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Haunted Locations of Ohio by County
Dead Man's Curve
One of the darkest legends I've run across is that of dead man's curve, a dangerous turning intersection in Clermont County--according to the most common reports, at the place where 222 meets State Rout 125. The road was part of the Ohio Turnpike built in 1831, and it has a long list of victims. In September of 1969 the State of Ohio rebuilt the road into a straight four-lane road. On October 19, 1969, five teenagers died there when their 1968 Chevy Impala was hit at more than a hundred miles an hour by a 1969 Roadrunner. There was only one survivor: a guy named Rick. Ever since that day, “the faceless hitchhiker,” whom Rick has seen five times, has haunted the intersection. It is described as the pitch-black silhouette of a man, a "three-dimensional silhouette." I'll offer some quotes here from Haunted Ohio III.
Rick's friend Todd: "Rick and I were heading home from Bethel to Amelia. I noticed a man's shape on the side of the road. It turned like it was hitchhiking, with an arm sticking up. The thing wore light-colored pants, a blue shirt, long hair--and there was just a blank, flat surface where the face should have been. We looked back. There was nobody there. I've also seen the black shadow figure, walking its slow, labored, dragging walk by the side of the road." Rick hired a psychic from Pittsburg who had never heard of the intersection and didn't want to hear about it in advance. She asked to be dropped off there for a few hours so she could feel it out. Five minutes later she called him from the deli up the road, asking him to come get her. "Someone very evil is there," she said. "He died suddenly and he is still there."
A female friend of Rick's was driving there and the shadow figure threw itself in front of her car. She felt her wheels bump over it. When she stopped, she saw it climbing onto her car with one foot on her trunk and its hands in the luggage rack. Even now she gets the shakes when she talks about it. A driverless Impala and a mysterious green Roadrunner are seen in the area as well. Due to rerouting, the actual location of Dead Man's Curve is somewhat in doubt. They say it's at 222 and SR 125, near Bantam Road. As you head east on 125, 222 turns right towards Felicity and Bantam Road turns left toward East Fork Lake State Park. The spot is just below a carryout.
The Dunham Road House
A haunted house in Amelia is known simply as the Dunham Road House. Once the centerpiece of a farm in operation before Ohio became a state, today it's simply a big, old house with the address of 2964 Dunham Road. The killing that took place there happened in either 1802 or 1803, depending on the version. It is said that angry Indians, usually Cherokees, emerged from the woods and raided the house, killing the little daughter of the Tracy family, who had settled there to farm land that is not far from the Ohio River.
Clermont County Infirmary
Serving alternately as a mental hospital, nursing home, poorhouse, and nursery for orphan babies, the Clermont County Infirmary saw plenty of suffering in its century-plus lifetime. It was built in 1883 and demolished in the late fall of 2001. Occupants were often buried in the potter's field nearby, which is today covered by the haunted woman’s jail.
Clermont County Women's Jail
A wing of the women's jail in Batavia, Ohio, is built over the old potter's field where the indigent were buried--often occupants of the Clermont County Infirmary. Now occupants of the poor folks’ graveyard whose bodies were missed during the construction haunt that part of the jail.
The site of a burned-down church just off SR 32 in Batavia is believed to be a hotspot for satanic activity. Whether or not the worshippers at the original church were Satanists, the cult members who gather there today are, and it's their sacrifices that have given the place its reputation.
Lucy Run Road and Batavia Cemetery
A figure in white often startles travelers on Lucy Run Road, dashing across the road to evaporate before their eyes at the gate to Batavia Cemetery. This is the story of who she is and where she came from. The family of Charles Robinson set out for the west in 1806, first spending time in Kentucky, then settling for good in the fields of Clermont County, Ohio, building his family a log cabin alongside a sizable creek. Charles had several daughters. One of them, Lucy, was especially attractive and promising, and when she promptly became engaged at the proper age no one was surprised. Then disaster struck. The fiancée rode to the Robinson cabin in a thunderstorm to tell her the bad news: he had met someone else, was in love with another woman. The engagement was off. He rode off too quickly for the stunned Lucy, who mounted her horse and rode out into the storm to follow him. The rain was coming down in thick sheets, making visibility almost impossible, and somehow she missed the bridge and rode into the swollen creek. Thrown from her horse, she was swept away immediately and drowned in the muddy water. From that time onward, the creek was known as Lucy's Run, and the road that runs alongside it Lucy Run Road. And Lucy has always been seen, running without a horse, across the road from the place where her family's homestead was to the gates of the cemetery where she is buried.
An old Shawnee sorceress, who was killed by her tribe for betraying them, haunts felicity’s Smyrna Cemetery.
Peaceful Valley is anything but, if the numerous horrifying things that are said to have gone on there is true. A trip through the Valley late at night is likely to end in a frantic car chase back to civilization; a number of people have described a car, high beams glaring, that chases explorers away. The trip might also end in something worse, if the encounter "Chased by a Cult in Clermont County" is true. The story goes something like this: “That's when someone or something opened the drivers door and reached in for the keys. I was sitting in the passengers seat and was watching as my friend was using his free hand to try to keep the strange arm from getting to the keys. Just as I was reaching over to help someone grabbed my by my shirt collar and was trying to drag me from the car. I was scared stiff. I could not move or scream. Just then the car leached forward and we came out of the bridge and the door of the car hit the side of the bridge, knocking whoever had my shirt loose, and we went speeding down the road. None of us could believe what had just happened.” His story is much scarier in its full version. But the point is, somebody really wanted to get at them, and to stop them from driving away. It seems like a little more than just aggressive rednecks trying to scare someone. Being chased by malevolent drivers in Peaceful Valley is apparently a common occurrence, as this more recent report indicates:” A car passed us, and we looked behind us to see where it was going, and it turned around in the church parking lot. We didn't see it again until we were off Stonelick Williams Court, when we realized it was right behind us. It chased us almost all the way to Goshen. Right before we got to the town, the car sped up really fast behind us. We all faced forward for a second and turned back around to see where the car was. We saw taillights for a split second and then the car was gone. There was no way it could've turned around that fast, and there were no roads or driveways it could've turned into.” Cults are thought by many to be the source of the problems that make Peaceful Valley such an ironic name. Other legends include the haunting of the covered bridge on Stonelick Road/Stonelick Williams Court, and an evil farmhouse where the number of lights visible in the windows will always equal the number of people in your car. A former Clermont County Sheriff's Deputy has said that chasing people out of the "haunted" rural areas was something the local cops did pretty regularly; they'd just leave their flashers off and wait until the kids were on their way out, then turn around. This would explain a few of the stories, but what about the people in the pickup truck who assaulted the author in his friend in the "Chased by a Cult" story? Peaceful Valley is located near Goshen, but also encompasses areas near Milford and Owensville. I definitely advise caution if you make a trip down there--and don't stop at the covered bridge unless your windows are up and your doors locked.
The historic Loveland Castle in Loveland is haunted by a King and Paige who are attached to an imported throne, and Harry D. Andrews, who built the castle and died when the leaves he was burning out back caught him on fire. I understand that it was actually pneumonia that took him, susceptible, as he no doubt was with bad burns.) Another source indicates that it's the rocking chair, she says, which moves on its own--one which belonged to Mr. Andrews. It's been known to trigger the security motion sensors at night.
The Trainman’s Ghost
A trainman killed by Morgan's Raiders has been seen on the railroad tracks in Miamiville, as well as in the road and watching a farmer plow his field.
Promont is a very old house in Milford which was once the home of John M. Pattison, former governor of Ohio and the only Democrat in an era of northern Republicans. Pattison's governorship was a lot like William Henry Harrison's presidency; he delivered his inaugural address in a snowstorm, caught pneumonia, and died only five months after he took office in January. The house was built between 1865 and 1867 by William G. McGrue, and was called McGrue's Folly locally because no one could understand why he'd build such a big place in the middle of nowhere. When Pattison bought it, his wife rechristened it Promont. Pattison's first wife died in Promont, so he married her sister. After Pattison's death millionaire tobacco farmer Henry Hodges, who eventually died there, owned the house for forty years. So did his wife. Today the place is open for tours. Employees hear mysterious footsteps ascending the stairs and walking across upstairs floors. Once an employee asked another why she had grabbed her ankle, only to find out she hadn't done it. Promont is located at 906 Main Street in Milford. You can reach them at (513) 248-1767.
Spate House, a two-story brick mansion in Moscow, Clermont County, was built between 1796 and 1798 on the Ohio River. It housed such notables as the exiled King of France Louis Philippe in 1815, and Marquis de Lafayette in 1825. With all these interesting residents you'd think that Spate House would have a famous ghost, but as it turns out a dog haunts it. The dog's owner was killed in a dispute over a card game, and when it wouldn't be quiet, it’s owners murderers threw it into the Ohio River in a canvas sack. Today the house is full of bad vibes and cold spots, and the barking and whining of a dog can be heard in the walls. Interestingly, Haunted Ohio lists this one as abandoned.
Pond Run Road
Pond Run Road near New Richmond is said to be the stomping ground of the Hook Man. You may have heard the urban legends about Hook Man; Clermont County apparently boasts its very own version. The story begins with a couple of very bad parents who kept their disturbed kid chained in the basement. The house was struck by lightning. The bodies of both parents were found, but all that was found of the boy was his hand. Ever since then (the legend goes), the Hook Man has prowled Pond Run Road, which was a popular lovers' lane for years. Today it's been built up and lacks the places to pull over, but the stories still linger.
Owensville's Village Hall was built in 1859 as the Boston Methodist Episcopal Church, back when Owensville was still called Boston. On July 14, 1863, Morgan's Raiders met with some small resistance from an old man with a shotgun in the Village Hall building. The ghost in the Village Hall is called Nellie, although no one is really sure just who he or she is. Nellie makes noises like chairs being moved around, shows up in the occasional photograph, and keeps the building clean.
Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace
The birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, America's greatest military figure and eighteenth President of the United States, is haunted by an invisible ghost who makes the spinning wheel turn on its own with no one around.
Ghosts of the Spiritualists
Utopia is not a true ghost town; people still live there, on the two streets that make up the town--both of which dead-end at the banks of the Ohio River. It does, however, have ghosts. Or so they say.
Located in Clermont County, Utopia was founded by Charles Fourier, a French guy who was a member of a religious sect which believed that the world was about to enter a 35,000-year period of peace, and that people would be organized into "phalanxes"--something like the communes hippies like to live in. Phalanxes were about three square miles in size and would include their own farmland, libraries, schools, and stables. In 1844 he convinced more than a dozen families to join him at his phalanx in southern Ohio for a rent of $25.00 a year. Each family got a wooden house. There was a dining hall for everyone located on the riverbank. Later on a thirty-room brick house was built higher up. Fourier's followers eventually became disillusioned and disbanded in 1846. After that the land with all the phalanx buildings was sold to John O. Wattles, the leader of a group of spiritualists. Against the warnings of locals, Wattles had the main building moved, brick by brick, down to the water's edge. It was completed by December of 1847, just in time for one of the biggest floods of the nineteenth century. On December 12 the Ohio had overflowed to the point where people had to be ferried to the main house by boat, but people were still seeking shelter there. There was a party on the evening of December 13, but the dancing was interrupted when the bricks gave way and all but a few of the spiritualists were washed out to drown or freeze in the icy Ohio River.
In 1975 a dredging operation brought up bricks from the original house, and it's said that when the water is very, very low the original foundation is visible. The house where John O. Wattles himself lived is now a private residence, a stone house on Route 52. Stranger still are the underground chambers recently discovered near the Brown County line. Today the riverbank at Utopia is believed to be haunteded by the ghosts of the spiritualists killed in the flood of 1847. Residents have seen them walking out of the water. Strange lights have been seen moving around in or near the water.
First of all I have to say, if you're visiting Utopia hoping for something spectacular, be prepared to be disappointed. It's just a little town. There's nothing much there but a gas station. There is a little mom-and-pop gas station at Utopia, and there are some houses. There's also a long road that leads back into some scary woods.
There is an underground stone chamber that is the most impressive part of the Utopia legend. It opens to the surface in two places that are surrounded by chain-link fences overgrown with weeds and vines. They're about 20 feet deep and have mason stone arches and even windows. Could this be part of a basement? A secret chamber meant for hiding slaves? Neither one it turns out.
This was part of John O. Wattles's church, and once you get past the padlocked fence and climb down the ladder you'll find yourself in a stone room with a dirt floor and two fireplaces. Any ghosts present in the town would find a safe home down here, in this room that is so rarely visited and largely forgotten even by local people. Spending the night down here would be quite an experience. If you're ever in Utopia you might want to give it a shot.
Some odd things apparently go on in Utopia when the sun goes down. Stop there sometime and let us know if you make contact with any river ghosts.
Williamsburg High School
Williamsburg High School is believed to be haunted by numerous ghosts. The county's last hanging tree was located where the library is. Three students jumped out of a third floor window. A janitor hung himself in the closet. A teacher shot herself on the third floor. Lights are seen moving through the school at night.
Haunted locations in Cincinnati, Ohio
When visiting Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, 45203 - (513) 287-7000) in Hamilton County, it is said that the ghost of a security guard named Shirley wanders about the halls of the Union Terminal. Shirley foiled the plans of computer thieves and was shot and killed as she tried to stop them. Her body was later recovered in the northern area of Kentucky, but her unsettled ghost returned to the place of her death. In the early 1990s, the Museum Center was experiencing theft. Apparently, computers were being stolen, and the only security guard to catch them was Shirley. Shirley caught them on the 4th floor, but was shot dead on the spot. Her body was later dumped in Northern Kentucky. She still roams the halls of Union Terminal. Many house keeping women will not walk alone after closing. Doors can be heard locking and footsteps are heard in hallways, when no one is there. One piece of the collection in the Cincinnati History Museum is an airplane from WWII. A pilot is seen inside the plane at night. People crying or welcoming back soldiers can also be heard on the train tracks. (Since Union Terminal was a great railroad station during WWII)
Cincinnati - Buffalo Ridge - There are many reports of hauntings on this road. One is of a car that was doing a gang initiation where you can here a car with stereo blasting, speeding up and down the hills. After a few times of them going down the hill you can hear the screams and the crash of the car. There are also reports of a woman who was killed while trying on her wedding dress, the reports state that she is seen walking around on Buffalo Ridge and East Miami River Road on the anniversary of her death searching for her head that was never found. Buffalo Ridge.
Buffalo Ridge is located in a heavily wooded area of western Colerain Township, Ohio, not far from where Hamilton County meets Butler County. It is called Buffalo Ridge because it was once an old buffalo trail. As it was with many game trails, it soon became an Indian trail and was eventually turned into a road for wagons and automobiles. According to local urban legends posted at at forgottenoh.com,
"The many legends associated with this creepy wooded road seem to center around an abandoned crematory located somewhere far back on the Ridge, which may or may not have been the site of a cult sacrifice at some point in the past. The ghosts occupy this building and sometimes wander across the road as well.
An abandoned house with dilapidated barns and junked cars on its lawn is also the site of some scary happenings. Lights are seen there at night even though no one has lived there for years. If you go up the driveway supposedly you will see a witch in one of the windows.
A park along the road is haunted by the ghost of a little boy who was killed in the road by a hit-and-run driver who was never caught. The stain his mangled body left smeared on the asphalt has never gone away. Possibly associated with this is the malevolent black van with tinted windows that is said to chase unlucky travelers on Buffalo Ridge. Is it the vehicle that ran the little boy down years ago?"
More urban legends claim "There are many reports of hauntings on this road. One is of a car that was doing a gang initiation where you can hear a car with stereo blasting, speeding up and down the hills. After a few times of them going down the hill you can hear the screams and the crash of the car. There are also reports of a woman who was killed while trying on her wedding dress, the reports state that she is seen walking around on Buffalo Ridge and East Miami River Road on the anniversary of her death searching for her head that was never found."
"You may or may not have heard of this short connecting road, it's where the infamous Charles Manson used to play as a kid. It's also the site of the ruins of one of the most used Crematories in Cincinnati. The road seems to have a very strange feel to it as you drive along, the night seems blacker and sometimes as you near Zion Rd you can almost see a shadowy smokestack, presumably from the old crematorium.
If you happen to believe that you can sense ghosts, then take a ride past the small farm pond nearest to where the crematory used to be, the pond is never still and almost seems to be the source of the darkness.
To get there is just a short trip down Bridgetown Rd, or up Harrison Ave, to Wesselman, you'll find the narrow road near Harrison, with a sign to lead you to the nearby park on Zion. People say things are in the woods there, and at a friend of mine's old house nearby, some people say that things have come out of his woods and into his small but deep pond. Always ghostly things, the funny thing is in all of his years there he never once seen anything, or felt anything, and he believes in the supernatural himself.
Getting to the crematory itself is easy once you find Buffalo Ridge, I recommend you park on Zion (the closest you can get since Buffalo Ridge is very narrow) and walk down Buffalo Ridge towards Wesselman, if you stay on the right side coming from Zion road, you'll see a small "no dumping" sign, go straight back in the woods about 20 yards and you'll find yourself in the Crematorium."
So it sounds as if Buffalo Ridge is the source of just about every urban legend in Ohio! Wow, what an opportunity for energetic paranormal investigators! I find it extremely difficult to believe that Charles Manson used to play anywhere near Buffalo Ridge Road when he was a kid. Manson lived in Walnut Hills which is on the other side of town, about as far away from Buffalo Ridge as you can get, but he lived on the streets much of this time so you never know where he wandered off to.
Trying to find an "abandoned house" or a yard full of junk cars on Buffalo Ridge is like looking for a needle in a stack of needles. Sections of this heavily wooded, curving roller coaster called Buffalo Ridge look like Appalachia - scenes from the movie Deliverance come to mind. People on their front porches stare at you suspiciously as you drive by.
The area is quite creepy at night. As soon as I get more time, I want to investigate the many urban legends surrounding Buffalo Ridge. Hopefully I can determine if there is any fact behind these legends.
The park mentioned in the accounts here is a 1,336-acre park called Mitchell Memorial Forest and it is part of the Hamilton County Park system. It's a nice little park with a few picnic areas, a walking trail, a large pond, and a small playground for the kids.
To get to Mitchell Memorial Forest, you can travel from Harrison Avenue to Wesselman, turn onto Wesselman, go about 1/4 mile to Buffalo Ridge, follow Buffalo Ridge to Zion Road, turn left onto Zion Road and the park entrance is on the right. The park borders Buffalo Ridge. You can travel the complete length of Buffalo Ridge by starting at Harrison Avenue and coming up Wesselman to Buffalo Ridge, turn right onto Buffalo Ridge and follow it to the end, bear right and it will take you back down to Harrison Avenue. You could also reach Buffalo Ridge by coming from Bridgetown Road, to the south, and following Zion Road north until it intersects with Buffalo Ridge.
Cincinnati - Anderson - Anderson high school – (7560 Forest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255; phone # (513) 232-2772) voices are heard by janitors at night and students belongings are moved to different classrooms after school hours.
Cincinnati - Cincinnati Museum of Art –
(953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, 45202 - (513) 721-2787) In the late nineteenth century, public art museums were still very much a new phenomenon, especially as far west as Cincinnati. Following the success of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia, the Women’s Art Museum Association was organized in Cincinnati with the intent of bringing such an institution to the region for the benefit of all citizens. Enthusiasm for these goals grew steadily and by 1881 the Cincinnati Museum Association was incorporated. Just five years later, in May 1886, a permanent art museum building was completed in Eden Park and was heralded worldwide as “The Art Palace of the West.”
The Cincinnati Art Museum enjoyed the support of the community from the beginning. Generous donations from a number of prominent Cincinnatians grew the collection to number in the tens of thousands of objects, which soon necessitated the addition of the first of several Art Museum expansions.
In 1907 the Schmidlapp Wing opened, which was followed by a series of building projects. The addition of the Emery, Hanna and French wings in the 1930s enclosed the courtyard and gave the Art Museum its current rectangular shape and provided the space in which our American, European and Asian collections are currently shown.
Renovations during the late 1940s and early 1950s divided the Great Hall into two floors and the present main entrance to the Art Museum was established. The 1965 completion of the Adams-Emery wing increased our facility resources yet further, adding space for the permanent collection, lecture halls and temporary exhibition galleries.
In 1993, a $13 million project restored the grandeur of the Art Museum’s interior architecture and uncovered long-hidden architectural details. This project included the renovation of one of the Art Museum’s signature spaces, the Great Hall. In addition, new gallery space was created and lighting and climate control were improved. The Art Museum’s temporary exhibition space was expanded to approximately 10,000 square feet to accommodate major temporary exhibitions.
By the turn of the twenty-first century, the Art Museum’s collection numbered over 60,000 objects and, today, is the largest in the state of Ohio. In 2003, the Cincinnati Art Museum deepened its ties with the Greater Cincinnati community by opening the popular and expansive Cincinnati Wing, the first permanent display of a city’s art history in the nation. In addition, on May 17, 2003, the Art Museum eliminated its general admission fee forever, made possible by The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.
In 2006, the Art Museum marks its 125th anniversary, with 125 days of programs and events for the community to celebrate. In addition, a Facilities Master Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2006, provides a plan for growth that will serve the Art Museum for the next two decades.
Security guards have reported seeing a 7-foot-tall specter that has no features and merely looks like a huge black "blur" that rises up from a mummy sarcophagus exhibit straight through the ceiling. Another time when the security guards would sneak and take their "catnaps" in the storage room, there was a glowing face hovering inches away from them as the woke. They would proceed to try to evade the spirit but it would block their was as they would maneuver around the room. It would then just simply disappear.
Cincinnati - Cincinnati Zoo – Believed to be haunted by a lioness, the sound of soft feet following you. You look back and there is nothing. If you speed up your pace, so do the footsteps a pair of green eyes at the end of the hallway. The Cincinnati Zoo is located at 3540 Beldare Ave, Cincinnati, 45220 - (513) 961-1870
Cincinnati - Cornell Place Apartments - footsteps and voices are observed here. The Stenton House
An 1850 Victorian mansion, now known as the Cornell Place Apartments, is in an old money area of Cincinnati. Old Cincinnati was built on seven hills, just like Rome. Address: 3517 Cornell Place, Cincinnati, OH. 45220 These are private apartments. Tours are not given. Photography is not encouraged. The privacy of the occupants, both corporal and spiritual, should be respected. Dutch families were the principal founders of old Cincinnati. This Victorian mansion was built in 1850, as a private dwelling. It turns out that in 1880 a young man committed suicide in the house. When his family left, the house remained vacant for years. It later became Ealy School, a school for girls, in 1900.
Legend has it that a young schoolgirl hung her self upstairs, and another girl, a daughter of a doctor was found, murdered on the stairway. After World War 2, this Victorian mansion was subdivided into apartments. Ghostly occurrences and incidents: At one time the Stenton family occupied one of the apartments in the mansion. Soon after the Stenton's moved in, odd incidents began occurring. Phantom footsteps were heard walking in the hall, but no one was there. Two weeks after they moved in, and at precisely 2:10 A.M., they heard the heavy thump of something heavy hitting the floor. The incident repeated itself, always at 2:10 A.M. They found out that the young man had killed himself in the room above their apartment. Other tenants have had their supernatural experiences, including phantom footsteps following them around, disembodied voices heard in the halls and the sounds of things hitting the floor. One of the tenant's dogs refused to go into rooms where spirit presences were manifesting, baying in alarm! Apartment residents hear and experience various manifestations still to this day.
Cincinnati - Country Hearth Hotel - strange occurrences have been noted in room 331. At night it gets ICY cold even when heat is on full blast. Curtain opens and closes on its own and a loud pounding noise can be heard against the wall on the outside of the building near that room and 431 above it. Also, personal items are moved about the room without knowledge. Hotel personnel admit there have been some complaints by guests in the past.
Cincinnati's Abandoned Subway
Abandoned tunnels are often the objects of urban legend, but Cincinnati is in fact the site of the country's largest abandoned subway tunnel. But "abandoned" is not quite the word, as construction slowed to a stop in 1925 before even half of the 16-mile line was completed. Seven miles between Cincinnati's central business district and the industrial suburb of Norwood were tunneled, bridged, or graded, but no track was laid and no subway cars were ordered. No passengers ever rode between the six stations that were built. The incomplete Cincinnati line sat fallow through the Great Depression and WWII. Bridges, stations, and retaining walls along the surface stretches deteriorated to such an extent that a few items actually collapsed. Nearly everything above ground was bulldozed to make way for portions of I-75 and the Norwood Lateral in the 1950's and 1970's, respectively. The mute two-mile tunnel that remains under Central Parkway is unknown to many Cincinnati natives, and what most who do know of it know consists largely of hearsay and speculation. It is by far the most popular subject on www.cincinnati-transit.net and tens of thousands have visited it since its appearance in 1999.
The main subway tunnel runs under Central Parkway for two miles, between Walnut St. and an anonymous spot north of the Western Hills Viaduct. Three underground stations were built and still exist at Race St., Liberty St., and Brighton's Corner. An extension of this tunnel under Walnut St. south through downtown with a station at Fountain Square was planned but never built. Additionally, several miles of surface running line were graded and three of roughly a dozen planned above ground stations were built. Significant portions of today's I-75 and the Norwood Lateral follow the path of the line. A stretch of I-71 near the Dana Ave. interchange was built where the subway loop's eastern half was planned.
2. When was it constructed?
1920 through 1925. The $6 million bond issue in 1916 was exhausted in 1925, no further money was obtained, and construction never resumed.
3. Can the tunnel still be used?
Yes. It has been continuously maintained and will likely be usable for the next hundred years, if not longer. The 2002 "Metro Moves" sales tax would have funded a rail transit network that planned to use the tunnel, but it was defeated by a 2-1 public vote.
4. Can the subway be visited?
Yes. See http://www.cincinnatiadvance.com.
Cincinnati’s abandoned subway was built in the 1920's and in 1924 was put on hold due to budget problems. After the great depression the project was scrapped due to high cost. The subway tunnels and platform are said to be haunted by the many workers that where killed during construction of the tunnels.
Cincinnati - Eden Park - Apparition of a woman wearing a black silk dress has been witnessed standing by the gazebo. Located at 2610 Park Ave, Cincinnati, 45206 - (513) 475-5580
Located at Gilbert Avenue between Elsinore and Morris and comprised of 186.29 acres, Eden Park was assembled by a series of purchases beginning in 1859. The name came, naturally, from the Garden of Eden and was given by Nicholas Longworth who owned a large tract that constitutes the main portion of the park. Eden Park is the home of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Academy, Playhouse in the Park, Murray Seasongood Pavilion, and the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory. Krohn Conservatory, one of Cincinnati's major tourist attractions, was opened to the public in 1933 and essentially rebuilt after extensive storm damage in 1966. It is the third greenhouse in Eden Park. Krohn Conservatory, which is owned and operated by the Park Board, features plant materials from all over the world exhibited in simulated natural settings. Six special shows are presented annually in the Show House. The Conservatory, which is open every day of the year, was named in honor of Irwin M. Krohn, Board of Park Commissioner from 1912 to 1948.
Just south of Krohn Conservatory is the Hinkle Magnolia Garden, named for Frederick A. Hinkle as a testimonial to his many years on the Park Board. The area includes a picturesque gazebo dedicated to the memory of Martha Rule Deupree and Richard Redwood Deupree in 1982. Near the gazebo is the John Rule Deupree Memorial Fountain, given by his family and dedicated in 1987.
As you enter Eden Park from Victory Parkway, on your left is the Twin Lakes area, once an old stone quarry. Just west of the lakes is the bronze replica of the Capitoline Wolf that was a gift from the Italian government and presented by the Order of the Sons of Italy in 1931. Also in the area is the Galbraith Memorial that was erected in 1923 by the American Legion in honor of its first National Commander, Cincinnati's Frederick W. Galbraith. The memorial seat was erected in 1925 by the 136th Field Artillery, A.E.F. A sixty-foot memorial flagpole located here and dedicated in 1930, was relocated to the site of the Vietnam Memorial, just below the old Eden Park Water Tower and rededicated at the time of the Vietnam Memorial dedication on April 8, 1984.
South of the 172-foot high Water tower, completed in 1894 and now used by the City of Cincinnati as a communications facility, are five memorial tree plantings. The largest is Presidential Grove that was started in 1882 when the Forestry Congress met in Cincinnati. The grove contains a tree planted for each of the Presidents of the United States. In 1982, the American Forestry Association held the opening ceremony of its National Conference in Cincinnati at the grove to commemorate the centennial of its first national conference in 1882. Beyond Presidential Grove is Heroes Grove with oak trees planted in 1876 in memory of the heroes of 1776 and the patriots who suffered with Washington at Valley Forge. In 1976, in celebration of our nation's Bicentennial, the U.S. Marine Corps planted three pin oak trees in this grove to replace three of the originals that had died. A second Heroes Grove, located south of Eden Park Drive near the Gilbert Avenue entrance, was planted in 1919 by the Mothers of Democracy in memory of Cincinnati men and women who lost their lives in World War I. Located in the same area as the 1876 Heroes Grove is Pioneers Grove which contains trees planted by the Forestry Society in 1882 in honor of the pioneers of Cincinnati. Authors Grove is after you pass the Twin Lakes area into Eden Park, you go under the Melan Arch Bridge built of concrete in 1894, a pioneer engineering feet that attracted worldwide attention. Stone eagles from the old Chamber of Commerce Building that burned in 1911 flank the bridge.
Just behind Krohn Conservatory, on the hillside overlooking the river is the Donald Spencer Overlook and Ohio River Monument. President Herbert Hoover dedicated the Monument, a granite shaft 30 feet high with bronze tablets, in 1929 to commemorate the canalization of the Ohio River. The overlook was dedicated in 2002 in honor of Donald Spencer, founder of the Friends of Cincinnati Parks support group.
At the intersection of Eden Park and Fulton Avenue is the historic springhouse gazebo built in 1904 to replace a straw shack springhouse. In early years, water from the spring was thought to have medicinal qualities. One hundred barrels of water were carried away daily by the public until found to be contaminated in 1912 and sealed.
Nearby Mirror Lake covers the city's reservoir. The beauty of the lake was enhanced by a fountain that shoots water 60 feet into the air, a gift in 1987 by Mrs. Eleanor Meacham and her son Standish Meacham Jr. Mrs. Meacham served as a Park Board Commissioner from 1957 to 1963. Her husband was the architect for Krohn Conservatory.
As you drive along Art Museum Drive toward Mt. Adams, on your left in a natural vale is the Murray Seasongood Pavilion. The Pavilion was erected in 1959 to replace a former bandstand and was a gift of Martha S. Stern to commemorate the services of her brother, former Mayor, Murray Seasongood. South of Seasongood Pavilion are the ruins of the old reservoir begun in 1866. The massive walls were partially demolished in 1962 for new underground storage beneath Mirror Lake. Elsinore Tower, located at Gilbert Avenue and Elsinore Place, erected in 1883, was designed by Samuel Hannaford to commemorate a Shakespeare Festival being held in Cincinnati at the same time. It now serves as a valve house for the Cincinnati Water Works.
Historical Eden Park offers a great variety for every interest and age - free musical programs at Seasongood Pavilion, visits to the cultural institutions, ice skating on Mirror Lake, strolling (or jogging), picnicking, or enjoying a panoramic view of the city, Ohio River and Kentucky from four different overlooks. Be sure to include a springtime visit to the Queen City's Garden of Eden for the breathtaking exhibit of flowering trees and magnificent displays of over 50,000 daffodils.
Cincinnati - King's Island theme park - 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 45034 - (513) 573-5700
A little girl's spirit is said to haunt King's Island along with several other ghosts. The girl has blond hair, blue eyes, and wears a pretty blue dress. She has been seen playing around in Water Works and scares tram drivers by playing hide-and-seek with them after the park is closed. She is thought to be buried in the cemetery that is located between the parking lot and the campgrounds that is on King's Island property. Another ghost haunted the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. This ghost is thought to be the spirit of a young man who in a drunken stupor tried to climb the tower and fell to his death. It seems though that he has left. There is the ghost known as "the Beast" which haunts the roller coaster with the same name. Several guests have seen this ghost. There is a ghost that supposedly died on the ride "the Octopus". There are many other spirits that roam this Paramount theme park.
Cincinnati - Lick Road - A ghost named Amy haunts Lick Road near Cincinnati. The story goes that her boyfriend on Kemper Road murdered Amy at the age of 30. Her body was found at the end of Lick Road, just off of Kemper. If you park at the end of Lick Road facing the woods, your windows will steam up and the word "HELP" will be written in the condensation. Located just outside of Cincinnati, Lick Road is home to some mysterious legends. There are many tales of exactly how Amy died, but the most popular is that her boyfriend murdered her at the cul-de-sac or at a nearby bridge in the park. There are multiple legends surrounding Amy's death and her afterlife. At the bridge (where Amy is said to have been murdered) is where some witnesses have reported hearing footsteps following them in the woods, some even seeing a ghostly girl in all white walking the grounds. One of the many legends is that if one flick their headlights at the sign as you turn onto Lick Road, you can see "Amy" written on the sign. To reach this area, take I-275 west to the Colerain Avenue exit. Turn right at the light and then right onto Kemper.
Cincinnati - Mother of Mercy High School – Located at 3036 Werk Road Cincinnati, OH (513) 661-2740
This high school was built in the 1920's and is home to a ghost named Sister Mary Carlos. She has been known to haunt the school's auditorium that is named after her. People have reported the lights flickering and things being mysteriously moved about in the theater. Most of these strange occurrences seem to occur during a show. It is now a tradition for the drama teacher to invite her to every performance. Otherwise, something will go wrong.
Cincinnati - Mount Notre Dame High School – Located at 711 E Columbia Avenue Cincinnati, OH (513) 821-3044.
Mount Notre Dame opened its doors to 30 boarders on September 17, 1860. These young scholars were the nucleus of a boarding school which soon became well-known for its excellence in education, attracting pupils from many states. Included among these early students were Minnie and Rachel Sherman, daughters of General William T. Sherman of Civil War fame. In 1897, the first day-scholars were accepted, and in 1929, boys were admitted into the primary grades.
After the boarding school closed in 1935, Mount Notre Dame flourished and expanded as an academy to include all grades from kindergarten through high school. In September 1956, upon the request of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Mount Notre Dame became a diocesan high school. At that time, its name was changed from Mount Notre Dame Academy to Mount Notre Dame High School.
The school quickly experienced rapid growth. In 1965, this expansion necessitated the move to a larger building, the site of the current school. Mount Notre Dame has celebrated many anniversaries over the years -- its centennial in 1960, its 125th anniversary in 1985, and the 140th year of educating young women was commemorated in 2000.
In 1987, Mount Notre Dame opened a pre-school, the Early Learning Center. Due to increased enrollment in the high school, the pre-school separated from MNDHS in 1996. In 1987, Mount Notre Dame High School was one of 271 schools named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
In 1990 Mount Notre Dame High School was placed under the direction of its first lay principal. In 2000 major improvements were made: construction of a new athletic activities center and of a new chemistry lab and the renovation of the chapel and of the family and consumer sciences lab. The existing gym was converted into a library/media center and computer technology center in addition to a theater. Office areas were expanded, and additional classrooms and computer labs were added.
In the spring of 2003, the Board of Trustees of Mount Notre Dame High School adopted a President/Principal model of administration for the school, and Sister Rita Sturwold, was named the first President. Mount Notre Dame High School is now in its 147th year of empowering young, Christian women through the ministry of Catholic education.
A girl attending the school who killed herself in the early 40's has been known to haunt the 3rd floor of the school. She opens up all the lockers on the 3rd floor. Also every light has been seen on in the building at night after the school has been locked up.
Cincinnati - Music Hall – Located at 1241 Elm St Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 621-2787.
Built in 1878 with private money raised from what is believed to be the nation's first matching grant fund drive, this Cincinnati showpiece has been renovated and updated and includes what is judged to be among the best and most beautiful concert theaters in the world.
Springer Auditorium - The Springer Auditorium is known the world over for its extraordinary acoustics and its lavish old world decor. With its plush seating for 3,516, it serves as home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival Chorus, among other local performing arts organizations. In addition, throughout the year it hosts a large number of touring performances, conferences, concerts, and awards ceremonies. The fully equipped stage with a complete lighting system, hydraulically operated orchestra pit and roomy backstage area make any type of production or performance possible. The main foyer, where patrons have gathered during intermission for over a century can accommodate 250 to 500 people for cocktail parties, receptions, dinners and weddings.
Music Hall Ballroom - One of the most versatile spaces in Cincinnati, the Music Hall Ballroom is the second largest meeting space in the city, encompassing nearly 20,000 square feet. It is frequently used for large receptions, exhibitions, fashion shows, class reunions and breakfast, lunch and dinner gatherings. It can also be used for stage performances and lectures. In October 1998, a $1.8 million renovation of the Ballroom was completed.
The Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,300 based on your event requirements. The room is also equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. The large bar area makes the Ballroom a perfect place for parties, according to the groups who come back year after year for annual functions.
Corbett Tower - This upstairs reception room is charming. The exquisite decor and sparkling chandeliers, equally resplendent as the Auditorium, provide a unique setting for a wide variety of events, ranging from weddings and receptions to grand dinners and parties. The stage, controlled sound and light systems, dance floor, kitchen, bar facilities and seating for up to 300 make Corbett Tower as practical as it is elegant.
Critic's Club - The Critic's Club is an ideal gathering spot for intimate receptions, business meeting and private dinners or lunches. The decor of the Club is modern, yet classic. Complete with an authentic antique bar and seating for 50, the Critic's Club offers a cozy, luxurious atmosphere for various occasions.
Society for the Preservation of Music Hall - The purpose of The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall is to provide ongoing financial and volunteer support toward maintaining and improving the Music Hall facilities, internally and externally, and to provide this service to Music Hall through an organization of volunteers comprised of individuals from all walks of life and from all over the Greater Cincinnati area who are dedicated to the continuing preservation of Music Hall as a national historic monument and as one of the world's foremost performing arts and entertainment facilities.
Many workers who clean the building at night have seen and heard many strange things. One maintenance man was going in the maintenance elevator in the back of the building when he heard people whispering very angrily at him. As a historical note I should tell you that Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery and in the 80's when they were renovating they found many graves. Anyway one worker was in the building at night by himself and he heard laughter coming from one of the ballrooms, when he investigated he saw several men and women dressed in 1800's clothing. This next event took place during the day and several women witnessed it. Several women were preparing for an event that was to be held there when they all heard a beautiful female voice. They searched the whole building but they found nothing. None of them felt threatened because the voice was so beautiful.
Cincinnati - Oak Hills High School – Located at 3200 Ebenezer Rd, Cincinnati, 45248 - (513) 922-2300. A short woman haunts the auditorium. Rumor is it is the woman the auditorium is named after. She turns off lights, shuts doors, appears up in the crow's nest, the cat walk above the stage, seated towards the back of the auditorium and wandering around stage.
Cincinnati - Old Western Wood Mall - During renovation in 1998-99, a security guard reported to his supervisor that when he passed through a doorway back to where fitting rooms used to be, the ambient air temperature dropped about 20 degrees and there was a definite presence. The supervisor mentioned that she'd noticed this herself and not to repeat this information to anyone. Being a practicing witch, the guard returned the next night and attempted to contact the presence. Using a pendulum, he tracked the "source" to a sub-basement containing a water heater and meters. SOMETHING had happened there, but he was unable to a certain exactly what. Nicknaming the presence "Charlie", he became accustomed to being "escorted" on his rounds through that section of the building.
Cincinnati - Rapid Run Middle School – Located at 6345 Rapid Run Rd Cincinnati, OH 45233. The Phone number is (513) 467-0300. It is told that the guy who died in the auditorium while building it haunts the school. He had fallen off a ladder. The lights have gone off, chairs were missing during the concert.
Cincinnati - Satan's Hollow - Located in Blue Ash, a suburb of Cincinnati, Satan's Hollow is and old sewer system that used to house the infamous "alter room" in a mysteriously dry tunnel. This is where a group of Satanists made animal sacrifices and opened a door into hell. Female screams can be heard at night and there have been many sightings of various apparitions, including floating skulls and the demon YG, commonly known as the Shadow Man.
Cincinnati - Spring Grove Cemetery - located on the outskirts of St. Bernard it has a nice history of weird and unexplained stuff. In the 1830's and 1840's, Cincinnatians were saddened by the recurrence of the cholera epidemic. The crowded and sometimes unkempt appearance of many of the small church cemeteries in the basin area offered little comfort to bereaved families. Many of the leaders in the professional and industrial enterprises of the city expressed their concern over the lack of proper interment facilities.
Resulting from this concern, members of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society formed a cemetery association in 1844. They endeavored to find a location suitable for creating a picturesque park like institution, a rural cemetery, contiguous to the city yet remote enough not to be disturbed by expansion. They sought to acquire enough land to be used for funerary purposes into the indefinite future, which could be embellished with shrubbery, flowers, trees, walks, and rural ornaments. These men traveled throughout the United States and Europe visiting cemeteries of outstanding reputation and beauty as they planned a cemetery that would equal the famed beauty of Pere-Lachaise in Paris, and various outstanding cemeteries on the East Coast of the United States.
On December 1, 1844 Salmon Chase and others prepared the Articles of Incorporation. Chase lobbied with legislators, persuading them to grant a charter for a non-profit nondenominational corporation, which was granted by a special act on January 21, 1845. At the consecration ceremony the founders publicly proclaimed their hope that the natural setting would be a contemplative atmosphere conducive to consolation, commemoration, and education. The first interment was made September 1, 1845.
In 1987, Spring Grove officially changed its name to "Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum" to include the expansive collection of both native and exotic plan materials as well as its State and National Champion Trees and its Centenarian Collection. Today, Spring Grove encompasses 733 acres of which 400 acres are beautifully landscaped and maintained. The remaining undeveloped acres ensure the permanence of the cemetery for hundreds of years.
Since it’s founding over 150 years ago, Spring Grove has remained a leader in cemetery design and management. The landscape "lawn plan" concept was created here. Although it was considered a radical concept of cemetery design at that time, it later became accepted almost universally as the model plan. Spring Grove remains a masterwork of the landscaping art, studied by horticulturists and admired by thousands of visitors. The Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce lists it among the city's outstanding attractions proudly quoting the praise of an artist who once said, "Only a place with a heart and soul could make for its dead a more magnificent park than any which exists for the living."
Spring Grove continues to provide its services within the reach of persons of every income. Offering every type of burial option, several styles of memorialization, an operating crematory, and the new Jon Deitloff Funeral Centre, Spring Grove is proud to serve Cincinnati residents with care, consideration, and convenience.
One of the most unusual things there is at lot 100; it is a bronze face about 7 feet off the ground. When it is raining the eyes do very weird things; rumor has it that it contains his real eyes. Witnesses claim that the head will turn and look at you as you pass by the Mitchell memorial, a huge gothic style castle in the front of the cemetery on the front lakes. If you sit on the porch high off the ground, it is claimed that two white dogs will run by; sometimes they stop and look at you; they seem to shine. - WARNING - As with any of the places mentioned here, it is best to see if you need permission to visit these places, but above all RESPECT these places. This particular place seems to have a history of persons not respecting it & receiving streaks of bad luck.
Cincinnati - St. Xavier High School – Located at 600 W North Bend Rd Cincinnati, OH 45224 (513) 761-7600; St. Xavier High School, as well as Xavier University, is the successor to the old Athenaeum, "a literary institute" dedicated on October 17, 1831, under the patronage of St. Francis Xavier. Founded by the first bishop of Cincinnati - Rev. Edward D. Fenwick, O.P. - the school was to occupy its original site on Sycamore Street for 129 years.
For nine years the school operated under auspices of the new diocese of Cincinnati as a "standard college with the high school classes preparatory to it." At the invitation of Bishop Fenwick's successor, Rev. John B. Purcell, the Society of Jesus assumed control of the school, and on November 3, 1840, the first Jesuit president, Rev. John A. Elet, S.J., presided at the opening of the renamed Athenaeum, St. Xavier College. Two years later the General Assembly of Ohio granted the school its first charter.
The middle 1800's brought prosperity and then hard times to St. Xavier College. Increasing enrollments led to the expansion of the school to a branch boarding division, but the Walnut Hills campus was closed in 1846 after operating for only two years. Financial depression, the cholera epidemic of 1849, and a serious decline in enrollment nearly closed St. Xavier altogether, but the gallant efforts of a handful of Jesuits saved the school. Following the Civil War, prosperity dawned on the Sycamore Street campus, and three major buildings - the Hill Building (1867), the Moeller Building (1885), and Poland Memorial Hall (1891) were constructed adjacent to St. Xavier Church. These buildings formed the quadrangle that echoed the voices of four generations of St. Xavier students.
There is a ghost here that was once a janitor working for the high school when one night, unexpectedly, he hung himself with a dishrag in a Men's bathroom stall. He reportedly haunts the hallways and Men's bathrooms throughout the school to this day.
Cincinnati - Taft Museum – Located at 550 E 4th St, Cincinnati, 45202 - (513) 241-0343.
The Baum-Longworth-Taft House, a National Historic Landmark built about 1820 for Martin Baum, is the oldest domestic wooden structure in situ locally and is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country.
Other residents of this important villa included Nicholas Longworth, who extensively redecorated the interiors and hired African American painter Robert S. Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer, now considered as one of the finest suites of domestic murals dating from before the Civil War. After Longworth's residency, the villa with a copper roof was purchased by David Sinton, father of museum co-founder, Anna Sinton Taft. Anna Taft lived in the mansion with her husband Charles Phelps Taft from 1873 to their respective deaths in 1931 and 1929. The Tafts bequeathed their important home and private collection of 690 works of art to the people of Cincinnati in 1927. After extensive remodeling and updating, the Baum-Longworth-Taft House opened as the Taft Museum in 1932. Today, the Tafts' distinguished collections are displayed in the Federal villa, which stands as one of the finest small art museums in the nation.
It is said that this ghost will lock a room that's filled with art works using a chair under the doorknob, especially if you re-arrange it the night before.
Cincinnati - Taylor High School – Located at 36 E Harrison Ave North Bend, OH 45052. Taylor High School was founded in North Bend, Ohio in 1926. A while back a janitor was working in a small room between two science classrooms on a ladder. Alone. The man suddenly had a heart attack and was found by the secretary the next morning when she called for him and no reply she went up and found him; now during class there are doors opening and closing with no one nearby and at night janitors recall doors all being opened perfectly at a 90 degree angle. Also when the schools pool was first put in, a student wandered down there without even hearing about it, yet talking on the cell phone, tripped, and fell right into the pool drowning. Now when you go into the boy’s locker rooms you can hear toilets flush by themselves and splashing in the pool even when it’s not filled.
Cincinnati - Texas Roadhouse - People have said to have seen a man dressed in a cowboy uniform walking around at night after the restaurant has closed. He is said to be looking for his lost love and his arm that was lost in a cattle drive. There are three Texas Roadhouse’s in the Cincinnati area.
Cincinnati - Western Hills High School – Located at 2144 Ferguson Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238; Ph# (513) 244-1600; There are adjoining doors to the now-empty swimming pool from the boys and girls locker rooms. One day, a foreign exchange student decided to skip gym class. He opened the first door, and the area was very dark. He heard a noise, and began running, stumbling right into the swimming pool. A janitor heard screaming, opened the door and turned on the light. The student was being pushed under water by something invisible. To this day it is said that at 1:24 in the afternoon, you can hear screaming and splashing.
Cincinnati - The Westwood Town Hall is located at 3018 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, 45211 - (513) 662-9109 and is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a former security guard who was employed there when Westwood was an independent town before merging with others. He was relieved of his position and hanged himself in a room close to the apartment that he lived in on the premises. He is known as "Willy". Several people have reported stage sets, costumes and orderly things found is disarray that were used in performances.
Little Sugar Creek
The banks of the Little Sugar Creek in the small, unassuming town of Bellbrook, near Dayton, Ohio, are said to be haunted by the ghost of a girl who gave birth to an illegitimate child by the town's mayor. She was abandoned by the mayor so she jumped into the creek with her baby. Now, on foggy nights in June (for some reason), she wanders the banks with her baby in her arms, singing to it.
Trebein Road, near Byron in Greene County, is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman who died when her carriage hit a rock and flung her onto the ground to break her neck on her wedding day. Her grieving father and fiancee dug the rock out and rolled it off the side of the road, where it still is today. Some say the lady in white is transparent, but most agree that she looks just like a normal woman. It's hard to say when she'll appear; some say it must be on her birthday, or the anniversary of her death, or her funeral. Drive up and down the road sometime and tell me if you see her.
Blue Jacket Amphitheater
The woods around Xenia's Blue Jacket Amphitheater are supposedly haunted by the ghosts of Indians, who occasionally show up on stage during performances.
Eden Hall is this city's grandest historical building, a huge, ornate home with 13-foot ceilings and over 750 paintings inside. Abraham Hivling, whose freed slaves made the bricks, built it in 1840. In 1881 his in-laws purchased it for Colonel Coates Kinney. President William McKinley was a guest here, as was Secretary of State John Hay. This house is featured in Helen Hoover Santmeyer's novel And Ladies of the Club.... Weird lights move inside Eden House. Doors open and close by themselves. Cold spots travel at will. Children's footsteps are found in the dust, and on occasion mysterious music wakes guests up--waltzes and old-fashioned dance music--music accompanied by voices.
It's believed that members of the family haunt the building, especially an ill-tempered woman who was a character in Santmeyer's book who lived on the third floor. I believe that this building is available for tours.
Spring Hill Elementary
Xenia's Spring Hill Elementary School is said to be haunted by the ghost of a teacher brutally murdered over 100 years ago. She roams the grounds looking for her murderer.
Antioch is a small liberal arts college located in northern Greene County, near Springfield. It has been around since 1853, which means it's had a century and a half to accumulate ghost stories. The ones I know anything about are listed below.
This building was once part of Antioch College, but now it is vacant and boarded up. It stands at the corner of Corry and Allen Streets, near the elementary school.
According to reports I've gotten, ghosts who take the form of floating mists and optical distortions haunt this 1860s mansion. They drifted through the halls when the building was still in use, scaring the occasional student, and may still roam the unoccupied G. Stanley Hall.
The following account was sent to me by a website visitor:
I would like to share an incident I had with G. Stanley Hall. It was when I was 15 years old, around summer 1996. I went with my older sister and a couple of friends at night to the hall. At that time the second floor was not boarded up; however, the first floor was. And at that time you could climb up to the second floor by a ladder or a close tree and enter through one of the windows. Well, two of my sister's friends decided to check the interior of the house. My sister and me decided to stay outside and wait. For one, I had a bad feeling about the hall when we first drove up to it. Second, basically, I didn't have the courage. Anyway, my sister and me waited patiently for them to come back out. Meanwhile I was exploring around the outside of the hall. I noticed a few typewriters and old furniture that had been appeared to be thrown out from the windows of the second floor. While I was exploring I could have sworn I heard unusual noises coming from inside the hall, but I just figured it was them exploring inside. Well, about 15 minutes later they came bolting out of the second floor window and got down to the ground as fast as they could. Once on the ground they stopped to catch their breath, and let me tell you, I never have seen anybody paler in my life. My sister and me asked her friends what happened. The two male friends said that they stayed quiet in a room and could hear stuff moving about on the first floor. I guess one of them decided to explore it and walked down the hall to the set of stairs. Once they hit the top of the stairs, all the doors began to slam shut, and a blast of air or something knocked one of them down at the top of the stairs. When he got up he could feel nothing but cold air around him. That's when he ran back to the room where the other guy was and they both got the hell out of there.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve
The Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs (www.glenhelen.org), which is administrated by Antioch College, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Indians who once inhabited the area, as well as the Helen after whom the preserve was named.
If it is the ghost of Helen Birch Bartlett who wanders these woods, she is one spoiled brat. She died relatively young, from cancer in 1925, but few people have been memorialized more thoroughly; in addition to this massive nature preserve, you'll find a prestigious exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago called The Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection; it includes paintings as famous as Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte and Van Gogh's The Bedroom. Her equally rich husband, Frederic Clay Bartlett, dedicated the art exhibit to her; it was her father, Hugh Taylor Birch, who left the thousand acres surrounding the famous yellow spring to the college in her memory four years after she died.
John Bryan State Park
Greene County's John Bryan State Park features a ghost which walks out the west gate at dusk, disappearing before he reaches Meredith Road. He wears denim overalls, a blue shirt, and a red handkerchief around his throat. He walks with his left hand in his pocket. It is thought that he might be one of the people who gave the land to the state for the park. But there's more to the John Bryan "Twilight Man" legend than that, as I learned from a contributor to the website. She sent the following story:
I just had some comments to make on the John Bryan State Park haunting you have on your website. It is a true encounter with the Twilight Man. In December of '02 my three friends and I decided we wanted to go to Yellow Springs and John Bryan State Park because one of my friends had been there earlier in the month and she said it was really freaky. So the four of us got in my friend's Explorer, me in the front and my best friend driving. Right before we hit one road that had a brown sign saying John Bryan State Park 1 Mile, my best friend told me and my other two friends, "Guys...I know you are scared already and I don't want this to freak you out anymore, but I want to warn you. There is a man that sits in this car up here every night." At that point we all freaked out. Sure enough we drive past this old Monte Carlo sitting on the side of the street in front of a little house, and there was a man in the car. There is a part up by the park that you can make a U-turn on so we did just that. We drove by again and he was still there. At this point I was in tears, my best friend was beating the steering wheel freaking out, and my other friend in the back saw and was crying too. But our other friend didn't see him.
We stopped at the BP in Yellow Springs and everyone was making a big deal about it. The people at the gas station told us that it was just a man who watches TV in his car every night. Well we thought, "Bullshit...there was no light in that car...so we are going to drive back by and see if there is a light." We go past him again--no light in the car at all. We turn around in the same spot we had before. On the way back by, my friend stopped right beside this dude's car (my window closest to him). The guy looked straightforward. Didn't acknowledge us at all. And there was no light in his car that indicated he was watching TV. We hauled ass out of Yellow Springs.
So in February I told my friend Mike about it and he wanted to go see him too. So him, my cousin, and his friend all piled in Mike's car. We drove out to Yellow Springs. The guy wasn't out there so we went and got lost near Ceaser's Creek. That same night when I came home I found your website. I read what you had about Twilight Man and I cried. I couldn't stop crying. I never noticed if it was Meredith Road that the dude was on or not. But what you say he is wearing on your website--a blue shirt, overalls and a red handkerchief tied around his neck--is exactly what the guy had on when I saw him the very first time.
I went back a couple of weeks later with my friends Colby and Ashley. When we went to turn on to the road the man is on I looked at the sign and sure enough it said Meredith Road. Once again the man wasn't there. But I was still freaked out. On June 12 I went with my friends Ashley, Bixby, and Dan again because Dan is one who doesn't believe in the whole ghost thing. We went and Twilight Man wasn't in the car.
Then yesterday...Friday, June 13th...my friends Bixby, Ashley, Micah, and I all went to see House of 1000 Corpses. If you haven't seen it, it is about four teenagers who go to look at a haunted site and end up getting killed. So later, we all four got kind of bored and decided that we wanted to go to see if Twilight Man was there. We thought it was a full moon last night, and it was Friday the 13th...so we figured he'd be there. We drove past the first time and couldn't tell if he was in the car. We turned around and went back by. We pulled up next to the car, and there was the man with his head down and all I could tell is that he had a blue shirt on. We tried to get my friend to turn around again but he wouldn't. Then later, after going home, we went back to John Bryan State Park. This was three hours after we had seen him with his head down. Sure enough, we rolled past his car and now he had his elbow sticking out. We turned around where we normally do and we saw his blue shirt and overalls. I didn't bother to look for the bandana around his neck...I knew it was him. Ashley called her dad (who lived in a haunted house and believes about this stuff more than anyone I know) and her dad never calls her by her middle name but he says to her, "Ashley Elizabeth get the fuck out of Yellow Springs now...people get killed there. The people in Yellow Springs always try to hide what goes on in that town...everyone knows that."
We're going back with our other friend tonight. I have no clue what is going to happen. Just in case I never come back, I wanted to write and tell you all of my experiences with Twilight Man. If I make it through the night I will write tonight and tell you...if I never write again...never ever, ever go to John Bryan State Park to see Twilight Man.please!!!
She didn't write back to me that night, but I did hear from some of her other friends. Apparently this creepy guy sits outside the park in his car. It's a bit of a variation on the traditional tale, but the fact that his outfit matches that of the original apparition is quite creepy. If you happen to see this guy, please write and tell me about it.
Olde Trail Tavern
The Olde Trail Tavern in Yellow Springs, built in 1827, is haunted by a sinister woman in blue, who has never been seen by a woman but creates a dark atmosphere in the Tavern whenever she makes herself known. She knocks things off walls and makes strange noises. The only murder in the house's history was that of a baker in the front room, which used to be a bakery. Maybe the woman in blue is still angry at losing her lover.
Haunted Locations - Ohio
The cemetery’s (where her grave is located) real name is Mount Union - Pleasant Valley Cemetery and a church had set on the property near the right large tree in the rear of the cemetery. Mount Union - Pleasant Valley is located on Union Lane off Egypt Pike near Chillicothe, Ross County.
There are a couple of local legends about this site. In one, Elisabeth hangs herself from a tree located in the rear of the cemetery. In another, Elisabeth was beheaded by a group of men who was angry about her inheritance of her late husband's land. This also took place near a tree in the rear of the cemetery. And lastly, we've discovered another story that has Elisabeth hanging herself in the tree, being cut down, dragged across the cemetery, and killed under a different tree. The angry men were also responsible for this one. In any case, her body was buried at the front of the cemetery, but her tombstone constantly moves to the place that she died (in the rear of the cemetery). The church and any evidence of it is long gone, however. As a side-note, the alternate spelling is Elizabeth's Grave.
· Christmas Eve Indian - The spirit of an Indian in full dress would knock on doors of residents of the town, trying to tell them where a buried treasure is located.
· Edward McClain High School - This school, built in the late 1800s, is haunted by a ghostly chandelier. Mr. McClain wanted the Marble Senior Staircase and Mrs. McClain wanted to add a chandelier. The chandelier was never added, but after her death, a big and beautiful chandelier can be seen through the window at night. No chandelier hangs there, but it is regularly seen in the Sixth Street side of the school.
· Railroad Bridge - The ghost of a woman and her baby that were hit by a train haunts the bridge. It is said that if you drive up to the bridge and honk your horn, you'll hear the baby start to cry and the mother hushing it.
· Cedar Woods Apartments - This apartment complex is said to be haunted. Residents have heard banging noises on their beds and ghostly voices, smell unexplained odors, radio stations change stations by themselves, and they are touched by unseen hands. (Thanks to Connie for submitting this haunting).
· Black Rabbit Road - It is said that the small bridge on this twisty road is haunted. Legend says that if you turn off your car, and roll down the windows, you will hear the cries of a baby that was hung from the bridge.
· White Horse - On some cold nights, a ghostly white horse can bee seen running or walking through the town. It never makes a sound and leaves no tracks.
· Snow Hill Country Club - Apparitions are known to show up on photos taken at the country club. The main hotel, built in the 1820s, has been the site of many mysterious occurrences for years. Every October, the club holds a "dinner and a ghost" event.
· Tower View Apartments - Built very close to a cemetery, residents have reported that this apartment complex is haunted and is located near a graveyard. Whether the complex was accidently built atop unmarked graves, or just because it's so close by, or mayber because something which happened there, the place is said by many residents to be haunted. I have personally spoken to three residents who have lived there and have confirmed indepently that all three have experienced what they believe to be paranormal activity. In Apartment 122, cries of an infant and a bouncing ball can be heard. Things are thought to be misplaced, but turn up where they are supposed to be later. One young boy even claimed to have an imaginary friend who he called Soccer Boy and had to lived up the street (at the corner of State Route # 73 and Nordyke Road), and died there. Loud pounding sounds can be heard and a sound like someone running around from Apartment 225, even when no one is home. The manager has problem keeping the door to this apartment secure, even when it is locked, it will sometimes pop open for no apparent reason, so they say.
· Haw Chapel Cemetery - A tombstone in this small cemetery is said to glow when viewed from the road. The stone is standing beneath a grove of trees, close to the road.
· The Old Mill - Just after the Civil War, a former soldier returned home to the mill with nine slave children. He constantly beat them for things like playing or laughing. He even locked them away just to keep them from having fun. One night while he was sleeping, the children escaped and slaughtered the man. The ghosts of the children have been seen about the mill, along with the man's ghost, who stands in front of the cabin.
· Wilmington College - See below for hauntings.
· College Hall - This old building is said to be haunted by two horses. The first was that of Colonel Azariah Doan, the founder of the college. When his horse, Ole Bill, died, Doan decided to entomb the horse between the second and third floors. The horse's skull was found in 1956 when renovations were being completed and was put to display in the Hall. The second horse ghost is said to have been a horse who had to be killed after a college prank went bad. Apparently some students put farm animals in the building, putting the horse on the top floor where it went crazy, injuring itself so badly that it had to be put to rest. The snorts of horses and the clip-clop sound of hooves can be heard in hallway at times. Black Run Valley
· Horseback Knob - There are many hauntings and legends in the Horseback Knob area. The ghost of a baby can sometimes be seen and heard. Pioneers traveling through the area buried the infant after it died. It's single tombstone still stands in the middle of the woods. There is a legend about some lost silver in the region as well. Apparently either Indians or French explorers buried a hoard of silver in the area. Virginian adventurers came across the silver and took it with them until the Shawnee turned against them. In their hastiness to get away, they hid the silver and ran away, planning to return for it after the threat was over. Their silver has never been discovered. It is supposedly cursed and those who go after it are often dealt death and destruction. In the 1840s, a woman named Sallie Mae was gruesomely strangled. Her killer has never been found and she is said to haunt the area, seeking revenge. Lastly, in 1940 a man jumped off the side of a cliff to his death. He proclaimed that he was going to sacrifice himself so that the near Armageddon would not occur. Some have claimed to see him taking the plunge for the sake of the world.
· Adena - Adena was the home of Governor Thomas Worthington, his wife Eleanor, and their ten children. The family is said to haunt the house, the Governor sitting in his chair, which often moves on it's own.
· Chillicothe City Hospital - On the former grounds of Old Western Cemetery, the hospital may be haunted by those who were excavated from the graveyard.
· Crosskeys Tavern - A ghost named Harold haunts the tavern. He throws drinks and puts out lights. Any unusual occurrences are usually blamed on him.
· Elisabeth's Grave - Elisabeth is said to have hang herself from a tree in the cemetery. Some even say that she was hang from the tree by a group of men, angry about her inheritance of a large portion of land. In any case, she was buried in the front of the cemetery, but her tombstone is always located in the rear of the cemetery. It is said that if you move the tombstone to it's original position that it will always move itself back to the place where she died (in the rear of the cemetery).
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park - This site is said to be haunted by the Mound Builders who originally constructed the mounds. It is also supposed to be haunted by soldiers from Camp Sherman who leveled the mounds and later died of the Spanish Flu.
· Huntington Hills - The hills of Huntington Township are said to be haunted. Many of the homes in the area are haunted as well as a haunted church.
· Majestic Theatre - The Majestic Theatre (also spelled Majestic Theater) was used as a morgue for the 100s of soldiers that died during the Spanish Flu epidemic at Camp Sherman. Embalmers worked day and night on the stage, pumping the blood into the adjacent alley known as Bloody Alley. Mysterious fogs drift around the building and screams have been heard. A man in a suit floats through the theater at stage level. Voices have been heard when no one was around. A little girl has been seen running around in the dressing rooms, then disappearing before the witness' eyes. Once a dead body was seen on stage during a performance. Bloody Alley and the house next door to it (which has been demolished) are also said to be haunted.
· Old Western Cemetery - There once was a clicking tombstone at this cemetery. The cemetery is now gone and in it's place is the Chillicothe City Hospital. Could've the stone been moved elsewhere?
· Schrader Road Tunnel - A woman supposedly placed her infant on the railroad tracks in an attempt to get rid of it. She succeeded as her baby was run over by a train and killed. It is now said that if you drive through the tunnel with your lights off and windows down at night, you just may hear the cries of the baby. Another version of the story states that the mother and her newborn were crossing a bridge on the rail road track. While they were in the middle of the bridge, a train came barreling toward them. The mother tossed her baby into the creek in an attempt to save it's life. The mother and baby were both killed. It is reported that at night, you can see the mother's ghost and hear the baby crying. A ghost of a woman who was murdered also haunts the tunnel. Her body was hung from a tree in an old waterbed mattress, over the creek at the north end of the tunnel. Many people have reported seeing her in that area. Cold spots and weird feelings can be felt in the tunnel if you walk through it at any time.
· Scioto Trail State Park - The park is said to be haunted by the wife of a former ranger that lived on the property. It is said that he got drunk one night, only to return home and kill his wife. One version of the story states that he simply pushed her into a well next to the home, another says he shot her and dumped her body in the well. The well is in a little barn that one can see from the road when going to the campgrounds. (Thanks to Rachel Smith for submitting this haunting).
· Sulphur Lick Hotel - This old abandoned hotel on Sulphur Lick Road (reachable via Maple Grove Road or Route 550) is long known to be haunted by many of the local residents of Ross County. The story goes that a woman, the wife of the former owner, found evidence that he had cheated on her. Over the course of the night, she snapped and murdered him along with each of the guests in their rooms. Blood stains can still be seen inside to this day they say. The place has been bought and may be turned into a bed and breakfast one day, but it still stands abandoned as the ghosts of the murder victims haunt the house, so they say
· Devil's Leap - Located behind the old McComis property, the cliffs are haunted by the ghost of a suicide victim that leapt from the top after hearing the voice of the devil in his head. On certain nights, you can still hear him scream on his way down.
· Donald's Pond - The forgotten cemetery behind the pond is said to be haunted. The cemetery dates to the 1700s and locals report many mysterious occurrences there.
· Foggymoore - This dip in the road is permanently foggy and is known by locals as Foggymoore. On one occasion, a lady and her daughter were driving at night when they say a man laying in the road smoking a cigarette. The man floated away, still laying down, when they got too close.
· Lindy Sue - The ghost of a beautiful girl named Lindy Sue haunts the valleys of Knockemstiff. She was found on the bridge over Paint Creek strangled one night after she and her boyfriend Clem Slatterson had parked their buggy there. The horse was found days later, dead of fright and the buggy was smashed. Clem was never seen again.
Mutton - Jerk
· Enos Kay - Enos Kay fell in love with a beautiful girl. She later dumped him for another man, and Enos went out to his barn and killed himself. He vowed to haunt all fool lovers until the end of the Earth. Even though his ghostly activity is mainly around his hometown of Mutton - Jerk, he is said to haunt all of Ross County, tormenting lovers who park their cars to make out. He is usually seen near bridges and deserted roads.
· Higby House - A family who was about to purchase the home had the feeling that they were not alone, even though they were. Their little daughter claimed to have seen a girl that had frightened her so bad that she had screamed and began to cry. The ghost of a woman followed them back to their residence and was seen standing at the foot of their bed one night. The daughter talked about the girl for a very long time. It is said that a man murdered his daughter at the home around the turn of the century. (Thanks to Renee for submitting this haunting).
· Church Street - Late one night years ago, it is rumored that a man murdered a little boy and hid the boy's body in the church. It is said that at midnight, if you climb to the top window on the front of the church, you will see the child's body.
· Beaver Cemetery - A shadowy figure has been seen at times in this cemetery.
· Buckhollow Road - The road and the homes along it is said to be haunted by their former residents.
· Beaver's Ridge Road - People have claimed that this road is haunted, but the exact location of the haunting is unknown. Witnesses have reported that their vehicles stall for no reason and seeing a ghostly figure cross the road. After the ghost vanishes into the darkness, the vehicle will resume normal operation. There have also been reports of weird feelings and the feeling of being watched if one stops along the road at night.
· Red Bridge - It is said that if one stops their vehicle on the bridge, honks their horn once, and turns off their vehicle, a ghostly movie will play in front of the vehicle. In this movie, a ball rolls across the bridge. A little boy comes out to get the ball and a speeding car hits him and drives off, leaving the boy very disfigured. During the movie, your vehicle will not start and the doors will not open. When the boy thinks you have seen enough, the movie ends and your vehicle will be able to start once again. (Thanks to Joshua Holt for submitting this haunting).
Pike Lake State Park
· Ghostly Hands - The park is haunted by a pair of hands that belonged to a woman who lost them in a bonfire accident sometime in the 1860s. People walking the path at night have felt the hands touching them and have seen them crawling down the path.
· Big Run Road - During a basketball game, a fire broke out in the boiler room of the high school there. Several people died, and to this day, people still visit the burnt school building. Some have claimed to see a cheerleader with her back turned. When she turns around, her whole front side is burned.
Emmitt House - Standing on a corner along US 23 in Waverly, the Emmitt House looks every bit as historic and haunted as it is believed. They take their ghosts seriously there, too, even leaving a package of cigars out for the chief ghost - and chief figure in the history of the building - James E. Emmitt. His pipe smoke is the best known of the ghostly manifestations which have plagued this restaurant and inn for a long time.
Emmitt was an entrepreneuer who became Pike County's first millionaire. His money was earned largely from a distillery which he used to make whiskey and "Emmitt's Discovery," a snake oil cure-all he "discovered" when a mule kicked a can of fuel oil into a vat of spirits. (What made him want to drink it is anyone's guess.) He served two terms in the US Senate and died in 1893, at the age of 87.
Emmitt used his influence to have the county seat moved to Waverly from Piketon, and also had the Ohio and Erie Canal route changed between the two towns. He then built the Emmitt House along the canal in 1861, even though railroads had displaced the canal by then. His hotel did a brisk business with travelling salesmen and other people who passed through.
Today it houses a fancy restaurant. Employees smell James E. Emmitt's cigar smoke, and they sometimes see a woman in an old-fashioned "granny apron" cleaning things when no one should be there. Two ghostly children roam the building, possibly members of the Harper family (nearly wiped out by smallpox while staying at the hotel). And employees working in the basement often encounter the ghosts of slaves who may have died there en route on the Underground Railroad. They sometimes make loud noises or, more helpfully, change the syrups on the soda fountain - which any bar employee can tell you is a gross job. Visit the Emmitt House for dinner sometime and you might come face to face with one of the ghosts.
· Emmitt Cemetery - This cemetery is supposedly haunted by the Emmitt sisters buried there. One sister hung herself and the other shot herself. On their respective tombstones, a noose circles the "E" of one sister and the other sister's tombstone had a statue of her holding a gun. The gun was broken off of the statue and is now gone. On certain nights, one can see the ghostly sisters roaming the cemetery. (Thanks to Joshua Holt for submitting this haunting).
· Garnett Wilson Library - The library is haunted by the ghost of an elderly woman, appearing to be in her late seventies. Witnesses have reported seeing her with her hair up in a bun, wearing an old red dress to her ankles and black shoes. She's often been seen holding an old book and a handkerchief in her hand. After being seen, she generally vanishes into thin air. (Thanks to Mike Hawk for submitting this haunting).
· Mount Unger Cemetery - It is said that you go to the cemetery at night, one can see a man who hang himself in the cemetery. He killed himself so that he could be with his wife, who he also killed.
· Dunkinsville Church - This church on State Route 41 between West Union and Peebles placed a new door on the front of the building many years ago. The door was painted white, but some color later bled through that resembled Jesus with his hand outstretched. The door was repainted several times, but the image always reappeared. The door was finally removed from the front of the church, painted gray, and used as the back door. As you may have guessed, the image still appeared.
· AAA Bentley Farms - It was Christmas Eve when Otis Hilterbrand froze to death while getting a stack of wood for the fire. His wife and daughter had gone to Eastgate to do some shopping when Otis slipped and fell. He was knocked unconscious and died on the door step of the back porch, where he was found the next morning. This was not the first death that occurred at the residence, however. Years earlier his mother had passed away after being bed ridden for many decades. Her bed was located on the windowless east side of the house. Many strange events have occurred and have no other explanation than paranormal. An older gentleman wearing overalls can be seen walking behind the house. The TV power dies unexplainably and when the new roof was being put on, a 2x4 flew up and cracked one of the workers upside the head...there was no wind. While working on the barn, the farm owner slipped with an ax and caught himself in the leg. While this was happening, the screen doors of the house were opening and closing at random. One calm night with a full moon, the eastern side of the house began to shake and continued to do so for ten minutes. The people sleeping in the bed were scared awake. Sometimes Otis can be seen on the premises and is even talked to by the home's inhabitants and visitors. When he is unhappy he lets his presence be known. (Thanks to April & Arin Bentley for submitting this haunting).
· Abner Hollow - The stretch of West Fork Road is rumored to be haunted by a middle-aged man who was riding his horse when struck by a speeding motorist in the 1950s. He was beheaded and the horse was killed. It is said that on Halloween and on dark moonless nights that his spirit can be seen wondering the roadside. (Thanks to April & Arin Bentley for submitting this haunting).
· Presbyterian Church - The church bell that was rang every Sunday was rang by the same man for around 100 years. The man who rang the bell has long since died and the bell is no longer in use. His ghost can sometimes be seen by people passing by late at night, walking around the bell as if he were fixing it.
Peebles · Serpent Mound - It is believed that Serpent Mound was built by the Mound Builders to mark a hotspot for paranormal activity. Some claim that the Mound Builders of Adena origin haunt the mound itself.
· Raiders' Cave - This cave in Greene Township is said to be haunted by the ghosts of victims murdered by James Girty and his raiders in the 1700s. The cave itself is located near Black's Run and contained a few rooms. One room even had a spring that was accessible by a ladder.
· Stoney Creek - The ghost of a decapitated man can be seen under an oak tree near the creek. It was said that his head was taken of by someone or something of great strength.
· Wickerhamm Inn - Sometime in the 1800s a man who was staying at the inn did not show up for breakfast one morning. Upon inspecting his room, the owner found bloodstains on the floor, but no signs of the man. Years later during remodeling, workers discovered the skeleton of the missing man under the floor boards, but they did not find his head. The bloodstains are still soaked into the floor and cannot be scrubbed out. The man is said to haunt the place, looking for his head. Odd occurrences, like mysterious footsteps and the piano playing by itself, are contributed to his ghost.
· Winchester Cemetery - It is said that real tears flows from a statue there. Also in the cemetery is a circle of graves containing children, with a baby buried in the middle. Voices of children can be heard calling your name if you approach the baby's tombstone at night.
· Nancy's Hole - According to legend, a young girl named Nancy was playing by the creek, fell in, and drowned. Ever since, passer-bys have reported eerie feelings, cold chills, and have even seen the ghostly young girl roaming the shore. Animals are known to behave oddly in the area as well.
· Indian Burial Ground - An old Indian burial ground behind some apartments is said to be haunted. Reports say that if one takes something from the burial ground, an Indian will appear in your house or yard every night until you return whatever it was you took.
· Dixie School - This schoolhouse was closed in the 1960s and since then, the second floor has collapsed down to the first. Despite this, mysterious lights have been spotted in the second floor windows along with other rooms. Years ago, locals entered the school at night with flashlights and witnessed ghostly children walking single file up and down the hallways. Witnesses have also reported seeing a man walking around with a lantern with a little girl screaming in the background, "No daddy, no!! Please stop!!".
· Higginsport School - The school is haunted by a man who was burned to death by the boiler in the basement. Mysterious voices are often heard inside.
· Baird House - Built in 1825 as an inn, the original family who lived there is said to haunt the house. Singing, doors opening and closing, flickering lights, and strange presences are all parts of the hauntings. A ghostly cat can sometimes be seen as well.
· Rankin House - This 200 year old house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. It was even included in the novel "Uncle Tim's Cabin". The house is said to be haunted by a little brown dog that is seen quite often to workers and visitors. Ghostly voices are heard at the top of the stairway that leads down to the Ohio River where slaves would come up from the Ohio River.
· Stage's Pond - The sounds of a horse and buggy can be heard that were pulled into the pond in the 1800s. The area around the pond is mostly quicksand.
· Teays Valley High School - This high school is said to be haunted in several locations. Ghostly footsteps have been heard in the main gymnasium. A large, heavy door that is usually locked near the band room has opened and closed by itself. The balcony is said to be haunted as well, either by hanging themselves or by falling over the edge. In either case, many students will not enter the balcony. Orbs regularly appear in photographs throughout the school.
· Village House Restaurant - The restaurant is supposedly haunted by it's former owner. The ghost is said to pull ghostly pranks, such as making things float and rearranging furniture.
· Genealogical Library - Runaway slaves that once hid in the basement of the old house is said to haunt the place. · Franklin Street Firehouse - Chief J.M. Baer used to haunt the firehouse after he died there of a heart attack. Footsteps and shadowy figures could sometimes be seen. The firehouse has since been demolished.
· Manna Pro Feed Mill - Employees of the mill report it to be very haunted. Guards have reported seeing shadowy figures while doing rounds at night. Machinery will start by themselves and the man lift rattles as if someone is getting on/off of it, but no one is there. Four known deaths have occurred at the mill.
· Memorial Hall - A ghost in a blue uniform haunts the hall. He is believed to be a Civil War veteran, maybe one who helped build the hall in the 1890s. Toilets have been known to flush by themselves and some have reported seeing the ghost in the reflection in the mirrors.
· Pickaway Township Elementary School - The ghosts of those who died on the property are said to haunt the 100 year-old school. Janitors and teachers have reported many strange activities and have seen the ghost of a child.
· The Roundhouse Theater - This theater is the home of several ghosts. There have been many reports of mysterious sights and sounds, such as footsteps in the balcony. Once a dog was so frightened by a ghost that it had to be removed from the building. A ghost named Charlie is said to be seen peering out of the mirrors into the eyes of the person looking into it.
· Lockbourne Hell House - Once located just down the driveway from Paul Peters Farm Cemetery, this house was haunted by shadowy figures that moaned and flickered the kitchen lights. It was said that anyone who lived in the house would have extremely bad luck. The original large brick farmhouse had been ripped to shreds by a tornado that passed through the area, killing the old man who lived there. A significantly smaller house was built in it's place from scavenged material of the farmhouse. Two families that lived there had their husbands / fathers killed in violent car accidents. The last family who lived in the house lost their head of the household when the home burned to the ground killing him. All that remains of the house today is the foundation.
· Paul Peters Farm Cemetery - Just past the border between Franklin and Pickaway Counties is the Paul Peters Farm Cemetery, also known as the old Cholera Cemetery. No stones can be seen from the road as many have been destroyed or are buried in the ground. Electronic equipment has failed while on the premises of the cemetery for no apparent reason. Cold spots can be felt and EMF readings are high at the front of the cemetery. Some witnesses have reported seeing a misty figure in the tree-line and/or red balls of light floating around in the cemetery. It is said that hangings used to take place from a large tree in the cemetery and the bodies were buried there. Screams have been heard coming from the cemetery late at night. Be warned, if you go here at night, the neighbors have been known to call in law enforcement.
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