Monday, July 29, 2013

August 12, 2013 Free Tour At Gretchen's Lock By G12P

Come and hear some of the ghostly tales of Gretchen's Lock!  Some are legends from the area, while others are personal experiences in this spooky old town!  15 stories in all as we walk around the park, including back to Lock 41, AKA Gretchen's Lock.  Starts at 7pm!  Did I mention it is free?  Bring a flashlight and a camera! 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Salem Ghost Trolley Tours TONIGHT!

The Salem Ghost Trolley tours are tonight, with yours truly at the tour guide!  If you are interested in a spooky adventure, please call the Salem Historical Society at 330-337-8514 or330-205-3923 to make your reservations!  ALL PROCEEDS benefit the Salem Historical Society! We get off the bus at Grandview and Hope Cemeteries to explore and hear some spooky tales!  Please come and join us for an adventure!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Clean-up Continues At Thompson Park

On Tuesday night, July 23, a tornado was thought to hit the Thompson Park area of East Liverpool, but instead it was a down burst, according to the Morning Journal.

Still, the damage that the "down burst" did was dramatic with winds of 80 to 90 miles per hour.
I took a walk at the park today, and this is what I saw:
 Cleaning crews are working hard to get the park cleaned up, at least on the top, around the circle.  There are leaves and small branches all over the park, almost like fall, accept the  leaves are all green instead of fall colors. 
 This road loops up across the upper most part of the park and it is still a mess.  But considering the pictures I saw of the mess that was in the park, it is remarkable what has been cleaned up already! 
 This is one of the large trees on the circle that was literally blown down during the storm.  It is still there, as crews are working on getting the paths and walkways cleaned up first.
There were a few people out walking the circle and all of the landmarks about the park are perfectly fine.  The time capsule, amphitheater, pavilion 1, and tennis courts all fine. 

The most important thing to remember right now is the park is basically closed.  You can go on the walking circle only.  There is still extensive damage below, including downed trees apparently in the swimming pool.  Please help the park out by not going into the danger areas so they can get everything cleaned up and ready for you to enjoy once again!

Commander John J. Cornwell-Memorial in Lisbon Cemetery

 There are several grave markers in the Lisbon Cemetery that have remarkable stories actually written on them.  Or, at least enough information to help you find their remarkable story.  On the marker  for Commander John Cornwell it tells that it is in his memory, that he was a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and that he is buried in  Toulon, France.  It also gives the date of his death as Feb 12, 1867.

Putting Mr. Cornwell into the computer, his whole story comes up.  It was written by East Liverpool's own, Timothy Brookes, a local historian who has slid into the place of the amazing Joan Witt, who died suddenly in April of last year.
He wrote it for a publication called the Salt Water Buckeye.
 My favorite thing about that article is  the picture you find of Commander Cornwell.  You actually see what he looked like.  It is always nice to have a face to go with a name on a tombstone.  It makes them more real. 
He apparently died from too much stress, according to the ship surgeon, W.E. Taylor. He called the cause of death "Congestion of the brain."

Cornwell was the Commander of the double-turreted monitor, the U.S.S. Nahant.
First, what is a monitor?  A Monitor is the class of relatively small warship which was neither fast nor strongly armored but carried disproportionately large guns.
Second, what was the U.S.S. Nahant?

Here is a picture of the ship, commissioned in 1862.  Cornwell took command in 1865, right after the fall of Forte Sumter.

It was awesome to see a little of the past, just from reading a grave marker in Lisbon Cemetery.  I look forward to doing that again.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Williams House At Beaver Creek State Park Burned Down July 24, 2013

I did not believe it when I heard the Williams House burned to the ground.  Shocked was a pretty good word. Then I jumped in the car and went down to see. 
And then, there I was, standing across the pond from it, seeing what was left of that beautiful old house.  It is gone.  According to the Review (HISTORIC BEAVER CREEK HOME LOST TO FIRE)t, it may have been struck by lightening.  The red roof was made of metal, and while the roof turned yellow from the heat, there was a red spot, which makes them think it was lightening or at least that is how I understood that article.  It was completely burned down when the fire department was called.  It had burned down some time in the night.  It just won't be the same in the park without it!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gretchen's Lock- Edward Gill Namesake of Guilford Lake

 Edward Gill  is best known in this area as being the father to Gretchen Gill, the 12 year old little girl who died of malaria and was/is buried in Lock 41 of the Sandy and Beaver Canal system. 
In real life, Mr. Gill never had any children and is buried in Virginia. 
Yet he definitely left his  mark on this area.  Besides being the chief engineer for the Sandy and Beaver Canal, Guilford Lake is also named after him, according to this memorial, which is beside the dam.   The date on the map pictured below is 1870 and shows you Gilford, the town.  Pretty big town in 1870.  Gilford is no longer a town in the county, according to Wikipedia.  I don't think there is a town called that any more.  It is now just Guilford Lake,  a beautiful body of water surrounded by those who appreciate its beauty and quiet calm. 
Below is a picture of Edward Gill namesake to Gilford Lake.  He was real life person.  We can't say the same for Gretchen, but this is a starting point in our effort to find the real story about her, if she existed, and whether or not she is still entombed in Lock 41. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Have you ever had an Imaginary Friend?

When I was a little girl, I had an imaginary friend, a little girl, name Kena.  She had long dark hair that was never brushed.  I played with her for years.  Kena had a friend named Sarina.  While I sometimes played with just Kena, I never played with just Sarina.  She only came if Kena allowed her to come.
I was watching a TV show today that reminded me of Kena.  Because of that, I did a little on line research and this is what I found:

Kena is a small town of about 90 people in Lithuania

The name Kena means Greatest Champion.
The origin of the name is disputed by some according to and is not a popular name.

This picture is from a blog called Old Pictures of the Day. It reminds me of what
Kena looked like, only my Kena had longer hair.

What I am surprised about is that it is a name at all.  Kena played with my brother and I often growing up,  but I do not remember when I stopped seeing or playing with her.  I was pretty young, but not sure what age.  Often, she would bring Sarina when we were racing or playing some other game.  If Kena is not a common name (I have never met anyone by that name), how did I come up with it?  I am intrigued!  It is something I am going to research and look for answers to.  If you had an imaginary friend, have you ever looked into the name or did any history about the area you were at when it occurred?  There are many people today who believe that a lot of "imaginary friends" may have been ghosts.  My imaginary friend was not bad.  It was a playmate.  I am looking for other stories about this phenomenon and whether or not your experience was good or bad.  email me at

According to the Urban Dictionary:
Kena-an amazing person who has great style and loves to help people in need of help

Hmmm.  Well, I will continue to look for who Kena might have been.  A figment of my childhood imagination, or maybe a ghost.  Now that I wrote this article, I am beginning to wonder....

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Corner Creations Building in Salem

I always like this building, on Broadway, in Salem, Ohio.  I like the Architecture of it more than anything else.  It is a building from a century long gone, reminding me of the Wild West!  Today it is called Corner Creations.  If you go inside, you will find a couple surprises.

Though it has been painted over, the ceiling is made of brass, possibly from the Mullins Co. of Salem.  The paint is peeling, but that  is how I like my old buildings.  I was enchanted!

They also have a list inside of all the businesses that have ever called this building home:

William Fluckinger's Market 1915
Ohio Grocery Specialty Co. 1923
Johnson  and Howard Barbers 1927
John Rowe Wholesale 1934
National Furniture 1937-This one has my interest because it was the National Furniture Store in East Liverpool in 1973 that a terrible triple murder occurred.  Did this National Furniture move from this location to an ultimate death in East Liverpool?
Robbins Furniture 1940
Maytag Morrow Co. 1948
Salem Glass and Mirror 1957

There is a discrepancy about that information because of this sign on the outside of the building.  What was established in 1945? 
I went in and talked to the owner. She was really nice. She thinks they are going to sell to the Church beside them and they want to knock down the building and make it a PARKING LOT.  Who would have guessed.  

They would like to find someone who might be interested in the ceiling so it is not destroyed.  If you know anyone who would be interested, please give them a call at 330) 332-0703.  And if history is your thing, as it is mine, get your pictures of this building while you can.  It  might not be there much longer!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ghostly Origins of the Thomas Malone Covered Bridge

I recently read a book by Beatrice Westover.  She wrote it in the mid 70's.  It is about Elkrun Township.  I love this book. 
It is a rare gem in the history book world.  It is based on the memories of people that lived around her.  It is accounts of history from either the people it happened to, or their direct descendants  that told the story in their family histories. 
For instance, the story of Little Margret Lusk, the three year old that is supposedly entombed in Lusk Lock.  The story comes from the Stokesberry Family, who owned the property the Lock is on.
  She drew pictures of Elkton and the surrounding area, based on real pictures she had access to. Real pictures I would someday like to see!
If you go out to Elkton today, there is not much left.  It is becoming a Sprucevale of sorts.  There are pictures of building long gone in her book.  I can remember going  to Canal Days in the late 70's, and early 80's.  I definitely remember a lot more houses being down there.  One thing I picked out of this book that interested me was information on the Thomas Malone Bridge and where it came from.  At one point it sat as a tool shed in Pine Hollow.  Pine Hollow is the home of Bowman's Cemetery.  There are rumors that the  Thomas Malone Bridge is haunted, but no one has an exact reason why.  Maybe because it sat in the same area as a very haunted Cemetery?  Theoretically, of course.  Bridges were and are sights for many tragic things.  Suicides for example.  There are rumors that there were KKK rallies, and even hangings in Columbiana County. There was a lot of Klan activity in the whole county in the twenties and thirties. East Liverpool had Klan membership of over 1000 and Salem had a Klan presence of over 900.  While I have not been able to find any Newspaper articles, some bridges, like the Church Hill Road Covered Bridge, in Elkton, are rumored to have had people hanged by the KKK at their original locations.
 You can look up the site for Beaver Creek and it will tell you some history on the Thomas Malone Bridge, even giving pictures of it before it was moved to the park. 
The ghost of this  bridge is a man who does not want you around the bridge.  Your EVP's will have a lot of "GET OUT" phrases.  You can hear taps on the bridge and there is a shadow person associated with the bridge also.  If you stand on the end of the bridge by the road, looking in toward the town, you might see the shadow person at the other end of the bridge, in the shadows, only his form is darker than the shadows.  It is a good place to investigate.  
Here are some stories of our adventures on the bridge:
Now, tell me some of yours!  Email me at  or leave a comment!

Monday, July 15, 2013

2013 Hannoverton Ghost Tours

 July 27 is the next public Ghost Tour of Hanoverton, Ohio.  Here is a link for you to have a look at about this spooky event in Columbiana County:
This is their facebook page!  Please check it out and give them a "like"!
The following link is an event created for the July 27 event specifically:

  New this year, they have a local author, Lloyd Berresford, Jr., giving the history of the Sandy & Beaver Canal.    Here is also a phone number you can call to get more information:
(330) 205-5103

If I get any more details, I will be sure to post them!  Working on getting the Halloween tour dates!

Jordanville Cemetery 2013

I did a couple of stories about Jordanville Cemetery in 2009.  It was in  terrible condition. Most of the grave markers were leaning  against  trees in the cemetery. 

I visited Jordanville last week and it looks much better.   It is mowed and hardly any stones are around the trees.

It looks nice.  It is just that whoever fixed it knew nothing about cemeteries.  In this picture, the footstone is beside the headstone it goes with.  Obviously, the stones are not set up where they belong.    You know you are in an old cemetery when you see both head stones and footstones.  They are usually only marked by the initials of the person's grave they are marking.  They do not go side by side, but at the head and foot of a person.  It marks the grave boundries.

 Above is a picture from Bowman's Cemetery.  First rows of grave markers you encounter as you enter this little cemetery are headstones and footstones. 

It is a must see stop on your cemetery tour of Columbiana County. Be warned that you must climb a fairly steep hill to reach it!
Still, I guess it is better then all the stones piled around a tree.  I guess...

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Creepy Baby Doll Nailed To A Tree

Recently, a wonderful relative of mine moved into a house in Lisbon.  It has an awesome yard with two big trees in it.  In one of the trees is a baby doll.   Creepy, right?  You might say to just take the baby doll out of the tree and be done with it.  Can't.  It is nailed to the tree.  Okay.  Get a hammer with a hook on it and pull it out.  We would like to but...

It is pretty high up in the tree.  I would say it has been there for a while. It makes me wonder who put it up there and why they nailed it to the tree.  This is not the first time we have run across something like this.

On our way to Hill View Manor in 2011 we happened to pass a house that had dozens of baby dolls and other stuffed animals out in their yard, tied or nailed to trees.  Spooky creepy.  I tried googling it but got nothing.  If you know the significance (if any) of nailing a toy to a tree, I would love to hear it!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Darlington PA 1802 Greersburg Academy

 Another interesting piece of history I found in Darlington PA was the Greersburg Academy.  It was built in 1802.  What intrigued me the most about it?  It is 200 years old and still standing.  According to the sign on the building it was referred to as the Stone Pile. 
 Also according to the sign, there were several men who graduated from this school that would later become famous for their deeds.  Two of them I have heard of, having to do with things from my area. 
William Holms McGuffey has roots in Calcutta.  If you go to the Calcutta Elementary School, over near the Pavilion you will find a large stone erected.  It is a memorial to McGuffey.

John Brown is the next person I had heard of that graduated from Greersburg.  He was an abolitionist
who is credited with basically starting the American
Civil War with the
Harpers Ferry Raid in 1859.  He was captured at this raid and later
hanged.  Along with him was a young man named Edwin Coppock, who was a Quaker from Salem, Ohio.
 Located right beside the Civil War monument, there is all this history, free for the looking.  Thanks Darlington for protecting your history to share with everyone!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Darlington Civil War Memorial Statue-Then and Now

I found this book at Carnegie Library in East Liverpool.  Dusty, large and locked away for safe keeping, I flipped through the pages and found several pictures of the area by a man named Ira Mansfield.  He talked of many things that were common knowledge to them in 1914. 
One of  the things that caught  my eye was this picture of a Civil War Memorial in Darlington, PA.  I have been there a few times, but never noticed this.

  Once I did this to the photograph, I realized where I was.  It still sits in the same place today. It was erected in 1887 by the Dan. Leasure Post No. 402 GAR on September 1, 1887.  This picture was taken around 1913 or 14. 
This picture I took on Friday, July 5, 2013.

A lot has changed in the hundred or so years that this statue has stood guard over Darlington! It is definitely worth a moment of your time to go out and have a look around in this beautiful  Pennsylvania town!

Secret Symbols on the Gate Door At White Cemetery

 The beautiful and original wrought iron fence surrounding the White Family Cemetery is full of mystery on it's own.  The gate has symbols on it that can be misleading if you don't know what they mean.  I am, by no means, an expert in this area, but I do recognize some of the things depicted on this gate as being symbolic. 

 This is the All Seeing Eye. It is on the Great Seal of the United States of America and it is on the dollar bill. It represents God watching over mankind.  It is also known as the Eye of Providence.  The Great Seal was also a symbol that belonged to Freemasonry.  
The snake or serpent swallowing its own tail has several meanings.  One is the circular nature of time.  It is called the Ouroboros.  It was so named by the Greeks and means "self-devourer."  It symbolizes not only the cyclical nature of time and the seasons, but also the eternal cycle of rebirth. For some societies, it s also a symbol of eternity.  Finally, the serpent is a creature of the earth, close to the ground.  The circle it creates by swallowing its own tail is a symbol of completion and spiritual perfection.  It demonstrates a union of Heaven and Earth working in harmony.

This is one of the most beautiful gates I have seen leading into a cemetery.  I realize there are other mysteries on this gate, telling you in a secret code something about John White and his family.  One even suggests a hidden treasure, though I believe it is of a Godly nature.  If cemeteries like this fascinate you, as they do me, then stopping to see this one should be on your list!