Bissman Building -
This warehouse built in 1866 is reportedly haunted by many spirits.
A young girl called Ruthie, a woman in a white dress called
Annabella and a shadowy figure known as the watchman are among those
who haunt the building. Witnesses have also reported hearing voices
and growls, being touched by something unseen and encountering cold
spots. It is believed a murder occurred in the building as well as a
decapitation. (Credits: Ellis Byrd)
Ceely Rose House - In
1896, Ceely Rose murdered her entire family with rat poison for her
true love, who later left her. She has been seen in the house and
haunts it. The house sits on the property of Malabar Farm (see
below) and is occupied by a State Park Ranger.
Crybaby Bridge - This
is said to be where Mary Jane (Bloody Mary) killed her infant son.
Rumor is if you go there the night of the murder, Halloween night,
you can hear the cries of a baby.
Lucas Cemetery - Also
known as Mary Jane's Cemetery, this is where "Bloody Mary" is said
to be buried. She was burned at the stake in the 1800s for suspicion
of witchcraft. The tree she was buried under still stands with her
name carved in it. It is said if you go there on the night she was
buried, the tree will bleed. A noticeable drop in temperature (about
20º) is common near the tree and where the house stood.
Malabar Farm - Many
strange activities take place on the farm's Big House, where
Pulitzer prize winner Louis Bromfield once lived. Lights turn on and
off by themselves, the large piano in the foyer has played by
itself, and some people report uneasy feelings. Guests sometimes ask
if the place is haunted, seeing figures darting around in the corner
of their eye.
Mansfield Memorial Museum
- Built in 1889, the museum was once known as the Soldiers and
Sailors Memorial Building. It included the Richland County library
and a theater. Its owner, Edward Wilkinson, died in 1918 of arsenic
poisoning. Some believed that he was murdered, but it probably
resulted from inhalation of arsenic used in tin work (he was a
tinsmith). His ghost possibly haunts the museum, sighted as a
shadowy figure and making mysterious noises.
Oak Hill Cottage -
Built in 1847 for John Robinson, it was sold in 1864 to the Jones
family of Johannes and Frances. They would go on to die in the home
and now haunt the building. It has such a dark atmosphere that
certain people refuse to enter. It is now home to the Richland
County Historical Society.
Ohio State Reformatory
- This old prison is the home to many, many souls. Reports of seeing
apparitions and feeling definite cold spots are common. Mysterious
voices and footsteps are heard. In the room where the warden's wife
was accidentally shot in the head and killed, some have reported
feeling light-headed and not being alone. Numerous paranormal
television show have even visited the prison due to the many
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
- This is the cemetery where Ceely Rose's parents and brother are
buried (Rebecca, David, and Walter Rose). Many strange sightings of
orbs and energy vortexes are reported here.
Reformatory Road -
Phoebe Wise, a hermit, haunts the road leading up to the prison. It
is said she stood over six feet tall and that she almost ended up in
the reformatory herself. She shot and killed a man named Jacob
Kastanowitz, who was in love with her and stalked her. She met her
maker when some local bandits decided to rob her place. Phoebe's
father had sold the land used to built the prison. Figuring she must
have a fortune stashed somewhere in her house they broke in,
torturing and killing her. They stole $350, a diamond ring, and a
watch. They were caught almost immediately because they bragged
about what they had done in a local bar. Phoebe's ghost can be seen
today walking along Reformatory Road, heading toward Route 545
dressed in colorful clothing.
Renaissance Theater -
This theater is said to be haunted. Cold spots are often felt, even
when it's warm.
Crying Bridge -
Supposedly if you stand quietly on the bridge at night, you can hear
a baby crying. It is said that an Amish family was killed there.
Green Eyes Cemetery -
Local legend says this rural cemetery is located at the site of the
former St. Paul's Psychiatric Hospital that was supposedly burned
down by a group of vandals. It is said if you go near the cemetery,
a huge dog will chase you and green eyes will appear at the
gravesite. The dog disappears when you get closer to the cemetery,
as do the eyes, but then you hear the sound of people screaming in
Sugar Shack - The
wooded area at the s-curve on Shelby Ganges is where maple trees
were once tapped to make syrup. It is said if one goes into the
woods at night, they can still see the 1800s-era shack. If they
return in the day, the only thing standing is the foundation. Legend
says that the shack was the site of a bloody massacre years ago and
that three people went into the woods one night and never returned.
Vernon Junction - It
is said that in 1912, an escaped mental patient was drawn in by the
lights of the power plant, hoping he could find a place to stay and
hide out for the night. A young mother and her two children were
making their way into town, when they caught the eye of the crazy
old man, nicknamed Gruesome Gus. One of the children started
screaming after they noticed the ragged old man, which enraged Gus.
Gus chased and finally captured the woman and strangled her in front
of the young children. After her dead body collapsed to the ground,
the whistles of a train were heard in the background. Gus then
chased the children up onto the railroad tracks nearby. A train
struck and killed both of them and Gus was never seen again. Reports
today state that if you visit the area around the power plant late
at night, you can hear the woman's ghostly voice cry out to her
children to "RUN!" If you get closer to the tracks while a train is
passing, you can hear the faint laughter of Gus, and the tortured
cries of the children. (Credits: Kena)