Lamont-mansion

Summerwind, also known as Lamont Mansion, is undoubedly Wisconsin’s most notorious haunted house. It was built on the shores of West Bay Lake in 1916 by Robert Patterson Lamont. While not much seems to be recorded from this period, legend says holes in the basement door were the result of Lamont firing his pistol at what he believed to be an intruder…until the bullets passed right through it.

After Lamont’s death, Summerwind changed hands several hands, and spent some time vacant before Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw moved in with their children in the 1970s. It wasn’t long before they began to experience strange phenomena, including mumbling voices in empty rooms, doors and windows opening and closing by themselves, and the apparition of a woman.

But it wasn’t until the discovery of a human corpse in a hidden closet compartment that things got bad. Arnold began to have a nervous breakdown, often playing his Hammond organ in a frenzy late at night, while his frightened family huddled together and cried. Arnold said demons in his head demanded that he play. During this time, Ginger attempted suicide. Eventually Arnold was sent away for treatment, and Ginger moved herself and her children out of the house.

They had only occupied Summerwind for six months before it drove them mad.

Ginger’s father, Raymond Bober, decided to buy the house. He wrote about his time there in the out-of-print book The Carver Effect, in which he claims the house is haunted by the ghost of an 18th century British explorer named Jonathan Carver. Bober claimed this spirit was searching for a deed sealed somewhere in its foundation that gave him rights to the the northern third of Wisconsin.

In June of 1988, lightning struck the abandoned mansion and it burned to the ground.

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Summerwind Mansion, formerly known as Lamont Mansion, is a now derelict cellar hole on the shores of West Bay Lake in Vilas County, North East Wisconsin. It is reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in Wisconsin. Due to abandonment, the elements and fire, little of the mansion currently remains standing. Summerwind was originally constructed during the early 20th century as a fishing lodge. In 1916 it was purchased by Robert P. Lamont, who employed Chicago architects Tallmadge and Watson to substantially remodel the property and convert it into a mansion. Lamont remained in Summerwind for approximately 15 years, during which time the maids told Lamont that the mansion was haunted, but he did not believe them. However, he is then reported to have abandoned the property suddenly in the mid 1930s after witnessing an apparition in the mansion’s kitchen.

After remaining vacant for some time, the house became the residence of Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw and their four children, who moved in during the early 1970s. It is from this time onwards that most of the haunting reports originate. After taking up residence, the Hinshaws reported a number of strange occurrences, ranging from flickering shadows that appeared to move down the hallways and soft voices that stopped when they entered rooms, to unexplained electrical/mechanical problems and sash windows that raised themselves. They also reported seeing the ghost of an unidentified woman who appeared several times in the vicinity of the house’s dining room. Within six months of moving into Summerwind, Arnold suffered a breakdown and Ginger attempted suicide. Arnold was sent for treatment and Ginger moved in with her parents in Granton, Wisconsin.

In June 1988 Summerwind was struck by lightning several times, resulting in a fire that destroyed much of the mansion. Oddly, lightning struck the house, not the taller trees around it. Today, only the house’s chimney stacks, foundations, and stone steps remain.

Summerwind Mansion's Disturbing Vexations

Summerwind Mansion, formerly known as Lamont Mansion, is a now derelict foundation & cellar located on the shores of West Bay Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin. It is reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in Wisconsin. Due to abandonment, the elements and fire, little of the mansion currently remains standing. Summerwind was originally constructed during the early 20th century as a fishing lodge.

In 1916 it was purchased by Robert P. Lamont, who employed Chicago architects Tallmadge and Watson to substantially remodel the property and convert it into a mansion. The mansion provided a comfortable place for Lamont to escape the pressures of everyday life in Washington D.C., as he would later go on to serve as the Secretary of Commerce under President Herbert Hoover. Lamont remained in Summerwind for approximately 15 years, during which time the maids told Lamont that the mansion was haunted, but he did not believe them. However, he is then reported to have abandoned the property suddenly in the mid 1930s after witnessing an apparition in the mansion’s kitchen. Legends of the house say that Lamont actually fired a pistol at a ghost that he believed was an intruder. The bullet holes in the basement door from the kitchen remained for many years. After remaining vacant for some time, the house became the residence of Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw and their four children, who moved in during the early 1970s.

It is from this time forward that most of the haunting reports originate. After taking up residence, the Hinshaws reported a number of strange occurrences, ranging from flickering shadows that appeared to move down the hallways and soft voices that stopped when they entered rooms. There were unexplained electrical/mechanical problems and sash windows that raised themselves. One particular window, which proved especially stubborn, would raise and lower itself at all hours. Out of desperation, Arnold drove a heavy nail through the window casing and it finally stayed closed. They also reported seeing the ghost of an unidentified woman who appeared several times in the vicinity of the house’s dining room. On another occasion, Arnold walked out to his car to go to work and the vehicle suddenly burst into flames. No one was near it and it is unknown whether the source of the fire was supernatural in origin or not, but regardless, no cause was ever found for it.

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