Charles Blackmar (1784 – 1834) – First settler of Cambridge Twp., Lenawee County, Michigan

1874 Cambridge Township plat map (Blackmar’s property in blue) Cambridge Township’s first settler, Charles Blackmar, age 44, built a log tavern in 1829, seventeen miles from the nearest settlement.  It was the only house between Tecumseh (Lenawee Co.)  and Jonesville (Hillsdale Co.) and in the middle of the forty-mile woods, so called by the pioneers […]

Ten locations for paranormal activity in the Irish Hills, Michigan area

In what may be the earliest recorded ghostly encounter in the Irish Hills, Mrs. Secor relates a strange incident that began with workmen digging a cistern near the Powers’ home. The body of a Native American child was found “perfectly preserved in tanbark. When the air struck the body it fell apart and was soon nothing but dust.” One wonders how many decades the body had been buried before it was uncovered in this fragile state. Mrs. Secore said that a Potawatomi squaw, who claimed to be the mother of the child, visited the Powers home soon afterward and made a great ado over the exhumation of the seemingly ancient, now-disintegrated body.

Could this have been the spirit of the child’s mother, no longer at rest? Or do Potawatomi bodies buried in tanbark turn to dust in the moist Irish Hills soil within a very short period of time?

William Treadwell House in Hudson, Michigan

William Treadwell House, 4402 S. Meridian Road, Pittsford Township, Hillsdale County, MI (digital infrared, © Jeff Westover)   On July 14, 1864, a man passing through the woods between Napoleon and Wauseon, Ohio was attracted by the smell of rotting remains and the sounds of cawing crows.  He soon spotted the birds feeding and when […]