By: Olivia Smyth
I’ve always been one to believe in urban legends to an extent but not until visiting Seven Gables junior year of high school did I believe in them extremely. Michigan isn’t typically a spooky place but this contradicts the normal stereotype. In Dansville, Michigan, Seven Gables Road haunts the believers and wastes the time of the doubters.
There are several different stories about what made the road become haunted in the first place. However, I have heard one that makes most sense based on what I have experienced when going to this haunted road. The story begins a long time ago; there was a lady who lived two miles back on Seven Gables Road. She was interested in witchcraft, so she put a curse on the road. The curse was if you heard someone scream, the last person to get to the fence at the beginning of the road and be the last to jump over the fence would die. A few years had passed and she had forgotten all about this curse she had put on Seven Gables Road. Apparently, she heard a baby scream and so she ran to jump over the fence and two months later she was dead.
Almost a year later, a man, his wife, and his two kids moved into that same house. The man is said to have went mentally insane and burned down the house with his family inside. He then continued to grab a shotgun and walk down the road planning to shoot himself, but instead found a rope on a tree and he hung himself.
I have visited Seven Gables three times and each time has been different. The first time, I thought it was such a joke because all we did was get maybe 20 steps down the road and then turned around because my friends were too scared. The second time, we went a little bit further, maybe a mile, and my friend claims she saw a lady in a white dress off in the distance. This makes sense because the old lady that put the curse on the road is said to have been wearing a white dress when she heard the baby scream. The last time I went, we went the full two miles to the end of the road and although we didn’t see any remains of a house, on the walk there, I saw a rope hanging from a tree in the woods. Of course, this could just be someone trying to scare all of the believers but after seeing that rope and hearing screams in the distance, I am convinced that what everyone says about Seven Gables Road is true.