Cemeteries in and of themselves can be creepy to encounter—especially at night. What makes certain Ohio cemeteries even more disturbing, however, are the restless spirits and the hauntings they host. The following are just a few of what we consider to be Ohio’s most eerie cemeteries.
1) The Ridges Cemeteries (Athens)
The former Athens Lunatic Asylum, now owned by Ohio University and formerly known as The Ridges, is still home to a few unusual—and extremely eerie—cemeteries. Patients of the former insane asylum were buried on the facility's grounds, and their restless spirits are left to wander to property. Most of the graves are without names, and merely display the number of the former mental patient buried beneath.
2) Greenlawn Cemetery (Columbus)
Many notable locals and Ohio governors are buried at this large graveyard, which was established in 1848. One of the most infamous private mausoleums in this cemetery is the Hayden Mausoleum, located by the pond at the edge of the graveyard. Legend has it, if you knock on one of the mausoleum's doors after dark, some members of the family will knock back.
3) Lake View Cemetery (Cleveland)
This cemetery is home to more than 100,000 graves and occupies 285 acres. Many notable individuals are buried here, including John D. Rockefeller, James A. Garfield and Eliot Ness (who modernized Cleveland's police force but was unable to catch the infamous Torso Killer.) The Haserot Angel (pictured below) is another famous statue in the graveyard for its eerie representation of "The Angel of Death Victorious."
4) Mound Cemetery (Marietta)
Ohio's first settlement in the Northwest Territory is home to one of the oldest pioneer burial grounds west of the Appalachian Mountains. Revolutionary War soldiers, Ohio Supreme Court justices, governors and senators are buried here. The cemetery is also home to a 30 ft. tall Indian mound, which was built by the Hopewell Indians.
5) Woodland Cemetery (Dayton)
More formally known as Woodland Hills, this graveyard also serves as a resting place for several notable individuals such as Orville and Wilbur Wright. Close to the graveyard's entrance, a distinct grave marker can be found (pictured below.) The grave of Johnny Morehouse, according to legend, is haunted. Johnny, legend holds, was a five-year-old boy who fell into the Miami Erie Canal and froze to death—in spite of his faithful dog's efforts to pull him out. After Johnny was buried, the dog is said to have frequently visited and laid by Jonny's graveside. Consequently, when the faithful dog died, a special stone was carved in 1861 to commemorate the dog's devotion. Today, some grave watchers claim that Johnny and his dog wander the cemetery after hours.
6) Spring Grove Cemetery (Cincinnati)
This particular graveyard in Cincinnati is the largest nonprofit private cemetery in the United States. It is also home to unique (and eerie) statuary, including a sphinx and "the statute with human eyes," which was made in distinct likeliness of the man buried beneath it.
What other cemeteries in Ohio are infamously known for the hauntings or unsettling statues they host?