The Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Ohio

Most Haunted Places In Ohio
Most Haunted Places In Ohio

Are you ready to explore the most haunted places in Ohio? Ohio means  “great river.” You will surely enjoy traveling around Ohio when you are familiar with its haunted places. Ohio is a very nice and wonderful place to live. Just like other places in the world, Ohio has its own places of wonder and full of mysteries. Your travel through Ohio would definitely be more exciting and more challenging if you visit these places. These stories will surely scare you, but it is really up to you to believe them. Some people would not really come near any of these places due to the fact that these ghosts stories or these ghosts will actually scare anyone and everybody who come to the place.  Aside from these great places of wonder, there are also other amazing things that you will see in this place.


10. Mudhouse Mansion

Mudhouse Mansion
Most Haunted Places in Ohio: Mudhouse Mansion

This mansion is located in Fairfield County, Ohio, just east of the city of Lancaster.  This mansion is already abandoned,  it has developed a reputation as a haunted house. The story that really frightened most of the people is about a slave who dug himself free and killed the entire family. Another horror story is the mass-murder of a more recent family who lives in the mansion. This house is haunted by a woman who killed her children.

Old Xenia Road Woods
Most Haunted Places In Ohio: Old Xenia Road Woods


9. Old Xenia Road Woods

This is a patch of woods at the corner the Old Xenia and Roberts Mill Road, just south of London,  known as one of the haunted places in Ohio. The people driving at night  saw a woman’s ghost walking aimlessly among the trees. This made the place creepy and very scary. You better not  travel at night in this place, especially when you are alone.



8. Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek
Most Haunted Places In Ohio: Beaver Creek

This creek is located in and near East Liverpool, some people called it a ghost town. This is the largest haunted site in the State. There are lots of creepy and scary stories about this creek. One of the builders’ daughters of the canal is the one that haunts the place. It is said that her ghost still wanders the canal crying because she still wants to join her mother who was buried in this place. This site is one of the most haunted places in Ohio.


7. Mansfield Reformatory

Mansfield Reformatory
Most Haunted In Ohio: Mansfield Reformatory

This reformatory is really amazing, it is made up of three architectural styles. Aside from that extravagant structure, there are also some interesting stories and events that happened in Mansfield Reformatory.  This is one of the most haunted places in Ohio because of the ghosts’ events that happened in this place. There are ghosts that are moving all over this place.


6. Lima Tuberculosis Hospital

Lima Tuberculosis Hospital
Most Haunted Places In Ohio: Lima Tuberculosis Hospital

Abandoned places are actually one of the best spots where ghosts can freely move all over the place. Lima Tuberculosis Hospital is one of those abandoned places in Ohio that is haunted by ghosts. The legend says that there are ghosts of tuberculosis victims, they will follow you on your trip through the hospital and always remain a few steps behind you. You cannot really see them but you can definitely feel their presence. These are just few of the scary but true things that are happening inside this abandoned building.


River Styx Bridge
Most Haunted Places In Ohio: River Styx Bridge

5. River Styx Bridge

Strange events happened near and on the bridge since the March 22, 1988 indecent happened. During this time, an engineer named Alexander Logan ran a train at 80 hours per minute along Erie road near the River Styx bridge. Unfortunately, the engine mysteriously jumped its tracks, roll over and crushed engineer to death. No one ever discovered the reason why the accident happened. It was few days after when they found the body of the engineer. It was reported that some people heard screams from River Styx bridge.


The Higginsport School
Most Haunted Places in Ohio: The Higginsport School

4. The Higginsport School

This is the Higginsport’s old public school that has lots of architectural relics from the era which still stand in town along the river. This Higginsport School became one of the most haunted places in Ohio because of the strange voices that are heard inside the school. It is said that there was a man burned badly by the boiler and died in the basement. This school has not been used for most of the year.



Elizabeth Grave, Mt. Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Most Haunted Places in Ohio: Elizabeth Grave, Mt. Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery

3. Elizabeth Grave, Mt. Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery

This is about Elizabeth’s Grave which is located in the Mount Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery. According to the legend, a tombstone of a woman named Elizabeth will move through different locations within the cemetery. There are several variations of the story. One said that Elizabeth hang herself from a tree located in the rear of the cemetery. There are still other creepy stories about this woman. This cemetery is one of the most haunted places in Ohio.



2. Franklin Castle, Cleveland

Franklin Castle, Cleveland
Most Haunted Places In Ohio: Franklin Castle, Cleveland

Franklin Castle is a historical house located at 4308 Franklin Boulevard in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighbourhood. This house is known to be one of the most haunted place in Ohio. There are lots of ghosts in this house. Several tragedies and scary things happened inside this house. There is a pile of baby skeletons that was found in a small room of the house. There are also other terrifying events that would surely frighten you.


1. Swift’s Hollow, Vermilion

Swift’s Hollow, Vermilion
Most Haunted Places in Ohio: Swift’s Hollow, Vermilion

The horror stories that are moving around will surely makes you scream. Swift’s Hollow was actually named after the mansion owner, Joseph Swift.  This place was called Gore orphanage when it was run by Old Man Gore. He abused and mistreated the orphans. It was believed the he killed some children and buried them in and around the orphanage. When there was a fire, instead of helping the children, he just let the children suffer and die. The ghosts of these children are actually haunting the place, this place is one of the most haunted place in Ohio.



43 thoughts on “The Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Ohio”

  1. They are all really creepy and they are all very wonderfull stories that I think are true…the one that stands out to me is the river Styx bridge because it is a insolved mystery how the train all the sudden just went off the track and flipped over and crunched the engineer and another one that stands out to me is beaver creek how the girl goes around beaver creek to try to find her mother and how when you can still hear her crying at night because she can not find her mother I think it is just interesting that u can still hear her crying at night

  2. This list is wrong! Mansfield Reformatory is #1. Swift Mansion is in the top 10, but not 1. Where’s The Ridges Lunatic Asylum/ TB Hospital?

  3. I grew up in Monroeville, Oh I remember people telling goats story’s about Gore Orphanage Rd. they told the most outrageous tales, and my Dad disputed & said there was never an
    Orphanage on that Rd. I guess he was right now what if anything can you tell me about “Blue Bridge”?

  4. Exactly how much time did it require u to publish “The Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Ohio”?
    It has got plenty of superior knowledge. With thanks -Nicki

  5. you lose a lot of credibility when all you say is “this place is actually really haunted” about 30 times. You barely explain any of the actual stories about the place. Im going to take your word on this, but next time word it a little different.

  6. I have lived in this area all my life and have been to elizabeths grave the chill is always with you nobody knows the exact location of her burial plot many believe to take a piece of the tombstone will bring uou harm and an unwanted haunting

  7. How about the train wreck in December of 1876 in Astrabula. The bridge collapsed and the two men that built the bridge felt guilty and they both committed suicide. They say that bridge is haunted till this day.

  8. I agree with Jeremy, you really didn’t give very much information about each place. Though I don’t think that these were put in order of scariest, just listed. I know a friend that went to Mansfield and she was standing in front of a cell, and she felt a burning sensation on the back of her leg. She looked down, and it was a red mark, and it looked like a handprint! She had nightmares for weeks, so Mansfield I know wont disappoint!

    1. Most of these places would be considered trespassing. I heard that the people that own the mud house have a night time security guard that watch’s over it. I have been to the loan th hospital before did not see or feel anything. There are we’re street plates over the stairs to prevent you from going up. The only thing that worried me was running into a crack head that needs there fix. It is in a hidden spot and I could not see the lima cops going back there to look for someone. Unless that have the entire squad with full tactical gear on

  9. Gore Orphanage is not true, I grew up there…have been there, Orphanage was there but no one was ever hurt, the building burndt down and I do believe just the foundation is still there, its just scary at night cuz its night!

  10. Mudhouse Manor is also Called Hopewell Mansion, or Trinway Mansion. Been there before and it is rather creepy yet beautiful at the same time. One other place you can look into is Moonsville tunnel. Out in the middle of nowhere, have to walk forever to get to and you’ll get this strange feeling if you stand next to “it”. Batteries in any camera or phone will do dead before you grt halfway down it and the air is thick and hard to breathe

    1. This is not the same thing. The pic shown is not Trinway mansion (also known as Prospect Place). Mudhouse Manor is in Fairfield County. Trinway is nowhere near that…it’s in Muskingum County. Def not the same house. I’ve spent the night at Trinway (totally not haunted by the way), and it has a large barn next to it, and is not run down, and has full time people living in it and very happy to take your money to stay there!! Nasty place filled with cheesy cheap things bought from thrift stores (owner even told us that) and some very badly painted paintings on the wall meant to look old. Don’t waste your money on that place.

  11. I’ve lived in Beaver Creek area my whole life. There are MANY areas of the creek that have hauntings. Lanterman’s Mill; Gretchen’s Lock; etc. Gretchen is the little girl you mention. Her mother & little brother were lost at sea on a return trip from England. Gretchen & her father survived, though Gretchen died very young. There was a lumber mill nearby the lock that had many men leave because they couldn’t stand to hear the little girl crying. A friend of mine had taken some pictures along one of the trails where it’s reported to be a “hanging tree”. He developed the pics and was amazed to find a Native American swinging from the tree and several early settlers watching. They were translucent (you could see through them). Not a photography trick, there was no one there when he snapped the pic & the branch the Native American was hanging from is actually just a stump of a branch. If you want a tour of the “favorite haunts” come for the Ghost Walk around Halloween!

  12. Cool article, although like others, I wish you had elaborated on the horror stories… Also, you forgot to mention The Golden Lamb in Lebanon… My nieces and I actually saw the ghost of a lady sitting by a window in one of the rooms, and were able to get a picture… Legend has it that she is waiting there for her boyfriend to come home to her from the war… Totally cool and worth being mentioned on the list

  13. Your story about Swift mansion is completely wrong. There was no orphanage there and no fire where children were killed. The only orphanage in the area was Light of Hope, which was a mile away from here. Gore Rd was the original name of the road and refers to the surveyor’s error in a gore (a narrow strip of land) along this road. The foundation stones belong to the former Swift Mansion. The Wilber family lived in Swift mansion and lost three children to a local diphtheria epidemic. It is not haunted.

  14. Swift’s hollow and Gore’s orphanage are both completely debunked. I grew up and still live in the area. The orphanage burned down years after it was closed. There was no one in it when it happened. The stories of the Gore’s mistreatment of orphans is complete hindsight malarkey. All of the orphans who lived there had nothing bad to say about their treatment or complained of any abuse or mistreatment. I knew an older man who’s father was formerly a resident at the orphanage. His father had nothing but nice words for the Gores and their kindness. The orphanage only closed due to financial problems. The foundations of the old building is still there. It is heavily monitored by local police and all the residents nearby. It is situated at the end of a long one lane road with no exit. So anyone travelling on that road is noticed. Despite the many tales I heard as a kid… the stories dont match the hype.

  15. Good article, but needs more information. I’d say to visit Concerning Mudhouse mansion, it’d be advisable for people to not trespass on the property. The owner will and does prosecute trespassers. As well, the area is patrolled by police.

  16. As for Gore orphanage there was an orphanage there however it had been shut down by the time the fire occurred there are no children that were ever burned in the fire. Please do better research.

  17. i have been to the tb hospital in lima probably 50 times and it is creepy. especially out in the crematoriam. I would not suggest going there any longer though. The police check it out all the time because the building is no longer safe with the floors caving in on each other.

  18. Most people don’t know about Salem house. its an old farm house near Marion. there is a story bout bloody farming equipment with fresh blood even though the place has been abandoned for years. worth lookin into

  19. Mansfield Reformatory is definitely a must if you like creepy and historic. I’ve spent the night there in the dark with a fellow group of ghost hunters, and the inhabitants were communicative and got a little touchy feely. The place is great for catching orbs in photographs, and is worth the trip. Not to mention the fun fact that Shawshank Redemption was filmed there and it’s cool to recognize all the rooms from the movie. The only downside is all the peeling lead paint in parts of the building, but we were assured that it was safe. Mansfield is a must see haunted Ohio treat!

  20. I read more about Mudhouse Manor on Forgotten Ohio. As a realtor, interior decorator and historical buff, I find it appalling that the owners would let this home get into this state of disrepair and not sell this home to someone who could and would be willing to restore this Grand Lady back to her original state, or as close to it, or even better. This is a shame and there should be some recourse to enforce them to do this. What a waste, as grand Victorian homes are getting harder and harder to come by, but to just sit by and let this purposely rot without care or concern? Maybe this isn’t true, I don’t live in the area, but if it is, shame on the owner. I think they have a screw loose to be taking shots at people, calling the law – it’s a creepy obsession, if true. I can understand wanting to keep trespassers at bay for their own safety, but to go after anyone just on the road (public)? And, if they aren’t going to restore it, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to sell it and a small portion of the land to someone who could show this home some respect once again? I don’t get it. Whether it’s haunted or not, this grand beauty in it’s day, deserves to be restored.

  21. I am just getting started in ghost hunting and i enjoy everyones input but seeing is believing am i right so i will deffinately take in what everyone has said and again i like the feed back everyone gives but i will have to call bs until i c it for myself..

  22. What about Franklin Castle, I never heard no was any paranormal investigation. I live in a area for 35 years, when I was drive I was pass from a castle million times, but never was know was haunting, until around ten years ago. I will like make investigation, but with no equipment and alone I don’t thing get a permission, but I don’t who own now. I live now around one mille and half from a Castle, also Cleveland became to danger be out side in a night, and this area are to hot. If any group some in a future plan doing a investigation I will like go to.

  23. I grew up in Chillicothe Ohio, where Elizabeth’s grave is. F you visit it at night it is very creepy and a very uneasy feeling comes over you. I didn’t have a good experience there. And know a lot of people who have had the same thing happen to them there.

  24. I had never believe in ghosts before and thought the idea of them was the stupidest thing ever until I had a very creepy encounter at the abandoned mental hospital aka the ridges in Athens Ohio. Do some research on the place if you ever get a chance. If the idea of a mental hospital that’s a hundreds of years old doesn’t have haunted written all over it try the hundreds of graves behind the hospital that are un-named and only have numbers on them

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