Crystal Haven History


In which the characters of Crystal Haven share their expertise.

Harriet Munson here again. I’m finally recovered from the August blog tour. The phones at the Reading Room have been ringing constantly and I’ve had to start scheduling the walk-ins! I guess Violet Greer was right and even murder can be good publicity.

I have been answering a lot of questions about the history of Crystal Haven. All the newcomers act like this is a brand new city just because they recently discovered it. I can assure you the city has been around for many years.

Founded in 1850 by settlers making their way across the country, it was originally chosen for its calm inlet and easy access to Lake Michigan. Lumber was the major business back then. The Ottawa tribe felt the area was sacred and there were some bitter battles when people first settled here. Over the years there were may strange happenings. People received messages and premonitions. There were rumors that the area was haunted or possessed. Beach goers found crystals on their sandy walks, and those crystals seemed to reveal the future.

The rumors attracted spiritualists and in 1895 Frederick von Whittle visited and felt that the there was something special about the land. He started a spiritualist colony which thrived through the late 1920’s. When Agnes Greer’s family moved here, no one predicted that they would save the town both financially and spiritually. During the depression, Agnes’s father, Samuel Greer bought most of the land surrounding the town and kept the struggling economy afloat. Word of Agnes Greer’s gift spread so that by the 1940’s tourists were flocking here for news of their loved ones. The Greers saved Crystal Haven by allowing it to remain a spiritualist retreat right through World War II. After the war, the psychics and mediums decided to become more tourist oriented and began offering services, programs, and summer workshops.

It is no longer the “retreat” that Mr. von Whittle imagined, but it is a thriving city that boasts the largest number of psychic households in the country. Messages are given daily at Message Circle during the summer months. The Reading Room is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 8, and Sundays noon to 6. We look forward to seeing you!


Blog Tour Day 10


Today is the last day of the official blog tour. I wanted to show you one of our beautiful beach sunsets as the tour draws to a close. Next week Violet Greer will be back with her animal clients and I will turn over the blog to Rose or Jillian for a few weeks.

I hope you enjoyed the blog tour and that you are planning a trip to Crystal Haven in the near future. Rose is predicting an exciting future!

Two stops today with giveaways!

Queen of All She Reads

Not part of the official tour, but a nice review and giveaway:

Debbie’s Book Bag

Blog Tour Day 8


Here is our lovely harbor. Visitors can rent boats or take tours along the shore. Today is a little cloudy, but most summer days on the water are clear and tranquil. We have a protected bay so we don’t get the wind or waves that they see on Lake Michigan.

Clyde informs me that the author had a book signing last night. Apparently a bunch of people in Iowa are now reading about us. I wonder if it is too far for them to come the Crystal Haven for a weekend. I hear they don’t have as many lakes as we do. I will post some pictures of the book signing next week when my blog tour responsibilities are completed.

Today’s stop:

Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

Blog Tour Day 7


This was taken in our lovely town garden just last week. I realized I should take this opportunity to tell you about all the wonderful things to do in Crystal Haven instead of worrying about Clyde’s book.

We have a beautiful free garden in the center of town with benches and walking paths. It is a small jewel tended by the Crystal Haven gardening society (I happen to be president, but I don’t think I am overly biased). Sometimes visitors get so caught up in seeking the perfect psychic that they miss some of the beauty of the town and the surrounding area.

The author’s blog tour continues today at:


Blog Tour Day 6


Harriet Munson here, again. I’m feeling more tranquil today.  Violet Greer and I had a long talk about the whole thing and agree that we shouldn’t take any of the things in the book personally. So I’m sharing this picture – it makes me feel calm. Millie Fessler (owner of the Book Nook) claims the book is doing well. The city council says they have seen a huge surge in traffic at the website, so I guess I’ll have to put my own feelings aside and “take one for the team” as they say. But I still don’t like it.

The author has a blog stop today at:

Cozy up with Kathy


Blog Tour Day 5


See the storm cloud over Lake Michigan? That is the way I am feeling right now. I got to page 107. Then I read more and had to shut the book and take some deep breaths. I notice Clyde has been keeping a low profile around town and now I know why. I won’t discuss this any further as my loyalty to Crystal Haven is stronger than my own vanity – but still…

The blog tour continues today at:

Girl Lost in a Book