So it’s not surprising that the state is home to several cemeteries with restless spirits that knock on mausoleum doors, guard gravesites and even move headstones. The following are some of Ohio’s most haunted cemeteries, which you can visit with help from this
Google Map that we’ve created—if you dare.
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1. 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 above) is another famous statue in the graveyard for its eerie representation of "The Angel of Death Victorious."
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. The Ridges Cemeteries (Athens)
The former Athens Lunatic Asylum, now owned by Ohio University and 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.
4. Mount Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery (Chillicothe)
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This off-the-beaten-path, rural cemetery is home to the infamous "Elizabeth's grave." Few people take this road less traveled, unless they are in search of this particular grave's headstone, which supposedly moves itself to the front of the cemetery after visitors move it to the back. (There is also some dispute about which headstone is the legendary "Elizabeth's grave," which is often spelled as "Elisabeth." There are two Liz's in the cemetery with detached headstones, one of which is pictured above.)
Regardless, Elizabeth is said to haunt the cemetery because she hung herself from a tree in the area—and is likely unhappy with visitors moving her headstone. (To find the cemetery, follow Union Lane off of Egypt Pike, which turns into a left turn that passes a residential area. After you pass the blue water tower on the right, the road will turn into gravel and the cemetery will be up ahead on the left where the road dead-ends.)
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 above.) 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.
Have you ever been to any of these cemeteries? What other cemeteries in Ohio are infamously known for hauntings or unsettling statues and gravesites they host?