Celebrating the very wicked side of Valentine's Day for those who have a love/hate relationship with February 14th.
Okay, so it's time for Valentine's Day! So. . .this is for all of those who are a little bent, broke, and twisted when it comes to love. Or maybe you're just a little worried you're going to end up alone with just you, your EMF detector, and a couple hundred cats running around your living room. Not to worry. We might have a potion for you to make you feel better. Because you're not alone. There's always a ghost or two nearby. And even if you are alone this Valentine's Day, there are those times it might be better to be alone. You don't think so? Then read below about a few loves better left. . . alone.
Maybe you don't have a date for the day, maybe you just broke up. Or maybe you've got it a little too good. Regardless, have a little heart. There's worse things out there for those who are in love, out of love, have too much love, or simply don't have a soul so they can love. So. . .pucker up and enjoy these less-than-romantic tales of love and lore.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THE CRAZY, SCARY KIND OF LOVE:
Louisa Catherine Fox Murder Site
35615 Starkey Rd Barnesville, OH 43713
Salem Cemetery (Old Methodist Church Cemetery)
Egypt Valley Wildlife Area
Salem Ridge Rd
Barnesville, OH 43713
On Thursday January 21st of 1869, 13 year-old Louisa Fox was walking home with her six year old brother. As they passed a small chestnut orchard near her home in Sewellsville, (Belmont County) Thomas Carr, a 22 year old coalminer who had become infatuated with the girl, came out from where he had been awaiting their arrival along the trail and begged her to marry him. When she told him her parents thought she was too young to wed, he slit her throat with a straight razor, nearly severing her head from her body. Her ghost and the ghost of Thomas Carr have been seen walking in this remote section of Belmont County in the Egypt Valley Wildlife area.
She has also been seen wandering Salem Cemetery down the road where she was buried.
Because Your Girl Has Daddy Issues:
Fort Hayes Arts and Academic
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd
Columbus, OH 43215
Once the Columbus Arsenal, this property was a recruiting and training post for many soldiers from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. Now called Fort Hayes Arts and Academic, it is haunted by the ghost of soldiers who came to the camp including one killed in front of this building by the explosion of a cannon. It is believed that the young dead soldier was wooing a daughter of a captain who disapproved of the courtship. The poor younger man walks in front of the old tower searching for his lost love.
DON'T PUT BABY OR HER FAMILY IN THE CORNER OR ELSE:
Bloody Horseshoe Grave
of Mary Angle Henry—
Otterbein United Methodist
County Road 62/ Otterbein Road Northwest
Rushville, OH 43150
A gravestone has an impression of a bloody horseshoe because a man refused to return a wedding gift horse to his late wife's parents after she died.
James Henry was a young farmer in the region. In 1844, it is said two women caught his eye – Mary Angle and Rachael Hodge. Both were attractive, charming women and James was so smitten with both, he could not decide which one to marry. But at the age of 30, the young man was expected to find a wife and settle down. James was sure he could never decide. But one night while heading home from visiting his sweethearts, he fell to sleep on the back of his horse. When he awakened, the horse was standing outside the door of Mary Angle. James took it as a sign – fate had decided who would be his bride.
So he married Mary and each of the parents gave the newlyweds a horse. Less than a year later, Mary died during childbirth. Henry would recover from his loss and he married again. It was none other than Rachael Hodge.
Everything went as planned in the marriage. There was only one problem, Henry did not return the wedding gift horse to Mary's family as tradition would expect. It was then found that on Mary's grave, a bloody horseshoe print was imbedded in the stone where it still stays today-an everlasting ghostly reminder to all who take romance and tradition too lightly.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTO LOVE TRIANGLES AND THINK THEY'LL WORK:
The Bloody Bridge
County Highway 182
St Marys, OH 45885
During the canal years, the boats were led by men called drivers who would lead the mules pulling the boats along the worn towpath beside the water. Jack Billings was a big, softhearted man and a driver for the Daisy. A more moody man by the name of William Jones led the mules for the Minnie Warren. Both the men fell in love with the same woman whose father named his boat after her - Minnie Warren. A rivalry began for the young woman. It was not until one evening in the fall of 1854 when William's jealousy peaked after a social event both Minnie and Jack attended. Late in the evening as they walked home to the canal, they paused at the bridge to kiss. Little did they know William was waiting for them in the shadows with an ax. In one stroke, he cut Jack down. So terrified was Minnie, she fell backward over the edge of the bridge and into the water below. She died along with her sweetheart. Although the old bridge was taken down, a new one has replaced it. You can still stand on it and try this little trick--To this day, it is said if you peer over the bridge along the canal, you can see Minnie's face looking up at you.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVE:
6455 Ravine Drive
Sylvania, OH 43560
Ravine Cemetery in Sylvania is haunted by a woman who had been married three times. Each of her husbands died before her and when she passed away, the family was unsure which husband to bury her near. She was buried alone.
To this day, the woman has been seen with long, dark hair and wearing a dress, wandering the cemetery trying to account for all three husbands. She has also been seen sitting near the ravine on a headstone crying.
FOR THOSE WHO RUN BLINDLY INTO LOVE (and don't look back):
The Silver Run Tunnel (Tunnel 19)
Silver Run Road
Cairo, West Virginia
1,376 feet long tunnel haunted by a ghostly pale woman. Engineers in the late 1800s and early 1900s claimed to have seen the ghostly figure along the tracks at the tunnel. Legends say she was a bride making her way to her groom in Parkersburg before she was killed near the tunnel. Not believing the story, one engineer vowed to run the ghost over if he saw her at Silver Run. And so, one night he did. That same night, as he barreled down the tracks, people saw the ghostly bride riding the cow catcher on the front of the train when it entered the Parkersburg station.
FOR THOSE WHO LOSE THEIR HEADS OVER LOVE:
Lady Bend Hill
Egypt North Rd on to I-70
Bethesda, OH 43719
An old legend in Belmont County tells that a young woman from Wheeling was riding her horse pell-mell down Old Zane Trace (now National Road and I 70) after a quarrel with her parents. Some say the argument was over the love of a boy of humbler means who lived in Guernsey County just across the state line. Regardless, it was during a thunderstorm, down a treacherous hill and just outside Morristown when one bolt of lightning lit up the sky and spooked the horse. The woman fell and was dragged by the horse to her death. It was said when they found her, she was so mutilated, her head was detached from her body. To this day, drivers along both Old National Road and I-70 (called Lady Bend Hill) at this section are frightened by a ghostly apparition of the woman riding beside them in their cars, searching for her head.
FOR THOSE PLANNING ON BREAKING UP WITH HIM OR HER SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR A VALENTINE'S DAY PRESENT:
Elevator Brewery - One Woman Too Many
161 North High Street Columbus, OH 43215-2402
(614) 228-0500 39.966004,-83.00158
Built in 1897 as a "gentleman's establishment", it was originally known as the Bott Brother’s Billiards and Buffet. It is supposedly haunted by both the ghost of a man who had jilted his girlfriend and the girlfriend, herself. It seems one winter in the early 1900s, a man by the name of Pritchard stepped outside of the saloon and was knifed by his lover. He staggered back into the building and later died from his wound. Immediately after, a search was made for the murderer, but only a set of footprints could be found in the snow. Legend states the murdered man still shows once in a while in the brewery and on snowy days, footprints have been seen appearing out of nowhere near the front doors.
FOR THOSE WHO LISTEN TO THEIR UM, HEART INSTEAD OF THEIR GUT WHEN THE GUY'S (OR GIRL'S) A LOT HOT AND A LITTLE CREEPY BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. IN OTHER WORDS: NO, YOU CAN'T CHANGE THEM.
The Grave of Charles McGill
West State Street and
Athens, OH 45701
The epitaph on the headstone states: Charles McGill “Hanged in accordance with
law” in Cleveland for the murder of his sweetheart. W. E. Peters.
The ghost of Charles McGill is said to walk the West State Street Cemetery. Born in 1850 and the son of a well-known carpenter, he was raised in Athens, Ohio. Charles fell prey to his mood swings, drinking and gambling after his father died. He fell in love with a Columbus girl named Mary Kelly. After four years of not-so-blissful marriage, she ran away because of his violent mood swings. Thinking he might have changed (those who are desperate this Valentine's Day, please note what happens after), she wrote him a letter in 1877, then met with Charles one last romantic eve. . .that turned into a horrid nightmare. He shot her in the face, killing her instantly. He was hanged in Cleveland February 13th, 1879. Now, he walks the cemetery, maybe a crazed idiot looking for more lovelorn girls to spend a romantic night.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE ROMANTIC TRAGEDIES:
Near Combs Park
1001 N B Street
Hamilton, Ohio 45013
Big Reservoir in Hamilton was a huge pool of stored back water from the Great Miami that was used to run a hydraulic system that supplied water power to area mills and shops. It was also used for boating and swimming because of its close proximity to the Hamilton Club. A young couple once met there and not long into the courting, they decided to marry. Tragedy would strike-the young man was told he was dying of consumption. Not wanting the girl to find another man, he rowed out into the reservoir with her and past the last of three bridges. There, he murdered her in cold blood with a knife. Legends tell that the bridge would moan in memory of the girl's death. A ghostly boat with a pool of blood following could be seen on moonlit nights.
Another Good Thing Gone Bad, REALLY, REALLY BAD:
Mae Hummel Covered Bridge (Blue Flame Ghost)
Sugar Grove, OH 43155
The actual covered bridge (moved to a park)
4065 Sullivan Rd SE,
Sugar Grove, Ohio 43155F
An old legend tells that If you stand near where the old Mae Hummel Covered Bridge once stood and call “Mary, Mary, Mary,” the ghost of a young woman who killed her sweetheart will come to you in a misty ball of flames.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE THE JEALOUS TYPE:
Bridge over Sugar Creek
Along Stonecreek Route
1678 Ohio 39
Dover, Ohio 44622
It was called a murder most foul. And she was only 18 years-old, the pretty, young girl by the name of Mary Elizabeth Seneff who was killed by 27 year-old Ellen Ann Athey, her employer’s wife. You see, Mary worked as a house maid in the home near Canal Dover in Tuscarawas County. Ellen Ann, thinking that Mary was flirting with her husband, killed the girl in a jealous rage. Mary’s lifeless body was found on June 15th, 1880 by two miners leaving work. They saw a coverlet floating in the water when they crossed the Sugarcreek Bridge. Later, when the sheet was pulled to shore, the coverlet was exposed to reveal walnut shells, a calico dress, ashes and a partially dressed, badly beaten corpse with rolled up clothing stuffed against the skull.
But Mary’s story was just beginning. She hadn’t been dead and buried a full year before her ghost starting showing up along the banks of Sugar Creek. Many people claimed to see it and it was best described by one farmer as this: I was attracted by a loud splashing in the creek below. Immediately a white form arose slowly out of the water and glided noiselessly toward the shore, beckoning to me with its hand. A ball of bluish light surrounded the head-
Ah, the things we do for love.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, FOR THOSE WHO STILL BELIEVE IN RAINBOWS, UNICORNS, LOLLIPOPS AND SUNSHINE AND THAT ROMEO AND JULIET WERE ACTUALLY UNDERCOVER AND AREN'T REALLY DEAD:
Somewhere near Sandusky Ohio in May of 1860