Haunted State


When  Jessica Freeburg asked me to help promote a project she’s supporting, I did what I normally do. I researched it to see if it was something I also wanted to support. What I didn’t expect was to become fully absorbed in the research. Haunted State is a documentary, digging into the haunted locations in Wisconsin. The production company is currently raising funds to expand the documentary, with a release goal of fall 2014. The teaser follows the investigation of the Stone Cellar Brewpub in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Built in 1859, the Stone Cellar Brewpub is a very haunted location. Patrons and employees have witnessed a plethora of paranormal activity, including hearing phantom footsteps, objects falling, voices, and apparitions. Please take a moment to read the following blog written by Jessica, and then watch the 30 minute webisode. You’ll soon be as mesmerized as I was.

Take it away, Jessica!

Haunted State: Whispers of History Past is a unique documentary about the state of Wisconsin that has never before been told. The film focuses on the history and folklore surrounding the state, seeking to answer questions that have been asked for generations.

This story takes place in Wisconsin, a quiet Midwest state that is often associated with Cheese & Beer. It’s also a state that has 166 years of history & possibly the most folklore of any state in America. In the film, history is uncovered with an exclusive look inside several well-known locations in the state (some as old as the 1840’s). The historical revelations will keep you interested and the explorations into the paranormal claims will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a documented journey through Wisconsin history, the paranormal, and of course, Wisconsin state pride!

It’s been said by a popular Wisconsin folklorist, Robert Guard, that “Wisconsin has the most ghosts per square mile versus any other state. It’s the most Haunted State”.  The crew filming Haunted State set out to see if that claim is true.  Based on their findings, they’re inclined to believe it.

The group has filmed in several well-known Wisconsin locations; including, one of the largest breweries in the world, Pabst Brewery which was built in 1844, four years before Wisconsin was even recognized as a state.  Other locations include, the First Ward School House (formally known as Irving School; established in 1896), the Octagon House in Fond du Lac (established in 1856, which was used to hide slaves from the south), the Stone Cellar Brewpub in Appleton (which dates back to 1859 and was allegedly used by Al Capone in the 1920’s), as well as other locations.

With a scheduled release for fall 2014, crew is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the final phase of production.  “This money will help cover things like insurance, permits and travel expenses.  Right now, we’ve got a good movie.  We want a great movie,” said Michael Brown, the film’s Executive Producer. Take a peek at their website www.hauntedstate.com for more details and information the film, or go directly to their IndieGoGo page at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/haunted-state-whispers-from-history-past/x/7256993 to see how you can become a part of this innovative historical, paranormal film!

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Joni Mayhan

Joni Mayhan is a paranormal investigator, as well as a free-lance writer. Please check out her paranormal thrillers on Amazon.com and BarnesandNobles.com. For more information about the author, please see her website: Jonimayhan.com

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