Whitewater is located in southeastern Wisconsin in Walworth and Jefferson Counties. It has a population of about 13,500 residents.
Whitewater was founded at the confluence of the Whitewater Creek and the Spring Brook. It was named for the white sands along their beds.
University of Wisconsin Information:
Prior to 1889, there were many rumors that Whitewater, Wisconsin harbored many witches. The rumor was strong enough that Whitewater got dubbed “The Second Salem” by some folks.
The Morris Pratt Institute, the first school ever to be dedicated to communicating with the spirit world was built in 1889 and located at the present-day site of the University of Wisconsin. Residents of Whitewater called the Morris Pratt Institute, “The Spook Temple”. The Morris Pratt School was moved out of Whitewater in 1946.
Interestingly, the three Whitewater cemeteries form a perfect isosceles triangle. They call it The Witch’s Triangle.
A series of underground tunnels intertwine underneath the community of Whitewater. Some people believe these tunnels were used as part of the Underground Railroad. Others believe they were used to help witches accomplish their black deeds, or white deeds too, for that matter.
Wells Hall dormitory was built in the 1960’s. The Wells Hall dormitory grounds was a site where witch covens of the Morris Pratt Institute once met regularly. Some legends say that somewhere buried underneath Wells Hall dormitory there is an altar and a number of bodies buried upright. Other legends claim that the altar and upright bodies are buried beneath Oak Grove Cemetery.
There is a rumor about a mysterious book in the University Library which contains information that is so dark and horrible that four people committed suicide after reading it and a variety of others simply went mad. This book is now under lock and key, according to the local lore.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater:
In the 1970’s on Halloween night, two fishermen reported seeing some odd lights floating over one of the cemeteries in Whitewater. They thought it was a UFO, so they posted flyers around town asking if anyone else had seen the phenomena. The next day, a baby girl’s coffin was found on the mall of the University of Wisconsin campus. It had been dug up out of the cemetery the night before by someone or something.
At the Center of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin, people have reported seeing apparitions fairly regularly. They also report chairs moving on their own across the floor and the sound of someone hammering metal when no one is in the facility.
At Clem Hall students report hearing running in the halls when no one is running in the halls. They also report the ghostly sounds of laughter and talking in the middle of the night when no one is up and about.
At the Delta Zeta House, students report that a ghost walks up and down the large front staircase. They can hear the disembodied footsteps going up and down the stairs.
At Fricker Hall, people report seeing a ghost in the basement from time to time.
Alpha Sigma sorority members were eating dinner one night in 1981 when they heard some loud noises coming from their basement. When they went downstairs to see what was going on, they found that a bunch of bricks had exploded out of a boarded up tunnel that had been unknown to them before that night. Since that time Alpha Sigma sorority girls have reported a variety of paranormal events.
Knilans Hall is said to be haunted by a librarian.
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