Sunday, December 29, 2013

Was Confederate General Robert E. Lee Dead In This Photograph?

I have seen this picture many times.  I love looking at old photographs, especially when it is of someone so famous.  This is Robert E. Lee, the most famous Confederate General of the Civil War.  There are many pictures of him out there.  This is reported to be the last picture of him in his Civil War Uniform.  I believe he was dead when this picture was taken..  You can see the stand behind his feet, also called a dead clamp, that may be holding him up.  I can't say for sure about it, but his hands are also clamped shut, which is another tell tale sign.  Opinions?  I find this practice fascinating and I look at old pictures a lot more closely now than I did before. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Investigate the Rogers House Before We Start Bringing Things In....

We will be having public investigations over the next three months at the Rogers House.  It has its own ghosts for sure! Starting in April we will be introducing different items into the house that may be haunted.  We have the Lisbon Tree Baby Doll and we are working on getting the Coffin the East Liverpool Jaycees use in their haunted house.  This coffin has been used to show those dearly departed that chose to be cremated.  Dozens of the dead have laid in this coffin and it will be interesting to see if it is haunted in any way.  Many people in the Jaycees feel it is!  Were you ever one of the victims they laid in this coffin over the years?  We are working to have the coffin from May through August for any teams investigating the Rogers House over the summer.
We have some haunted furniture and jewelry coming as well and a few more haunted dolls.  This will be your opportunity to investigate haunted objects as well as a haunted house.  Expect the items to change about every 4 months.   
The public investigations are $25 per person and will run from 9pm to ???.    The first public investigation is Jan 17 and 18.  Be the first to investigate the house and have your picture hanging on the wall for all to see in the years to come.
There will be a mirror room, a family death portrait room and Emily's room in the attic. to explore as well as the others. The house has a parlor, basement, kitchen, three rooms on the second floor and two rooms in the attic. 
Come and investigate this house and discover who or what  haunts it. 
The Rogers House is waiting for you...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Family Death Portrait-Full View of a Real Dead Clamp

 They called this a dead clamp.  It was clamped onto a person who had died, in order to pose them to take a picture.  This was a common practice from the 1860's to about the 1930's.  The practice is also called Momento Mori and Victorian Mourning Photographs.   Photographs were expensive, so you often did not have a picture of your loved one. If they died suddenly, the first place you went with their dead body, was the photographer. 
 In this photo, you can plainly see the clamp behind the young woman standing. When these pictures were taken, it often took 5 minutes of being perfectly still to get a good picture.  The person sitting in these images is often alive and they are sitting because it took so long to take the picture.  It was for their comfort.  Notice in this picture also that the woman standing has black hands. She may have been dead for some time before they took her there. 
 Here you see a fireman?  You can also see the dead clamp down by his feet.  I find it amazing that, in most of these death portraits, you can't really tell they are dead.

In this picture, once again, you can see the dead clamp down by her feet.  Otherwise, you would never know she was dead.  I think it would be sad to look at the picture, knowing she was dead, but comforted to have an image of her to always remember.  Yes, it is disturbing to us today, but I understand why they did it. 
For more pictures, check out Pinterest!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ghost Hunting Basics Classes Will Be Offered in 2014

If you are interested in learning more about Ghost Hunting, Kimberly Mitchell will be offering
Ghost Hunting Basics classes in 2014.  Learn about cameras, digital recorders, the  easiest gadgets to use, how to do a successful EVP session, and much more.  Pricing, dates and times have not been determined at this time.  If you are interested, email us at

Dates are set for Public Investigations at the Rogers House

Dates have been set for public investigations at the Rogers House!  January 17 and 18 are the first nights!  We will be accepting only 12 people per night.  First come, first serve.  Reservations are being accepted, with a call list in case there are no shows.  The cost is $25 per person.  The investigation starts at 9pm both nights and runs until ???
For more information please email me at or call me at 330-708-9914.  Please check the new blog site for the Haunted Rogers House at:

If you are looking for a place to investigate, this house is waiting for you....

Thursday, December 12, 2013

An Old Remedy For A Hex?

My friend and crew member, Tracy, went with me one day to do some research in Salem.  We were working on the Salem Witch Trial of 1894.  She was busy looking through the old newspapers on microfilm from the 1890's and she found an interesting article. 
This article claimed  that if you felt you had been hexed, the way to get rid of it was to not sweep your house for three days.  At the end of the three days, sweep your entire house and carefully gather all the dirt into a pile outside.  You then take a wooden or metal hammer and beat the dirt repeatedly until you are sure you have gotten every speck of dirt you swept from your home.  This is said to make the witch that hexed you very ill and lifts the hex from you and your home.
If you don't know what a hex is, that would be a spell or curse cast on someone with the intent to hurt them. 
So, if things are going wrong in your life, perhaps someone may have hexed you.  It sure couldn't hurt to try the sweeping trick and see if it improves your luck!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cut Stone Wall From Lisbon's Past

 Down along the creek that runs through Lisbon, there is this old cut stone wall.  One of many things you might find from an earlier age in that area. I would like to know what it was.  Ideally, it would be awesome if it was a part of one of the locks for the Sandy and Beaver Canal that followed that route. 

The creek was up a little, so there might be more of it visible than I saw on this day. I am looking for information about it so if you know what it is or what it was used for, email me!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Train Trestle in Lisbon?


Along East Washington Street in Lisbon, there used to be a pottery.  It finally burned down a few years ago. I can remember going there when it was a flea market.  It is a gravel pit now of some sort.  Along the creek, however, you can see a cut stone pylon.  It does not match anything that is there in the form of remains.  So what is it?  I thought it might have been a bridge abutment but when I asked around to some of the area residents, I was told it was the remains of an old train trestle. 

I am seeking more information about the remains of this old trestle.   If you know anything, I would love to hear from you about it! 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cannons Mills Then And Now

 This is Cannons Mills in 1895.  I had a hard time finding this spot, first of all because of the covered bridge, which is no longer there.  Second, there are now so many trees in this area, it hides the lay of the land.
 I originally thought it was taken from the hill on Calcutta Smithferry.  I got nowhere in that area so I eventually ended up down on Cannons Mills Road. 

This is close to the angle the 1895 photo was taken.  Lots of trees now
block the view.

There are two bridges relatively close to each other on this road and after exploring both, I was excited to find the remains of the old covered bridge!  It is on both sides of this little creek where the orange bridge is today. 

The original bridge abutment for the covered bridge that once
graced this road way.   
Then I had to figure out what the angle was that the picture was taken. I think a road is now where that angle was.  I ended up climbing the closest hill and took several shots from there. 
If you have any information about this area, I would love to hear it!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Twin City Opera House, Mansfield Prison, Bell Nursing Home, and Prospect Place Mansion-Best, Worst, Most Expensive

 First, let me say I had a great time every trip G12P went on this year.  All four places we investigated were an awesome adventure and I highly recommend all of them to the ghost hunter or group looking to have an exciting time.
That said, here is my opinion about each and how I rated them.
Twin City Opera House was outstanding.  We had access to nearly every room in the building.  It took all night to explore it all and we did just that.  We had a conversation with Everett  Miller, who was an usher at the opera house for 30 years.  He died in 1956.  It was amazing and I look forward to going back.  At a cost of $30  per person, it was well worth it.
 Mansfield Prison was the best time I had the entire year!  The place is enormous and I know there are places we never got to see.  The most haunted area for us (it seems to be different for everyone who goes there) was the wardens quarters.  We used a Mag light for the first time and it was a very successful experience we have since repeated in other investigations.  I gave the whole adventure a 10 plus.  Sadly, it is also the most expensive of our adventures.  It is $80 per person, minimum.  If you investigate during the week it is $1200 per night.  During the weekend it is $2400 per night.  You can take up to 100 people with you,, but it all breaks down to $80 per person no matter what.  If you can't find enough people to go, it is, of course, more than that.  Great adventure, but hard on the pocket.
 The Bell Nursing Home was just plain fun!  There is plenty to investigate, old and new.  Eerily, this nursing home closed during Christmas and you can still find "Merry Christmas" written on an old mirror.  We got a lot of evidence here.  We also got the bonus of getting to investigate a room that held allegedly  haunted dolls.  We got no evidence from that, but the idea intrigues me!  I loved it!  Again, I look forward to going back at some point in the future.  At a cost of $30 to $40 once again per person, it is a great adventure I highly recommend.
Of the four adventures we went on, Prospect Place was the worst.  It was fun, of course, but not what I expected.  Ghost Adventures and TAPS both hunted here.  In the ball room on the top floor is supposed to be the mouth of Hell.  We got absolutely nothing in EVP.  Amanda got a couple interesting pics in the basement, but that was it.  Only half of the building is available to hunt.  The barn is also available, but only the first floor.   Friday and Saturday nights are $60 per person.  Weeknights are $50 per person.  Pricey considering the restrictions.  Historically it is awesome, but we just didn't find much in ghostly activity to warrant the cost. 
So there you have it.  Of all these adventures, Twin City Opera House was the best  for the price, time allotted and size of the building.  Along with all the evidence we gathered there, it was the best adventure of the year!  (Again, all of them we highly recommend, but if you have to choose, Twin City Opera House would be the one!)

A Strange Picture Taken During The Oct. 27 Salem Ghost Trolley Tour

 I have no idea what happened to this persons face.  I thought it might have been hair, but the person is facing sideways, so I don't think that is what it is.  Looking for ideas, so if you have any, email me!  Here is some added information.  We were in Hope Cemetery when this picture was taken. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ohio Route 666

State Route 666 is a 14 mile state route that runs between Zanesville and Dresden, Ohio.  It began in 1937 and was paved by 1955. It is located entirely in Muskingum County and nearly the entire road passes through mainly farmland and woodlands.  ( Wikipedia Route 666 information )

I first heard about this in September when G12P went to Prospect Place Mansion. Visiting the web site for information and directions, I noticed a small warning printed at the bottom of the page.   Avoid Ohio State Route 666  ( )

I am curious about this road and why Prospect Place says to avoid it.  It may just be in bad shape.  Our tour guide while we were there did not know that warning was on the web site.  I never heard of a Route 666 in Ohio until that time.  At first I thought it was a joke, but it wasn't.  In 2014, we hope to check this stretch of road out and we are looking for stories about it!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lisbon--The Doll in the Tree Fell

Earlier this year (July 12, 2013) I wrote a story about a doll being nailed to a tree in Lisbon, Ohio.  It has been there for years and many people refer to the house behind the tree as the Doll House.  About a month ago, as Tracy, one of the people living in the house, was looking outside, the doll simply fell out of the tree.  She walked outside and got it. 
 We are not sure how long the doll was in the tree, but some of their neighbors estimated it to be at least 5 years. 
Her body tears very easily and we have to be careful when we handle her. 
Since they brought her into the house, some strange things have happened.
Odd knocks on the wall happen at all hours of the day and night.  Tracy and Dave both say there is a presence in the house they did not feel before. 
We will be bringing this doll to the Rogers House in January, to see if anything comes with it.  She will be on display and anyone who decides to come and investigate the house will have access to her.
Any questions, please feel free to email me at

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


 Salem has a long history of Underground Railroad tales.  There is so much we know about it, but I wonder if there are some tales we do not. 
This Railroad crossing is on Cunningham.  I have been over it hundreds of times.  I never heard any ghostly tales about it until the last few years. And before anyone else jumps to the wrong conclusion, I know that the Underground Railroad has nothing to do with actual railroads.  But this area in particular has several stories about it and Salem is best known for all the Underground Railroad activity that happened here before and during the Civil
War.  People  were secreted in and out all the time.  I am only trying to figure out why a ghost would be haunting this particular spot, that happens to be a Railroad crossing.  I have made this connection because of the description of her clothes and she sometimes carries a lantern.  It doe not mean that is the explanation.  I am also only telling you what I have been told, emailed, or otherwise contacted about.
The tales I have received talk of a woman walking along the tracks.  She is dressed in a long white dress with a dark cape.  The hood is down and she has dark hair that is artfully fixed on the top of her head.  Her facial features are not well seen as she walks the rails with her head down.  Some say she seems to be looking for something and on occasion she is carrying
a lantern.  Who is she?  What is she looking for?  The most interesting and common part of the tale is that she is only seen on foggy nights. 
 I am looking for the history of Cunningham Road in Salem, Ohio.  Anyone who knows anything about it, I would love to hear it!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rogers House--EVP of Singing in the Attic

On November 15, myself and several others investigated the Rogers House.  While we captured several excellent EVP, this one is by far the best.  My crew for the night consisted of Bridgette and Mike Murphy, Jordan, Abby, Teresa, and special guest, Amber Rogers.
 It was a good investigation and we had a spooky time! 
 For now, we are calling this the plate room, as the floor has several large plates sitting on it. Since we had Amber with us, we made good use of her psychic abilities.  In this room, she did not like the closet, which was on the other side of Bridgette.  She also saw a man on the stairs dressed in dark pants, a white shirt, and a button up vest watching us.
 The basement is known to be haunted.  I have received several stories from people who claimed they heard loud thumps and knocks in the basement.  We went down and did several EVP sessions.  Bridgette brought her K2 meter and it was lighting up to our questions.  It was the only place in the house that it would do that.
In what we refer to as the master bedroom, we found this wedding dress in a closet!  It was awesome!  It was crumpled up in a bag in the rear of the closet.  It was complete with veil and a bouquet.   It was once a beautiful dress.
Our work will continue in the house along with more research as to who lived in it and what might have happened inside these walls.  Amber says something dark lurks within.  She is usually right...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Remains of Sprucevale Are Still Around

 Below the area where the old house was you will find the remains of an age gone by.  Remains that can date back to Sprucevale.   I have no idea what this old wall and stairs went to.  No idea who owned it, or built it.

I can not tell you if it went to the old house or another house long gone from our knowledge, memory, and sight.   It makes me wonder.  It is one of the few mysteries that remain of Sprucevale. 
Remains of an old fruit cellar or maybe another building, also once of Sprucevale connect to the old wall.  It takes you back and lets you see a fraction of what it must have looked like in Sprucevale.
 As always, I am seeking information about the Sprucevale area.   

An Old Dump At Gretchen's Lock?

This is the sight of the old barn that was once in the Sprucevale area.  You can see where it was.  When I do my tours, I always take people to the top of the hill instead of here for Lucy Cobb's story.  There are a few foundation blocks left up there for whatever else accompanied the old barn.  All along the bank from the top of that little hill down you will find the remains of a dump. 

The first thing that caught my eye was chunks of slate, like from a slate roof.  It litters the bank.
Upon closer inspection, there was also broken bottles and pottery pieces. Bits and pieces of broken blue mason jars also litter the hillside. No plastic anywhere that I could see, so it is an older dump.  Sad that it was ever there, but there none-the-less.  How long ago was the old barn standing and when was it torn down?  It isn't mentioned in the book The Sandy and Beaver Canal / by R. Max Gard and William H. Vodrey, Jr, and that was in 1950.  This book  is available on CD.  It can be purchased at the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool, Ohio. For more information, contact the Sandy and Beaver Canal Association:



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Genoskwa Fest 2014 Poster

Here is more information on the Genoskwa Fest (a Bigfoot Event) for next year!!  G12P will be attending this event!  Look for our table!! More information on this event will be updated as we get it!!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Who Was The Founder Of Rogers, Ohio?

His name is Theophilus Gates Rogers.  On the map you will see T.G. Rogers.  He platted Rogers in 1883.  Now, finding history on Rogers, Ohio has proven to be very difficult.  Imagine my surprise when I found a picture of Mr. Rogers in an old book at the library!!  Like finding buried treasure!  Now if the rest of Rogers history will just unfold as easily!  Very respected, a republican, and a Quaker, he owned several plots of land around Rogers, until his death in 1898. 
The map is Rogers, 1902, but you can still see T.G. Rogers and the property he had owned.  I am still looking for information on Rogers and it's history. If you know any, I would love to hear it!

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Look At How A Family Death Portrait Was Done

This is a picture of a photographer doing a family death portrait.  You can even see the Dead Clamp behind the deceased man sitting in the chair, holding him up.  People looked at death so much differently a century ago than we do today.  Back then, family members often did everything for their loved ones, from birth to death.  It was probably a common thing to see a family carrying in their dead loved one to the photo studio.  It would definitely be shocking to see today!!!  For this and other pictures from the past, check out Pinterest!  Here is a link for their History section:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Genoskwa Fest 2014

Pictured above is Dan Baker of the Genoskwa Project.  They are a Bigfoot Hunter Group in this area.  They gave an awesome presentation in August at the Leetonia Library this year, to a standing room only crowd!   They will be hosting an event in June of 2014 called Genoskwa Fest in Leetonia, Ohio.  G12P will be setting up a booth there, as I hope many others will also!  The cost is $75 to have a booth all three days of the event.  More information will be provided in the coming months as well as contact information for anyone interested in attending this event, or setting up your own booth!  
Those interested now, let me know and I will pass your info on. 

An Interesting Twist to the Salem Witch Trial of 1894

 I think it is cool that we had a Witch Trial in Columbiana County, in of all places, Salem, Ohio.  As I continue to research this little bit of our local history, I am discovering some interesting things. 
Here you see the grave of Fannie Hughes. She and her husband, Howard (yes, his name was Howard Hughes) were two people who accused a local farmer of being a warlock.  At the time of her death, Fannie was listed as a widow, and I have not been able to find Howards grave yet. 
Norman was also an accuser in the Hart Methodist Church in 1894.  He claimed that his horse was killed by black magic, and that his cow gave bad milk for the same reason.  
Sadie was yet another member of the Hart Methodist Church who accused the local farmer of practicing black magic. She and Fannie were sisters and they claimed their mother was murdered by the man they accused of being a warlock.  Fannie, Sadie, and Norman are buried at Grandview.  We stop at their graves on the Salem Ghost Trolley Tours. 
As it turned out, the accusers were all excommunicated from the church, they themselves being accused of telling lies and gossiping in the church.  The church did not survive this traumatic event. 
Despite the fact that they were excommunicated....

They would remain together for the rest of their lives...and after.  Norman, Sadie, and Fannie are buried side by side.  Even in death, they stayed together.  It makes you wonder what happened at that witch trial.  More to come about the man who was accused in a future article. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Marks Landing--Lots of History Here

 I had the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of a unique restaurant here in Columbiana County called Marks Landing.  I did several lectures there the last two weeks of October.  Their landscaping is beautiful, having two little waterfalls outside that greet you as you walk in. The bright blue building reminded me of the ocean and I found myself feeling lucky that we have Marks Landing, just on looks alone!
But it does not stop there.  Just turn around and you get to see the stunningly beautiful Guilford Lake!

There are docks down on the lake and you can walk out, seemingly onto the water.  I loved it and spent about half an hour just soaking it all in.
Inside, the coffee was awesome and they had these really nice snacks for everyone (a mixture of the best kettle corn I have ever had drizzled with dark and white chocolate).  It was a great experience and I am eager to go back and have dinner there one night.

                                                                                  Then as I was leaving, I noticed some of the tables had several pictures and newspaper articles in them.  Lots of local history in these tables and I left grinning from ear to ear.  Some of it I knew and some I didn't.  Yes, it was a very pleasant experience at Marks Landing and I greatly look forward to going back!!  The only thing that would make it better was if it had any ghosts....
For more information on Marks Landing, here is their website:

Phantom Bride of Wells Hollow Road Video Finished

It took a couple months to finish, but the Phantom Bride of Wells Hollow Road is done and up on Youtube.  It has been a busy time for me the last few months so it took a little more time than I would have liked. 
Here is the link:
Please check it out!   If you ever heard any stories about this legend, please let me know at

Friday, November 8, 2013

Lusk Lock -- Then and Now

I spent 4 hours yesterday at the library researching Rogers, Ohio.  I ran across a book that was written in 1900 called Columbiana County History and Citizens.  Inside I found several pictures of the area at that time.  Above is Lusk Lock, 1900.

Here it is in 2012.  One hundred and ten years later  and it is showing some signs of its age. I am amazed that it is still in tact as much as it is.  The stones are moss covered and discolored.  Now, for me, while I appreciate getting a glimpse at what it looked like when it was newer, I love how it looks now much better because it is...ghostly!