Someone needs to tell this Madam that her house of ill repute closed long ago… someone should buy her a drink instead.
Rising floods can do nothing to slow down the winemakers at Lanthier Winery. Sure, sometimes the waters rise up to their front door and have even caused severe damage. But that does nothing to dampen their spirit(s).
Lanthier Winery is officially the oldest winery in town, having opened its doors in 1994. The winery and tasting room are made up of several pieces of local history, including a fort and even a “house of ill repute.”
The structure supposedly dates back to the 18th Century. The oldest part of Lanthier is said to be the Cellar Tasting Room. According to stories, it was once part of an old fort established by the town’s earliest settlers and trappers. By 1850, a two-story brick building was built as a trading post and depot exchange. The innocent-looking brick façade hid away the town’s dirty little secret: a brothel.
The stone structures of the winery are said to be the only buildings in the surrounding area to have survived the devastating floods over the years, offering guests a glimpse at Madison’s colorful (and sometimes grisly) history.
It should be no surprise that the winery’s #1 paranormal claim has direct ties to its seedier days as a brothel, revolving around the brothel’s very own Madam…
Learn more about Lanthier Winery’s haunting in The Spirit Guide: America’s Haunted Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries coming July 2020!
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