The owners of two Fond du Lac buildings are not
surprised their establishments made a paranormal
investigator’s Top 5 list of haunted places in the Fox
The Octagon House, 276 Linden St., and the Ramada
Plaza Hotel, 1 N. Main St., are included in the list
compiled by Chad Lewis of Eau Claire, who spoke
Saturday in Appleton about strange happenings in the
Ron Schmitz, owner of the Ramada, said it’s well of
paranormal investigators visit their sites.
Schmitz said a group from National Public Radio
broadcast a half-hour segment about the hotel. Hansen
said she recently had a group of people claiming to be
“Ghostbusters” visit the Octagon House.
Octagon House visitors have claimed to see the
ghost of a young boy wandering the home, Lewis said.
The founder supposedly haunts the Ramada along with
several other ghosts, he said.
Lewis has interviewed at least a dozen people from
each place that believe they have seen a ghost and he
believes they may be right.
“At the Hotel Retlaw, people have seen strange
people walking around, and heard music from different
time periods,” Lewis said.
Because of the stories, both places plan special
events as Halloween approaches.
The Octagon House hosts ghost story readings, which
have been sold out for three weeks, Hansen said.
During a reading last year, she said, a ghost
disturbed the group. This year she hopes they will be
“I can’t forecast them (ghost visits) and we can’t
stop them,” she said.
The Ramada has decorated the hotel for Halloween
and will host several events surrounding the holiday.