Thursday, September 10, 2009

The General Store and Hotel in Rogers, Ohio.

Now, this is what I call the wild west. However, this building you will find in Rogers, Ohio. Dennis Smith, from Beaver Creek State Park, said this was a general store and a hotel.

I have long wanted to get pics of this gorgeous building.

Unfortunately I do not know anything else about it. But I am looking. The tallest building, I am guessing, was the store. I love the square, extra high building front. How many times have I seen the exact same thing in an old western on TV?
Who ever owns it has lace curtains hanging in the windows which adds the perfect touch. The long red chimney is on the back of the store section. There is also a beautiful old porch on the back of the hotel side. (Yes, I walked all the way around it.)
I am looking for information on it. Are there any ghost stories about it? I sure hope so. Is it going to get restored? There is a sign in the window that says:
SLATE & BEAM RENOVATION COMPANY. The sign has been there for a while. Not that this building isn't simply gorgeous as it is, but I am looking at it with ghost hunters eyes. The foundation desperately needs attention on the lower side. Several of the windows are broken. There is a huge bee's nest near the big red chimney that is very active. And, speaking of the big red chimney, it needs some help too. The hotel side has some boards missing across the front.
Dennis Smith said he took a black and white photo of this building and won first place with it in a photo contest. I can see why.
If you haven't noticed this building before, it is worth a moment of your time.

More Info On The Little German Cemetery

Apparently, back in the 70's, the man who bought this property had put an advertisement in the newspaper stating what he was going to do with the property and that if any one objected, there would be a meeting and they could voice their concerns at that time. Only two people showed up. So he made the memorial. Where you see the big white building in the back ground is where the actual cemetery was. Human bones were even dug up in the building of this garage.
I am currently working on trying to get some kind of recognition at the very least for the three veterans that are buried here. Though I ask, why would anyone want to build a garage over a cemetery? The little memorial the owner built may have been nice at one time, but no one takes care of it, nor have they for years. It just isn't right. My friend Belinda, has talked to several people and there are some interested in doing something about it. Barb Brown, wife of Salem City Councilman Clyde Brown, is one of them. My new team member, Dave, also did some digging and got a couple web sites to check out about it . I will keep you updated on this story as it progresses.

A Tour Of The William's House At Beaver Creek State Park

The William's House is over 100 years old. Donated to the park in the 70's, it has been a favorite attraction at the park for years. It has been investigated a few times, including by my crew, at least on the out side. But until recently, I had never been in it.
CCFHV went to the Toys For Tots event that was held there a few weeks ago and the Pioneer Village was open to go inside and it is when I got my info about Morgan's Raiders. Belinda and I met with a friend of ours, Dennis Smith, who helped us out a lot last year at Harvest Days. When we asked if there were tours of the house, he said no, but got his keys and took us on a private tour. Thank you so much Dennis. You are the best!!
I was in love with everything I saw in that house. The following are some of my favorites. This old wood burning cook stove for one.

The parlor was elegantly decorated and well kept. I felt right at home.

The downstairs bedroom had the most beautiful bed in it and quilt that covered it.

I have a thing for old fire places and this one was an eye catcher. It is in the parlor. I noticed there was a lock on the door that lead upstairs. I was eager to go up there and have a look in one of the rooms because I have a picture of what looks like some one looking out the upstairs window. I wanted to see if something was near the window that made it look that way. But Mr. Smith said no one had been up there for several years. None of the rooms were even made up for any one to see.

I also liked the personal touches that adorned the place. There were family pictures like this one. The lady to the far right would be Blanche E. Hickman Williams herself. She was born in 1877 and died in 1977. She was the last one to live in the house.
We have heard footsteps inside the house as we stood quietly on the porch outside. We have got knockings on the wall and some really good EVP. The house lends mystery to the park and fits right in with the little Pioneer Village that was built in the 1970's. It is just another element that makes Beaver Creek State Park worth a moment of your time.