Air Force Museum
- The United States Air Force Museum in Dayton is known to be very
haunted. The ghost of a little Vietnamese boy walks the museum at
night. He is believed to have died in one of the helicopters. A Nazi
fighter plane is said to be haunted by its pilot, who waves out the
window to visitors. The POW exhibit is said to be one of the worst
places in the museum, as it brings a sick dread to whoever visits
it. The Korean/Vietnam War-era helicopter Hop-Along has a seat in it
still stained with the blood of a pilot who died there. Custodians
sometimes see him flipping switches in an attempt to get to safety.
The Black Maria flew secret missions in the Vietnam War and rescued
soldiers is riddled with patched bullet holes. Many say that is is
haunted by those who died in it. The Bockscar plane that dropped the
atomic bomb on Nagasaki at the end of World War II is said to be
haunted by a little Asian boy who runs past it at night. A World War
II-era B-24, Strawberry Bitch, is haunted by an unknown apparition.
It is speculated to be the gunner since the belly guns sometimes
rattle. This ghost once even hit a janitor in the face. Yet another
World War II-era B-24, Lady Be Good, went down in the Libyan Desert
in 1943. Seven of the nine crewmen died near the plane and one
managed to walk 120 miles through te desert before he died. The crew
now roams the museum and their exhibit is said to be one of the most
Amber Rose Restaurant
- A playful ghost known as Chickee haunts the Amber Rose Restaurant.
She was the daughter of a former owner of the building, which is
about one hundred years old. She makes music start playing by itself
and sometimes breaks dishes.
Dayton County Club -
The sounds of a mysterious party can be heard on the grounds of the
club on a regular basis. The owners and workers have looked for the
source of the sounds, but have always come up empty handed.
Dayton Masonic Temple
- Built between 1926-1928, the Masonic Temple is haunted by
unexplained sounds of high-heeled footsteps. It is also haunted by
the ghost of a former mason named George.
Dayton Veteran Medical
Center - Built in 1867 to care for Civil War veterans, this
building is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Many of the
original occupants are said to still roam the halls. The Freedom
House is said to still host an 1870s party that will last throughout
eternity. The third floor seems to be the most active area, as a
mysterious gray mist can be seen moving down the hallway. It is
believed to be General Marsena Patrick, who died there of epilepsy.
The Liberty House is also said to be haunted. Video equipment
regularly malfunctions in the house, leaving only audio tape to
Franciscan Medical Center
- This hospital is haunted by many spirits. Darting shadows and cold
spots are commonplace. Elevators go up and down on their own accord
and stopped on floors when the button had not been pressed.
- The large stone turret structure overlooking Dayton's Community
Golf Course on Patterson Drive is known as Frankenstein's Castle by
some or Witches Tower by others. It is said that the building was
built atop a burial ground during the Civil War days. Legend has it
that a woman climbed to the top of the tower one night and committed
suicide. Now it is said that you can see her standing there, wearing
a long black robe walking around and looking over the edge.
Apparently in the 1960s, a group of teenagers were playing around
inside when lightning struck the tower, electrocuting two of them
through the metal railing on the circular staircase. It is said
whenever lightning flashes, the silhouettes of the two teens can be
seen inside the tower.
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Keifer Street Tracks
- There have been reports of the apparition of a red-headed woman
wearing a construction hat by the tracks along Keifer Street.
Memorial Hall - The
theater at Memorial Hall is haunted by Drake, a custodian who died
after a fall into the orchestra pit over 30 years ago. He is known
to flush toilets and play with the lights. His footsteps can be
heard on the catwalk on occasion.
Oakwood High School -
In the city's south suburbs, this school has long been the site of
two hauntings. One is said to be that of a young man who hanged
himself in the junior hallway sometime in the sixties or seventies.
Fleeting glimpses of him, along with footsteps are heard throughout
the school. The second haunting is said to be that of a young girl
of unknown origins. The high school was built in the early 1920s
directly over the site of a house, so it is unknown how far back the
origins of the female ghost goes. She is known to hang around the
junior hallway and people have even reported walking by a
well-dressed young girl seated on one of the benches in the hallway
late at night.
Old Courthouse -
Dayton's old courthouse still houses the gallows used for the last
hanging in the county. Footsteps are often heard ascending the
stairs to the judge's chamber and a soft moaning can be heard.
Patterson Homestead -
Built in 1816, this three-story brick farmhouse is linked to one of
the most significant people in Dayton's history, Colonel Robert
Patterson; who gave Wright-Patterson Air Force Base half its name.
Now owned by the Montgomery County Historical Society as a restored
19th century family home, staff have reported many mysterious
occurrences. Rocking chairs rock on their own, items are often moved
about, cold spots are felt in certain rooms, and one room (Mrs.
Patterson's bedroom) is always cold and filled with the aroma of a
good home-cooked meal. Several other ghosts haunt this home. One is
sometimes seen walking up the stairs to the off-limits third floor,
dressed in military regalia. The laughter of children can be heard
throughout the house. A psychic who once visited the home reported
feeling the presence of a mother rocking her sick child. One ghost
even locked a volunteer in one of the rooms.
Ridge Street Bridge -
This bridge is said to be haunted by the ghostly sounds of Bessie
Little's death. She was murdered there by her lover Albert J. Frantz
on August 27, 1896, and thrown from the bridge. Bessie was pregnant
and Albert didn't want to marry her, so he arranged the scene to
look like a suicide. Unfortunately for Albert, he shot her twice and
suicide was ruled out. Albert was sentenced to death in the Ohio
Penitentiary's electric chair. He was executed on November 19, 1897.
Sinclair Community College
- The cafeteria of the college was built directly atop the old
Dayton hanging field where criminals were put to death. Blair Hall
is said to be the most haunted building on campus. Witnesses have
reported feeling people tugging on them or feel a smothering
sensation as something pushing down on their chest. Staff has
reported hearing laughter when no one was around. Voices, dancing,
and meowing cats have also been heard. Elevators work by themselves,
doors open and close, and the heavy fire doors in the cafeteria
sometimes slam shut. The former chief of security is said to
continue his rounds at night from beyond the grave. Many members of
the custodial staff have reported at least one unexplainable
occurrence. Ghostly figures can sometimes be seen passing the corner
of your eye.
Stivers Middle School
- The middle school is known to be haunted by a former teacher.
Being a big 1900s-era school, it had an Olympic-sized swimming pool
in the basement up until the 1930s when it was built over and turned
into classrooms. In the 1920s, there was a teacher who swam in the
pool every Friday. Her body was found floating face down in the pool
with a broken pointer in one hand and a locket with two pictures in
the other. One of the pictures was of her parents and the other was
of a man, but the head was torn off the picture. The teacher was
thought to have had an affair with her senior student aide, who
never returned to school. To this day, footsteps are heard in the
hallways and a lady with long white hair is sometimes seen. The
sightings are more frequent in a certain basement classroom where a
metal trap-door opens into the empty swimming pool. This room
remains cold all the time to the point where some students wear
coats in class. Mysterious noises are heard in the room after it has
been locked up for the night. The television turns on by itself
along with the doors shutting and lights turning on and off.
University of Dayton
- A site of multiple hauntings. See University of Dayton below for
Victorian Theater -
There are three known ghosts that haunt this theater. The first is
known as Vicky. She was an actress from the 1920s who mysteriously
vanished after returning to her dressing room to get a fan. No one
knows exactly what happened to her. She now roams the theater and
several people have reported seeing her. The rustling of her dress
can be heard and a smell of rose perfume is strong in her presence.
Lucille is the name of the second ghost. She was assaulted in the
house-left privacy box. She lived through the assault, but its said
that if you visit the old box, you can feel the anguish she left
behind. There was even a report of one visitor being slapped. The
third ghost is that of a man who committed suicide by impaling
himself on a knife fastened to a chair. His face can sometimes be
seen on the curtains backstage.
Woodland Cemetery -
Woodland Cemetery is haunted by several ghosts. The most popular one
is that of a good-looking young blonde girl. She is seen quite often
sitting on her tombstone, which glows an eerie blue at night. She
looks just like anyone else, wearing tennis shoes, a sweatshirt and
jeans. A guy named Johnny Moorehouse and his dog buried in the
cemetery are said to haunt the grounds. An old caretaker is also
known to tend the grounds from beyond the grave.
Arby's - Employees
who go in the basement report the feeling of being watched. Several
employees have heard children laughing after hours, witnessed
mysterious shadows, have had their hair pulled, and have backed up
into something large but nothing is there. A ghostly bald man has
been seen in the kitchen, staring at the oven when only employees
were in the store. The hanging plants have been seen swinging in the
dining room when there is no air circulating.
Hill Grove Cemetery - This
old cemetery that has tombstones dating back to the late 1800s is
said to be very haunted. The spirit of a young girl is sometimes
seen sitting over a grave crying (believed to be her mother). Many
have tried to give assistance to the girl, but she only looks at
them and disappears. The other haunting in this cemetery is that of
a 19-year-old preacher's daughter, who didn't believe in the
religion he taught. She killed herself with a knife after she was
disowned by her family. The bible on top of her grave is said to be
broken in half at one moment and appears perfectly fine the next.
Library Park - A
murdered woman dressed in all white has been haunting the park since
1894. In that year, thousands of people witnessed her in the park
and floating among the headstones at Miamisburg Cemetery.
Medlar View Elementary
School - The girls restroom near the fourth grade hall is
haunted by a young girl who was murdered by a construction worker
who helped build the school. Her spirit can sometimes be seen in the
Zeck Road Barn - Also
known as Zech Road, two
children who are said to have died in a barn fire are supposed to haunt
the barn. Ghostly sounds of children playing can often be heard. The
barn was located on Zeck Road between Carlisle and Miamisburg. It
may have recently been demolished. There have also been reports of
seeing a man with a beard, wearing coveralls and a hat, along Zeck