The Princeton Historical Society’s “Wisconsin’s Most Haunted Locations” event on Friday, August 26 started at 5 p.m. at Knickerbocker Landing Saloon, 609 West Water Street with drinks. However, apparently people were so excited they started showing up at 4:30 p.m.
Dinner followed at around 5 p.m. with a four course meal served up by Who Dat BBQ LLC, and finally around 7:30 p.m. Chad Lewis, author of 25 books, presented “Wisconsin’s Most Haunted Locations.”
Nearly 70 attendees filled the newly remodeled Knickerbocker Saloon for the event. One attendee who came from as far away as Madison said, “I am in Princeton solely for this event. A friend of mine saw it advertised on Facebook and I decided to make an adventure of it.”
Vickie Wielgosh warmed up the crowd by saying, “I want to thank all of you for coming to this event, as well as Knickerbocker Landing, Who Dat BBQ, and the Princeton High School volunteers that made this possible. We are here for two reasons, to see a great speaker, and to
fundraise for phase 2 of the renovation of the Folklore Museum.”
High school volunteers, Lily and Sophie Buslaff served a plated dinner prepared by Who Dat BBQ LLC including a salad, pulled chicken and pork, mac& cheese, jambalaya, corn bread,
Rachel Zimmerman, Princeton was especially excited about the guest speaker, Chad Lewis. She said, “I have had one of his books for twenty years. It was one of the first books that I read that really moved me.” Zimmerman took the opportunity to get this book signed as well as purchasing more written by author, Chad Lewis.
Chad Lewis has more than 18 years of research experience into ghosts, vampires, the lochness monster, crop circles, alien abductions, and just plain scary people and places. At
the event, Lewis spoke about weird folklore and anomalies to be found in Wisconsin.
One of the first topics of his presentation was the haunting of the Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake which was featured in one of his earliest books. Often when people read
Lewis’ books, they visit the sites that are mentioned. Visitors to the Dartford cemetery have been so numerous that extra lighting has been installed to prevent naughtiness.
Lewis went on to discuss other cemeteries in Wisconsin, the mysterious balls of light at the Devil’s punch bowl, places people can spend a night in a haunted building in
Wisconsin, and Bloody Bride Bridge near Stevens Point.