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Old Mill Museum paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 06/09/2019
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The Old Mill Museum is Dundee's only venue to showcase its local history. Lovingly restored during the 1980's by a group of volunteers known as the Old Mill Restoration Committee.

242 Toledo St
Dundee , MI 48131
Phone: (734) 529-8596
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 41.952980
Lon: -83.659700

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 6
Evidence: 0
Resources: 15
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History information is some background and history about the location. This is meant to be a basic summary. Below the history records you will find sources in which you can click on to find out more information. There may be multiple history records per location.

Over the years, it has served as a grist mill, hydro-electric power plant, Ford factory and fabricating factory.

Now it is has been restored by community volunteers to create a historical museum.

The three-story frame mill as we know it was built in 1848-49 by Alfred Wilkerson, as a grist mill. The nearby dam had been constructed out of logs in 1846.

The building is of Greek Revival design, popular in Monroe County in the 1840s. "It is compact, geometric and of exquisite proportion," according to the community's Sesquicentennial Book, published in 1974.

The windows are double-hung with multiple lights. The exterior doors are divided horizontally (Dutch) and the overall design is symmetrical.

Hand-hewn beams, 10x10 inches for the main columns, support the building. The roof, floors and other connections were made with oak pegs. No longer existing are two smaller additions at the rear of the mill which were used to store flour barrels and milling tools during the building's grist mill days.

The Wilkersons sold the mill to Henry Smith of Berlin Township, in 1880 for $8,000. Two years later, Captain R.B. Davis purchased the mill. He built a new rafter dam in 1897. Timbers were floated to the site of the dam from a railroad bridge upstream which was unused and disassembled.

Capt. Davis ground buckwheat flour and feed. In 1910, he sold the mill site to the Dundee Hydraulic Power Company, which built a concrete dam.

In the 1920's Detroit Edison acquired the rights to power the Village, and the mill stood abandoned and weather-beaten until the 1930s. In 1931, Village officials voted to demolish the building in a clean-up campaign. However, Henry Ford informed them that he was the new owner.

In 1935, Mr. Ford began work on the Old Mill. He stripped the building to its original timber frame. It was rebuilt along the old lines, and timber for the mill foundation was cut from adjacent land and hand-hewed.

Henry Ford also added a limestone structure in which he installed a Leffel turbine-powered G.E. generator and a steam-powered generator as well as a foundry and steam boilers. His new factory was now part of his grand design for dotting the countryside with village industries.

The Dundee plant produced welding tips for Ford's main factories. In the Depression Era, the plant was of major importance to the local economy.

After Mr. Ford's death, the company gradually withdrew its support of the village industries and the plant was sold in 1954 to Wolverine Manufacturing Company. The company converted the plant into a paper mill to produce gasket material.

In 1970, Wolverine sold the landmark to the Village of Dundee for $1.00. The mill stood unused for the next decade until 1981 when the Old Mill Restoration Committee, a group of community volunteers, undertook the daunting task of turning the mill structure, whose first floor was covered with tar and chicken wire, into a museum.

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Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

While there are no documented deaths inside The Old Mill Museum itself, there are documented deaths at the dam, and rumored deaths on the property itself. Though even though there are not documented deaths inside, the property and area the Mill resides on is rich in history! There are also many other reasons it could be haunted.

Limestone - It's rumored that limestone can hold the energies, much like a cassette tape holds it's music. Much of The Old Mill Museum is built from limestone, which was taken from under the river, at the dam.

Power - It's said that spirits need energy, and The Old Mill Museum actually created power at one time, and in fact still has the generator!

[Moving] Water - It has been said that water, or running water tends to increase activity. The Old Mill Museum has the river right outside, the dam etc.

Antiques - It is said spirits can be attached to items, The Old Mill Museum is filled with antiques, items from many, many years ago.

There are many reasons The Old Mill Museum has activity, these are just a few.

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Paranormal Claims

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2768 06/09/2019 sdonley Misc. paranormal activity throughout the building
2769 06/09/2019 sdonley Investigators have experienced battery drains.
2770 06/09/2019 sdonley Investigators have been touched.
2771 06/09/2019 sdonley Objects occasionally move or shake.
2772 06/09/2019 sdonley Voices and whispers have been heard and recorded.
2773 06/09/2019 sdonley Shadow figures have been reported.

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Additional Resources

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Old Mill Museum | Michigan
Added: 06/09/2019 By: sdonley
This three story grist mill was built in the early 1850s. In the late 1920s Henry Ford purchased the property and rebuilt it.
Old Mill Museum (Dundee, Michigan) - Wikipedia
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Wikipedia page for this location.
Parafest and Ghost Hunts
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Website dedicated to the location's Parafest, and information on either renting the location for a ghost hunt or going on how paranormal related activities.
The Haunted Old Mill Is Michigan's Spookiest Paranormal Museum
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History buffs and ghost-hunters will have the adventure of a lifetime at this haunted museum in the Great Lakes State.
Facebook Page
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Facebook page for the Haunted Old Mill.
HAUNTED MICHIGAN: The Old Mill, Dundee
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This haunted, still-operating museum allows YOU to come in and do a paranormal investigation. Click in for details!
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Listing for this location.
Michigan Has A Haunted Mill Open To Ghost Hunters
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The Old Mill in Dundee, Michigan serves as a Banquet hall, Community Center, Museum and Haunted attraction where you can do your own paranormal investigation
Haunted Old Mill Just Up The Road In Dundee, MI
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Road trip? | Hammer | 104.7 WIOT
FOX 2 gets haunted at Old Mill in Dundee - Story | WJBK
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At the Haunted Old Mill in Dundee, something is still roaming the basement and stairs and we got a first hand experience that so far can't be explained.
Fox 17 News
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Article and video about location.
America's Haunted House Directory
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Listing for this location.
Michigan's scariest paranormal museum is the haunted old mill
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Telekinesis Zone Post
Old Mill Parafest 2018
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GhostVillage post about Parafest in 2018
Dundee Goes Bump In The Night To Benefit The Old Mill Museum
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2014 Press release about parafest

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