Ohio's Historic Haunts: Investigating the Paranormal in the Buckeye State

Ohio's Historic Haunts: Investigating the Paranormal in the Buckeye State

by James A. Willis


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Ohio's premier paranormal researcher looks for the spirits behind the stories

Many of Ohio's historically significant locations have developed a reputation for being haunted. While it might be almost impossible to prove the validity of the paranormal tales that surround them, one thing is clear: ghost stories help to keep history alive. But the questions remain: How did these stories get started? More important, are any of them tied directly to actual historic events? And do any facts support the ghost lore?

Rather than rely on second- and third-person accounts, author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis sat down with the owners, employees, and patrons of Ohio locations that are said to be haunted - the Arts Castle in Delaware, the Fairport Harbor Marine Museum, the Haunted Hydro in Fremont, Loveland Castle, the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, the Zanesville Community Theatre, and many others. After conducting more than 200 hours of one-on-one interviews, Willis was able to piece together unique histories for each location, including eyewitness accounts from people who believed they experienced paranormal activity.

But Willis wasn't content to stop with first-person accounts. He also brought high-tech "ghost-hunting" equipment into each location and spent a night attempting to collect empirical data to see if he could experience a paranormal encounter himself. What were the results of these vigils? You'll have to read the book to find out! Come along on a journey with Willis as he travels to the crossroads where history and folklore collide, and visit the fascinating Ohio locations where the past comes alive - in more ways than one!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606352601
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 1,194,692
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

James A. Willis has been chasing after all things strange and spooky for over 30 years, most recently with his organization, The Ghosts of Ohio. When he wasn't trying to coax the boogeyman out from under his bed for a photo shoot, Willis found the time to author over a dozen books, including The Big Book Of Ohio Ghost Stories, Haunted Indiana, and Weird Ohio. Willis currently resides in Galena, Ohio, with his wife and daughter, two narcoleptic cats, and one Queen-loving parrot.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Equipment Used 4

The Locations

Northwest Ohio

The Haunted Hydro-Fremont 13

Sullivan-Johnson Museum-Kenton 31

Merry-Go-Round Museum-Sandusky 44

Northwest Ohio Literacy Council-Lima 58

Oliver House-Toledo 73

McKinnis-Litzenberg House-McComb 90

Northeast Ohio

Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County-Steubenville 107

Fairport Harbor Marine Museum-Fairport Harbor 120

Anna Dean Farm-Barberton 131

Farnam Manor-Richfield 143

Central Ohio

Ohio State Reformatory-Mansfield 163

Bissman Building-Mansfield 186

Delaware Arts Castle-Delaware 205

Southwest Ohio

Loveland Castle-Loveland 219

Westwood Town Hall Recreation Center-Cincinnati 239

Inn at Versailles-Versailles 252

Museum at the Friends Home-Waynesville 268

Southeast Ohio

Zanesville Community Theatre-Zanesville 287

Clay Haus-Somerset 303

Twin City Opera House-McConnelsville 323

Warehouse Steak N' Stein-Coshocton 344

Conclusions 359

Acknowledgments 362

Bibliography 364

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