In this article we will be taking a look at a paranormal hot spot located deep in woods lining the shores of West Bay Lake, Wisconsin – the Summerwind Mansion haunting…
In 1916, the then U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Robert Lamont, purchased the mansion to become it’s first ever owner.
He did not live in the property full time, opting instead to use it as a holiday home for his family.
Over the next 15 years, the family were known to constantly share paranormal experiences that they had experienced within the house, with friends and neighbors.
They frequently complained about poltergeist activity, shadow people running from room to room and unexplained noises echoing from seemingly empty rooms.
For the first few years, the Lamont family seemed to be at peace with the ghostly entities within their retreat – they didn’t seem to bother them that much…
Until one apparition decided to pay them an unexpected visit.
The Lamont Entity
According to Lamont, he and his wife were having dinner in the kitchen one night, when without warning, the basement door blasted open.
Lamont and his wife then sat there in complete terror as they watched the apparition of a shadowy man form by the basement entrance.
Fear eventually put Lamont into a panic, and he reached for his gun and shot twice at the strange specter.
Both bullets went straight through the ghostly figure, and lodged themselves in the basement door.
The Lamont family left their vacation home that night…and never returned.
The mansion was eventually sold on to The Keefers during the 1940’s. They decided to use the house as a rental vacation property.
Many tenants claimed that Mrs. Keefer rarely set foot inside the house, typically handing the keys to guests and leaving them to their own devices.
Nobody knows why the Keefer family decided to rent the property out shortly after they purchased it…
Something obviously put them off using it themselves!
Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw bought the house in the 70’s – they actually moved into the house with their six children with a view to restoring it as they went along through family life.
They tried to hire local tradesmen to help them with aspects of the construction – but the locals would go nowhere near the house due to fear of evil spirits.
While painting a bedroom closet, Arnold stumbled upon a hidden crawl space that was too small for him to get into. He called up one of his children so that they could squeeze in and see what was on the other side.
Mary, his daughter, volunteered to go inside the hidden room. Once in there, she found a pile of bones and a human skull with knotted black hair still attached.
Arnold decided that it was best to leave the grisly find be, so he sealed the crawlspace back up and left it’s contents alone.
Several years later the Hinshaw family decided to bring the skull and bones out and maybe hand them over to the authorities…
When they got back inside the sealed room…it was completely empty.
Since then, the legend of Summerwind Mansion has grown, luring new owners and paranormal thrill seekers to explore the haunted corridors and remains of the house.
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