Geauga County Hauntings & Legends

On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Geauga 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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 Bainbridge 

Chagrin Valley Athletic Club – Guests of the athletic club’s library have reported feeling as if someone is watching them. Witnesses have also reported hearing a whip hitting something and the cries of a little girl. The library was an old schoolhouse during the 1800s and legend says a little girl was beaten to death by a teacher there.

Fowler Cemetery – A woman who took a rubbing of a boy’s tombstone at the far side of the cemetery later returned to find the stone broken, so she took a piece home. Strange things started to happen soon after. Partial bodies were seen and scratching was heard in the ceiling. Her husband became possessed and began mumbling in another voice as he staggered around. The woman had enough and returned the piece of tombstone to the cemetery. All of the paranormal activity at her home immediately ceased and her husband returned to normal.

 Chardon 

Heather Hill Hospital – Area C of the hospital is haunted by a young boy known as “knickers boy.” He is always by himself, running into rooms. Workers have followed him into the rooms only to find no one there. Knickers boy has also began conversations with workers and patients. Strange knocking sounds are heard and mysterious smells appear and disappear. Areas E, F and D are also said to be haunted.

 Hiram College 

Bowler Dormitory – A student named Ethel supposedly died in a fire, trapped on the third floor, when the building was an all female dorm. Odd drafts and sometimes an invisible presence is noticeable in the halls, kitchen and lounge. There is a cold spot on the third floor, even during the summer. A few students have seen a mist or weird light in the upstairs halls or front third floor window. The third floor is reportedly kept locked and no one rooms there. Students attribute the strange activity to Ethel. Bowler served as a roadhouse inn for some time, known for their chicken dinners. (Credits: Carla)

 Huntsburg 

Huntsburg Elementary School – It is said that late one night a janitor found a young student who had hanged himself in one of the restrooms. The restroom has been blocked off since the incident, but the boy is said to haunt the hallway around the former restroom entrance. The water fountains turn on and off by themselves, as well as the lights in that area on several occasions.

 Newbury 

Punderson State Park – A lake in the park is haunted by a teenage girl who drowned there in 1977. She has been seen frequently since the day she died, walking out of the lake covered with seaweed.

Punderson Manor House – This house is said to be haunted by multiple ghosts. The tower and older sections of the house are frequently visited by spirits. Laughing can be heard and cold spots have been felt. A bearded man has been seen walking through the walls, a lumberjack-type man has been seen, as well as a man who looks like Teddy Roosevelt. Children are heard and seen running in the hallways. One room got so violent that management had to close off the room with a fake wall covering the door. Pencils have flown through the air, televisions in empty rooms turn on, and rocking chairs move by themselves. Karl Long, who built the place in 1929, reportedly hanged himself in the attic of the house. Night shift employees have witnessed his shadowy figure swinging from a rope. The ghostly image of a man, possible also Long, can sometimes be seen hanging from a rope in the lounge area.