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Haunted Ohio | Haunted Houses, Haunted Places, Ghosts

Updated on September 14, 2014
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Paula Atwell is a freelance writer with WriterAccess, webmaster, member of Pinterest Party on FB and the owner of Lake Erie Artist Gallery.

Take a Tour of Haunted Ohio This Halloween

Do you believe in haunted places? Ever see a haunting yourself? Here, in Ohio, there are many spooky tales of haunted houses, ghosts, and other mysterious sightings. This article is full of information about haunted places in Ohio that you can read about or visit yourselves.

If you like spooky tales, sit cozy in your homes on Halloween, and read the ghostly tales of the haunted places in Ohio with your friends over a warm cup of spiced cider. Many of the haunted places in Ohio allow tourists to visit and even have tours to learn the history behind the haunted tales.

Prospect Place is a historic mansion built by G.W. Adams in Trinway Ohio. It was a stop on the underground railroad.
Prospect Place is a historic mansion built by G.W. Adams in Trinway Ohio. It was a stop on the underground railroad. | Source

Ohio Has Lots of Weird Places to Discover

"I was riveted to this book from the first page. Very visually appealing and written in a light-hearted way, it is a great guide for "ghost-chasers" and those who just love to see weird places."

Top 15 Haunted Places in Ohio

Franklin Castle Cleveland Ohio

"For years, the gothic mansion known as "Franklin Castle" has been called the most haunted house in Ohio. During its long and strange history, the ghost stories have become an integral part of the lore. For years, tales have been told of doors that explode off their hinges, lights that spin on their own, electric circuits that behave erratically, the inexplicable sounds of a baby crying and even a woman in black who has been seen staring forlornly from a tiny window in the front tower room.

There are many ghosts here, the legends say. But what dark deeds caused this house to become so haunted? Are the stories of the murders committed here actually true, or the stuff of legend?"

For information on Franklin Castle, Click Here.

The Bissman Building In Mansfield Ohio
The Bissman Building In Mansfield Ohio | Source

Ghost Hunter's Guide to Haunted Ohio

Hemphill Road Roundhead Ohio

This property was owned by Robert Hemp and it is said that he is buried beneath the front porch. Every person that has lived in the house has reported many strange noises and figures of a man in a top hat. One family said that while they always kept the heater on eighty, one room in the basement would be freezing cold. Another family kept a Bible open in the living room to a certain verse. Allegedly, each time they left home and returned, they would find the Bible on another verse–the verse which was read at Hemp’s funeral.

Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield

The Glowing Horseshoe Perry County Ohio

In the mid 1800s a young hunk named James Henry lived in the area. In love with two different women, the man could not decide which one he wanted to marry. When he fell asleep one night, instead of pulling the man and the buggy home, the horse took him to the house of one of the young ladies. James then decided to marry her. The two were happy for a long time until the woman became ill and died. James visited Otterbein Cemetery everyday to put flowers on his wife’s grave. One day at the cemetery, he saw the other young woman he had been courting before marrying his first wife. The two quickly became romantically involved and soon married. He stopped going to the grave of his first wife and soon all the flowers died. One day, a passerby saw a bloody horseshoe on the woman’s tombstone. He told James that it was an ill omen, but James did not listen. The next day, James’s new wife found him dead in the horse stables–there was an imprint of a horseshoe in his forehead. Now when its foggy, it is said that one may hear horse’s hoofs going up and down Otterbein Road.

Haunted Landscapes, Ghost Towns, and Forgotten Lives

Take a leisurely tour across the Buckeye State with author, Randy McNutt to a massive swamp that swallowed pioneers' wagons, a haunted prison, a faded German utopia, a town where they still chase horse thieves, a marriage mecca, a village where Buster the dog voted Republican, and a myriad of abandoned "ghost towns" and small cities.

Buxton Inn Granville Ohio

One of the first ghosts to be seen was back in the 1920's and was the ghost of Orrin Granger, the man that built the inn back in 1812.

In the 70's the workers renovating the old inn thought they saw a ghost dressed in blue. They refused to enter the inn after dark.

Another ghost said to haunt the inn is that of Major Horton Buxton, the man that the inn was named after. He operated the inn back in the late 1800's. His ghost has been spotted in different places throughout the inn.

Another tale of ghosts is that of Bonnie Bounell, also a former innkeeper. Bonnie died in room number nine. Overnight guests staying in room nine have report seeing a lady dressed in blue, Bonnie's favorite color.

For information and reservations for the Buxton Inn, Click Here.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Cool hub. I love ghost stories. I even may have had a couple of run-ins with ghosts myself. Back in college, my friend lived in an apartment above a bar and there were some weird things that happened there from time to time. The rumor was that a former owner of the bar years earlier had killed his wife (her body was never found, according to the story), so we assumed that she was the one doing the haunting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      There are quite a few "haunted" places in Japan, a a few just around my neighborhood. Adds so much to the experience of living here. Earthquakes, rainy season and ghosts.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Adventure LOL. There are lots of non-scary places too. :)

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @suzette Us Ohioans can be a bit strange.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Do you know what Paula - I'm SCARED!! So now I'll knock Ohio off my bucket list! Brilliant hub - really good!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Ya gotta love a book entitled "Weird Ohio." LOL! This is interesting and informative and what a great places you write about. This time of the year is a great time to visit these haunted houses. The only one I have heard about is the Mansfield reformatory. But, these other houses and their tales are spooky too. Thanks for the info.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @sherri Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Audrey Lots of spooky stuff in Ohio. :)

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @CrisSp One of my friends is the producer of the Dead Files TV show. He is here in Ohio right now filming two shows.

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      Sherri Tuck 3 years ago from Virginia

      I have always found haunted places to be facinating. I loved this article.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Ohhh loved this!! Spooky--I love ghost stories!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Woah spooky! I'll be sure to check them out when I'm next in Ohio. I'm into creepy stories and places. I find them fascinating and I'm weird that way. :)

      Timely reading for the upcoming halloween. Sharing!

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Scarlett I have a friend who produces a show about hauntings and have definitely gotten more interested in this topic.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Love your photos of the old buildings. Haunted or not I'd check them out if I were in Ohio!

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Bobbie Glad you enjoyed it. LOL. It is cold enough for blankets in the evening.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Paula,

      What a great hub and now I will sleep with the covers over my head. HA!

      I look forward to reading more of your interesting hubs.

      Have a great week.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Justin Interesting, my daughter is looking at that school right now. She is a senior in high school. We are visiting Athens in a few weeks. I will have to check out your story. :) Thanks for sharing it.

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      Justin McLean 3 years ago from Fernandina Beach. FL

      I went to college at Ohio University in Athens Ohio where apparently- according to myth, the town is situated in the form of a pentagram. With that, there is a dilapidated mental hospital on top of a hill that's been abandoned for hundreds of years. When I was in school we'd go site seeing up there and noticed all the tombstones at the asylum had numbers on them instead of names- It was really spooky... This also maybe why Athens is such a popular Halloween destination. Interestting article

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Thanks for dropping by. I know, there are so many stories that make these places interesting.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      Wow...I am especially intrigued by Prospect Place. I hope it's well-protected from vandals and kids looking for a place to party. Would hate to see a building steeped in history like that one fall victim to idiots. Interesting page!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      I am back again (smiles) After finally catching up with the Angel School Bus, I am fluttering around Paranormal-ville to drop off some Blessings. Just wanted you to know I am here because your page caught my attention. Leaving you with a *Blessing* for doing such a great job on this page.

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Interesting lens ~ Blessed >*

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      bsblmike2 7 years ago

      I luckily have not.

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @WhiteOak50: Thanks so much. :)

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      Lironah 7 years ago

      I have a friend who sees ghosts, and claimed there were some in her apartment in Westerville. She actually had the church elders bless the place, but they kept coming back. I lived there after she left, but never noticed anything strange. I consider myself fortunate that I don't have her gift.

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @jgelien: Maybe your ghosts like you, but don't want you to have guests? Very interesting though, you would think your guests would be a little more tolerant.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I happen to live in a house that has unexplainable voices, footsteps and sightings. We have gotten used to it but we have had others refuse to spend the night here.

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      What a creepy place! Some of my friends had haunting experience when they were little, I guess since children have purer eyes, they can see more supernatural stuff.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I had to come back and visit this lens. I just got home from going through Ohio from Michigan. Great lens Paula! Blessed by a SquidBOO SquidAngel!

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      AllThingsMichigan 7 years ago

      Great lens! I've written on my blog about various hauntings in Michigan, but I never thought of doing a lens on the subject. Excellent!

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @aidenw: Well, just come to Ohio. :)

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      aidenw 7 years ago from USA

      I have never really had a haunting experience but I love ghost stories and visiting a real haunted house would be quite interesting :)

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @julieannbrady: Hi Julie. Glad you stopped by this lens. :) Boo hoo to you.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      ... er, several!!! ................. BOO!

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      Isabellas-cabin 7 years ago

      I love the state of Ohio mainly because I live here! However, I know that it has a strong haunted past! My home that I live in now you can sit in the dark with no one else home and hear people talking.

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      CofCJenny LM 7 years ago

      I absolutely love hauntings! Maybe one day I'll venture to Ohio and see what they have to offer :-)

      Great lens!

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      As an Ohio resident, some of these are familiar, but I should do some investigating of the others :)

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      We have quite a few "haunted" houses in Massachusetts. I put it in quotes because I'm a huge skeptic of this stuff, but it's still interesting! Nice work, Squid Angel blessed.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      There is nothing like a good ghost story and the one about James Henry is my favorite. This is a super Squidboo.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I used to live in Carter West dorm at the university of toledo. While on my campus visit the instructor had told me specifically not to live there. Her old roomates encountered mysterious situations. Their tv's would turn on and off in the middle of the night with the volume all the way up. As well as weird noises in sinks and bathrooms. Some students say the 4th floor is the worse. In my first year of college, a girl on my floor the 4th floor commited suicide.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh spooky! And yes, I have seen a ghost as he lived in my house! Perhaps I should write a lens.....

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I really need to make an Halloween lens. This is fantastic! Love the Ghost Hunter in Training shirt.

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      Lisa 8 years ago from Rhode Island

      love this lens WONDERFUL 5 *s i love any info on haunts around the USA and world great lens

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Some of these places are pretty close to me here, and yes I have visited some of them - and, yes, they are darned spooky! Cry Baby Bridge comes to mind - one visit was enough for me lol! 5*s

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Spooky videos!! Love it!

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      Webizen 8 years ago

      Great lens, I like it. 5*

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Spooky Lens. Perfect for Halloween and haunted house lovers. I'm superstitious and cannot enter a haunted house. Silly, I know. I still enjoy reading and learning the history of the families that lived in these haunted houses. A book is safer. :)

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      andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

      This is the kind of stuff I like! Great lens, 5*!

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Was just talking about ghosts last night with someone who has had some experiences. Wonderfully curated lens! 5*

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      I haven't had any, but have heard many stories from people that have. LOL, I am so logical in my thought process, I would probably have no clue I was being haunted and write it off to air currents, or house settling, etc. Great lens!

      Happy Halloween early!

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      VERY GOOD lens! Oh, I like this lens and it is so true, Ohio is filled with hauntings! You are good at writing SquidBOO's-I'll take another please! I am writing another as well. I just can't seem to find information I need and have been searching since this morning. Grrr..but I will get it. Fav'ed, Five Stars and going to feature!!