December 6, 2015

The Mysteries of Wisconsin with Victoria Roder

I love living in Wisconsin. The beauty of the landscape with a mixture of hills and farmland, the changing colors of the leaf bearing trees and the always green of the pine trees takes my breath away. Regardless of the season there are activities to engage in such as camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, attending festivals from Sheboygan Brat Days to Colby Cheese Days, and don’t forget snow-shoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. You can choose the serenity of rural life or the adventure of city activities.
In Wisconsin, the ”Cheeseheads” are passionate about the Packers and tailgate parties. Life events revolve around the Brewers, Badgers and racing too. There are seemingly endless historical and fun places to visit.

Have you heard of the Civil War reenactments at the Wade House in Greenbush, Wisconsin?
How about the USS Cobia Submarine Memorial in Manitowoc, Wisconsin?

The Duck rides in Wisconsin Dells? Many people have heard or been to these attractions, but have you heard about the haunted sites of Wisconsin? There are so many haunted claims around the state that I had a hard time narrowing down the ones I wanted to include.  

In Plainfield Wisconsin, serial killer Ed Gein’s former property (the building was burnt to the ground) is said to have strange noises and unexplained lights. The life of Ed Gein inspired such movies as Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the character Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs.      

Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake was featured on the show A Haunting. Witnesses have reported civil war soldiers hiding in the shadows, strange sounds, and an eerie sensation of being followed. It is said if you sit on a specific mausoleum of three siblings that died of polio, you will be violently pushed off.

The Apparition of Hilbert Road in Hilbert, Wisconsin is a man searching for his daughter that was killed a century ago. The apparition leans against a tree with a lantern. He asks those that stop if they have seen his daughter and then disappears.

If you visit Wisconsin to partake in the excitement of our sports teams, the endless stream of festivals, historical sites, or to take a haunted tour be sure to stop and enjoy the beauty and change of seasons.

Victoria Roder was born and continues to live in Wisconsin. Her first ghost story, The Dream House Visions and Nightmares takes place in Sheboygan Wisconsin and was based on a recurring nightmare she has had since childhood. Her recent Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary is based on Victoria’s fascination with haunted prisons.
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Converting the former federal prison Ingersull Penitentiary, into The Big House Inn swallowed Hailey Price’s inheritance from her murdered mother and deceased father’s estate. But, with any luck, the rumors of the federal complex being haunted will boost interest of the Inn. The abandoned Penitentiary, cursed by a witch, is in a constant battle of good versus evil, an eternal struggle for the souls that enter the complex.
The residual haunts are the least of the frightening occurrences at the Inn. An electrical storm traps the visitors with a possessed Ouija board and the spirit of a condemned witch and an ancient curse. It might be Heaven checking into The Big House Inn, but it’s Hell checking out.
For your middle grade reader, The Curse of King Ramesses II is a twelve year old girl version of Abbott and Costello at the museum. Please feel free to visit Victoria at   
(Pictures provided by Victoria Roder and pintrest and Ron Roder)



  1. Wisconsin is beautiful, but this is the first I've heard about the haunted sites. I'll have to check those out. Your books sound spooky and fun.

  2. Wisconsin sounds lovely and interesting, a nice place to visit.

  3. Wow! This information is enough to scare many people away. But not people like me. If I could visit your area, I'd be sure to take in all the places you mentioned. Places like this capture my interest, to say the least.

  4. Wisconsin is beautiful with fun places to visit, but some of the lesser known, haunted locations peeked my interest!

  5. Victoria Roder's books are scary, the Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary started out scary I could only read it during the day and me thinking it would get less scary. Wrong it was scary all the way to the end.

  6. I visited Wisconsin for the first time last August when I was up there for a conference, and I loved it. I look forward to returning this year. Such a beautiful state. And the cheese I brought home... yum! I plan to bring a cooler this year so I can buy more. lol

  7. Wonderful post, Victoria. I have been to the Wade house several times. There is a lot of history in Wisconsin and it sounds like haunted history as well. Being from Sheboygan, I have gone to all of the cities many festivals. I believe just about every weekend in the summer there is some BIG festival going on. Yay Wisconsin! I love Wisconsin!

    Best wishes with your novels. I'll check them out.



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