deny a strong presence in the hotel; others have investigated this and felt the same way. 

8. The Sanilac County Historic Museum grounds are said to be haunted and will be investigated by Detroit Paranormal this fall. The Loop-Harrison Mansion, dated 1872 and formerly owned by the village physician, the church, and the Huckins Schoolhouse, dated 1847, have had apparitions reported by employees and guests.

Every year, Sanilac County Museum, holds a Creepy Baby Doll Contest! If you have a doll scare-worthy, enter it into the contest by October 12th, 2023. Visitors to the museum can cast a vote to pick the creepiest doll.

9. Minnie Quay is still a legend to many 150 years after her death. Many claim to have seen her walking the shoreline of Lake Huron in the quiet town of Forester. Her grave is heavily visited and trinkets are left in remembrance. Visit the Facebook page dedicated to telling her story, a book (Dead Reckoning) or visit Lost in Michigan, Find a Grave for additional stories.

10. The spirit of Catherine Shook, Michigan’s first female light-keeper, is said to haunt the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse. This light is at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb overlooking Lake Huron. This site was investigated by East Michigan Paranormal Society according to Huron County Parks or visit Lost in Michigan for their take on it.

Fun Fact

You can stay overnight at Michigan’s oldest lighthouse in a bunk room of the keepers dwelling. The stay includes a tour of the grounds and a climb to the top of the lighthouse. This unique opportunity is available through Port Huron Museums.

Patches are available for purchase at the gift shop

Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau video’s are on TikTok

Never enter private property or public properties after posted open hours. Respect all locations and those that live around where you visit. Do not leave anything behind that may be considered littering. Do not take a memento or keepsake from the places you visit.

Article by Katie Stepp, Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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