On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Defiance County. Many of these are genuine and documented haunts, but others may be legend or hearsay. Remember, we do not condone trespassing. Always seek permission before entering private property. If you know of a haunting or legend not listed for this county, please submit them through our Haunting Submission Form.
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Defiance County Children’s Home – In operation from 1884 until 1914, the buildings of the old children’s home are long gone. The cemetery is nearly demolished except for a few sparse gravestones. Some say the spirits of young orphans who lived here are still around. Witnesses have reported hearing children whispering when visiting the cemetery.
Dey Road Bridge – It is said that partygoers would get drunk and jump from the bridge into the river below, only to meet a harsh undertow. Legend says this made the bridge a prime location for those wishing to commit suicide. Witnesses have reported seeing bodies and/or faces in the water when looking over the edge of the bridge. People have gone missing near the location and some feel a strange presence there.
Rolling Hills Trailer Court – Now called Fort Defiance Community Court, residents throughout the community have reported strange encounters with ghostly figures. Some residents have reported seeing the spirits of a woman and child on the grounds and others have reported seeing an orange tabby cat with a white left forepaw. Longtime residents believe there is an old Indian burial ground in the wooded area next to the community.
Valentine Theater – Now converted into a church, a ghostly boy was seen regularly walking up and down the stairs to the basement where the restrooms are located. It is believed that he died there many years ago.
Buck Cemetery – Located about 360 yards off a dirt road, the entryway to the cemetery is shrouded by dense trees. It is said that while you’re walking back to the cemetery, you can see a strange light at the end of the path, but it disappears by the time you reach it. Witnesses have also reported seeing an eerie apparition hovering above them upon arriving to the cemetery. The ghost is believed to be Mr. Buck, who is believed to be either a former caretaker or a horse thief who was hanged from a tree there.
Fairgrounds – Shadowy images of animals are seen within the fairgrounds and the sound of horse hooves can be heard on the track. A harness race is said to have gone horribly wrong in the 1950s, causing the death of several jockeys and horses.
Old Hicksville Elementary School – Orbs randomly appear in classrooms and bathrooms in the school. People have heard their names being called when no one else is around. (Credits: Jasmine Jordan)
Village – The entire village of Hicksville is apparently haunted. Witnesses have reported seeing shadow people and full-blown apparitions walking the sidewalks and streets at night. Others have heard voices whispering to them. Evidence of satanic rituals was found in one of the community’s homes.
Sherwood Tracks – A young boy dressed in 1930s attire has been spotted in the downtown area. To the disbelief of witnesses, the boy disappears near the railroad tracks. Related: Contribution