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The Caryville Church

Location:  Caryville, Dunn County, Wisconsin

Corrections:  The proper name of the church is "Spring Brook Lutheran Church."

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WARNING!

WARNING!

WARNING!

The Spring Brook community has had numerous problems with vandalism.  Be aware that the church is private property and under constant surveillance. 

TRESPASSING IS A CRIME!   UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS FOUND ON THIS PROPERTY DURING NON-CHURCH HOURS WILL BE SUBJECT TO ARREST AND PROSECUTION!

If you have any information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalizing the church, please call the Dunn County Sheriff's Department (non-emergency): (715) 232-1564.

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The Reputed History:

The church was built by a minister (in other versions it was a priest) named "Jacob" who put so much time and effort in its construction that he was willing to die for it.  About 30 years ago, some investors came to Caryville and wanted to demolish both the church and the Caryville schoolhouse across the road and construct new ones.  The minister became so enraged that he removed the stairs from the church and hung himself in the belfry.  Later the townspeople spotted his body hanging in the bell tower.

The Investigation:  

  • The stories about a priest are obviously false, since only Catholic and Episcopalian churches have priests;  Lutheran churches have ministers.
  • Local residents and church members refute the story that a clergyman hung himself in the belfry of the church.
The Reputed Phenomena:  
  • Paranormal events have occurred ever since the suicide of the clergyman.
  • People have seen the ghost of the minister (or priest) hanging inside the bell tower.

 

The Investigation:  
  • The rumors of haunting activity have been around for only 5-10 years--not 30 years.
  • It is doubtful that anybody has seen an apparition of a body hanging in the belfry, since the story about the suicide is untrue.
  • According to local residents and members of the church, nothing paranormal has ever occurred at the church or the schoolhouse.

Designed by Terry Fisk
Copyright Unexplained Research. All rights reserved.
Revised: September 28, 2004