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The Historic Karsten Inn

Location: Kewaunee, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin
Correction:  Some Web sites erroneously refer to it as the "Karston Hotel."  The correct name is "The Historic Karsten Inn."


The Reputed History:  

The Historic Karsten Inn is haunted by several ghosts including Mr. Karsten, a young boy, and a former maid named "Agatha" who haunts room 310


The Investigation:  

We visited the Historic Karsten Inn, interviewed staff and guests,  and spent the night in room 310.

 

The Reputed Phenomena:  
  • It is said that a maid who used to live and work there haunts the kitchen and third floor room where she stayed, her name was Agatha.
  • She opens and closes doors at night.

  • She mischievously knocks over sugar bowls and salt shakers to tease the kitchen staff.

  • She materializes in the lobby or her room.

  • Guest diaries frequently mention the toilet flushing or water faucet turning on by itself.

  • Many children have told their parents about playing in the hallway with a little boy.  Most, upon seeing this portrait of William Karsten the II, exclaimed, "That's him!"
  • The ghost of Mr. Karsten has also been reported to haunt the inn.
  • Ghosts will set the alarm clock in the kitchen to go off at exactly midnight.
  • The lights in the hallway will flicker.
  • Cold and hot spots.
  • Unusual odors.
  • Sounds of breaking glass in the bar, sounds of a child running upstairs, sounds of a flute being played, indecipherable whispering, sounds of furniture moving in rooms, and sounds of a woman crying on the second floor.

 

      

The Investigation:  
  • The lights in the hallway do flicker, but only when the soda machine around the corner kicks in.
  • The alarm clock in the kitchen did go off at midnight while we were there.
  • We were able to measure a cold spot in Agatha's room.
  • We heard tapping sounds coming from the floor within Agatha's room.
  • At 3:00 a.m. we were awakened by loud rapping noises which were recorded on tape.

Instrument Findings:

  • EMF Meter:  Normal
  • IR Thermal Probe:  Anomaly - Cold spot in Agatha's room
  • Photographic:  Normal
  • EVP:  Negative

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Revised: September 28, 2004