The Buxton Inn

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Visit this inn and you may meet the ghost of Orrin Granger, the pioneer who built it in 1812. Or you may spot Major Horton Buxton, after whom the inn was named. Major Buxton operated the inn during the late 1800s. Former innkeeper Bonnie Bounell is also said to have stayed on in the afterlife, and appears in Room 9 as a lady in blue. A ghost cat is also here, some say, and on a more spooky note, witnesses have seen something shadowy in Room 7 and also in the basement. Folks have heard their names being called out and unexplained footsteps, and doors open by themselves as well.

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313 E Broadway
Granville, OH 43023
United States

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40.067287, -82.51629500000001
Licking County, Ohio
Nearest Towns:
Granville, OH (0.2 mi.)
Granville South, OH (1.7 mi.)
Heath, OH (4.9 mi.)
Alexandria, OH (5.3 mi.)
Newark, OH (6.1 mi.)
Hebron, OH (7.4 mi.)
Beechwood Trails, OH (7.7 mi.)
Kirkersville, OH (8.6 mi.)
Saint Louisville, OH (8.9 mi.)
Buckeye Lake, OH (9.5 mi.)

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  1. All I have to say is that this place is definitely haunted. I went there before leaving the town for good and had a door slammed on me (innkeeper said it was unusual), Very uneasy feelings from the basement and the upstairs. If you want to investigate a haunted place, this is the one.

  2. Very haunted. We stayed in one of the renovated rooms and it was clean, comfortable and suitably creepy. As I recall, it was the TY MAM house, room #4. In the past, my wife has spotted the ghost cat in the Emerald Room. When I was showering in the morning, I noticed a burning sensation going down the back of my left calf. I looked down and spotted what appeared to be a cat scratch on my calf. I had seen a blur in back of me earlier. My wife also noticed a blur go by behind her in the shower. One of the more haunted places I have encountered.

  3. I actually just graduated from Denison University, which is right down the street from the Buxton Inn. I’ve only stayed at the Buxton one time my junior year (I have to admit I was a little afraid of its haunted demeanor!). However, this just happened to be the one time that I had a spiritual experience. My friend and I were having a late dinner in the tavern when I realized I had forgotten my wallet in the room we were staying in (I believe it was #13). I usually get pretty spooked when I’m alone in the dark, but I figured since I was just running in and out of the room I would be fine. I entered the room and when I went to retrieve my wallet out of my purse, I felt someone tug my ponytail two short, abrupt times. It was so incredibly real, I honestly thought it was my friend who had followed me up and tried to spook me, but when I turned around there was no one there. Knowing me I would have freaked out upon realizing I was alone in the room, but I felt a calming, almost joyful presence around me. I left the room in pure awe and right away told the receptionist about my encounter. She laughed and told me that Bonnie Bounell – the beautiful, blonde former owner of the Buxton – sometimes liked to mess with other blonde girls by tugging their hair. What a coincidence – I’m blonde too!

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