Haunted Places in Lancaster, Ohio



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    Tammi Jo Jean's Cafe

    Lancaster, Ohio

    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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    Mickey's Bar & Grill

    Lancaster, Ohio

    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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    Mudhouse Mansion

    Lancaster, Ohio

    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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    A Georgian Manner Bed and Breakfast

    Logan, Ohio

    13.4 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Clay Haus

    Somerset, Ohio

    17.1 miles from Lancaster, 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

    17.1 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Walnut Knolls Housing Estate

    Columbus, Ohio

    19.5 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Roundtown Players

    Circleville, Ohio

    19.9 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Capital University

    Columbus, Ohio

    24.5 miles from Lancaster, 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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    The Buxton Inn

    Granville, Ohio

    24.8 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Denison University Library

    Granville, Ohio

    25 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Bryn Du Mansion

    Granville, Ohio

    25.1 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Old Licking County Jail

    Newark, Ohio

    25.9 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Old Governor's Mansion

    Columbus, Ohio

    26.2 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Schmidt's German Restaurant

    Columbus, Ohio

    26.3 miles from Lancaster, 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

    26.3 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Thurber House

    Columbus, Ohio

    26.9 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Columbus Cultural Arts Center

    Columbus, Ohio

    27.2 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Ohio Statehouse

    Columbus, Ohio

    27.2 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Central Ohio Fire Museum

    Columbus, Ohio

    27.5 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus

    Columbus, Ohio

    27.6 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Char Bar

    Columbus, Ohio

    27.8 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Harrison House Bed and Breakfast

    Columbus, Ohio

    29 miles from Lancaster, 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

    29.5 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery

    Columbus, Ohio

    29.9 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Oakhurst Golf Club

    Grove City, Ohio

    32.1 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Schrader Road Tunnel

    Chillicothe, Ohio

    32.3 miles from Lancaster, 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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    The Majestic Theatre

    Chillicothe, Ohio

    33.1 miles from Lancaster, 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

    33.2 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Historic Stoner House

    Westerville, Ohio

    33.2 miles from Lancaster, 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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    The Worthington Inn

    Worthington, Ohio

    34.1 miles from Lancaster, OH

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


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    Ohio University

    Athens, Ohio

    37.7 miles from Lancaster, OH

    Ohio University has a few different spots that are said to be haunted: The Brown House is haunted by donor Millie Brown, who peers out a window; also the phantom sounds of kids splashing in a long-gone pool have been heard in the back yard. The Delta Tau Delta fraternity ...


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    Athens Lunatic Asylum - The Ridges

    Athens, Ohio

    38.3 miles from Lancaster, OH

    Featured on TV's The Scariest Places on Earth, the asylum has long been a place of mystery and hauntings. There are 1,930 graves at three cemeteries nearby, all marked with only a number. Research has shown that some of the mysterious dead mental health patients may have been veterans, victims ...


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    Twin City Opera House

    McConnelsville, Ohio

    39.9 miles from Lancaster, OH

    The 1890s Twin City Opera House is said to have been haunted since at least the 1960s, when a janitor wan out never to return. The apparition of a little girl named Elizabeth, age 10, has been seen peeking down from the catwalk and giggling. Another apparition of Everett Miller, ...


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    Harvey Wells House

    Wellston, Ohio

    40.9 miles from Lancaster, OH

    This historic house was a dark history, with a former owner jumping to his death from the upper floor after a combination of troubling equations and a drinking problem. The was refurbished as a nursing home, which closed down several decades ago. Staff working here claimed to see him ...


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    Prospect Place

    Trinway, Ohio

    42.6 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Emmitt House

    Waverly, Ohio

    45.5 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Red Brick Tavern

    London, Ohio

    45.6 miles from Lancaster, 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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    The Corner House

    Warsaw, Ohio

    46.3 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Siesta Motel

    Norwich, Ohio

    46.6 miles from Lancaster, OH

    This motel is said to be haunted by the spirit of an angry man who had been staying at the night there after a fight with his mother. And as it so happened, that night he was the victim of a burglary. The still-enraged man attacked the burglar upon finding ...


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    Doc Henderson's Restaurant - The Castle Bed and Breakfast

    Marysville, Ohio

    54.2 miles from Lancaster, 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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    Warehouse Restaurant

    Coshocton, Ohio

    54.7 miles from Lancaster, OH

    This historic warehouse was converted to a popular restaurant, but even back in the late twentieth century, police and authorities were responding to reports of paranormal activity which happened on a frequent basis. The restaurant is believed to be haunted by a ghostly child and the apparition of an ...


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    Old Sweet Shop

    Coshocton, Ohio

    54.8 miles from Lancaster, OH

    This historic building turned sweet shop is haunted by a whole horde of ghostly children. Staff have heard running footsteps and ghostly voices, but upon investigation, have found nothing. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Wildermuth Mansion

    Pomeroy, Ohio

    56.4 miles from Lancaster, OH

    My family has been restoring the old Wildermuth mansion for the last 18 years now, have had lots of interesting things happen there and sightings too. Hhave seen animals several times in the house as well as seeing Mothman twice flying over the house! Yes twice! In the process of putting ...


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    Colonel Taylor Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Cambridge, Ohio

    57.8 miles from Lancaster, OH

    The people here say that Colonel Taylor and his lady still haunt this 1878 Victorian mansion. Guests have seen both of their apparitions on the stairway, and they may shake the beds from time to time. The ghosts are said to be friendly and angelic, watching over the guests.


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    Cambridge Northwood Cemetery

    Cambridge, Ohio

    58.3 miles from Lancaster, OH

    Cambridge Northwood Cemetery, burial place of congressmen John Earl Henderson, James Joyce and Charles Ellis Moore, is said to be home to a ghostly woman in a white formal dress from circa 1920. She has been seen for a short time before fading away, usually on clear summer nights.


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    Smoot Theater

    Parkersburg, West Virginia

    63.4 miles from Lancaster, OH

    Built in 1926, the now-restored Smoot Theater is believed to be the site of some strange goings-on. Witnesses have reported strange sounds and shadows at night, cold spots, and unexplained electrical issues.


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    Blennerhassett Hotel

    Parkersburg, West Virginia

    63.4 miles from Lancaster, OH

    A wide variety of ghosts and haunted activity is claimed about this hotel with the hard to pronounce name. Allegedly there is a man in grey who haunts the second floor and this floor is also where the elevator makes frequent, unplanned and unasked for stops. Is the ...


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    Parkersburg Art Center

    Parkersburg, West Virginia

    63.5 miles from Lancaster, OH

    The ghosts here are transplants from the former haunted Camden Theater, which once stood on this site. The theater burned down in 1928, and its resident ghosts remained to haunt the land where the theater once stood. When the Parkersburg Art Center was built, the "homeless" ghosts moved right in. ...


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    The Castle

    Marietta, Ohio

    64.2 miles from Lancaster, OH

    The Castle was built in 1855 by attorney and abolitionist Melvin C. Clarke, who died in the Civil War battle Antietam. In 1889, the Castle was owned by newspaper publisher E.W. Nye's daughter Lucy Nye Davis. She and her husband Theodore Davis had two daughters named Jessie and Grace. Jessie ...


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