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Nashotah House Seminary

Nashotah, Wisconsin

The grounds of this Episcopal seminary have been inhabited since the 1500s, and have been inhabited by a ghost since the mid-1700s. When an acolyte to the Episcopal priesthood attended this seminary, his wife had an affair with the Dean. To accommodate this affair, the woman hanged her husband; it was ruled a suicide, however. Since committing suicide is a mortal sin, the acolyte was buried in a cornfield rather than the cemetery. On her deathbed, the cheating wife confessed to her crime. The seminary wished to rightfully bury the body, so they exhumed the casket only to find that it was empty. It is said that the acolyte still haunts the grounds trying to get justice.

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Sarah says:

January 12, 2006, 5:11 pm

Ok, there’s a serious problem with this story. The ONLY WAY these grounds could have been inhabited in the 1500’s is if the inhabitants were Native Americans. The first European settlement in North America (if we don’t count the Vikings…) was Jamestown, Virgina in 1620. And that town didn’t survive long…but I’ll spare any further history lesson.

Also FYI…there are TWO Sarahs posting on this site. My grammar and spelling is much better than the other Sarah’s. Please don’t confuse us. 😉

tina says:

February 24, 2006, 5:36 pm

While the Dates may be wrong and early. I live down the street from this place and have been hearing this ghost story for my entire life. While details may be a little different and off, I think it’s awsome to finally see this written down!!

Kelly says:

February 24, 2006, 6:02 pm

I think this story is just plain wrong!I totally agree with coment #1. The dates are completly off.

PCP says:

March 12, 2006, 10:44 pm

I lived at the seminary and this is all wrong. It was NOT an Episcopal seminary until much later–it was a monestary. It was not an acolyte who haunts the grounds, but a monk who was murdered by another monk. The empty casket part holds true, though. Amusingly enough, the Nashotah House football team call themselves the Black Monks, after the ghost.

lilo gurlo says:

March 14, 2006, 11:05 pm

sup that story was gay as shiet i think u could take some fawken history lessons damn biotch!!!

tom jones says:

May 4, 2006, 10:53 am

All these stories aren’t to scary but you know what is stupid people like lilo gurlo i mean come on he cant even spell **** right.

cassy says:

August 31, 2006, 12:08 am

Well,un like all the other people i believe all the stories that i have read.

POO says:

August 31, 2006, 3:42 pm


tmp says:

November 1, 2006, 11:52 pm

I too live here on the campus and the facts including the dates are wrong. It is a monk, killed by another monk, who was never married. This was not founded as a seminary until 1842. And he was a catholic from down the road who could not be buried in their cemetary because he was thought to have commited suicide and is buried somewhere here on campus. He has been sited here wandering around and that is the real story.

Notorious B.I.G says:

November 2, 2006, 12:45 pm

U guys r all fools if u believe this Join the search for truth!

Notorious B.I.G says:

November 2, 2006, 12:49 pm

Technically this paranormal experience could not have possibly have existed in this time eratcia. This is just a bunch of haunted jargon!

becka says:

November 3, 2006, 2:14 am

I’m glad other people noticed the time discrepancy, it was the first thing I thought about it.

denise says:

December 29, 2006, 9:01 pm

to heck with the date what is the true adress, because nashotah does not show up in the state directory.

smity says:

July 15, 2007, 3:52 pm

I live like right down the street from this place and didn’t know it was haunted. But I always rode around the woods in that area with my friends. It gave us the creepes so we named it children of the corn because theres corn fields everywhere so its really freaky to know its haunted

billy says:

August 13, 2007, 3:38 pm

violence is never the answer lilo gilu

Helena says:

October 24, 2007, 4:44 pm

I grew up half a mile from the Nashotah House. There is a story about it being haunted, but the story here is a little off.

If you want to read the actual story, go to this article:

I have never actually seen any of the ghosts, but who knows.

Respardo says:

January 6, 2008, 11:09 pm

This story is sooo rong ok dumb brats that believe it

Lil Shwaty says:

May 10, 2008, 12:59 pm

wat really happenin b-cuz every body changes there storiesand soo well i think dat the top part is true

Lil Shwaty says:

May 10, 2008, 1:00 pm

i ment to say i dont think its true ma bad lol

juneao cemitary says:

November 3, 2008, 12:17 pm

the say the virgin mary comes alive at night and talks to you and it been proved that you will even see her

prashant says:

November 26, 2008, 11:28 am

since no one has seen it i can’t trust it but might be true????????????

* says:

April 23, 2009, 6:34 pm

Nashotah is a real place i know this because i used to live there and still only live a few miles away ive been to the place and dont think this is just some **** made up by a couple of 5th grade kids because there is actually a plaque put up by the semmitary because when they didnt find his body to bury when it wasn’t in the coffin also it refers to him as the black monk. I think he was buried in the cornfield its across the street from the semmitary.

don't worry about it says:

June 1, 2009, 1:57 am

He was a monk, and the story at the top is for the most part true diffrent dates, yet i she didn’t have an affair with the dean. It was said that he was buried across the street in the corn field, and then dug up and nothing was found. But, I should personally know I’ve lived here for about 16 years. All in all, I haven’t had any ghostly encounters- although I’ve probably just jynxed myself. & What’s more scarier than the stories, is the odd, loony people who attend school there.

James says:

December 2, 2009, 12:10 pm

I have read up on this location a number of times and found that it really never has been investigated for any true Paranormal activity. You can read all the stories you want but who has the proof that would solidify any claims that are being made about the haunting.

Robert Jones says:

March 23, 2010, 1:27 pm

This why Nashotah has turned into a Diploma Mill?

Rissa says:

October 12, 2011, 2:03 pm

This stoy wasn’t as scary as I hoped it would be! When your doing a god stoys, might want to make sure it’s actually REAL!

Jake R. says:

June 12, 2012, 8:16 pm

This has always been the main story told and they claim to have multiple sightings. I have worked (and currently am working) at Nashotah House for 6 years now and have heard plenty of stories. I haven’t experinced anything like this but I have my own story that is relativley familar around campus. It deals with a little girl in a red dress…no significance to the black monk. In early July of 2008 I was on a lawnmower cutting grass up by the cemetery. I glanced down at my watch since it was close to the end of my shift, when I glanced up again there was a man with a scruffy beard and a little girl wearing a bright red dress. I waved to them, they didn’t do anything they just stood next to the tree line and stared (for a good 30 seconds). I thought it was weird at this point but not completley out of the ordinary. They proceeded to walk toward the grave yard. The man walked off from the little girl and the girl began to skip through the graveyard. I didn’t know where the man walked off to, but the girl stopped skipping suddenly and layed down by a grave. At this point it became creepy because I looked ahead to see where I was cutting, but when I looked back the girl vanished.

This whole ordeal didn’t have me creeped out because I thought maybe they were hiking. In fact I kept the whole encounter to mylself and didn’t tell anyone from the staff until a week later. I thought they would think I was insane. I am very familar with who lives in the housing on campus, but after I was inquiring about a possible blonde haired little girl (5 or 6) of possible residence. I heard nothing of it. Another staff member and I have access to the grave plots and names and we tracked where she supposedly layed. I found it and sure enough the grave is titled “My Little Darling 1881-1887”. The girl buried in that spot is named “Agnus”, however what sparked my interest in this encounter was the recent discovery I was not alone.
A family that lived on campus 3 years ago was staying in apartment units below this cemetery (called the flats). They had a little girl, and the mom said she was frightened when this girl would appear to be talking to herself. When the mother asked who the little girl was talking to she said “A girl in a red dress.” The mom could see nothing but the girl swore she was there, she said her name was “Blood”. The mother claimed in one occasion her daughter saw “Blood” in the bathtub before she was taking her bath.

I have found no other accounts of this little girl online anywhere. But I know what I saw and it’s hard to say what the little girl saw in her appartment. I was told by someone today they read something about “the girl in red” at Nashotah House online. That is my encounter, and the ONLY one i’ve ever had on this campus. Please share if you have anything on these reports.

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