VISIT THE HAUNTED BRUMDER MANSION
Since 2009, ghost-hunting groups have documented paranormal activity and/or captured EVPs on 8 different occasions at the historic Brumder Mansion Bed and Breakfast Inn.
... Cheri Esperon, Director: The Northern Alliance Of Paranormal Investigators.
... Rich Newman, Ghost Hunter and author of "The Ghost Hunter's Field Guide".
ABOUT THE BRUMDER
Located at 3046 West Wisconsin Avenue, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sits this grand, 4 story, almost 8,000 square feet, 1910 red-bricked Victorian / Gothic / English Arts and Crafts style mansion which surely makes a glorious bed and breakfast. The house has been restored to its former glory. The first floor has all the rooms deemed necessary for a 1910 upper class family, including a parlor, living room, foyer, dining room, ballroom, library, large kitchen etc. The crown jewel in the dining room is the stunning, handcrafted stained glass tile fireplace, designed by Neideken; an interior designer who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright.
The main massive Gothic oak staircase takes the visitor up to the second floor and landing, which has 3 bedrooms / suites. Another staircase found on the second floor leads up to what was the servants quarters on the third floor which has 3 rooms and the innkeeper's apartment. There are a total of six guest bed rooms which are used for visitors to the Brumder Bed and Breakfast.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS
Restoration of a building to its original state, in combination with the influx of antique furniture and items, which once belonged to other folks, often greatly increases paranormal activity. The first known paranormal experiences were reported by Carol Hirschi, the previous owner of the Brumder. Because there are no reports of spirit activity in the Brumder before Carol Hirschi bought the mansion, one can theorize that the spirits here are probably attached to some of the antiques and items found in the mansion. Sometimes, people are so attached to their belongings, that they don't wish to leave them to go to the other side.
The Main Staircase
Around 4 in the afternoon, when the mansion is empty, one can sometimes hear a man's footsteps coming down the main staircase, from the little office off the kitchen.
The Gold Suite
Susan/Aunt Pussy was mostly quiet in the first part of 2008, perhaps studying the new folks involved with the Brumder Mansion. It seems that this entity is still willing to be a good sport and go with the flow, as long as dogs are kept out of The Gold Suite, and light comes in through the windows. As we don't have any pets or dogs in the Brumder Mansion, she has been relatively happy, but still had some issues with the decor.
2008 – When the curtains were taken down for a few days before the new curtains were hung, in The Gold Suite, it is thought that she was the entity who locked the dead bolt of the door from the inside, leading from the mud room into the entry way, locking out some guests, who had to call the Innkeeper to let them inside.
After a German marriage certificate in a large frame with a sturdy wire on the back was hung on the wall by Emma's room, it mysteriously lifted itself off the wall and crashed face down onto the floor, cracking the glass a little when no one living was around. There was nothing wrong with the wire, or the nails it was hung upon.
2008 – A staff member felt a cool breeze brush past her face and hair, and then billowed the curtain, as it breezed through the room. There was no logical explanation.
A regular guest during the winter months heard an unseen presence moving her medicine bottles around in her carry-on bag in the bathroom.
2009 – The owners stayed in the George Room for a few weeks during the winter. Tom hung his belt up in the middle of closet. The next day, he looked and the belt was gone!!! A few days later, it reappeared in the closet, hanging right in the middle.
2009 – A member of the cleaning staff was vacuuming the George's Suite, when the plug was pulled out of the wall. After our staff member put the plug back in, he /she watched in amazement, as the plug was pulled out again by an unseen force. After saying, "In the name of Jesus, stop!" The plug stayed in, after it was again put back in the socket, so the vacuuming could begin again.
Recent activity reported by guests. Some think an entity of a young person haunts this room.
One of our visiting friends who slept in Marion's Room, was awakened by a presence who playfully bounced the bed a little to wake her.
Another visiting friend was in bed, watching TV, when the towel which was hanging securely on the hook, lifted itself off and fell to the floor. The gas fire place was also on very low, but suddenly roared up and then down, as if some rascal was playing with the gas control.
One of our staff members was cleaning the floors, when the plastic framed emergency instructions slammed itself down on the whirlpool.
The Blue Room
Guests report that a small light on the fireplace mantel turned itself on during the wee small hours of the morning.
Sitting in the whirlpool, I kept thinking of how peaceful and relaxed I felt, both mentally and physically. This house definitely has its "residents", but also its charm. The hospitality is amazing. Tonja is an amazing host. This was a get-away trip for my mother-in-law's birthday with a group of girls, and it was good for all of us. We all needed to be here.
We just woke up and just want to say, we haven't slept this good in a long time. I had some interesting dreams and I loved it. We were only here for one night, and I wish we could have stayed longer. This was our first stay at a B & B and we fell in love with it, the moment we walked in the house. The innkeeper Tonja was perfect, very welcoming, with the best sense of humor and personality.
We hope to make our way back real soon, and stay for a longer time and enjoy the house again. WE are about to eat breakfast, and looking forward to it... yum!∆
Tonja and Anita were wonderful, welcoming hosts. George was in and out most of the weekend. (happy face with smile). We shall never forget him! Breakfast was amazing and we thank you for a delightful stay.
Chris and Angela∆
Wonderful stay in the George Suite. This was a gift for my mother's birthday. We sat in the hot tub and watched The Beatles movie "Help" and drank wine. Word of advice: Do not use an entire bottle of bubble bath with the jets!!! I slept in the "larger" room. I had a few things happen during the night. It began around 2:00am and went until 4:30am. The "Main Event" was the bathroom light switch. It was very loud and active for 2 1/2 hrs. It is a distinctive noise. It would loudly get switched on and off slowly, then fast, then turned on and 5-10 minutes later turned back off. (The lights themselves never turned on.)
I also heard what sounded like walking from the bathroom area towards my bed. (I kept thinking it was my mother, but she was sound asleep in the other room.)
Last were the loud "tap/hits" on the wood. Sounded like it was at the foot of my bed and near the fireplace. Who will ever know? :-)
This was a fantastic night, great breakfast, and wonderful staff. Will be back and will recommend this gorgeous B & B to everyone.
Thank You Staff!
Sorry to say our stay comes to an end today. What an enjoyable place to spend 4 days. The staff, the service, who could ask for more. Met some very nice people as well. Isn't that what a B & B is all about? George's room is very neat, and apparently George has been away, perhaps Florida or California for the holidays.
All Our Best,
Fred and Lucile - 12/13/10∆
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