Come Join the Paranormal Research Group on an overnight investigation at the Brumder Mansion! (Milwaukee, WI)
Located at 3046 West Wisconsin Avenue, in Milwaukee, WI. sit's 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 6 guest bed rooms which are used for visitors to the Brumder Bed and Breakfast.
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.
In some investigations when paranormal investigators and psychics/mediums have been able to engage and draw out the spirits, new information about our unseen residents/perhaps some former employees of the Brumder has been brought to light, mostly captured in EVPs and personal experiences, making the reality of living with spirits much more comfortable. The spirits who live here and visit fortunately all have good mid-western manners, and leave our guests alone, though they make their presence known among the staff, owners, with paranormal investigators they can relate to, and sometimes with people who want to make contact with them. Nothing evil or negative inhabits the Brumder, just friendly and benign ones, who love the Brumder as much as we do!
Entities of five-six known intelligent spirits seem to enjoy the restored Brumder Mansion.
Spirit People in Residence:
Older female Entity — (Known as Suzanne/Aunt Pussy). We are not sure who she is, though urban legend says that she was the maiden aunt of the Brumders who lived with them at some point, perhaps part-time. Newer theories think that perhaps she was a governess, head housekeeper and or perhaps a nurse/caretaker of Henrietta during her last years at the Brumder. Whoever she was, perhaps she came only during some seasons of the year, as there is no census record of her living there.
Several mediums have identified this female entity as a woman, 40-60 years old, who likes to be called Suzanne. The witness who saw her twice describe her as wearing clothes and a hair-style that was from an older generation of 1910-Victorian. She was the first entity to make herself known to Carol Hirschi and friends.
She has partially appeared to Carol's boyfriend in the Gold Room by the fireplace, from the waist up in solid form. He later saw this same spirit wearing a black formal gown, gliding down the central staircase.
Mediums/Psychics have seen her come down the stairs, going into the foyer or one of the downstairs rooms. Suzanne likes to know what is going on in the mansion, sometimes acting as an unseen greeter.
Guests and patrons of Carol's Cornerstone Theater in the basement began seeing the entity of a woman, dressed in attire which was popular in the early 20th century, walking around the area there.
While she goes all over the mansion when need be, she likes to reside in The Gold Suite, keeping a motherly eye on the folks who stay in her room. She is a kind soul, with a soft spot for older people, and people with a physical hindrance or ailment.
Sometimes, on occasion, she responds to requests from guests. Recently, she must of had the Halloween spirit, and was playful with a young couple, who were staying in her room. As they were looking for a ghost, they asked her to show them a sign of her presence. She turned off all the lights right away. When one of the guests immediately asked her to turn them back on, the lights immediately popped back on.
Suzanne prefers to communicate through psychics and mediums, when she feels it is an important issue of concern:
She also apparently is on the decor committee, caring very much about renovation projects, letting the living know through a medium what she thinks would be lovely, as she did during the time we were planning to renovate the dark ballroom into a theatre and event center.
In 2009, we were planning to renovate the ballroom in the basement, making it less dark and more inviting for events. We had several meetings in the basement area, discussing various ideas. One weekend, a medium and her husband came to the Brumder for a weekend of quiet and rest. They stayed in the Gold Suite, not knowing that they were the guest of Suzanne. After a great night sleep, Suzanne began talking to the medium about her concerns. The medium came down the staircase, and set up a meeting with our innkeeper at the breakfast table. Through the medium, this spirit Suzanne expressed what she thought we should do; make it pretty and bright, and not cover the wooden floor with tile. She was on a roll and gave the innkeeper complements on her efforts in the library, and went on to describe the rooms in the house next door in detail, describing the home as a happy house, giving decor advice there also.
Suzanne has communicated through mind thoughts on many occasions.
Suzanne strongly dislikes dogs, as Carol Hirschi found out. When Carol spent the night in the Gold Suite with her dogs on the bed, she felt a strong unseen presence and heard a voice in her head, telling her to get the dogs out of the room in no uncertain terms.
Another staff member who worked for the Brumder for a year, nearly missed getting up in time to make breakfast for our guests. The next morning, this staff member dreamed of an old-fashioned alarm clock going off, and she awoke when she heard a disembodied voice calling her name.
Suzanne doesn't like paranormal investigators that rudely invade her space, though she recently has been much more receptive, and has even softly talked for the first time, on an EVP recording caught by investigator Rich Newman of Elsinore Productions, during the summer of 2010.
Middle-aged Female Entity
Thought to be a 30-40 year-old female, who may have lived here during the early 1940s, according to a psychic. She likes the third floor bedrooms. A quiet, sensitive, happy/sad soul, who mostly enjoys sitting by the windows, looking out at the street below.
In March of 2010, one of our staff saw a misty /smoky presence above one of the beds that lasted for a minute or so, before disappearing.
She has been captured on EVPs recorded on the third floor, in answer to questions, though she spoke so softly its hard to understand.
Male Entity — a supervising presence, who is currently pleased with the new owners. We think he is a former owner or manager of Brumder Mansion, and keeps an eye on what is happening here.
A friendly presence, who can be playful, enjoys the parlor, is a resident of George's Suite, and the ballroom theatre, keeping an eye on the living.
Recently, he has been more willing to communicate with investigators and paranormal classes, giving evidence that he is an intelligent spirit, knocking on wood in response to questions, tapping on chairs.
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.
Newly identified entities
The Good Doctor Entity — Described by a witness who briefly saw him as being a man around 60 years old with a beard, wearing a duster, who goes all over the mansion, but likes the George Suite and the 3rd floor. There is always a fun-loving jokester in every crowd, and this spirit fits the bill.
Though not deemed to be a negative spirit, this strong spirit can be a practical joker and a teaser of both the living and the other spirits in the mansion.
We think he was the one who pulled the vacuum cleaner and hair dryer plugs out of the walls, nudged staff and others that he knows well, and made playful noises in the rooms to get the attention of the living.
He can be curious, and was heard looking around a guest's bag of medicines in the George Suite bathroom. Recently we think it was this entity who peeked inside our long-time friend's guitar case and examined his pretend sword while our friend slept in a bed on the third floor.
He has begun to play with investigators, when they ask for a sign of his presence.
It was probably this spirit who pushed the vent out of the Marion Suite wall during the filming of the Channel 6 Halloween spot with Tony and Jeffrey Seelman and Amy Lamb.
Maintenance Man Entity — Said by a psychic to be of Scottish descent:
According to a psychic/medium who was on a paranormal investigation, this entity worked at the Brumder during the Sam Pick years. He was in charge of general maintenance of the Brumder, the coal furnace in the catacombs, and took care of the ballroom as well, perhaps helping with the high rolling gambler operation; set-up/take-down, perhaps was the bartender and perhaps was involved with other shadowy business, that comes along with working for gangster types. He also possibly suffered the consequences for working for violent men, though there is no hard evidence to back up a medium's report that he met foul play.
From 2005-2009, he was the shadowy figure seen by a few investigation groups, in the Catacombs and hallway next to the Brumder laundry room.
Sadie was our craftsman/contractor's deaf springer spaniel. One day, when I was in the laundry room, and our craftsman was working in the ballroom during renovations during the summer of 2009, Sadie fixated her eyes on the wall by the catacomb door, and started to bark at what was probably an unseen presence.
Since the new 1920s style bar was installed in the ballroom theater in January of 2010. this entity has become less shy and bolder, a happier entity.
Sometimes his presence is strongly felt in the far right corner of the bar, behind the counter.
His disembodied voice was heard in January by 3 witnesses, yelling something from the staircase around the corner that comes down from the kitchen.
During an event, the bartender heard a friendly, disembodied male voice say, "Hello!"
During our paranormal event held the summer of 2010, a roomful of witnesses heard a disembodied voice coming from the bar area.!
Female Entity — Thought to be around 20-28 years old:
She is thought to have been an employee during the Sam Pick era, as a female listed the Brumder Mansion address as her residence during the 20s and 30s. When seen in the ballroom basement by medium Scotty Rorek on a previous investigation, she was wearing a yellow dress, and happily humming, as she walked around the ballroom into the catacombs.
She likes the first and second floors and the ballroom theatre and catacombs. She also has been known to playfully tease the staff and owners on occasion and is beginning to communicate to paranormal investigators in the ballroom.While sitting on the stage in the ballroom, Vortex Paranormal captured a distressing EVP of a young woman who was whispering to be let out because she couldn't breathe, perhaps offering a hint as to her final demise from disease, an accident or other cause of death.
The Front Parlor
- Intrigued by the paranormal and want to experience something exciting.
- Paranormal Investigators and Ghost Hunters
- Psychics and Sensitives
- Skeptics and Non-Believers
The evening will begin at 6pm.
The SWPRG will be hosting this event along with the Owners of the Brumder Mansion, Tom & Julie Carr and the Brumder Staff. The SWPRG's extremely sensitive and specialized equipment will be set-up and running when you arrive. Members of the SWPRG will be available on-site to explain the equipment to you and will allow you to work with them on their ongoing investigation if you like.
If you think you will be sleeping during the night, please remember to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
- An introduction class on paranormal research and investigation in the evening before the investigation begins. (If you have already taken the class at the Janesville Haunted Mansion and choose not to take it again, a second option will be provided)
- Participation in a professional investigation with the SWPRG (half of the night)
- Free roaming of the entire mansion (with the exception of a couple rooms) for half the night
- Use of the SWPRG handheld equipment for the entire investigation.
- Dinner the night of the investigation
- All the snacks and soda, coffee & bottled water you want
You DO NOT get assigned a room for the night within the mansion. If you would like to reserve a room at the mansion for the Friday night before or the Sunday night after the event, please call the mansion directly at (414) 342-9767 and reserve your room separately.
- $75.00 for the entire night (6pm - 6am)
please send any questions to Sarah@paranormalresearchgroup.com
You will be sent an email with all the information you will need to know about the night's events the Monday prior to your scheduled investigation date.
PEASE NOTE: You WILL be required to sign a Liability Waiver.
For more information on the Brumder Mansion, visit their website at: www.BrumderMansion.com
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Member of SWPRG (Southern WI Paranormal Research Group)