Whitewater Spirit Tour

Honoring whitewater's Legends & Lore

Learn about the haunted legends of Whitewater, WI, hear the “Witches of Whitewater” stories, and learn how Whitewater got the name “Second Salem.”

Whether you’re a skeptic, a paranormal enthusiast or just looking to learn more about Whitewater’s legends and lore, you won’t want to miss the annual Whitewater Spirit Tour! Whitewater may seem like a normal Midwestern town, but it hides a dark past, one rife with tales of witches, ghosts, strange murders, and occult practices. In fact, Whitewater’s supernatural history has earned it the nickname, “Second Salem.”

On the Whitewater Spirit Tour, you will learn about Whitewater’s “spirited” sites. You’ll experience cemeteries under the stars, visit with Whitewater’s most (in)famous historical inhabitants, and gain an understanding of spiritualism and its impact on our city.  Be sure to look out for the witches of Whitewater, the ghost of Nellie Horan—you never know where she might make an appearance—and the curious configuration of the graves of the unlucky (or potentially cursed, if you believe the stories) Winchesters.

Make sure to grab a delicious dinner in town beforehand and/or a nightcap afterward!

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors!

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Whitewater Spirit Tour Event Details

Date: October 20th & 21st, 2023
Time: 5:30p-10p
5:30p: Check-In
6p: Historical Presentation
6:30p: Bus & walking tours depart

Bus Tour – Check-in, presentation, and bus loading are located at the Community Engagement Center at 1260 W Main Street.
Walking Tour – Check-in and presentation are located at the Cravath Lakefront Park Community building at 341 S Fremont St.

The tour runs Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st. The event is held rain or shine. 

  • Check-in for both tours begins at 5:30 pm
  • The short program starts at 6:00 pm
  • Buses depart for the tour at 6:30 pm.
  • The walking tour departs at 6:30 pm

​Important information & details

  • This event is limited to adult participants 18 years of age and older due to insurance liability and coverage limitations.
  • We use local school buses for the tour and per the rules of the bus company, no alcoholic beverages or other substances are allowed on the busses.
  • Unfortunately, the bus company also does not allow animals on their buses for any reason. 

Where to Eat & Enjoy a Drink:

Before the Tour

For all the good pre-Tour dining & drinks options, visit our Restaurant Directory.

After the Tour

If you want to enjoy a late night snack or drink post-Tour, visit SteveO’s for a great beverage and Rosa’s for a slice and ice cream.

Stay the Night!

Baymont Inn & Suites

(262) 214-0226

Fairfield Inn & Suites

(262) 458-2065

Hamilton House B&B

(262) 473-1900

Victoria on Main B&B

(262) 473-8400

Super 8 Motel

(262) 214-0227