Hanning Cemetery -
Part of the group of "pentagram" cemeteries, Hanning Cemetery is
said to be haunted by the ghost of Ohio University student David
Hope Drive Apartments
- Witnesses have seen a clown-like person running into the wooded
area and hearing a circus siren. Residents have been locked out of
their apartments and have heard mysterious tapping noises that
seemed to communicate with them.
Mound Nebo - The
Koons family once lived in this area and were said to be able to
communicate with the dead. Many strange occurrences happened in
their home and many townspeople accused them of being Satanists.
Today it is said that Mount Nebo is still plagues by paranormal
activity left over from the Koons' days of talking to the dead.
Ohio University -
Site of multiple hauntings. See below for details.
Simms Cemetery -
Simms Cemetery is said to be one of the most haunted sites in the
United States. The cemetery is said to move, making it difficult to
find. It is located way off the road on a desolate and beaten path,
so many who have searched for it cannot find it and those that have
found it can easily get lost when they try to return. The name of
the cemetery comes from Judge John Simms, who is buried there. He
was the judge and executioner in the area and would hang the guilty
from a tree in the cemetery. It is said that rope burns can still be
seen on the tree. Simms himself haunts the area, telling trespassers
to "Get out!" People have reported seeing ghostly bodies hanging
from the trees late at night. The cemetery is also at the tip of a
group of cemeteries in the area that, if you connect them all
together, form a pentagram.
Stroud's Run - A
ghostly buffalo is said to be seen drinking from the stream at
Stroud's Run. The buffalo, later named Stroud, was the last wild
buffalo in the area. A law was passed that stated no one could kill
Stroud, but some members of either the British or French army killed
the buffalo anyway. Locals murdered those responsible while they
were sleeping at their camp. One local took the buffalo's skull, hid
the army's money in it, and buried it nearby. The skull nor the
buried treasure have ever been found.
The Ridges - Formerly
the Athens Lunatic Asylum, The Ridges closed as a state mental
institution in 1993. It is said to be haunted by many of the former
patients and some staff. A ghost named Mary is said to walk the
halls late at night, as do many other patients. Witnesses have
reported seeing darting shadows and seeing people standing behind
them in mirrors only to turn and see no one there. One story in
particular is very chilling. On December 1, 1978, a female patient
went missing from one of the active wards. A maintenance worker
found her body in the abandoned top floor in ward N 20 on January
12, 1979. The ward had been used for patients with infectious
diseases and had not been used for years, so no one thought to look
there. By the time they found the woman, she had been dead for
weeks. She was apparently playing a hiding game with the employees,
locking herself in the room She took off all her clothes, piled them
in the corner and lay down on the floor only to die of heart
failure. After her body was removed, it was discovered that her body
left a stain on the concrete floor. It is believed it had something
to do with the way sunlight hit the body during decomposition,
causing some time of chemical reaction.
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West State Street Cemetery
- This entire cemetery is said to be haunted by many of the souls
whose bodies are buried there. A large angel statue near the
entrance of the cemetery is said to move and frequently sheds tears.
The angle was placed in remembrance of the unknown soldiers buried
in the cemetery.
Route 50 - Three eyewitnesses observed an enormous UFO while
traveling in their van along US Route 50 West in 1983, just outside
of Athens. The three claimed to have been energized for hours after
Alpha Omicron Pi House
- Once the Zeta Tau Delta House, and later the Sigma Nu House, it
was once a stop on the Underground Railroad when it served as a
private residence. During that time some townspeople found out it
was a stop on the railroad and stormed the house, killing the one
slave they found hiding there. The slave's name was Nicodemus. He is
now said to haunt the house frequently. There was an uptick in
activity for some reason between 1972 and 1973.
Brown House - Donated
to Ohio University by long time resident Millie Brown, she would
enjoy watching the town's children play outside her window. Her
ghost can sometimes be seen peering out the window, watching you
walk by. Ghostly sounds of her pool can sometimes be hears as well,
even though the pool is no longer there.
Bush Hall - The
spirit that haunts this all-girl dormitory is said to turn water
faucets on and off and likes to mess around with the lights. The
marble sounds present in Jefferson Hall also plague Bush Hall, along
with the sound of dripping water.
College Green - The
buildings on the West Green are said to be haunted because they were
built atop an Indian burial ground. The river that once ran through
the area can sometimes be heard and the chants of Indians can be
heard at times. The West Green is also said to be haunted by a
headless buffalo named Stroud. Stroud was killed and beheaded, his
shull used to hide a treasure.
Convocation Center -
More commonly referred to as the Convo, this building is home to
OU's basketball team and used as a dormitory. The Convo is said to
be haunted by quite a few ghosts, one of which was a RA who was
killed by her boyfriend. She is said to still walk the halls, making
sure that students are safe. One of the ghosts here is that of a
student who died while sleeping and embraces any student who sleeps
on the bed where she died. The ghost of another room likes to throw
things out of the closet and opens and closes the closet door
Crawford Hall -
Crawford Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of a student named
Laura who fell to her death from a fourth-story window in the 1990s
during Easter. Soon after her death lights began to flicker and
doors would slam and open. This was especially true for the first
floor. A RA was awakened one night by the shadowy image of a girl at
his door. She said, "I'm sorry I've woken you," and then closed the
door. When the RA went out into the hall, no one was there. He later
learned that is room was the spot where Laura had hit the sidewalk.
Students have also reported having trouble playing the Bob Marley
tune "Laura" in the hall.
Cutler Hall - The
sole ghost of this hall, in use since 1816, resides in the bell
tower. Not too many other reports come from this building, which is
surprising given its age.
Delta Tau Delta House
- Strange poltergeist activity was rumored to plague the house when
some of the fraternity brothers stole a tombstone from Simms
Cemetery and kept it there as a souvenir. Once the tombstone was
returned to the cemetery, the activity ceased.
Jefferson Hall -
While students were exploring the attic of the building in 1996,
they discovered a woman in 1950s dress sitting at a desk in an
unused room. They tried to talk to her but realized she was
transparent and floating above the ground. The students took off
only to return a few minutes later with their RA to find the door
locked and no one inside. Many strange things began to occur after
this discovery. Toilets flush by themselves, lights turn on and off,
and the sound of hundreds of marbles hitting the floor above you can
be heard. One witness saw the toilet paper unroll itself in the
stall next to her, and then unroll by itself in her stall.
Shivey Hall - A
female resident of the hall was said to have a strong attraction to
Hanning Cemetery back in the 1970s. She was assumed to be a former
witch being called back to her roots in the cemetery, where occult
activity would often take place.
Washington Hall -
This hall is haunted by an entire basketball team of ghosts. It is
said that after a high school girls basketball team visited the
university, they were all killed in a bus accident. They seemed to
enjoy their time at OU so much that they all decided to take up
residence in the hall after their death.
Wilson Hall - This
building is at the center of a pentagram formed by connecting five
cemeteries in the region and is said to be one of the most haunted
buildings on campus. Located on the West Green, not only was it
built on top of the Indian burial grounds, it was also built atop an
old cemetery. Most of the hauntings here are centered around the
fourth floor where students have reported seeing apparitions,
hearing voices, mysterious slamming of doors, and flying objects.
There are other reports throughout the building of cold spots and
banging noises. Reports also say that the face of a demon sometimes
shows up in the wood grain of a dorm room door where a girl,
believed to be possessed, killed herself.