Haunted Places in Columbus, Ohio



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    Ohio Statehouse

    Columbus, Ohio

    0 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The Ohio Statehouse is a Greek Revival building that houses the government of Ohio. It is said to be haunted by former worker Tom Bateman, whose ghost appears on the staircase at 5 p.m. daily. The ghost is also said to turn lights of and on and move objects.


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    Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus

    Columbus, Ohio

    0.4 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The ghost of a colonel murdered here by a woman he loved has been reported in the tavern. His apparition, which appears as a ghostly ball of light, has been observed floating around the building. Footsteps often appear in the snow outside the tavern when there is no one around. (Submitted ...


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    Columbus Cultural Arts Center

    Columbus, Ohio

    0.5 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This historic castle-like building is believed to be haunted by at least two apparitions. The first is a woman in period clothing who appears in the pottery room of the establishment. She is believed to be a woman who was involved in a public hanging nearby, although why she ...


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    Central Ohio Fire Museum

    Columbus, Ohio

    0.5 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This historic firehouse was in operation till the late twentieth century, when it was converted and restored as a museum preserving fire fighting heritage and artefacts. Witnesses and staff at the museum claim that is haunted by ghostly thoroughbred horses, who have been heard in the museum late at ...


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    Char Bar

    Columbus, Ohio

    0.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This bar is connected to a labyrinth of tunnels that run underneath the city, which is where the historic buildings haunting's stem from. Staff have observed a hooded spectre in black robes in the basement underneath the building, who vanishes when approached. Upon investigation, staff located the entrance to ...


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    Thurber House

    Columbus, Ohio

    0.8 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Thurber House, a nonprofit literary center and Thurber museum, is believe to be haunted. It was the home of Jamer Thurber, author and "New Yorker" cartoonist, and Thurber himself was reported to have had a ghostly experience. Witnesses now have heard footsteps on the back stairs and seen moving figures ...


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    Schmidt's German Restaurant

    Columbus, Ohio

    1.1 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This historic eatery is housed in an old horse stable, and serves up delicious food and some rather interesting ghost tales. The building is believed to be haunted by a friendly former owner, who has been seen in the main dining room and has been known to move chairs ...


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    Greater Columbus Antiques Mall

    Columbus, Ohio

    1.4 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This antiques arcade is haunted by many apparitions, which is not hard to believe as the building was previously a funeral home. The first apparition reported in the building is a tall man in a brown suit, who has been seen walking around, and in some cases through the antiques ...


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    Old Governor's Mansion

    Columbus, Ohio

    1.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The presence of a woman who died in a fire within the historic building has been reported. She appears as an African American woman in a blue dress, and has been seen in various rooms of the mansion. During recent renovations, she appeared to staff members and told them how ...


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    Harrison House Bed and Breakfast

    Columbus, Ohio

    2 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The house here was originally built in 1890, and when it became a bed-and-breakfast inn in the 1990s, the owners found that they were not alone! Spirits are said to haunt the second and third floors, and can also be found near the front door and first-floor closet. Ghosts said ...


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    Mirror Lake

    Columbus, Ohio

    2.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Mirror Lake at Ohio State University has a couple of ghosts. One is a student who drowned there in the 1960s, and is sometimes heard splashing and screaming. The other is a jogger who was killed nearby. The jogger apparition creates a cold breeze as he runs and keeps peering ...


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    Capital University

    Columbus, Ohio

    3.3 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Capital University's Kerns Religious Life Center is said to have a haunted basement. Folks down there have felt unexplained sadness and trouble breathing, and lights are said to come on by themselves. The Science Building may also have a ghost--the spirit of a former biology professor. The sixty-something man's apparition ...


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    Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

    Columbus, Ohio

    4.2 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    At Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery there is a weeping Lady in Gray who visits, leaving flowers on a soldier's grave. She wears a Civil War-era gray suit and has been heard crying.


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    Walnut Knolls Housing Estate

    Columbus, Ohio

    8 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The building is now vacant, and was previously a mental hospital around fifty years ago. There are reports of people hearing loud footsteps in the building, seeing ghostly lights moving around the upper level and having objects thrown at them by an aggressive entity. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    The Worthington Inn

    Worthington, Ohio

    8.8 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Spooky happenings reported here include apparitions, unexplained handprints on mirrors, and the smell of phantom cigar smoke.


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    Oakhurst Golf Club

    Grove City, Ohio

    10 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    A rumor has been going round that a bride fell off balcony in the 1960's, employee's say a woman in a white dress can be seen throughout the building but very rarely. The Upstairs kitchen that is located near the ballroom which is used for events is said to be ...


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    Historic Stoner House

    Westerville, Ohio

    11.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Mystic Nirvana / The Historic Stoner House - it was built in 1852 by George Stoner as an inn and tavern. It also was a station on the Underground Railroad. There was a 'hidden' room in the basement where the runaways would hide out till they could make their ...


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    Red Brick Tavern

    London, Ohio

    21.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Built in 1836, the building has been used as an inn and tavern, private home, and school. Now a restaurant, its menu features, among other dishes, steak dinners named after the six presidents who have visited here: John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor ...


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    Roundtown Players

    Circleville, Ohio

    25.1 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Built in the 1890s as a memorial for Civil War soldiers, this building has housed a public library, an armory, and now the Round Town Players theatrical group. An apparition of a Civil War soldier has been seen reflected in the mirrors at Memorial Hall.


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    Denison University Library

    Granville, Ohio

    26.2 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The 7th tier of the Denison University Library is said to have a spirit, a shadowy woman wearing an old-fashioned dress. Those who fall asleep here, especially men, have been awoken by her hitting them on the back of the head.


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    The Buxton Inn

    Granville, Ohio

    26.6 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    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 ...


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    Tammi Jo Jean's Cafe

    Lancaster, Ohio

    27 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This historic store and an adjoining row of stores are believed to be haunted by a series of playful entities. Bumps, bangs, voices, whistles and missing items are all among paranormal activity reported here. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Doc Henderson's Restaurant - The Castle Bed and Breakfast

    Marysville, Ohio

    27.1 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Although this reataurant is currently closed for repairs, it seems to be a favorite spot for the haunts. Folks here have seen a black shadowy figure and have witnessed an eerie, uneasy feeling in the building.


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    Mickey's Bar & Grill

    Lancaster, Ohio

    27.3 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This historic tavern was formerly the headquarters for an oil company, and at the turn of the nineteenth century, a man was allegedly killed in a machinery accident on the premises. His apparition has been known to talk to patrons in strange voices and he has also been known to ...


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    Bryn Du Mansion

    Granville, Ohio

    27.9 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The Bryn Du Mansion and grounds comprise a fifty-two acre estate in Granville, Ohio. The property is managed by the Bryn Du Commission, a non-profit organization established by the Village of Granville. The organization follows a mission of historic preservation and providing program and event facilities for the benefit ...


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    Mudhouse Mansion

    Lancaster, Ohio

    29.8 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The house is an abandoned private residence, and the owner will sue you if you illegally visit the house without her permission. A white apparition has been seen standing at the front windows of the house, and strange lights move around the upper levels. Ghostly slaves and murdered family members ...


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    Old Licking County Jail

    Newark, Ohio

    32.3 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The Old Licking County Jail building, constructed in 1889, has an eerie castle-like appearance reminiscent of the Tower of London. In its day it housed many a notorious murderer and serial killer. It was here that Carl Etherington, a Dry-Agent Detective, was once held in a cell for his protection ...


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    Clay Haus

    Somerset, Ohio

    38.5 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Clay Haus, a restaurant that serves German and American fare, is believed to be haunted. Witnesses have seen apparitions, heard knocks and footsteps and felt eerie presences.


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    Clay Haus Restaurant

    Somerset, Ohio

    38.5 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This restaurant is housed in a historic building, which was built over the site of a civil war house. During the levelling of the lower floor, the current owners dug out the basement using their hands, and came across many interesting artefacts, which are on display in the main ...


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    A Georgian Manner Bed and Breakfast

    Logan, Ohio

    40 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    At this historic inn, a murder mystery is said to have taken place in 1898. Then-owner John Engle was allegedly poisoned by his wife, who put strychnine in his coffee. She was acquitted of the crime. Witnesses have seen apparitions of a man and children in period clothing playing on ...


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    Marion Cemetery - The Revolving Ball

    Marion, Ohio

    43 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Marion Cemetery is a large one with an impressive World War II Memorial, and it's also famous for its Revolving Ball. It's a large stone sphere that's part of the Merchant Family's plot. In 1896, several small black granite spheres were arranged in a large circle, with a 5-foot-tall granite ...


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    The Majestic Theatre

    Chillicothe, Ohio

    43.3 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The Majestic Theatre, formerly the Masonic Opera House, was built in 1853 on the site of Chillicothe's first bank, which burned down. In 1918 when a Spanish flu epidemic hit nearby Camp Sherman, the theater became a makeshift morgue and autopsy site. It is said that the soldiers' spilled blood ...


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    Crosskeys Tavern

    Chillicothe, Ohio

    43.4 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Established in 1972, the Irish tavern is haunted by a prankish spirit called Harold who likes to turn the lights on and off, move objects, break glasses, and make footsteps and whispering sounds in the basement. Speculators say Harold may be the ghost of a man who was murdered behind ...


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    Harding Home

    Marion, Ohio

    43.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    President Warren G. Harding's Home, open to the public as a museum, is known for its Death Clock and Finch of Doom. The Death Clock, a wedding gift to the Hardings, hangs on the wall above the staircase. On August 2, 1973, at 7:30 p.m., the clock inexplicably stopped. The ...


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    Schrader Road Tunnel

    Chillicothe, Ohio

    45 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Schrader Road Tunnel is rumored to be haunted by a ghost or two. A legend says that a woman put her unwanted baby on the train tracks, and then, in some versions of the story, hanged herself. The baby is heard crying here. But there may be another ghost as ...


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    George Rogers Clark Park

    Springfield, Ohio

    48.3 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    George Rogers Clark Park's Daniel Hertzler House is rumored to be haunted by Hertzler himself, killed October 16, 1867 by robbers. His killers escaped the jail and were never found.


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    Ye Olde Trail Tavern

    Yellow Springs, Ohio

    48.4 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The historic tavern, built back in 1827, is believed to be haunted by an ominous woman in blue. She has only been known to appear to men, and is openly hostile towards women. She has been known to knock objects off shelves and make sinister whispering noises to visitors ...


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    The Corner House

    Warsaw, Ohio

    51.3 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This small, abandoned wooden house at the intersection of the two major roads is haunted by the apparition of a woman in black. Her husband murdered her in the house many years ago, and people driving past have reported smelling burning flesh and hearing the screams of a woman. (Submitted by ...


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    Prospect Place

    Trinway, Ohio

    53.5 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The 29-room mansion built in 1856 by abolitionist G.W. Adams is said to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. The house is said to be haunted by ghosts from its past, and has been featured on TV shows such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures.


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    Brownella Cottage and Galion Historical Museum

    Galion, Ohio

    54.4 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This beautiful cottage houses the town historical society, and is well known for the ghost that reputedly haunts the old building. Although the identity of the apparition is currently unclear, witnesses describe a man dressed in black with white hair who wanders the hallways scaring visitors to the museum. Other ...


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    Big Four Train Depot

    Galion, Ohio

    54.6 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    This historic depot is heritage-listed, and also believed by many to be one of the towns most haunted buildings. The old train depot has played host to many tragedies and notable events in the town history, so it is easy to see where the basis of these rumours lie. The ...


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    Mount Olive Cemetery

    Bellville, Ohio

    55.2 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Mount Olive Cemetery, or Lucas Cemetery, has a ghost named Mary Jane. One legend has it that she was burned at the stake in the 1800s after being accused of witchcraft. Another says she was a Native-American medicine woman, and some folks thought her profession was a mite too close ...


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    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

    56.1 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is said to be haunted by apparitions, moving objects, unexplained noises, voices laughing, footsteps and mysterious shadows. The site has been featured on an episode of TV’s Ghost Hunters.


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    Snow Hill Country Club

    New Vienna, Ohio

    56.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Snow Hill Country Club, built in the 1820s as a home for the Harris family, became a country club and golf course in 1924. "Dinner and a Ghost" events have been held there to introduce visitors to its haunts, which are said to cause electrical problems, weird sounds and smells, ...


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    Malabar Farm

    Lucas, Ohio

    57.1 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield built Malabar Farm in 1939, and the historic homesite is open for tours and wagon rides. It is said to be haunted by Ceely Rose. According to her story, she was in love with a boy who didn't feel the same. In order to spare ...


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    Sullivan-Johnson Museum - Hardin County Historical Museum

    Kenton, Ohio

    57.4 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The Sullivan-Johnson Museum, owned by the Hardin County Historical Museums, is in an 1896 private residence. It is believed to be haunted by former resident Mrs. Sullivan. Witnesses have seen her apparition on ghost tours and heard footsteps or smelled her perfume.


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    Pleasant Valley Cemetery

    Lucas, Ohio

    57.5 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Pleasant Valley Cemetery is haunted by the Rose Family buried here. Legend has it that Ceely Rose murdered her mother, father and brother in 1896 over her love for Guy Berry. Guy lied and told Ceely they couldn't marry because her family didn't approve of him rather than tell her ...


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    Emmitt House

    Waverly, Ohio

    57.7 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Ghost tours here may turn up somethine eerie at this historic house, which has been featured on TV's Haunted Collector. Rumor has it that there are bones buried under the home's concrete slabs, which may be the catalyst for the spooky stuff that happens here.


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    Mansfield Women's Club

    Mansfield, Ohio

    60.6 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    Remaining as one of Mansfield, Ohio's largest and oldest homes, the estate of Mr & Mrs. Henry C. Hedges, is known for its near original 1800's interior and stunning Victorian charm. The home now is the official Club House to the Mansfield Federation of Women's Clubs, was left by widow ...


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    Bissman Building

    Mansfield, Ohio

    61 miles from the center of Columbus, OH

    The Bissman Building, once a grocery warehouse built in 1886, is said to be very haunted; ghost hunts and tours are offered here. Many apparitions are seen here, including a man in a long coat and top hat and a young girl; footsteps have been heard on empty floors above, ...


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