BAYFIELD Ghost Walks

As a child in a house on Manypenny Avenue, a former owner’s daughter was often awakened by the unmistakable sensation of someone tickling her toes. This playful way to awaken children was a favorite method of Bayfield mothers. When she opened her eyes, she often saw no one else in the room. However, if she was quick enough, she could catch a fleeting glimpse of a lady in a green plaid dress. The female figure standing at the foot of her bed smiling, rapidly faded. However, the vision was solid enough in her memory to be identified.


On a visit to the Bayfield Library, the witness recognized the same woman in a green plaid dress in a commemorative portrait hanging on the wall. It was Winnie Robinson, a librarian and beloved member of the Bayfield community, who died unexpectedly of pneumonia in 1929 after a brief illness. She had lived in the house, the home of the original owner, her father, Judge Joseph Atkinson. Winnie never had the opportunity to marry or have children of her own, but she could play with the children of those who lived in the house after she died…


$20 per person




1.5 - 2 hours


1.5 miles

Haunted History Tours in Bayfield

Haunted history, real ghost stories, and paranormal activity in one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful cities. Meet the legends and spirits of Lake Superior!

This is an outdoor walking tour, so please check the weather before coming. The tour runs in cold temperatures and light rain, so please wear walking shoes and dress appropriately for walking around outside.

Customer reviews

This was a great walk and talk. Our guide kept all ages interested. You can enjoy this for your interest in the paranormal, or just take it as a nice series of stories and buildings which make the history of Bayfield Wi. come to life.

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Eric K

Our family of four decided to attend this Ghost Walk on a whim. The lanterns were a nice touch and we head off with a very cheeky and knowledgeable tour guide. There was some great story telling fun as well as a little history and information about Bayfield.

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Toni P

My husband and had a wonderful time with this experience. the tour guide was dressed in period costume and the group was small (this may have been because we were there in Fall) so it allowed us to ask quite a few questions. the walk was pleasant and not tiring at all (we are in our 60s); it lasted about 90 minutes. the guide provided a lot of history and the stories were interesting.

Barbara H

Bayfield Ghost Walk meeting location:

Our tour meets in the parking lot of the Old Courthouse (415 Washington Ave, Bayfield) which now houses the headquarters of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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