Adventurelust

Ghost Stories from Ohio

Let’s start with how ghost stories from Ohio came about- and no it doesn’t have anything to do with a movie mishap.

Originally, I thought summer plans would involve an epic road trip through the mid-eastern U.S., but then I discovered I like scuba diving.

As Ohio was one of the intended states to hit, I found myself google searching “horror in Ohio”. This is obviously a sign that my life is a horror movie (kidding or am I? Just wait until you read my post on Goliad, TX.)

See below for interesting haunted sites I happened upon:

The Ridges in Athens, OH– Opened in January of 1874, The Ridges initially provided the best patient care. And like all horror stories- things went terribly wrong. Some patients were forced into slave labor, while others underwent experimental shock therapies and lobotomies. Not to mention the induction of killer clowns and the oogie boogie man into this dysfunctional web of indecency and you can see how it easily became a recipe for disaster.

In 1993, the hospital closed, but to this day it is still a place of terror for those who dare trespass. This is due in large part to what lies hidden on the top floor of the building- a human-shaped stain where an escaped patient lay dead for over a month. Margaret Schilling, a patient in the infection diseases wing, had decayed so much that the imprint of her gooey body was never able to be fully removed.

For more information visit, Roadtripper’s take on The Ridges.

Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH– This reformatory was used as a prison for 94 years until 1981. From the time of its opening to its closure much violence, death, and disease plagued the inmates. It’s hardly surprising visitors have reported feeling chilled to the bone, hearing strange noises, and nauseated while touring this historic/haunted site. And if that doesn’t send chills up your spine, the reformatory was also a filming location of the famous movie “The Shawshank Redemption”- the plot involving a man sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the supposed murder of his wife and her lover.

Other stories surrounding this place of horror involve a warden’s wife dying from an accidental shooting and the reformatory’s boss, wife, and child captured and killed by two parolees. When you add all of this up it’s no wonder the reformatory is linked to such a morbid past.

Enter at your own risk!

Click on this link to read more on the eerie reformatory–> Ohio State Reformatory

Moonville Ghost Town and Moonville Tunnel in Vinton County, OH– A small mining town with never more than a 100 people living in it, Moonville hit its peak during the mid-1800s. But, by the early 1950s very little remained. And presently? The old roads are overgrown with all kinds of complicated plants- poison ivy and greenbriar, to name a few- making it a difficult place to navigate and an even harder place to access. Even in the 1800s, the road to Moonville (and Moonville Tunnel) was considered the loneliest stretch of railway from Cincinatti to Marietta. Now, virtually untouched since, it’s no wonder passers-through have a hard time getting there and once they’re there, an even MORE challenging time. Geez!

Perhaps the most well known part of the town of Moonville is the legend that surrounds the Moonville Tunnel. Legend has it (as it always does) that there is a ghost haunting the tunnel. And how did this legend come about? While no one is certain- as the story has lost its factual basis over the years- it is thought that a man- engineer, conductor, preacher, rapper- no one knows- was crushed under the wheels of the train that used to pass through this place. An even more alarming account comes from a local newspaper article: a brakesman fell from one of the cars and was injured, the wheels crushing his body, leaving him little more than a shapeless mass.

Regardless of what really happened, “his” death signaled the end of Moonville.

Read more about Moonville Tunnel  at Moonville Tunnel’s website by clicking on the link. Forgotten Ohio also has a great excerpt on the town of Moonville.

Other horrific points of interest:

  • Lick Road outside Cincinnatti, OH
  • Mooney’s Mansion in Columbus, OH
  • Prospect Place in Trinway, OH
  • Gore Orphange in Vermilion, OH
  • The abandoned subway tunnels in Cincinatti, OH
  • Eden Park in Cincinatti, OH
  • The Airforce Museum in Dayton, OH

and every university, hospital, park, and hotel, and place in the state of Ohio.

As I’m sure there are other adventurous things to do in Ohio- like ice fishing, skiing,  hiking, zip lining- (a possible adventurelust post), I like to get into the nitty gritty and  see a state for what it is- the history of its own past- and if that past includes horror, well count me in!

There will be an adventurelust post at some point not related to ghosts or horror or horror ghosts or ghosts of horror or horrific ghosts. My readers probably crave and expect more variety from me, so I won’t disappoint!

Would you go to Ohio just to see some of these terrifying sites? Are you sick of me writing adventurelust posts on scary places? Is it really adventurelust if you’re not scared shitless? Would you agree that it’s usually the places we don’t think of that offer the most enticing of adventures? How would you define adventurelust? Is poltergeistic  a word?


Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice:
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore —
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; —
‘Tis the wind and nothing more.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven    

 

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