Black Joe - The ghost
of an old slave who died while escaping the South via the
Underground Railroad is said to haunt the streets of Putnam (a
section of Zanesville) and the building that he was buried under.
Cemetery Road Cemeteries
- Ghostly figures are said to haunt the cemeteries on either side of
the road. They are often seen during the night standing along the
side of the road next to their graves, apparently unaware they are
dead. They disappear soon after they are seen.
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Residence - A home in the 2200 block of Chandlersville Road
is thought to be haunted. A President Kennedy plate has flown off
the wall and into the burners when they were on several times. The
sound of a cane hitting the floor can be heard and when investigated
upon, the sound stops. Attempts to record the sound have failed.
Convent of St. Thomas
- A ghostly nun is sometimes seen kneeling down at the altar in
front of the tabernacle.
Ellis Bridge - This
bridge stands above the northern lock on the Muskingum River. Below
it is a bike path bridge that was once a railroad bridge. Following
the flood of 1913, which killed many local residents, had to mostly
be rebuilt. Since then, mysterious lights have been seen gathered
around the bridge at night.
James Madison School
- Built in the 1850s, this school is supposed to have a haunted
basement. It is speculated the ghost could be that of Black Joe, who
may have been buried there.
Temple Building - This building on 4th Street has a long
history. Built for the Masons in 1903, it has housed two lodges but
also many businesses. Numerous paranormal experiences have occurred
there, including EVPs. The ballroom has much activity; an image of a
woman has appeared, piano music heard and both male and female
voices recorded. Some stories center on a tragic elevator accident,
a possible suicide, and individuals attached to the building. Women
have experienced their hair touched, tobacco smoke has been noted as
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Moxahala Avenue -
Ghosts of Civil War soldiers and escaped slaves have been seen along
this road and on Putnam Avenue.
Moxahala Burial Ground
- In the Putnam section of Zanesville, the cemetery is said to be
haunted by the ghost of a woman named Miss Arnold. She died at a
young age and was buried there. Her body was stolen a short time
later by Dr. Connant (a local doctor) and some of his students. The
doctor's horse handler had found the body beneath a haystack on his
property. When the town marshal went to retrieve the body, it had
disappeared once again. Miss Arnold's ghost now haunts the burial
ground looking for her body.
Muskingum County Courthouse
- Ghostly figures in colonial-period clothing are often seen walking
along the riverfront near the courthouse.
Road Apartments - The apartments in the 1300 block of
Richvale Road are reportedly haunted. Residents have reported seeing
apparitions in their apartments and doors mysteriously open by
themselves. Others have reported feeling cold spots and have heard
strange sounds. Items have also moved on their own accord.
Secrest Auditorium -
Mr. Secrest is said to haunt the auditorium. He is often seen in the
balcony and on the stairs, and is occasionally seen carrying a
ladder. Though Mr. Secrest died in 1993, the auditorium was said to
be haunted before then.
Senior Citizen Center
- The ghost of John C. Hazlett, whose house once stood on the site,
is said to haunt one of Zanesville's senior citizen centers. Hazlett
led volunteer troops during the Civil War from Zanesville to
Stone's River, Tennessee, where he was killed by a musket ball
during the battle. He was buried near his home which was later built
over by the church, and is now the senior citizen center.
Sherwood Drive Residence
- Lights turn off and on, and even sometimes explode, in a house on
Sherwood Drive. The garage door will open and close and a man can be
seen walking around. There was an ever-present cold spot in a closet
and rocking chairs would rock on their own. The first owner of the house reportedly died
Steven Guthrie House
- Ghostly whispers can be heard in the attic of this house.
Stone Academy - This
building is said to be haunted and around Halloween, tours are given
of the building.
Y-Bridge - The
Licking River ghost rattles windows in the homes around the bridge.
The spirit of Doctor Isaac Fowler, whose horse missed the bridge and
plunged into the river one foggy night, is also said to haunt the
bridge. On foggy nights, he is said to repeat his ride to death.
Zanesville Community Theatre
- During rehearsals, ghostly music and people talking can be heard
from backstage. When investigated, nobody is found.