Monday, May 25, 2009

WELCOME TO FRANKLIN SQUARE

This is Franklin Square, right outside of Salem, Ohio. It is a sleepy little village that you will miss if you blink. My mom lived there for awhile when she was very little. The Green Way Bike Trail starts (or ends) there. That is another thing I want to investigate for ghosts. My mom and I went there to look for a house we heard about that is supposed to be very haunted, even with a demon. It is supposed to be so haunted that no one can live in it. Things move by themselves and screams can be heard inside. We didn't find it.


We did find this little house that is being torn down that is ancient.


It is made of big beams of wood and the oldest nails I have ever seen. I don't know how old this little house is, but I can remember seeing a picture from 1935 of a house being torn down in Salem that looked just like this.




Then we discovered this tiny little grave yard. My mom didn't even know it was there.



It is behind this church. Like some of the other old cemeteries, it is in horrible shape. Some of the stones are broken and sitting one on top of another. Hidden away from the world, this cemetery slowly deteriorates year by year. How much longer will it even be here?












This was possibly once the site of a stage coach inn. It was torn down years ago. But if this site isn't it,







then maybe this building is the actual Inn. It is for sale and in need of some serious repairs. No one that I talked to seemed to know much about it. It is definitely old enough. But is it the old Inn?
If you know anything about this little town, please let me know. If you have heard of a haunted house in this area and know where it is, please let me know. A visit to Franklin Square and the Green Way Bike Trail is worth a moment of your time.








8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimberly,

I grew up in Franklin Square or rather right outside it on Lisbon Road. There was a Stagecoach Inn right where you think it was. It was torn down a number of years ago and will be reassembled in Dearborn Michigan in 2012. I heard this just the other day on a visit there while talking to one of the Wilms who own the nursery. The other brick house you have a picture of was torn down in the last few years and was not the Inn. It belonged to the Dotsons in my day. I heard that it was so decrepit that it would have cost a great deal of money to renovate it.
In terms of ghosts, I never have heard of any in Franklin Square. However, the house that I grew up in and my family still owns did get a reputation for ghostly activities in the last few decades. However, I am not sure what exactly has been heard or seen there.


Johnny Marshall

Kimberly said...

Thank you Mr. Marshall for the information. Is the last house you speak of in Columbiana County by any chance?
My mom used to live in Franklin Square when she was little. She remembers a school being there as she attended it, but it is long gone. They did tear down the red house I had pictured, very recently. I would like to have gone in it, just to take pictures of it so someone had them. I noticed the HUGE crack going down the back side of the house when I looked at the outside of it last year. Didn't think there was much to be done with it. Franklin Square is like Elkton and Negley. Almost gone. At one time they were thriving little towns. At the rate they are going, they will be like CannonsMills and Sprucevale at some point in the future. Long gone and barely a memory.
If you can remember anything else about Columbiana County, please let me know!

Johnny Marshall said...

Hi Kimberly,

My name is misleading, I am a woman--easy to assume otherwise.
The house I grew up in is located on Lisbon Road just past the rails-to-trails pathway on the way to Lisbon, about a quarter of a mile outside of Franklin Square. There is a tenant living there now, but I don't think that he has had any ghostly experiences..?
I don't really know much about Columbiana County as I left there when I was 17. I never heard about any hauntings when I was a child. Sorry I can't be of more help.
I would go in to the Wilms Nursery and chat to the gals there. They may know more about local legends.
I can ask a friend of mine who lives outside of Salem if she has ever heard of any ghostly activities in the area.

Johnny

Kimberly said...

I am so sorry to have made the assumption that you were a man. :(
I have already been to the Wilms Nursery and talked to those wonderful ladies. No one knew what I was talking about as far as a haunted house. And they had no ghost stories.Thank you for your comments though. They actually saved the building materials for that Stagecoach Inn? That is amazing. Linda Bolon, Ohio State Representative, has a daughter who lives up near there. I am going to ask her to check it out for me and see if she can take some pictures. That would be cool to be able to actually see it. Do you know why they are rebuilding it up there?

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimberly,

No worries about assuming that I am a man and no need to apologize. It happens all the time when I am a faceless name.
Yes, the Wilms gals told me about the Stagecoach being disassembled--and very carefully so as to be able to perfectly put it together. She was very amazed about it all. I don't know why. I have looked up Dearborn Michigan to try and find out more about it but haven't found any connect more information. It will be reassembled in Dearborn according to the Wilms gal I talked to.

Good luck with the research. Sorry it took me such a long time to answer this last message. I have been busy and away.

Johnny

Anonymous said...

Hello, I live in franklin sq, about 12-13 yrs ago when I was a kid the house I lived in was absolutely haunted, my husband always thought I was just full of stories when I would talk about how haunted that place is until about a week ago we met someone who's aunt and uncle own that property, he had brought up the subject about that place being haunted without me saying a word about it. So we sat and told eachother our stories about the house. Needless to say my husband believes me now. The house does currently have ppl living in it. It is on lisbon canfield rd, if your heading toward lisbon from wilms shop it is on the left immediately after the greenway trail. Its a big pail yellow house surrounded by woods, there used to be an extremely old barn in back of it but it has since been torn down or fell down. Im actually surprised that the ppl at wilms or anyone from franklin sq said they haven't heard n e stories about this place, cuz there are many! some date back very far. There is even a very old photograph with an apparition of a woman that was taken at this house. Well anyway I hope this helps...

Kimberly said...

You story is not the first I have heard about that yellow house. For a long time no one lived there, or so I was told. More than one person knows about the reputation that house then. Thank you for your help. I hope to do an update on Franklin Square in the next few months and you stories will help a lot!

JT said...

Hello I'm just going to run this all together "sorry" but I'm 40 now we lived in a house "torn down and a newer home built" near 36871-36875 ohio 558 approx 36 years ago and I do still remember several things happening I recall things sitting on the bed at night I've seen eyes at the foot of the bed heard things in the attic like walking my uncle had a stringed puppet that he kept in a stand up dresser and it opened and came out I know this all sounds like a little kids imagination but quite a few years later I was talking with my mother and she says that she's witnessed a mirror flying off the dresser and breaking without touching the items on the dresser she's heard the same things from the attic as I have I'm just throwing this out there I don't expect anyone believing but please talk with the people at the above address good hunting