Are you superstitious? Do you believe in spirits from the afterlife? Could they be lurking in the Governor's Mansion in Marshall? Find out for yourself...if you dare.

Two years after Michigan officially became a state in 1837, State Senator J. Wright Gordon, a lawyer residing in Marshall, broke ground on the home at 612 S. Marshall St., intending to house Governor Stevens T. Mason. The city of Marshall was competing with Ann Arbor, Jackson, Grand Rapids, and Shiawassee Township to be the next State capitol, and they were sure they were going to win. Until Lansing was chosen in 1847. The building, known as the "Governor's Mansion" then and today, was completed and now stands as a museum.

Although Marshall was not chosen as the home of the Governor, Gordon eventually did obtain the highest office in the state when William Woodbridge resigned in 1841 to become a U.S. Senator. After failing to win the next election, Gordon served as U.S. Consul in Brazil where he tragically fell from a second-story balcony and died at the age of 44. He is interred in Brazil, but does his ghost walk the halls of the Marshall mansion? Are there other spirits there?

The Great Lakes Ghost Hunters of Michigan have set up a paranormal investigation at the Governor's Mansion in Marshall on Friday the 13th. Skeptics and true believers can take a look around, circle up for a seance and use whatever means necessary to conjure up evidence of hauntings in this historic house. Tickets are $40, with proceeds going to the museum. Report back to us if you make it out alive.

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