If you've lived in Michigan for a while, chances are you've probably heard the legend of the abandoned town of Pere Cheney. This village has been brought up and discussed so often that it has reached the legendary status of one of the most haunted places in the United States.
Pere Cheney was once a lumber town that was established in the year 1873 in Crawford County. Being that this was one of the very first settlements in Crawford County, it went on to become the first County seat. This angered the nearby town of Grayling which desperately wanted to be the county seat. Soon, the town began luring Pere Cheney's residents and businesses away. Eventually, the post office closed in 1912 and Pere Cheney was completely abandoned not so long afterward.
Many people however believe there is a more sinister reason for this town's demise and it remains one of Michigan's most legendary ghost tales.
In 1893, a plague known as cholera spread throughout the town and wiped out most of the population. A few years later, the outbreak returned, killing even more residents. The town's population fell to just 25 people. The town was eventually sold off in a state auction and the remaining townsfolk moved away. Some returned to completely burn the rest of the town down to ashes, in hopes of destroying the plague that sadly killed so many residents.
Rumors quickly began to circulate that the town of Pere Cheney was cursed and legend has it that the town was founded on an old Indian burial ground. Others believe that the town is haunted by a woman who was accused of being a witch and banished to the woods; she retaliated by setting a curse on the Pere Cheney and the residents.
Since it has become abandoned, visitors to this area have reported witch sightings, ghosts, and other paranormal activity including the laughs of children in the woods.
The town is so abandoned that it's not even a town anymore. All that remains is a battered graveyard, covered in dust and almost swept away by the constant strong winds it endures every year.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it's undeniable that the tragedy that took place within this historic town is a sad part of Michigan's history. To learn more, be sure to check out this interesting video uploaded to YouTube.