Before new owners take over the Maxwell Mansion, the current owners want to know if the historic Lake Geneva hotel is being visited by guests from long ago — ghosts who never checked out.
A team of paranormal investigators descended on the 163-year-old hotel during the Halloween weekend to look into reports that the property at 421 Baker St. is haunted.
Luke Pfeifer, who along with his wife recently announced a deal to purchase the Maxwell Mansion, said he obviously would like to know if the Lake Geneva lakefront hotel has paranormal activity.
“I’ve seen some things on social media about it,” Pfeifer said. “It’s something I’m interested in learning more about.”
Maxwell Mansion was built in 1856 for Dr. Philip Maxwell, who died three years later. Maxwell’s wife, Jerutha Maxwell, lived in the property about 25 years longer.
The building has been operating as a hotel since at least the 1940s, and now includes a carriage house and stables, with a total of 28 guest suites, as well as a ballroom, a cocktail bar, and three acres of gardens.
Jay Hill, founder of Wisconsin Paranormal Research, said he and his colleagues found numerous signs of ghostly activity during their investigation on Halloween night.
Hill said the team recorded voices, heard footsteps and observed strange lights during a five-hour overnight examination when the building was otherwise empty.