Longtime Hartland resident Gail Offen, along with co-author Jon Milan, take readers on a haunted journey through Michigan — including many stops in Livingston County — in their latest book, “Michigan Haunts: Public Places, Eerie Spaces,” described as the “perfect glove compartment companion for exploring the paranormal parts of the Mitten State.”
“This book is unique because, unlike books about private homes, you can visit every place in the book,” Offen said. “(The) restaurants, inns, lighthouses, businesses are located throughout Michigan on both peninsulas, so it’s also a travel book.”
The book draws on more than 300 years of Michigan history — from the notoriously haunted remote lighthouses like Seul Choix in the Upper Peninsula to Eloise, one of the most famous psychiatric asylums in America, to the legend of Lover’s Leap on Mackinac Island.
Stops in Livingston County include the Howell Opera House, the Howell MainStreet Winery, the historic Livingston County Courthouse, the Hartland Music Hall, the Howell Theater, the Howell Sanitarium, and the Mellus Hospital (now home to the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce).