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HAUNTED MICHIGAN: The Ghosts of Children Still Roam this Old Orphanage

Assininns is in the U.P. but would be worth a stop during your Michigan roadtrip this summer. The town was founded in 1843 by Bishop Frederic Baraga, who built an orphanage on the site – one of the first in the U.P.

It began as a Catholic orphanage, then turned over to the Chippewa tribe; the orphanage housed both Native American children as well as European.

To this day, some of the oldest buildings in this area of the U.P. are found here…and most of the old downtown is bare (see photo gallery above for pictures of the area and the old orphanage).

But what about the haunting?

According to, people in the area – tourists, thrillseekers and residents alike – have seen apparitions of people that once inhabited the orphanage: the ghostly images of children, nuns and priests have been seen roaming the ruins, inside and out. Not to mention the usual objects that move on their own, various noises and sounds that resemble faint voices come from the orphanage ruins.

North of town is the area cemetery (see photos), seemingly not even listed on maps…it contains the graves of former 1800’s missionaries and orphanage priests.

There are some buildings still standing that go back to the 1800’s and a few people left in this town, so treat the area with respect when you visit. But it’s a fascinating old Michigan town that you really should visit to see something historic…as well as possibly witnessing something paranormal.

Wanna read more ‘Haunted Michigan’ locations?
Click here for more of John Robinson’s Haunted Michigan!


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