Z. D. Ramsdell House

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Businessman Z.D. Ramsdell’s home was completed in 1858, and rumor has it it was built on the site of an Adena Indian burial mound. It was said to have contained a hidden basement used in the Underground Railroad. Ramsdell died of tuberculosis in 1886, and although the restored house is now a museum, the Ramsdell family is believed to still live here in spirit. Witnesses report doors and lights that work by themselves, the sound of moaning and chains rattling in the basement, and apparitions of slaves.

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1108 B St
Ceredo, WV 25704
United States

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38.3971025, -82.5542188
Wayne County, West Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Ceredo, WV (0.3 mi.)
Burlington, OH (1.2 mi.)
Kenova, WV (1.3 mi.)
South Point, OH (2.3 mi.)
Catlettsburg, KY (2.6 mi.)
Chesapeake, OH (5.7 mi.)
Huntington, WV (6.1 mi.)
Ashland, KY (7.2 mi.)
Lavalette, WV (7.8 mi.)
Cannonsburg, KY (8.1 mi.)

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  1. I grew up across the street from this home and have been through every inch of the place. When James and Jean Ramsdell lived there, they had two children, Richard and Prisclla. Richard and I were the same age.
    The attic was full of old papers that I’m sure have significant historical value. The pine tree in the yard was brought to Ceredo from Maine by ZD Ramsdell.
    In the kitchen, under the stove is where the trap door was located that led to the tunnel leading to the Ohio River.
    We lived at 1131 B street.

  2. paula richards  |  

    I’m a member of TOWVP. I’ve been there a dozen times in the past few years for public investigations t Halloween and training. I have too many xperiences to list but I love talking with the Captain and his family. I didn’t know them in life but have had a lot of fun with them in heir afterlife. We’ve even played poker and ate with Captain and we try to remember his cigar when we go.

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