Witches’ Hill (Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery)

(Orig. published 2002) This site is actually located within the Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Olmsted Falls.  The story, as widely circulated among various ghost websites by anonymous sources, goes something like this:  A woman accused of witchcraft was executed and buried at this cemetery. Continue reading

Towner’s Woods

(Orig. Published 8/12/2004)

In terms of creepiness, Towner’s Woods is to Portage County what the Cuyahoga Valley Park system is to Summit & Cuyahoga Counties…but on a much smaller scale, of course.  Classifying this park is hard.  Is it really a haunted place, or can it be written off as an urban legend and tossed into the local oddities bin?   Vague tales involving the spirits of a Native American and vengeful pioneer widow, ghost trains, satanic activity, and unexplained phenomena cloak this relatively young park in a shroud of mystery. Continue reading

Crybaby Bridge: Wisner Road

(Orig. Published 4/2004)

Wisner Road in Kirtland cuts through the heart of Melon Head country.  Drive beyond this bridge on the dirt road, and you will soon find yourself at a dead end.  Look closely, and you will see a foot trail that continues beyond the dead end….and  into the deep, dark woods.  In those woods along that trail, people say, lies the ruins of the original Melon Heads homestead. Continue reading

Crybaby Bridge: Rogue’s Hollow

(Orig. Published 3/2003)

Sprawled across Medina and Wayne Counties, Rogue’s Hollow is famous for its classic tales and legends of mill ghosts, devils, and headless horses.  It’s hardly surprising, then, that this ghost town also happens to have its own crybaby bridge.  Continue reading

Helltown!

(Orig. Published 3/2002)

(Summit County, Ohio).   Hundreds of individuals have reported widespread violence, murder, stalking, wild animal attacks, satanic worship and other occult activity, and unexplained (possibly supernatural) phenomenon isolated within and around Boston Township, Bath, Sagamore Hills and Peninsula.  Continue reading

Top ‘O The World

(Orig. Published 3/2002)

This is truly one of the creepiest “haunted sites” in the area. It is situated on top of a hill off of Bath Road and is part of the Hampton Hills park owned and maintained by the Akron Metroparks.  It is comprised of a farmhouse, outbuilding and barn.

While stories about this place vary, what most have in common is the appearance of a black, shadowy figure that menaces persons who venture in or around the property.

According to legend, this property was once owned by a farmer and his family, who were brutally murdered by a satanic cult.  Another variation of the story has the farmer murdering his wife and two children.  The farmer then hung himself in the barn.  Some elements of this story overlap with the Legend of the Seven Barns. 

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The Melonheads

(Orig. Published 4/2004)

DISCLAIMER: Not an actual Melonhead.

These big-headed children have been rumored to roam the woods surrounding Wisner and King Memorial Roads in Chardon.   They only come out at night and seem to be incredibly shy, often running away from from others who spot them.   

Some believe these children were victims of freak medical experiments conducted by a Dr. Crow (or Crowe), who injected their heads with water or chemicals.

Another version of the story explains that the children’s maladies were birth defects caused by Mr. Crowe’s exposure to radiation during his work as a government scientist. The children later died and were buried in secret graves somewhere within the woods. 

Are they ghosts?  Or are they living descendants of The Melon Head Family, who continue to live in seclusion?

Interestingly, there is a cemetery nearby called King Memorial Cemetery.  While it does not appear that Dr. Crow is buried here, there is a marker for a gentleman by the name of CROWER.

Even if they did exist at one time, it’s hardly likely that they can still be found in this area. Massive real estate development here is largely to blame.  As of February 2002, there seems very little in the way of “woods” along King Memorial Road.  Needless to say, no Melon Heads were found.  Perhaps they relocated elsewhere.

MORE MELON HEAD GOODIES:To see photographs and read about additional legends and our 2004 exploration of Wisner Road, check out the Wisner Road section on the Crybaby Bridges page.

Check out Creepy Cleveland’s Melon Heads page for some truly amusing testimonials and comments on the Melon Heads.

 

7/8/02: Think the melon heads are unique to this area?  Guess again.  Here’s  a similar tale arising out of Connecticut, as told by LadyWilde21nospam@aol.com:

The whole melon head story was interesting to me because growing up here in CT, my father would often scare my sister and I with a story about the melon heads.  His story changed often, but the ones I remember best concerned the melon heads being people that were horribly deformed after years of inbreeding and another having been escaped mental patients who had horrible experiments done on them that left them with large soft heads and a hunger for human flesh…I know my dad told sick stories. lol.  However, I find it odd that you mentioned a similar tale being told in a different part of the country.  To me it sounds like urban legend more than fact.