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Plover, Wisconsin

It is said that in this former house a young baby was killed. Allegedly, when no one is in the building, a light will suddenly come on in the office–formerly a bedroom–the bedroom in which the baby was killed. It is also said that sometimes glasses move around the bar and even shatter on their own.

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Dan says:

October 21, 2005, 9:55 pm

where is the stroy of the exorcist!!! that was in wisconsin and it is true!!!

Sarah says:

November 30, 2005, 10:01 pm

If these things only happen when there is no-one in the restaurant, then how do you know they really happened???

LP says:

April 11, 2006, 11:13 am

This site really is full of bad writing. A young baby? As far as I know, all babies are young.

Alex says:

June 23, 2006, 5:16 pm

for the first comment, we are looking at wisconsins scary stories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PandaBlaze34 says:

June 28, 2006, 1:13 pm

Like the baby would know how yo turn on a light!!!!


PandaBlaze34 says:

June 28, 2006, 1:14 pm

would know how TO turn on a light!

SorRy MisSpELleD!

cookie monster says:

October 14, 2006, 6:56 pm

How would the baby switch the light on and off.And why would the baby be in a bar?

Brent says:

October 18, 2006, 11:02 pm

Ah, The Cottage. Many, many spooky stories abound about that place. It’s been for sale for years, and no one wants to buy it. I wonder why…

lazer says:

November 20, 2006, 7:27 am

It’s fun to have “bed room” stories about screaming. I know I get a yeller once in a while too.

savannah says:

December 9, 2006, 7:42 pm

Does this baby have a name. It could instead of calling it the baby!!

missychristy14 says:

January 13, 2007, 12:26 pm

That’s really creepy!

missychristy14 says:

January 13, 2007, 12:27 pm

And I’m guessing that w/ the moving glasses, it indicates that someone might’ve been drinking.

Don’t Drink and Drive People!

Shannon says:

February 3, 2007, 6:06 am

Do you all want to here the real story??

There is a house that was converted into a resturant. Employees witnessed, along with a few guests that there were glasses flying off the hanging wine racks and also a sighting of a man wearing early era military garb. There are lights that turn on and off and there is a baby crying. After the problems had gotten out of control, they had no choice but to close the resturant. The resturant has been sitting there for years and years. I do not know what causes these spirits to linger there and I do not know the stories behind the sighting or the baby. There was no reported murder or deaths that occured at that home. According to the files and death certificates availble for veiwing at our local library. People around here either do not want to believe it or just do not want to talk about it. I will update as soon as I find more info.

kayla says:

February 19, 2007, 4:23 pm

that was not scary at all, it was stupid, and yeah, how did they know the lights turned on and off if no one was there what ****** retards

kayla says:

February 19, 2007, 4:24 pm

that is not scary, its stupid. And yeah, how didi they know if the lights turned on and off if no one was there

unkown says:

February 27, 2007, 12:10 pm

hey all. i live in wisconsin also. has anyone ever heard of the old house summerwind that burnt down? well thats a true story because my family once lived in that house…. well theres a website on it so google it and read my families story.. its pretty interesting. and why would a dead baby be breaking glasses??? that doesnt make any sense whatsoever, but thats just my thought on the subject..

Stefani says:

March 9, 2007, 5:52 pm

Okay, just to let everyone know for the record: My parents currently own this restaurant and have for about 20 years. I have heard all of the stories but I grew up around the restaurant for 18 years and never experience any type of ghostly activity. I spent plently of time in there and nothing.

Gina says:

March 26, 2007, 4:11 pm

everyone needs to learn how to spell in the comment section and the baby is dead and doesn’t really need to be alive to brake a glass and someone could have been in the room when it happened because how would they know if a glass broke retards. I thought also thought the story was really interesting and some people need to grow up and the lazer guy who made the sex comment, you are a total perve who needs a life and a real girlfriend. But anyways, I believe that some of you are really funny;)

craig says:

August 15, 2007, 10:02 pm

hi, I’m a new ghost hunter and this comment is tord stefani Iwould like to come and investagate your parents resturant please let me know if I can

loco says:

October 10, 2007, 10:31 am

Some guy probably got drunk and then killed a baby- maybe he was throwing glasses at it when he was alive and hit it and then you hear the baby ghost crying -maybe he hit it so hard he killed it-who knows? Who cares? It IS a GHOST STORY you know.

Amy says:

November 4, 2007, 2:01 pm

I live in Plover, about half a mile at most from The Cottage! I pass it everyday to and from work. 🙂 I’ve heard stories and such, but I don’t know if any of it are actually real. Still cool that little, ol’ Plover is on the map.


Billy Sue says:

November 10, 2007, 12:10 am

I live right next to it =DD

Billy Sue says:

November 10, 2007, 12:11 am

i live right by it =DD

coolfool says:

March 12, 2008, 5:26 pm

this sounds pretty scary but,are you sure they wernt drunk.

matt says:

March 29, 2008, 6:30 pm

how do u get to this place?

Elise says:

April 7, 2008, 6:59 pm

that’s dumb

Elise says:

April 7, 2008, 7:00 pm

wow not funny or cool who cares

Mary says:

May 4, 2008, 10:58 am

Lived in Plover for over 50 years. I actually knew the family that lived in this house. I don’t believe the house was ever really haunted. The house was turned into a restaurant -called the Cottage. I knew someone who worked there. They worked there for several years and said the stories of mysterious happenings were made up and nothing occurred while they worked there.

Lil Shwaty says:

May 10, 2008, 12:40 pm

Well it kind does sound a liol weird but i kinda think its true because there i a lot of **** happenin now a days

SpooklesandHauntie!! says:

September 28, 2008, 2:32 pm

I saw it happen! I’M the baby’s brother and I’m the one who turns on the lights and turns off the lights. For the record he was young and a baby brother to me who I am brother. His name was Raffieal and my name is Pierre. We are the pierre and raffieal twins. We were twins and I’m a baby TOO. I died when he died and I’m a GHOOOOSt. WOOOOOOO. If you read this I’ll kill you and turn your lights and on and off. BOOOOOOOOO that’s the noise my brother was making when I killed him. We are ghooooosts. I was there when we died. We both died on same night. Grandpa Genepool was there and he killed us. He haunts youuu. DEATH. Grandpa genepooooool. And once upon a time grandpa genepoooool. Goodbye.r

Spooky says:

October 29, 2008, 4:25 pm

Visited The Cottage Resturant justr last weekend. Took pictures of the house as it now sits. You cant get a close look inside because windows have shutters on them. The original buliding has been added on when it was first made into a resturant. The exterior is I would belive to be original, except for being painted. While walking around the building, I could sense I was being watched-from someone inside. My eyes were drawn to a small window at the back of the building- where a staircase to the upper floor is. I took a couple of pictures of that area. The aura around the building is that it does not want to be disturbed.

Susan says:

January 12, 2009, 3:18 pm

I used to live in Plover and I have driven by The Cottage many a times. The place has been for sale for years. I personally have seen 1 light on in an upstairs room at any given time between 10pm-4 am. I lived in Plover for about 6 years. I also had a friend who was at the restraunt when it was still open who witnessed glasses flying across the room. At that time I lived behind the place she immediately came to my apartment a bit freaked at the incident.

waasd says:

August 24, 2009, 4:03 pm

It died becuse the baby was crying and a drunk guy strangled it becuse it would not stop crying. so there.

Slim says:

October 30, 2009, 11:01 am

I worked at the cottage for a year during school at UWSP. I personally had one lady freak out at the table closest to the kitchen claiming to have seen something and left. That was the only person I know of who claimed to have seen something first hand. Upstairs however, there was something going on. There was a large area converted for use as a banquet area, and then another section of the upstairs that was closed off, unfinished and in general disarray. I did walk through there one night and was totally creeped out but never saw anything.

mackanator says:

January 21, 2010, 8:55 pm

hi, i am wondering if i could please come and investigate yer resturant i would b pleased to find out if yer resturant is haunted or not and hopefully i could give you some answers about the stuff thats been happening at your resturant if you want me to come to search you resturant just comment and let me know i would be more than glad to help 🙂

TyerSmith says:

March 30, 2010, 6:50 pm

The cottage is a freaky place… All I know is that a baby didn’t die there. Lol but they said that they would leave at night and put the chairs up and in the morning they are down.

mommabear says:

September 18, 2010, 3:41 am

all this sounds really fishy. I like spooks and haunts, but it is hard to believe unless you experience it yourself. I saw the haunting episode with the Dartford cemetery in Green Lake Wisconsin, and sat on that very same moseleum they aired, and nothing ever happened. I did capture some pictures of some orbs though, and that was cool. most of you in here sound like children or young adults, so Lazer guy, what are you a F$%^&ing pedifile? Keep your dirty comments to yourself or stay out of these sight!!! Thanks guys for your comments.

ruthy Mcclure says:

December 22, 2010, 1:28 pm

I believe that if nothing happened it would be a good spirit, if it was an evil spirit it won’t mess around it will do things like you won’t believe. You don’t mess around with spirits and it is nothing to joke about, and what some of them said, I disagree. If you don’t know what’s going on keep quiet, if you haven’t experienced it.Spirits can do anything.

Spooky Hotels says:

May 17, 2011, 1:17 pm

Houses made into restaurants are creepy no matter what! lol

Megan says:

September 29, 2011, 10:24 pm

I grew up in the adjacent Stevens Point, WI and we talked about the Cottage in my 7th grade English class. There was an article in the newspaper about it in the late 1990s-early 2000s we read, and the story they told there was completely different. No dead baby, but rather angry abolitionists who haunt the place because the bar of the restaurant is in their former master bedroom. The stories of the light in the office upstairs coming on and flying/exploding glasses are consistent with the story I heard though, and having been past that area many, many times in my youth, the feeling is always ominous.

Megan again says:

September 29, 2011, 10:28 pm

Ok so maybe there was an infant who died, but that part wasn’t important – here is a link to the article’s story:

Lynette says:

October 4, 2011, 8:26 pm

I believe I know what restaurant is being mentioned and in the 20 years I lived in that area, I too, had heard the ghost stories. I never went into the restaurant, but I had heard that dishes were thrown at customers and owners were forced to shut down. Most of the time I lived there, the restaurant was for sale. I never heard anything about a baby, tho.

Lynette says:

October 4, 2011, 8:30 pm

The William Sowiak family lived in a small clapboard house in Plover from 1957 to 1982 and although they did experience some odd things during their residency, according to their son Mike, they were very reluctant to talk about it. It wasn’t until the family moved out that the ghostly activity became public knowledge…and much more frightening.
In 1982, Tim and Louise Mulderink bought the 125-year old house and decided to turn it into a restaurant. They called it the Old Sherman House after one of Plover’s early and influential residents, Eugene Sherman. Initially, the young couple was too busy with their extensive renovations to notice that anything odd was going on but once the bar opened for business, they realized they were not alone in the house.
Glass windows had a habit of shattering, glasses and plates would fly off bars and counters and explode in front of customers. Doors opened and closed by themselves and lights in the offices and the restaurant refused to behave normally. At one point, employees even complained that invisible forms brushed past them in some of the rooms.

Tim and Louise realized that they had a ghost. They decided to do some research into the history of the place and try to figure out why. They gathered information about the place and discovered that, although the only person to die in the house was an infant, they believed they had found the identity of the ghost. Most of the families who had lived in the house had been strict Methodists and very against the “evils” of alcohol. This was especially true of the Pierce family, who had lived in the house from 1903 to 1945. James Pierce had been a church deacon and an influential member of the local church. The Mulderink’s believed that they may have offended James Pierce with the idea that they had turned his former home into a restaurant… and unwittingly turned his former bedroom into a bar!The strange phenomena in the house continued and finally drove the Mulderink’s out of the house…. they closed the restaurant after only a few years in business. Later on, the restaurant opened again, this time with the name “The Cottage House Restaurant”. At this time, the status of the haunting is unknown.
The Cottage has been for sale for at least 10 years now. It is now at a reduced price. Any one who has owned The Cottage, ends up selling it very quickly, only saying “it’s haunted” and “do not go upstairs”. Reports of employees turning off all the lights, and then going out to the parking lot to get into their cars, and seeing all the lights come back on.

Christina says:

April 1, 2012, 6:31 pm

I live two blocks away from the Cottage. It has been for sale for longer than I can remember. I would say at least 20 years now. Not exactly sure when it went up for sale the last time. But three weeks ago, I noticed that there was a SOLD sign in the yard. And there has been all kind of action in the last few weeks. the sign changed from for sale, to New owners. Today the sign says Follow us on Facebook at “Cottage Cafe, Plover” I have tried locating it on Facebook, but haven’t found it yet. As soon as it Opens, I am going to go and check it out. Can’t wait. Have been waiting for it to open for many years.

Christina says:

April 1, 2012, 7:05 pm

Oh, and I just realized the date, This is NOT an april fools joke. I will get pictures, and email them to anyone who would like proof. If there was a way to upload pics on here, Id do that as well.

Christina says:

April 1, 2012, 7:28 pm

I finally found the Facebook website that the new owners created. Here it is:

Jack says:

August 23, 2012, 2:36 pm

Bill and Helen Sowiak were my aunt and uncle and they owned that house back min the 60’s and 70’s. We lived in Chicago and spent many summers at their place. My uncle Bill also had a diner called “Bill’s Cafe” which was south of HWY 54 on old HWY 51. I can’t recall any weird things happening while I was up there, but later my mother told me stories about things that were “odd” about that place. I just remember very happy times.

Chris & Lisa says:

November 12, 2012, 9:31 pm

Hi, we are the new owners of the soon to be, reopened, Cottage Cafe in Plover, WI. We hope to be open by Christmas 2012. And about it being haunted, stop in and see for yourself! But we believe it is. Over the past 8 months that we have owned it we have had many paranormal experiences while renovating. We have been looking into the history of the house which was built starting in the early 1850’s with the second floor addition added in 1861 and have found more interesing information than we had expected. Follow us on Facebook for updates on renovations and opening date information.

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