updated on May 10th, 2019
Ohio has been touted as one of the most haunted states in the U.S. If you like touring spooky locations, you will love meandering through this Midwest state with your friends and stopping off to see the sights. For devotees of haunted houses, ghosts and other haunted places, you will find a rich history in every part of Ohio. Many of the haunted places in Ohio allow visitors, offer haunted tours in October, and some locations offer year-round treks.
Without further ado, here’s the most haunted places in Ohio!
Franklin Castle, Cleveland, Ohio
This Gothic mansion in Cleveland, known as Franklin Castle, has been called the most haunted spot in Ohio. It has a long and strange history chock full of ghost lore. For many years, tales have been told of lights that spin on their own, doors that explode off hinges and electrical circuits that behave erratically. Some people hear the sounds of a crying baby and have seen a woman dressed in black staring from a window in a tower room. There are stories of murders in this house as well as other dark deeds. If you want your own ghost sighting, take a Franklin Castle tour as part of Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours schedule.
Hemphill Road, Roundhead, Ohio
This building has been reported for strange noises and appearances of a man in a top hat, possibly the original owner, Robert Hemp. It is claimed that he is buried under the front porch. Families have said that the basement stays cold even when the heat is set at eighty degrees and that rooms are never the same temperature. One family kept an open Bible in the house, and whenever they returned home, it was open to a different page- one that was read at Robert Hemp’s funeral. The small town of Roundhead is about an hour’s drive from Columbus, Ohio. Hemphill Road’s house definitely made our list of haunted places in Ohio!
Buxton Inn, Granville, Ohio
Buxton Inn, in Granville, Ohio, is famous for its ghostly visitors. Possibly the first ghostly visit was Orrin Granger, the man who built the inn, in the 1920s. In the 1970s, construction crews refused to work after dark after claiming to see a ghost dressed in blue clothing. Also haunting the inn is Major Horton Buxton, who gave his name to the inn. He operated it in the late 1800s. A former innkeeper, Bonnie Bounell, who died in room number nine, has also been seen by guests who reserved that room. With the added bonus that Buxton Inn is a really cute hotel, it’s a great haunted place to stay in Ohio!
Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio
Also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, this historic prison was built in 1886 and stayed open until 1990. The building has several spots inside that people have claimed to both hear and see ghosts, and with its long history starting as a Civil War training area, it is not too surprising that this makes our list of haunted places in Ohio. Haunted Tours are available for anyone 13 years of age or older, but you must have proof of age.