Lucas County Hauntings & Legends

On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Lucas 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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 Grand Rapids 

Nazareth Hall – Built in 1928 as a Catholic boarding school for boys, mysterious noises are heard and shadows are seen. A figure in the shape of a nun floats down the halls moaning at night. The bathrooms are also said to be haunted. Nazareth Hall stood vacant for some time after it closed in the 1970s, but is now open as a banquet hall.


Chadwick/Link Inn – Built by Levi Barbee in 1837, the inn also served as a general store, post office and feed store. Stagecoaches frequently stopped there for their passengers to shop. In the 1930s, it was converted to a brothel. It is said to be haunted by a woman who can be seen hanging from the rafters with a noose around her neck. A ghostly woman known as the Lilac Lady walks around the restaurant, spreading the smell of lilacs. However, another ghost does just the opposite, smelling like body odor. The inn is also haunted by Levi himself, who loves to drink Jack Daniels.

Fallen Timbers – The Battle of Fallen Timbers took place on August 20, 1794. General “Mad” Anthony Wayne and his men defeated a group of Indians let by Blue Jacket, forcing the Indians to sign the Treaty of Greenville. Thirty-three of General Wayne’s men were killed and the Indians suffered double the casualties. It is said that on certain nights, namely August 20th and stormy nights, the ghosts of the lost souls reenact their bloody battle.

Miami Children’s Home – Also known as the Maumee Children’s Home, this abandoned orphanage consisted of 18 buildings, 16 of which were connected by tunnels. Legend said that some children had been abused at the home and were sent to the boiler room for punishment. Small rooms, possibly for solitary confinement, lined some of the tunnel walls. Cold spots were numerous in the building and there was always a feeling of being watched. The main building’s attic was said to be the most haunted spot in the orphanage. Some witnesses had even reported seeing ghostly children watching them from the windows. The area was razed in 2004 to make way for a new housing development. It is unknown if any of the paranormal activity transferred to the development.

Pine Hall – Two elderly ghosts haunt Pine Hall, one male and one female. They are seen only on certain occasions.

Wolcott House – This house was built on the high bank of the Maumee River in 1830. Now a museum that displays what life was like during the pioneer days, ghostly hands touch visitors and workers on the shoulder. A mysterious figure can sometimes be seen in the corner of one’s eye, only to disappear. Creepy footsteps are heard inside the house as well.

 Ottawa Hills 

Joy Cemetery – The cemetery is said to be haunted by a lake boat captain who limps around looking for his wooden leg.

 Point Place 

Rocky Shore – This haunted rocky shoreline is supposedly haunted by a young female ghost who appears almost every night at sundown. She walks across the rocky shoreline barefoot in a bright white evening gown. It is said that her lover sailed out to the lake at dusk, never to return. She now spend eternity waiting for his return.


Gibbs Bridge – Reports of hearing the squealing brakes of a car, high-pitched sounds, giggling, and the sight of dark figures walking toward witnesses take place at this bridge.

Ravine Park Cemetery – This cemetery is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who is unhappy because her parents couldn’t determine which of her three husbands to bury her with.


Club Bijou – Formerly called The Esquire, the club on North Superior Street served as an out-of-town hangout for the mobsters of Chicago and Detroit. Many murders are said to have taken place in the building during the days of prohibition. A ghost known as Billy roamed the building, appearing in the shadows. There was a pizza parlor that used to sit next to the club when it was known as the Citi Theater. The two Mexican brothers who ran the pizza parlor were said the haunt the club, one being a trouble-maker. The building was demolished in 2007 to make way for the Huntington Center sports arena. It is unknown if any of the paranormal activity has carried over to the arena. Related: Contribution (Credits: Chad, Christopher Tillman)

Collingwood Arts Center – Once a convent, Catholic college, and a retirement home for nuns, the arts center has several ghosts inhabiting its rooms, stairways, attic and auditorium. In the auditorium, a nun can be seen walking down the aisle from the balcony to a certain seat in the theater. She then sits down and promptly disappears. Witnesses feel a very negative and angry vibe when in her presence. A much nicer spirit is said to haunt the attic, spending her eternity sewing. The west hallway in the apartment building is haunted by the ghost of a bride who was left at the altar and later killed herself. One male entity is said to haunt one of the rooms in the basement, appearing in all black. He generally gives off a very sinister vibe to those who witness him.

Commodore Perry Building – The old dance room and old restaurant above the new apartment living areas are said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl. She appears on the steps of the room where a piano still sits from years ago.

Fall Meyer Elementary School – An unused locker room in the school is said to be haunted by the ghost of a basketball player. Unexplainable noises, doors opening and closing, and the sound of a basketball bouncing are some of the common reports of paranormal activity.

Gunn Road – The true story behind this road’s mystery remains unknown, but local legend states that a young boy was killed on the road after being hit by a truck. A chalk outline of his body can sometimes be seen on the road with the name “Chalkie” written in child-like handwriting written next to it. Witnesses have visited the chalk outline during rainstorms but the chalk would not wash away. Some also say bloodstains appear next to the outline. It has been said that if you drive down the road at night, the boy’s ghost can be seen from the road. Furthermore, occult activity said to have taken place in the area several years ago make the entire area very strange. (Credits: Brent Beaverson)

Jefferson Junior High School – Previously known as Whitmer High School, the sounds of a bell tolling can be heard in the middle of the night. The bell has been removed from the belfry for many years. A lifetime janitor of the school known as Oscar is said to watch every school play from the balcony in his afterlife. The seat is reserved for him and he becomes angered whenever someone sits in his seat. He also gets upset when he hears people say they don’t believe in him.

Libbey Glass – VC Warehouse – Years ago a man hanged himself in the exterior of the warehouse. There have been odd happenings since then, such as objects being moved around and thrown, extreme cold spots inside the building, and ghostly apparitions.

Lucas County Public Library – The library is said to be haunted by a female ghost. She can be heard walking on the third floor, which is closed to the public. This is especially true after hours. Her footsteps sound like high heels on a linoleum floor.

Maumee Bay Brewing Company – Originally named the Oliver House, it was built in 1837 with a grand opening in 1859. President Abraham Lincoln was said to have slept in a room there. Injured soldiers from the Spanish-American War were treated in the upstairs of the building. The Pool Room is said to be the most haunted room in the building. The ghost known as “The Captain” is often seen in full uniform. He likes to appear in a particular hallway. There is also a woman who haunts the building, although her origins are unknown. The paranormal activity reportedly soared when the building was renovated. It is believed the place was built atop an Indian burial ground. (Credits: Palmer Saylor III)

McCord Condo – Many unexplainable activities have been reported here. Lights turn on and off by themselves, doors open and close, toilets flush, faucets turn on by themselves, and a dramatic presence can be felt. Electronics regularly have trouble and apparitions have been seen. It is believed the ghost is that of a 17-year-old girl named Emily who supposedly killed herself in the condo.

Riverview Inn – The inn is haunted by a woman who committed suicide in the Summit Bar & Grill years ago. She moves things around when the bar is closed at night. The security camera in the pool area often picks up ripples in the water when no one is there. The ghostly woman is said to knock on the penthouse doors in the middle of the night and often appears in photographs taken at the inn. Reports from witnesses say they have the feeling of a hand on their backs. One of the promotional pamphlets of the hotel is said to have the woman’s facial outline and features in the picture. Her reflection can often be seen in the window from which she jumped.

Rogers High School – Lights often flicker in the eastern half of the school and cold spots can be felt in the east gym on a regular basis.

Sherwood House – This three story house is said to be filled with friendly spirits. One of the spirits is that of a woman who hanged herself in the closet of one of the second floor bedrooms. The ghost of a young boy who died in a garage fire is often seen. Doors are always opening and closing by themselves. It is also believed that the house was built atop an ancient Indian burial ground.

State Hospital – The old state hospital in Toledo was said to have been very haunted. Cell doors opened and closed by themselves and ghosts could regularly be seen floating down the hallways. Shadows of people who weren’t really there were seen. Moans were heard from a room on the second floor and all kinds of terrible things are said to have happened on the sixth floor, where lobotomies and electric shock therapy once took place. The old buildings were demolished in the early 1990s. The Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital was built on the same site, but it is unknown if the building is haunted.

University of Toledo – The Carter West Dorm’s first floor bathrooms are haunted. Water turns on and off in the sinks and showers when no one else is around. It often sounds like someone is washing their hands.

Walker Funeral Home – Mysterious sounds and eerie lights are seen here at night. A former worker of the funeral home who died there from a heart attack is said to haunt one of the rooms. A young woman in a dress is also said to haunt the property. The building no longer serves as a funeral home.

West Toledo Branch Library – Mysterious noises and bumps are heard in the area near the fireplace on the west wall. A ghostly man wearing clothing from the late 1930s to early 1940s has been seen there as well.

Whitmer High School – See Jefferson Junior High School above.

Wolfinger Cemetery – The graves of two parents and their three children line the wooded edge of the cemetery. They all died within days of each other. Ghostly children have been seen playing around the graves, particularly one girl who is about ten-years-old.

Woodlawn Cemetery – A ghostly woman wearing a white dress creeps along inside the cemetery at night, primarily around the gates. It is said that she is looking for her lost daughter. Many have seen her ghost in the daytime as well and have even been asked by her if they have seen her daughter.

YWCA – A little boy reportedly fell from the 3rd story window in the late 1990s and died. Since that time, witnesses have reported seeing the apparition of a little boy wandering around the third floor. Others have reported hearing unexplainable knocking sounds on the window.


Columbian House Restaurant – Several ghosts are said to haunt the restaurant. Cold spots are felt throughout the house and on the grounds, which used to be a tavern and carriage inn. One ghost can be heard playing the fiddle in the ballroom. The ghost of a woman who was supposedly murdered in a second floor room is said to haunt the place. There is also a ghost named Jenny who moves furniture in the upstairs attic, pinches people, and plays pranks on employees.


Whitehouse Workhouse – Also known as the Toledo House of Corrections, screams had been heard coming from the area of the old abandoned prison. Multiple people died at the prison over the years, some were reportedly murdered. Witnesses have reported getting severe headaches or burning back pain while in the area. The symptoms would disappear once they left the property. The workhouse was demolished in October 2014. Related: OES Visit (Credits: Danielle Leach)