On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Ottawa 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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Headless Motorcyclist – Known as the Elmore Rider, the ghost of a World War One veteran is said to haunt the bridge near the end of a driveway. After returning from the war, he found his lover with another man. The veteran jumped on his motorcycle in a furious rage and drove off wildly down a winding road. He crashed either on the bridge or shortly after passing it and was killed. His head and the headlamp of the bike were never found. Since that day, his ghost returns when a single car parks on the far side of the bridge from the farmhouse. It is said that if you stand on the bridge at the exact time of his demise, he will injure you as he passes. If you stand to the side, he’ll pass you by.
Old Stone House Bed & Breakfast – Toilets have been heard flushing on the third floor. A television on the third floor repeatedly turned down after the volume had been turned up. Room 11 is said to be haunted by a little girl who fell three stories out of the window to her death. She often appears as a white mist. The fireplace on the first floor has been known to have burning embers after a period of time when no one was there. Feelings of being watched are common in the basement.
Johnson’s Island Cemetery – This site was once a Union prison camp where many Confederate soldiers died and were buried. The prison was only supposed to house 1,000 prisoners, but it held up to 15,000 at one point during the war. It has been rumored that you can sometimes hear gunshots followed by the screams of agony from the soldiers. Every other year when the Memorial Day parade is held on the island, people have claimed to see ghostly soldiers joining in during the parade.
Dead Dog Island – This marshy area is where local authorities would rid themselves of dead animals and trash. When a home was built near the swamp, an elderly gentleman warned the family that the spirits of the animals would be angered. A short time later, the house mysteriously burned to the ground. A pack of wolves kept the firefighters from reaching the house.
Mon Ami Winery – Formerly the Catawba Island Wine Company, ghost are said to lurk inside this 1872 limestone structure. Legend says a young man had hanged himself from the second floor rafters after a failed relationship. People refer to his spirit as Malcolm, but no one is certain of his name. Employees describe uneasy feelings while in the wine cellars. Disembodied voices have been heard by both visitors and employees. A blue light has been seen by several witnesses in The Chalet dining area. Patrons sitting at table 249 in the main dining area have undergone temporary personality shifts, as if they had become possessed. The image of a man has occasionally been spotted sitting at the infamous table and some have reported being touched by something unseen.