Madison County Hauntings & Legends

On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Madison 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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Red Brick Tavern – Located on the National Road, Red Brick Tavern is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Presidents who have either stayed or eaten there. The tavern is also supposed to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who committed suicide after discovering that her husband had been unfaithful to her. Her ghost has been spotted looking of of a third floor window. The tavern was built in 1836.


Center Street Mansion – The family who lived and died in the mansion long ago is said to haunt the house. Eerie noises can be heard and at the strike of midnight you can hear what sounds like a wheelchair wheeling down the hallway. (Credits: Jeremy)

Old Xenia Road Woods – A small patch of woods located at the intersection of Old Xenia Road and Robert Mill Road, just south of London, is reportedly haunted. Legend says a pioneer family was massacred by either Indians or bandits at the site. People have reported seeing figures running through the woods, both during the day and at night. Eyewitnesses have seen a woman’s ghost wandering in the woods while driving by at night. A house and barn in the woods is reported to be the epicenter of the haunting. Related: OES Evidence Video

Pancake Schoolhouse – Also known as the Selsor Moon Schoolhouse, it is said to be haunted by the ghosts of children supposedly killed in an Indian raid. Some have reported strange lights around the area of the schoolhouse and some have heard voices speaking to them. The cemetery behind the school is also said to be haunted. Related: OES Visit

State Route 29 – A small plot of land between two cornfields near the intersection of State Routes 29 and 38, just north of London, are supposed to be haunted. The area around the plot is lined with trees that led back to where a house used to stand. The house burned down years ago, killing the entire family as they slept. It is said that at midnight on a full moon, you can see the outline of the house standing in the middle of the trees.

Van Wagener Road – This stretch of road near Madden Higgins Road is said to be haunted by a ghostly woman wearing a white nightgown. It is believed that she was killed in a nearby house by her husband, who was never charged. Her body had been found in a well on the property about a week after she disappeared. The woman’s ghost is known to flag down motorists to ask for help. The Madison County Sheriff’s department has even investigated the haunting after receiving so many calls about the ghost.

Wren Road House – It is said that a variety of ghosts haunt this abandoned home near State Route 187.

 Plain City 

Plain City Lanes – This bowling alley is said to be haunted by a former owner, who is often spotted walking across the end of the lanes. The spirit once broke a mirror in the rear of the building and is blamed for mysterious crashes and footsteps heard upstairs by employees working the night shift.