there's something going bump in the
night, Chad Lewis might be the
answer to the question of who you're
going to call.
an Eau Claire resident, is the
The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted
Locations, which features Green
Lake's Dartford Cemetery.
present a program entitled
'Wisconsin's Most Haunted Locations'
Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at
the Caestecker Public Library, Green
Lake. The 518 Hill Street
library event is free and open to
who holds a master's of science
degree in applied psychology from
UW-Stout, is a full-time paranormal
investigator and author for
Unexplained Research LLC, which he
co-founded in 2004 with business
partner Terry Fisk.
author of the Hidden Headlines book
series, Lewis has also co-authored
the Road Guide to Haunted Locations
book series along with Fisk.
hosted The Unexplained radio show
from 2003-2006, and is the keynote
speaker for The Unexplained
conferences. He is a member of
the River Cities Paranormal Society
- Ghost Hunters Wisconsin.
graduate school, Lewis was employed
as a grant writer for a non-profit
organization, doing paranormal
research on weekends and vacations.
elusive Loch Ness Monster to
tracking vampires in Transylvania,
Lewis has traveled the globe in
search of the paranormal.
popularity of the second road guide
forced Lewis to choose between his
career and his growing sideline
decided to do investigations," he
Wisconsin road guide includes the
Dartford Cemetery of Green Lake,
which has served as the topic of
much interest among modern day
year, the cemetery was featured in
an episode of the Discovery
Channel's 'A Haunting' series.
Lewis' book says there are children
rumored to be buried in the
mausoleum, further investigation
According to information obtained
from the Dartford Historical
Society, the mausoleum is attributed
to Jackson Walker, the proprietor of
Green Lake's former Rustic House.
said he plans to talk about how the
oral legend differs from the facts,
which will be included in the book's
haunted-cemetery legend took on a
life of its own and was featured on
several websites before Unexplained
Research was contacted, he added.
Increased public interest in the
cemetery legend has led to
vandalism, which is something Lewis
wishes to mitigate through education
who loves history and holds great
respect for graveyards, I, too,
share the concern of those who are
dismayed by the the legend," he told
the Green Lake Reporter."
of turning a cold shoulder, Lewis
feels the local community should
post signs or create flyers stating
that the cemetery is indeed the
place of legend.
should also include the official
stance of the cemetery that they
believe it is nothing more than a
legend and that they would provide
the real history of the cemetery and
mausoleum," he advised. "They
should also (state) that people are
welcome to visit the cemetery...and
that those who do should treat it
communities that have used this
approach have found that it does
drop vandalism significantly, while
increasing the number of responsible
people--tourist--to the community,"
he added. "I would personally
invite those who are worried to come
to the presentation and speak with
me about ways to combat the
vandalism and educate the public so
everyone can enjoy the cemetery for
many years to come."