Franklin Castle

(Orig. Published 12/2003)

Strange voices coming from empty rooms and behind the walls, sounds of crying children, faces that suddenly materialize in the woodwork, spinning chandeliers, cold spots, and mysterious ectoplasm…these are but a few of the bizarre occurrences witnessed by those who have entered Franklin Castle, one of Ohio’s most notorious haunted places.  Continue reading

Edwin Shaw Hospital

(Orig. Published 10/2002)

Currently a rehabilitation facility, Edwin Shaw Hospital was formerly known as Springfield Lake Sanitarium.  The sanitarium was opened in 1915.  It is located on Sanitarium Road (of course!) in Lakemore, Ohio, near the Akron airport. 

The hospital campus is rumored to be haunted by the various ghosts of its former occupants.  In addition, nearby Springfield Lake is the site of strange occurrences–mainly unexplained floating lights–reported by local fishermen. Continue reading

Collinwood School Fire

(Orig. Published 9/2003)

On Ash Wednesday, March 4, 1908, Collinwood’s Lake View Elementary School became the site of the country’s worst school tragedy.  Shortly after 9:00 a.m., and while school was in session, overheated steam pipes ignited nearby wood joists.  The fire spread quickly, and roughly half of the students were unable to escape.  In the end, 172 children, 2 teachers and 1 rescuer perished in the fire. Continue reading

Cleveland Agora Theatre

(Orig. Published 9/3/2004)

Elvis and the Beatles once “haunted” the stage of this historic theatre, but some say real ghosts also haunt the Cleveland Agora Theatre.  If you are patient, attentive and brave enough to venture the dark corridors, catwalks and hidden rooms, then you just may encounter one of the theatre’s mysterious inhabitants. Continue reading

The Ashtabula Train Disaster

(Orig. Published 9/2002)

This tragic event is the origin of the nearby Haunted Chestnut Grove Cemetery, where many of the train accident victims are buried. The accident was caused largely by the collapse of the railroad bridge.  Legend states that the ghosts of the victims return to the bottom of the bridge on the anniversary of the disaster. Continue reading

Akron Civic Theater

(Orig. Published 7/2002)

The Akron Civic Theater was built next to–and over–the Ohio and Erie canal in Downtown Akron in 1929. 

From a serious standpoint, it remains one of the true gems of Akron.  The inside is designed to resemble a Turkish Palace, and is lavishly decorated and sculpted, retaining many Art Deco features.  The theater itself contains a grand, full-sized organ hidden beneath the stage on a special elevator, elevating the organ in a Dr. Phibes-like fashion during  performances.   The ceiling was designed to resemble a sky.  Lights in the ceiling twinkled like stars, and special projectors gave the effect of clouds drifting across the ceiling.  Continue reading

Abbott’s Tomb

(Orig. Published 6/2002)

This legend was first published on the Forgotten Ohio website.  Located in the old Milan Cemetery in Erie County, the mausoleum is said to be inhabited by the restless ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Abbott.  As the story goes, the Abbott ghosts like their privacy and will run off any intruder who knocks on the crypt’s door.

While this site normally covers Northeast Ohio haunts and cemeteries, this cemetery was too good to resist.  Continue reading