DeKoven Center

Location:   Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin


The Reputed History:  

At one time it was a orphanage, and the presiding priest shot himself in his study.


The Investigation: 

The DeKoven Center is an Episcopal retreat and conference center located on a 20-acre wooded campus on the shores of Lake Michigan.  It is used for meetings and seminars.

Founded and chartered in 1852, the DeKoven Center began as Racine College.  Its first building was built that same year.  At different times in the past its buildings served as an Episcopal seminary, a boys' prep school, a college, and a home for Anglican nuns.  It was never an orphanage.

James DeKoven was the headmaster of the school for many years, but he never took his life.  He died of apoplexy at the college on March 22, 1879.

James DeKoven (1831-1879)
The Reputed Phenomena:  

There have been reports of a strange ghostly figure being seen in the hallways and in the basement.


The Investigation:  



Interesting Fact: 
Dr. Laurel Clark, one of the seven astronauts killed in the Columbia Shuttle accident, was married in 1991 in St. John's Chapel at The DeKoven Center.


Designed by Terry Fisk
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Revised: September 28, 2004