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Dartford Cemetery Haunting

By on March 18, 2011
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Local legend says the Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake, WI (map) which was featured on the Discovery Channel show A Haunting, is haunted by the ghosts of an Indian chief, whose creepy headstone has now become infamous, Civil War soldiers, and children who died from polio.

The old pioneer cemetery gets it’s name from the original village of Dartford, which became Green Lake, WI. The graves date back to the early pioneers from the 1800′s.

Other strange things said to happen include dark shadowy figures, strange noises, orbs, grave stones changing or vanishing, and the sensation of being followed or watched.

But the main attraction to locals and legend trippers is the old mausoleum. It is said that if you sit on the roof of the mausoleum, a ghost will push you off.

The story behind the Indian Chief is that he ruled and lived in the Green Lake/Princeton area, and he drowned in the Fox River during an attempt to cross it while drunk.

Apparently, until recently with the airing of A Haunting, most Green Lake locals had never heard of ghosts or anything supernatural happening in the cemetery. Children regularly put flowers on the graves of the soldiers buried near the mausoleum.

Dartford Cemetery entrance in Green Lake, WI

Dartford Cemetery Indian Cheif

Green Lake, WI Dartford Cemetery Haunted Mausoleum

Also featured on A Haunting was the haunting of Summerwind in Land O Lakes, WI and the legend of Witch Road in Rosendale, WI.

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38 Comments

  1. Vicki Van Buren

    July 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    of course it’s safe. You didn’t plan on camping in the cemetery did you?

  2. Susan Kelly

    July 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Me and 60 of my friends are going on a camping trip- for a week up here,, and umm, do you people think its safe?? you know, of ghosts..

  3. silvereyes1945

    June 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Been to Witch Road in Rosendale. No big deal. Just a run down old house that is supposed to be the “witch” house. An employer of mine lives in that area, and she said the house belonged to two sisters years ago, and her brother knew them. They weren’t creepy at all. Anyway, didn’t see or hear anything unusual on Witch Road. Drove by Dartford Cemetary when I took a wrong turn way before I heard of the hauntings. I got a really creepy feeling, and I drive by plenty of cemetaries without feeling that way. That was in the day time. Not worth going there in the dark on Halloween in my book.

  4. hellbilly

    May 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    theres no such thing as ghost or anything like that cmon people

  5. douglas

    November 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    If u wnt 2 experience it fir ur self do an over night on the 12 of the solstice then u will see what is true or not ? Dougs scots paranormal expert

    • abhishek

      December 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Have you ever gone there?

  6. DEVIANCE (little red)

    October 29, 2013 at 3:28 am

    i have tried this……i don’t know, man…..i tried on halloween, and it was daytime….i think it may be the shape of the mausoleoum…or however that is spelled, i did fall off, 4 times.

  7. William Kelly

    September 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    People may have heard or thought they saw something in the cemetery. It’s just peoples accounts of what they saw or what they think they saw, but the tv show has to make it more exciting so people will watch it with all the special effects. It’s all about ratings ! I hear and see things out of the corner of my eye’s all the time even in my own home, so what ! Doesn’t mean there is a ghost or demon watching me. The show is just entertainment !

  8. Kevin (paranormal scientist)

    September 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I wonder of the legends and myth’s are true, if so, I’ll do some EVP sessions and try to get some confirmation! Would be a sweet trip! Just wondering about the physical damage some claim to get, And I want to pay some extra attention to the native!

  9. Vikki Van Buren

    August 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    My son was one of the kids featured on A Haunting Legend Trippers. All I can say is, I saw the scratches they came home with…One of the boys was so tramatized that he would not agree to be on the show and said he will never set foot in there again.

    • rajni

      February 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Is it true story’s pl tell your son do not scared of those scratches if he will show his fear it will became nightmare for through his life

    • Nate

      June 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Hi, I am thinking about doing some research on this cemetery, I’m coming from Watertown, WI would you be able to answer some questions for me?

      • Vicki Van Buren

        June 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        I can certainly try. Email me at v_vb@yahoo.com

    • ebony p

      July 1, 2014 at 5:30 am

      I just saw the show for the second time. Please tell your son that i am so sorry for what happened to him. I pray he doesnt have nightmares or anything bad happening to him. Its a terrifying thing to be touched or haunted in anyway.

    • shay vogler

      July 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      So, all that the show and the kids in the interview said, is real?? I just thought that it was a show designed to scare those who watch it. I have the Dartford Cemetery episode on dvd. Which one was your son?

      • Vikki Van Buren

        July 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

        Yes, the kids are all very real. Actors of course played them on the show. But the interviews are the real kids. My son is Corbin.

  10. Alan

    June 11, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Was just at Dartford Cemetery poking around a few nights ago. Don’t waste your time. All you will find is a quaint, old cemetery. A peaceful place of rest. No unusual activity was recorded nor was I pushed off the mausoleum.

  11. SUE

    January 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Many years ago I went with three coworkers to a haunted bridge in Ardmore Oklahoma. I can tell you that all four of us had a terrifying paranormal experience. Up until then I was a non believer but that changed in one night. For those who travel for the experience I hope you find what you are looking for. My expeirence was terrifying but also awesome. Glad I went.

    • Nate

      June 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Can I ask what happened?

  12. marzban

    December 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    is you were in an oriental country, as i am, you were not so skeptic about supernatural.
    paranormal is something your generation forgot about world just it is!you must believe many strange things but is there anything stranger than your life at all?no
    anyway as a 44 years old persian doctor i can say you that not only it is real that things you mentioned paranormal but also its a common experience in my country..albeit these experiences were more in past days probably because more wide and clean eyes!
    anyway i can see you american were neglecting GOD as the main axis of your lifes and it is the main cause of your agitation skeptic position matraialistic point of view and other spiritual problems
    with a great religion as chiristianity that you have im surprised with your neglecting status of trust to LORD

  13. taylor trimm

    October 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    i am soooo up for it. this shit looks amazing!!! me and my mom are watching it right now and were all like ohhh hellll nahhhhh!(; lol

    • Paige

      June 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

      You shouldnt fuck with the paranormal or treat it as fun or an awesome experience.. just saying.. sometimes you can experience and get more than you bargained for.

      • steven

        June 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Bingo.

  14. ann peckham

    September 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    sumtime i would like to drive up there during the day an see what happen in the cemetery

    • SUE

      January 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Probably nothing would happen during day. Night time is dead time

  15. ann peckham

    September 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    looks scary to me on tv.

  16. David Mashburn

    July 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Yes its haunded by imprints in time frams as well as a few fallen

  17. lee

    March 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    i was watching a haunting on tv and it looked pretty real to me but thats tv i wood like to travel to dartford cemetery and check it out for my self to see if its real or fake.

    • ann peckham

      September 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      im an watching that right now on tv !!!!,an it does pretty spookie sum man said on tv her heard childen on tv. an yes it does look real . makes me sick to my stomache.

  18. Beth

    January 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

    My son went to school with the boys that were interviewed and they told him that the whole thing was scripted. I don’t know if it is really haunted or not, I lived in Green Lake and have been to that cemmetary and never had anything happen to me.

    • Matthew Kerby

      December 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

      @ Beth, I don’t think Dartford Cemetery is haunted and i don’t know or have heard anyone that has had any real or genune experiences there to be honest but A Haunting is a TV show so i think its just made up.

  19. amy parker

    October 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    this really doesnt scare me. but i want to travel to Wisconsin to check it out for myself!

    • phillip bicknell

      October 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      hell yea but i want to go there for the experaiances

    • lee

      March 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      if you ever want to go send a comment i will travel to wisconsin and see if its scary or not

      • elizabeth lewis

        June 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        I would love to go see it for myself if so if somebody go i want to go

        • ann peckham

          September 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          ware in the heck do you live ? i live in mad wis. if truth to be know.

          • Adam Jensen

            October 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

            I live in Madison, WI and I am thinking about taking the trip…are you up for it.

  20. Fellipe

    April 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Cara,é sinistro!!!

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