On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Mercer 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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Celina Garden Apartments – When the apartment complex was being renovated around 2009-10, a witness reported an older gentleman inside one of the units being worked on as she walked by around 9 PM. Thinking he was one of the workers, she apologized for interrupting. The man who was wearing a ripped up formal suit yelled, “GET OUT! GO AWAY,” and began to run toward her. The man vanished just before he reached the window.
Homestead Restaurant – The apparition of a woman has been spotted in the restaurant. The women’s restroom door opens and closes on its own.
Dutton House – This abandoned house is said to be haunted by a man and woman who were murdered there in the early 1900s. The woman of the home was hanged from a tree in the backyard. Sometimes a rope can be seen hanging from the tree, but it immediately disappears. Strange lights are seen coming from within the house even though there is no electricity or glass in the windows to permit reflections. (Credits: Brian Hathaway)
Palmer Cemetery – This creepy cemetery is said to be haunted. One of the large monuments is said to glow green, but the glow can only be seen from a certain spot on the road. NOTE: This cemetery is on private property and permission should be obtained prior to visiting.
Palmer Road Crybaby Bridge – There are several legends that pertain to this crybaby bridge on Palmer Road. One states that a man threw his baby off the bridge and killed his wife. Another states the man killed both his wife and the baby before committing suicide by hanging himself from a tree near the bridge. Yet another version says the family was under the bridge when the devil himself showed up, killed them and took them all to hell. Regardless of which version of the legend is told, all of them state that if you stop your car on the bridge, turn off the engine and lights, and roll down all of the windows, you will hear the cries of a baby. A ghost will appear after a few minutes have passed and move through the hood of your car. When you attempt to start your car, it will not start until it is pushed from the bridge. There may be some truth to the legends at this particular crybaby bridge. The OES has visited the location several times and has experienced strange phenomena. On one trip, one of our cars would not start until it was pushed from the bridge. During a different visit to the bridge, we recording a chilling EVP as we were on the bridge yelling, “I will not deny my baby!” Related: OES Visit
Tomlinson Cemetery – Also known as County Line Cemetery, the cemetery is at the corner of Mendon Road and Mercer-Van Wert County Line Road. Local legend says that if one person stands at the center of the cemetery and another walks backwards around the cemetery, the person standing in the center will disappear.
Wesley Chapel – Also known as the Mendon Road Church, it was said to be haunted by a bell boy. Legend said that before the windows were boarded over, you could see hell through one of the windows. Witnesses who knew nothing of the legend had observed a red-orange glow in the basement window. Multiple people had heard mysterious footsteps just inside the front entrance of the church and the sound of pebbles being thrown. Others had actually been touched by something unseen while walking the grounds. The chapel burned to the ground in 2010.