On October 30, 2015 we will be holding a fundraising investigation. Visit our Facebook event page for more information.
This house came into our
life when the property owner contacted us to look into the reports of
paranormal activity on the property before she sold it to someone.
We fell in love with the house and knew immediately that we needed to be the ones to buy it. We immediately made an offer and after over a year of negotiations we are going to be able to move in soon.
This Queen Anne Victorian was built in 1896 by the Hopkins family. Construction was led by master architect David Hopkins. David also designed the Hackley and Hume Houses in Muskegon, which are on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Hopkins son George P. Hopkins lived in the house from the time it was built until his death in 1933, his wife remained there until 1945.
George started to study law in 1881, he would practice law for over 50 years eventually serving as Kalamazoo County Prosecutor, Kalamazoo Probate Judge and Head of the Kalamazoo Bar Association. In addition to these political offices he also held office in several Fraternal Organizations. He was a Master Mason in the Anchor Lodge of Strict Observance #87 of the Free and Accepted Masons (Free-Masons), he was also served as Worthy Grand Patron of the Corinthian Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star (Freemasonry-related fraternal organization open to both men and women) as well as Eminent Commander of Peninsular Commandery, Knights Templar #8 .
George died in the master bedroom and his spirit has been reported there by several previous tenants. In fact when we were asked to investigate the home, we were told there are even corresponding police reports from when the tenants called the police thinking there was a prowler on the second floor.