Ghosts >> Wisconsin Ghosts >> Summerwind

Post by JJRAKMAN on Oct 9th, 2003, 10:36am

Some say that the most haunted house in Wiscomnsin is Summerwind. Robert P. Lamont, who would some time later become the Secretary of Commerce under President Hoover, built this house in 1916. It lies on private property, which overlooks the West Bay Lake in Vilas County. It is said that Lamont himself fired two shots at a ghost that appeared to him in his kitchen, who he believed to be an intruder. After the death of Lamont the house was sold numerous times through the ensuing years.

In 1970 Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw along with their six children would move into the home. Within a few months of unpacking, the family would experience shadows fleeting through the halls, voices mumbling in the darkness, and the apparition of a woman dressed in white was often seen floating about. Windows would open and close of their own free will; appliances would fail, and then miraculously repair themselves. The home would suffer from heating and electrical malfunctions. Once when Arnold started his car, it burst into flames. No explanation was ever found for the cause of the fire.

One day, during renovations, they chose to paint a closet in one of the bedrooms. A false back to the closet was found and was opened it to reveal a hole behind the space. Arnold stuck his head inside and discovered a skull sporting wisps of black hair. The Hinshaws never contacted the authorities. Why is not known. However, they strangely decided to leave the skull where they had found it.

Arnold began to suggest that he was possessed by demons who demanded that he stay up late and pound upon a Hammond organ that the couple had purchased earlier. The family would often huddle in a corner and weep whilst he played. Eventually he would have a nervous breakdown and would be sent away to gain treatment for his mental woes. About the same time, Ginger attempted suicide. Later, Ginger would divorce Arnold, as his chance of recovery seemed hopeless. She then married George Olsen after recovering her own health.

Ginger’s father, Raymond Bober then asked her to come live with him in Granton. He would buy Summerwind, and intended to remodel it into a restaurant. The first thing Raymond did was search for the skull, but it had vanished. During the ensuing renovations, Raymond encountered what he claimed to be the ghost of Jonathan Carver, an eighteenth century explorer. Raymond claimed that the ghost would speak to him, and related his story in a book, “The Carver Effect: a paranormal experience by Wolfgang von Bober.” According to Carver, he did not want anyone living on his property. For he believed that the Sioux Indians had deeded him the northern third of Wisconsin after he had negotiated peace between the Sioux and another tribe. He claimed that the deed lay hidden in a black box, which was encased in the foundation of Summerwind. And Carver wanted Raymond’s help in finding this deed.

Did the vanishing of the skull cause the increased activity after Raymond had bought the property? We may never know. The box was never found. The renovations were never completed as the workers refused to work at the location. Eventually Summerwind was abandoned in the early 80’s and would soon fall into serious disrepair. Vandals, vermin, and the harsh Wisconsin weather, would all have their way with Summerwind. In July of 1988 the house was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Only the foundation and two thirty foot high stone chimneys remain.

The Carver Effect is actually listed on Amazon although it is out of print, I have seen used copies sell for $100 to $150 dollars.


Anyway, this was a small exerpt from my book. Hope you al enjoy it.

Re: Summerwind
Post by Russko on Aug 1st, 2004, 5:05pm

This is just a shot in the dark...but I was curious if anybody reading this knows who owns the lot that Summerwind's ruins sit on right now, why they havent decided to rebuild any type of structure on that lot, and possibly the blueprints to summerwind's structure or a detailed layout of the old building. If anybody has any info, I'd be delighted to hear it. Please email me at Thatrusskid@hotmail.com
Re: Summerwind
Post by Ronin on Sep 16th, 2004, 10:20pm

Check your email Russko...I know the current owners of Summerwind. I have details about it in the email. Seems you have pretty good aim in the dark!!
Re: Summerwind
Post by Ronin on Sep 16th, 2004, 10:26pm

Also, JJRAKMAN, if you are interested, I have a couple of rather interesting experiences from visiting Summerwind that if you are still working on your book you might consider adding. I assure you they are genuine and non-farcical and I can back them up with a number of people who were there when it/they happened. You can email me at struss@rimjaw2k.com if interested.
Re: Summerwind
Post by jctigger420 on Oct 14th, 2004, 6:30pm

on Sep 16th, 2004, 10:20pm, Ronin wrote:
Check your email Russko...I know the current owners of Summerwind. I have details about it in the email. Seems you have pretty good aim in the dark!!

Re: Summerwind
Post by Scholastique on Jan 3rd, 2005, 11:04pm

Hi there,
I was thrilled to stumble upon this board as I am very interested in any info reguarding the Summerwind mansion! I have read 'The Carver Effect", and have seen many posts and information about it. I even went to see the ruins right after it burned. Does anyone know of any other books pertaining to it? Also, I heard that there were some kind of 'bird' pictures in the living room. Does anyone know if this is true? I'd love to see some pictures of the inside. I can only imagine how grand it may have been! I noticed that someone is looking for the blueprints etc. Do you plan on building a house like it? If so are you going to have like tours etc? I would love to be one of the first to see it!!
Any and all replies welcome!
Re: Summerwind
Post by Scholastique2 on Jan 15th, 2005, 6:20pm

With no Dis-respect to this board, I wanted to let others know that I found this forum about Summerwind.

Re: Summerwind
Post by jkistler on Jun 10th, 2005, 11:42pm

I have visited Summerwind a few times and would like to learn more about it. Any info that anybody has I would like to get. My email is jkistle@siue.edu
Re: Summerwind
Post by Ronin on Jun 11th, 2005, 11:51pm

Hello everyone. Some of you, or maybe others who saw this post, whatever, had emailed me to hear about any experiences I have had while visiting Summerwind.

Well, as I had replied, I said that I was going to write up a story. That was quite some time ago and I appologize to all that had requested that information that it has taken me so long.

I spent some time tonight finishing up my accounts. Overall it turned out to be about 8 pages. I have it available as both a .doc as well as an online version.

If anyone is interested in reading it, you can find it under the following locations:

Word Document:

Online Version:

If you do read it, I welcome your comments either in this forum or you can email me as well at struss@rimjaw2k.com

Re: Summerwind
Post by hrakes on Apr 21st, 2006, 6:54pm

Hi. I too stumbled onto this board and it reignited my interest in Summerwind. I first read about it in the book "Haunted Heartland" when I was a teenager and never forgot the story. Are there going to be any tours of the property or anything of that nature? It would be awesome to see the place (or what's left of it).
Re: Summerwind
Post by Scholastique2 on Apr 21st, 2006, 8:46pm

Hey hrakes,

If you'd like to learn more about Summerwind Mansion, you should try this link. There's a ton of kool stuff there and they have a forun too!


Re: Summerwind
Post by samipemble on Apr 24th, 2006, 9:07pm

i my self have been to summerwind and have had experiences that you would not believe unless you where there yourself. i and for some reason after being there i have never stopped thinking about it. i'm so fascinated about this place but yet i refuse to go back there ever again. i do not know why i dwell on this place, but i do and i prolly will never know.
Re: Summerwind
Post by MAPI on Jul 31st, 2006, 10:39pm


You said you know the current owners of this property? My group would be very interested in obtaining permission to check the place out sometime in the future. If the owners would be willing to, I'd love to talk to them. My email is mapi@milwaukeeparanormal.com

Re: Summerwind
Post by denzeral on Aug 4th, 2006, 2:57pm

Coming to Wisconsin late August and early Sept. 2006. Have read the Carver book and all the web sites I can find, about Summerwind. Have the DVD the Haunting of Summerwind. Plan to visit the site during my vacation in Wisconsin.