Submission: Riverside Cemetery

Orig. Published 2/24/03:  Here’s a particularly chilling submission by Russell, who has also offered two pictures he took of Riverside Cemetery’s chapel this past summer (see below).   

I lived around Riverside Cemetery when I was a kid and used to play there before they built I-71.  My brother and I have always witnessed strange sounds/sights there when we were younger.  We have since moved away to Lorain county, but both my parents and my two brothers are buried there and I visit a few times a year. Continue reading

Crybaby Bridge: Crystal Springs

(Orig. Published 8/2003)

This creepy-looking iron bridge can be found just outside of Canal Fulton in the small town of Crystal Springs.  It stretches over the Tuscarawas River and lies next to railroad tracks that run alongside the river.  Continue reading

Crybaby Bridge: Abbeyville Road

 (Orig. Published 3/2003)

Not far from the Witch’s Ball, along Abbeyville Road near Medina, is this crybaby bridge, barely noticeable from the road.  Legend states that in the 1950’s, a young girl, in a desperate attempt to hide her pregnancy, threw her newborn baby into the river below.

It is said that if you visit the bridge at night, you will soon hear the baby’s gurgling cries. Continue reading

Seven Barns

(Orig. Published 3/2002)

Within the Cuyahoga Valley area, there were once seven barns owned by a rich farmer who had seven children.  The farmer went mad and butchered his family and livestock.  He buried his wife and children in six of the barns. 
He then hung himself from the rafters of the seventh barn.   Continue reading

Witch’s Grave (Kirtland)

(Orig. published 9/2005)

They say that deep in the heart of mysterious Mormon country in Kirtland, a mysterious grave exists at the side of a rural road. Supposedly, it is the grave of a witch executed by local townsfolk in the early 1800’s. If you are lucky enough to find the grave, and even braver still to approach it, something *strange* happens:

If you stare at the grave, turn your back to it, then turn around again, the grave will move closer to you.

Is this another urban legend or is there some truth to this old piece of lore? Continue reading

Swift’s Hollow (aka Gore Orphanage)

(Orig. Published 2002)

In the late 1800’s, there once stood a place in Vermilion called Gore Orphanage.  The orphanage was run by Old Man Gore, who frequently abused and mistreated the children in his care.  Many believe that he killed some children, burying them in and around the orphanage.  One evening, a young boy accidentally set a fire in one of the dorms.  Rather than help the children escape, Old Man Gore abandoned the building, leaving scores of helpless children behind to burn to death.Today, all that remains of the orphanage is the foundation, as well as some sandstone pillars.  The ruins can be found along a trail off Gore Orphanage Road.  

If you wander here at night, you can still hear the crackles of the fire and the terrified screams of the dead children.  Wander further back in the woods towards the river, and you will find the tombstones of the other dead children glowing red like embers.

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