Seneca County Hauntings & Legends

On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Seneca 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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Girton Dairy Farm – The ghost of a car accident victim is said to open the door of his former bedroom at night. His bedroom is now used for storage and is always closed and locked at night, but when the sun rises, the door is found unlocked and slightly open. (Credits: Russell Aldrich)

 Heidelberg College 

Founders Hall – Mysterious shadows and various noises occur in the catacombs underneath Founders Hall. Radios turn on and off by themselves as well.

France Hall – A ghost named Ellen is said to roam the halls, locking students out of their rooms and making strange noises in the attic. Cold spots are felt in the basement and things move around by themselves in the kitchen. Smoke detectors go off for no apparent reason and a mysterious dark-haired woman has been seen.

Willard Hall – The basement is said to be haunted by an apparition that occasionally scares students.


Melmore Elementary – This school was supposedly haunted by at least four spirits including an old superintendent, a little girl, a custodian, and various teachers who died within the school over the years. The ghostly disturbances were greatest when a construction crew began preparing the school for demolition. Townspeople would see the school light up, despite the fact that the electricity had been disconnected and others would hear strange noises.

 Old Fort 

Screaming Mimi Bridge – Legend says the ghost of a woman named Mimi haunts the bridge. Mimi was angry because she was forced to kill her baby born out of wedlock. She threw the infant over the edge of the bridge and went insane. Another version of the story states Mimi was beheaded and thrown over the bridge by her husband on their wedding night so he could inherit her fortune. Either way, it is said Mimi appears screaming wildly if you park your car on the bridge and flash your headlights. Related: Contribution


Train Bridge – Directly below the bridge is a small town cemetery. There have been reports of seeing a light and a train coming from nowhere before disappearing.


Heidelberg College – A location with multiple hauntings. See Heidelberg College above for details.

Ritz Theater – The tunnels beneath the theater is said to be haunted by several ghosts who occasionally makes appearances.

Sunrise Retirement Home – This retirement home was built on the former site of the Schwan Hotel. The hotel had caught on fire years before and stood vacant until it was razed. The retirement home seemed to inherit the hotel’s ghosts, who are said to act up after hours.