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Dartford Cemetery Haunting

By on March 18, 2011

Local legend says the Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake, WI (map) which was featured on the Discovery Channel show A Haunting, is haunted by the ghosts of an Indian chief, whose creepy headstone has now become infamous, Civil War soldiers, and children who died from polio.

The old pioneer cemetery gets it’s name from the original village of Dartford, which became Green Lake, WI. The graves date back to the early pioneers from the 1800’s.

Other strange things said to happen include dark shadowy figures, strange noises, orbs, grave stones changing or vanishing, and the sensation of being followed or watched.

But the main attraction to locals and legend trippers is the old mausoleum. It is said that if you sit on the roof of the mausoleum, a ghost will push you off.

The story behind the Indian Chief is that he ruled and lived in the Green Lake/Princeton area, and he drowned in the Fox River during an attempt to cross it while drunk.

Apparently, until recently with the airing of A Haunting, most Green Lake locals had never heard of ghosts or anything supernatural happening in the cemetery. Children regularly put flowers on the graves of the soldiers buried near the mausoleum.

Dartford Cemetery entrance in Green Lake, WI

Dartford Cemetery Indian Cheif

Green Lake, WI Dartford Cemetery Haunted Mausoleum

Also featured on A Haunting was the haunting of Summerwind in Land O Lakes, WI and the legend of Witch Road in Rosendale, WI.

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  1. Lynne LaBianca

    October 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    They probably patrol for kids who party. I think you’d be fine going.

    • Alive Liddell

      May 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      They definitely patrol for kids because someone decided to smash a bunch of graves and break into the mausoleum. Even townies will tell you to leave. The only thing that is off about that cemetery is Chief Highknocker’s face growing into a tree trunk. It’s not haunted. The episode of A Haunting wasn’t even filmed in Dartford Cemetery. Y’all whack.

      • Samuel Caraballo

        June 21, 2019 at 9:47 am

        Weve been 3 times the last time me my wife her sister and my lil brother were all pushed off the mausoleum take it how u want nigga but that shit happened and it was terrifying my wifey was pregnant i threw her over my shoulder n ran to the whip asap

  2. Stephanie Hayward

    September 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I am thinking of going there in October. To those who have been there, could you tell me if it is considered trespassing?? I’ve heard police patrol the cemetery pretty regularly now that it’s been on the tv show. I just want to see if there is any truth to this. I’m not looking to get into any trouble.

    • Kimberly

      September 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Hi i went during the daytime without a problem

    • mercedes

      February 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      yeah same here, my friends and I were planning on going at night. i also dont want to get into trouble with the cops.

  3. Lea

    December 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I’m from Kenosha a group of us went there this past summer I was attacked and so was my friends!!

    • Samuel Caraballo

      June 21, 2019 at 9:45 am

      We were pushed as well

      • Malcolm

        September 18, 2019 at 12:33 pm

        Samuel, could you send me your email address? I’d like to get in touch with you for an interview.

  4. Vikki Van Buren

    September 14, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Interesting update on Corbin (from the show) . 7 years later and he bought his first home…3 doors down from Dartford Cem. Guess he’s just drawn to the place. :)

  5. sharon

    August 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Do it. I would but I live in Arizona

  6. Vicki Van Buren

    July 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    of course it’s safe. You didn’t plan on camping in the cemetery did you?

  7. Susan Kelly

    July 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Me and 60 of my friends are going on a camping trip- for a week up here,, and umm, do you people think its safe?? you know, of ghosts..

  8. silvereyes1945

    June 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Been to Witch Road in Rosendale. No big deal. Just a run down old house that is supposed to be the “witch” house. An employer of mine lives in that area, and she said the house belonged to two sisters years ago, and her brother knew them. They weren’t creepy at all. Anyway, didn’t see or hear anything unusual on Witch Road. Drove by Dartford Cemetary when I took a wrong turn way before I heard of the hauntings. I got a really creepy feeling, and I drive by plenty of cemetaries without feeling that way. That was in the day time. Not worth going there in the dark on Halloween in my book.

  9. hellbilly

    May 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    theres no such thing as ghost or anything like that cmon people

    • Dr. Steve A Rosa

      December 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Just keep your eyes open… WIDE OPEN! I am 63 yrs. old and have lived in two different houses WITH Spiirits. Your turn is coming up.

      • art

        September 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        Those of you curous had allot of weird expiernces up in deleware ohio alum creek state park am i a believer no doubt in my mind had rocks thown my way just a bunch of strange occurrences times i felt over welcoming sense of mis direction strange things and it don’t matter night or day

        • art

          September 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm

          Over whelming

    • K

      January 26, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Says you! I hve seen them!

      • Jarrod buchman

        October 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

        I,want to go,really bad!!

    • Jay Griffith

      August 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      I live in a haunted apartment here in Bellaire, Ohio. A women died here and herbody was not found for days. A lot of creepy things happen here.But the worst was last night. I was praying out loud for my sick cat, when all of the sudden an air freshener that had not been seen for days came wailing at me. My daughter wasthe only otherperson here and she was in her room with the door shut. Anyone who wants tocall my number is 740839 9135.

    • Scott Patterson

      July 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Folks always say naive crap like that until they have a firsthand experience. I had a long lasting experience with a very friendly spirit. Even woke my family in the middle of the night banging the wooden floor, alerting us to the space heater that had begun to catch fire. You joke and ridicule. I say you are the fool.

    • Spook8919

      July 19, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      No offense but ya don’t know 4 certain wheter or not that there’s such thing as ghosts!

      • Joe MASKEL

        September 16, 2018 at 11:00 am

        I totally agree

    • Spook8919

      July 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      No offense but ya don’t know 4 certain whether or not if there’s such a thing as ghosts!

    • Samuel Caraballo

      June 21, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Weve been 3 times the last time me my wife her sister and my lil brother were all pushed off the mausoleum take it how u want nigga but that shit happened and it was terrifying my wifey was pregnant i threw her over my shoulder n ran to the whip asap

  10. douglas

    November 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    If u wnt 2 experience it fir ur self do an over night on the 12 of the solstice then u will see what is true or not ? Dougs scots paranormal expert

    • abhishek

      December 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Have you ever gone there?

  11. DEVIANCE (little red)

    October 29, 2013 at 3:28 am

    i have tried this……i don’t know, man…..i tried on halloween, and it was daytime….i think it may be the shape of the mausoleoum…or however that is spelled, i did fall off, 4 times.

  12. William Kelly

    September 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    People may have heard or thought they saw something in the cemetery. It’s just peoples accounts of what they saw or what they think they saw, but the tv show has to make it more exciting so people will watch it with all the special effects. It’s all about ratings ! I hear and see things out of the corner of my eye’s all the time even in my own home, so what ! Doesn’t mean there is a ghost or demon watching me. The show is just entertainment !

    • Dr. Steve A. Rosa

      December 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Don’t be so sure of yourself! That’s what I thought too when I was wet behind my ears but since then I’ve lived in two homes with spirits. Do your really think when we die, it’s just… Lights OUT?!?

  13. Kevin (paranormal scientist)

    September 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I wonder of the legends and myth’s are true, if so, I’ll do some EVP sessions and try to get some confirmation! Would be a sweet trip! Just wondering about the physical damage some claim to get, And I want to pay some extra attention to the native!

  14. Vikki Van Buren

    August 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    My son was one of the kids featured on A Haunting Legend Trippers. All I can say is, I saw the scratches they came home with…One of the boys was so tramatized that he would not agree to be on the show and said he will never set foot in there again.

    • rajni

      February 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Is it true story’s pl tell your son do not scared of those scratches if he will show his fear it will became nightmare for through his life

    • Nate

      June 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Hi, I am thinking about doing some research on this cemetery, I’m coming from Watertown, WI would you be able to answer some questions for me?

      • Vicki Van Buren

        June 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        I can certainly try. Email me at

    • ebony p

      July 1, 2014 at 5:30 am

      I just saw the show for the second time. Please tell your son that i am so sorry for what happened to him. I pray he doesnt have nightmares or anything bad happening to him. Its a terrifying thing to be touched or haunted in anyway.

    • shay vogler

      July 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      So, all that the show and the kids in the interview said, is real?? I just thought that it was a show designed to scare those who watch it. I have the Dartford Cemetery episode on dvd. Which one was your son?

      • Vikki Van Buren

        July 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

        Yes, the kids are all very real. Actors of course played them on the show. But the interviews are the real kids. My son is Corbin.

    • Kimberly

      January 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Im sorry that happened to ur son

  15. Alan

    June 11, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Was just at Dartford Cemetery poking around a few nights ago. Don’t waste your time. All you will find is a quaint, old cemetery. A peaceful place of rest. No unusual activity was recorded nor was I pushed off the mausoleum.

    • Spook8919

      July 19, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      Spirits will be spirits have ya ever considered that possibility?

    • Spook8919

      July 19, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      If ghosts/spirits don’t want 2 make their presence known 2 ya they won’t!

  16. SUE

    January 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Many years ago I went with three coworkers to a haunted bridge in Ardmore Oklahoma. I can tell you that all four of us had a terrifying paranormal experience. Up until then I was a non believer but that changed in one night. For those who travel for the experience I hope you find what you are looking for. My expeirence was terrifying but also awesome. Glad I went.

    • Nate

      June 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Can I ask what happened?

  17. marzban

    December 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    is you were in an oriental country, as i am, you were not so skeptic about supernatural.
    paranormal is something your generation forgot about world just it is!you must believe many strange things but is there anything stranger than your life at all?no
    anyway as a 44 years old persian doctor i can say you that not only it is real that things you mentioned paranormal but also its a common experience in my country..albeit these experiences were more in past days probably because more wide and clean eyes!
    anyway i can see you american were neglecting GOD as the main axis of your lifes and it is the main cause of your agitation skeptic position matraialistic point of view and other spiritual problems
    with a great religion as chiristianity that you have im surprised with your neglecting status of trust to LORD

    • Dawn Pope

      July 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

      I know the paranormal does exists, I am Catholic and a priest at the church I attend is the excorsist for the state I live in he has also been on t.v. they showed him becoming an excorsist and going through his training at the vatican for 6 months. So for those of you that don’t believe in the paranormal why would each state in this country have an excorsist trained to fight evil and bless homes to protect them from evil getting in if there wasn’t’ anything to be afraid of. People need to wake up and take a look around we are destroying our earth, we are becoming distant from others and the church, everyone is having hard times right now, we brought this on ourselves, so if you are wise you will renew your relationship with Christ, go to church and pray our children have a future.

      • Dawn Pope

        July 17, 2017 at 11:49 am

        Dartford cemetery if you go looking for the dead you will find them. Careful what you wish for.

  18. taylor trimm

    October 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    i am soooo up for it. this shit looks amazing!!! me and my mom are watching it right now and were all like ohhh hellll nahhhhh!(; lol

    • Paige

      June 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

      You shouldnt fuck with the paranormal or treat it as fun or an awesome experience.. just saying.. sometimes you can experience and get more than you bargained for.

      • steven

        June 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm


        • Dr. Steve A. Rosa

          December 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

          I second that motion, Steven!!

      • Liz

        December 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm

        I couldn’t agree more. Respect the dead. Don’t play with them. Would you want someone coming into your home playing? Or your place of peace? And people wonder why they get hit and scratched.

  19. ann peckham

    September 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    sumtime i would like to drive up there during the day an see what happen in the cemetery

    • SUE

      January 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Probably nothing would happen during day. Night time is dead time

  20. ann peckham

    September 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    looks scary to me on tv.

  21. David Mashburn

    July 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Yes its haunded by imprints in time frams as well as a few fallen

  22. lee

    March 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    i was watching a haunting on tv and it looked pretty real to me but thats tv i wood like to travel to dartford cemetery and check it out for my self to see if its real or fake.

    • ann peckham

      September 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      im an watching that right now on tv !!!!,an it does pretty spookie sum man said on tv her heard childen on tv. an yes it does look real . makes me sick to my stomache.

  23. Beth

    January 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

    My son went to school with the boys that were interviewed and they told him that the whole thing was scripted. I don’t know if it is really haunted or not, I lived in Green Lake and have been to that cemmetary and never had anything happen to me.

    • Matthew Kerby

      December 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

      @ Beth, I don’t think Dartford Cemetery is haunted and i don’t know or have heard anyone that has had any real or genune experiences there to be honest but A Haunting is a TV show so i think its just made up.

      • Vikki Van Buren

        January 25, 2015 at 5:14 pm

        My son was on the show. It’s not made up.

  24. amy parker

    October 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    this really doesnt scare me. but i want to travel to Wisconsin to check it out for myself!

    • phillip bicknell

      October 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      hell yea but i want to go there for the experaiances

    • lee

      March 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      if you ever want to go send a comment i will travel to wisconsin and see if its scary or not

      • elizabeth lewis

        June 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        I would love to go see it for myself if so if somebody go i want to go

        • ann peckham

          September 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          ware in the heck do you live ? i live in mad wis. if truth to be know.

          • Adam Jensen

            October 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

            I live in Madison, WI and I am thinking about taking the trip…are you up for it.

        • Randin Divelbiss

          January 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm

          elizabeth L ..find me on facebook and we all can go as a group!
          Randin divelbiss

  25. Fellipe

    April 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Cara,é sinistro!!!

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