Around town with Judy Martini: Lake County’s most haunted places
on Monday, May 09, 2016
Our next stop was the historic Lehman Mansion in Lake Villa. An old brick building on the site is said to be a slaves quarters. We then toured an area in the Painted Lakes subdivision, where it was said that Indian burial mounds and trails were once used by the Indians to go up through the Chain O'Lakes area and up to Fontana, Wisconsin. The tour then took us to St. Patrick’s Cemetery up by Wadsworth, which is called Devils Pool. Myth says the woods near the cemetery are the location where a witch named Mary Worth was buried outside the cemetery because locals would not allow her to be buried inside the cemetery.
The tour proceeded to the Golden Pyramid House near Wadsworth, which is a huge 6 story golden structure which was built by the Onan family. The Pyramid House is said to contain hidden powers and that the College of Lake County completed a study which showed that plants grew three times faster at the location because of the positive energy the pyramid contains. We proceeded to Great America which was said to have many haunting experiences because of the roller coasters and that several people had died there when the Demon Thrill Ride got stuck.
There were over 30 possible stops in Lake County for paranormal events but because of the weather and traffic our final stop was the scariest location - The Gate in Libertyville. Folklore has it that this is the location where a teacher went crazy killing, decapitating then impaling four of her students on the gate leading into the school off of Rt. 120 back in the early 1900's. The old school was torn down in 1982 and is near the Lake County Forest Preserve’s Independence Grove.
If you missed this tour, there will be another ghost tour held later in the year, you can check out there Facebook for upcoming events. Nick Sarlo, a Lake County native, will be filming his new TV show, True Ghost Stories, and it will be aired on TV this Fall. You might just see something about Lake and McHenry County on the show that you didn't know about.
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