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

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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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

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.


Bloody Mary

(Orig. Published 9/2003)

Below the waters of Lake Erie around the Sandusky Bay lives an old, ugly hag by the name of Mary.   Mary once fell in love with a young man from Huron.  He, of course, was not attracted to her.  Mary grew more obsessed with this man, and continued to pursue him despite his repeated rejections.

Mary soon turned to black witchcraft to win him over. Continue reading

Return to Helltown

(Orig. Published 9/2002)

September 2002:

Almost one year has passed since our last triumphant investigation of Boston Township, or Helltown.  We conquered the cemetery mound with nary a scratch from the tired ghost and his tree-limbed brethren. We traversed the Highway to Hell like skilled navigators.  We escaped the clutches of that anonymous figure who stalked us in the woods.  And the cops didn’t catch us. Continue reading