Dartford Cemetery


Location:  Green Lake, Green Lake County, Wisconsin

For more information see The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations

The Ghost Lore:  
  • An Indian chief from a tribe that lived in the Ripon/Green Lake/Princeton area drowned when he was drunk and attempting to swim across the Fox river on a dare.
  • A mausoleum in the cemetery contains the bodies of several children from the same family who all died from polio.


The Investigation: 

The last chief to rule the Green Lake area was Chief Highknocker.  His Indian name was Hanageh, but the white settlers referred to him as "Highknocker" because of the stovepipe hat he always wore.  His death certificate lists his name as Dick Highknocker and records the cause of death as accidental drowning.  There is no evidence alcohol was involved.  His date of birth was listed as not known on his death record, yet his gravestone carries it.  Originally he was buried in the Township of Berlin and later moved to Dartford Cemetery.

Contrary to the myth, there are no children buried inside the mausoleum.  It contains the remains of a man named Jackson Walker.

The Reputed Phenomena:  
  • Apparitions of the Indian chief
  • Apparitions of Civil War soldiers
  • Apparitions of the children who died from polio
  • Dark shadowy figures
  • Strange noises
  • Orbs
  • The sensation of being followed or watched
  • The Dare:  If you sit on the roof of the mausoleum, a ghost will push you off.

Designed by Terry Fisk
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Revised: August 04, 2008