Saturday, August 31, 2013

Added 3 New Tours For October

We added three new tours for October for the area. 


All tours are free, though one may be used as a fundraiser for the Columbiana County Dog Pound.  More information to come soon!

Friday, August 30, 2013

What Is The Most Haunted Location In Columbiana County?

 What do you think is the most haunted place in Columbiana County?  There are plenty of places to choose from.  My personal favorites include Bowman's Cemetery, Lusk Lock, Wellsville's old Fairview School, the Pioneer Village of Beaver Creek State Park, Gretchen's Lock and the Grist Mill, but I also know there are other places that might be just as haunted.
 We had an opportunity to investigate the Elks Club in East Liverpool last year as the awesome Jaycees readied the building for the October haunting!  It is my opinion that that building has a haunting all its own.  Not only are you dealing with the Jaycees ghosts, but there are a few real ghosts wandering those halls as well!  Is it the most haunted place in Columbiana County?
East Liverpool also has Thompson Park, Broadway Wharf, and Spring Grove Cemetery that might compete for that spot.
East Palestine has the Boatman Cemetery, and their Antoni  Park is pretty ghostly as well.  Leetonia has the incomparable Cherry Valley Coke Ovens, also a place with its share of ghosts.  Salem has Cry Baby Bridge, and Hope Cemetery.  Lisbon has the Devils Chair. 
Calcutta has Grimm's Bridge.  So many places, but how do you choose?  You investigate them all and which ever area gets the most evidence is the winner.  G12P will be out there over the course of the next two months investigating 20 different areas. When we are finished, I will reveal the ten most haunted places in Columbiana  County at the Salem Public Library on October 21, at 6:30pm. 
You will be hearing more about this event! 
If you are just interested in learning the Ghost Hunting basics, I will be at Leetonia Public Library on October 17 from 6 to 8 pm to tell you all about simple equipment you can use, what to look for in pictures, and play some EVP for you to hear.   

Both lectures are sure to be full in paranormal insights and easy tips on what you can do to find your own ghosts!  And both events are FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 24--The Next Salem Ghost Trolley Tours

The next Salem Ghost Trolley Tours are August 24.  That is this Saturday!  Contact the Salem Historical Society at 330-337-8514 for more information and to reserve your seat.  The tours run at 6, 8, and 10 pm.  Come out and share a spooky adventure with us!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Leetonia's Cherry Valley Coke Ovens Summer Scenes

We went to the Genoskwa Project Lecture at the Leetonia Public Library on August 10 and it was beyond standing room only when we got there.  Somewhere around 200 people showed up for that at 11 am.  We couldn't even get in the door of the lecture room, so we came to one of the most awesome attractions in Leetonia--The Cherry Valley Coke Ovens.  Beautiful just isn't enough of a word here.  That is at any time of year.  I plan on going back in the fall as that is the only time I have not been here. 
I have always maintained  that the  Lord of the Rings movies should have been filmed here and this could be the Shire. But it has it's dark side here. I also believe it is haunted.  
In the back, by this old cut stone wall, we did some EVP work two years ago and got some unusual results.  I believe we were picking up residual events from back when the place was a running coke plant.  One EVP said "Tell Jim I'm hurt"
Men died here and they were gruesome deaths.  Coal would be put into the ovens and the door to the ovens would be bricked up. The coal inside would burn, venting through a hole at the top of the oven.  Sometimes men standing at the top of the ovens would fall into them when the ceiling would cave in.  They would burn to death.
I am working on a tour for this awesome piece of Columbiana County History.  And still hoping that someone will the see the movie potential for this place! 


Friday, August 9, 2013

Gretchen Gill-The Ghost of Gretchen's Lock

In 1828, the work began on the Sandy and Beaver Canal, with Edward Gill as the Chief Engineer at the helm.  He was brought over from Ireland, along with his wife and daughter.  His wife died mysteriously on their way across the Atlantic.  Buried at sea, Gretchen was devastated at her mother's loss.  She traveled with her father in the Columbiana County area, staying at whatever town was closest to the particular lock her father happened to be working on. No doubt she stayed in towns like Gilford, New Lisbon, Elkton, and Spruceville.  In fact it was Spruceville (today called Sprucevale) that she was staying when she contracted malaria, a common disease for the time. 
It was severe and many people died from it.  So did Gretchen.  Grief stricken, Edward had her body entombed into the Lock he was working on at the time of her death.  Lock #41. 
The Sandy and Beaver Canal took twenty years to finish.  In 1848, or somewhere in that time frame, Edward returned to Lock 41 for the body of his beloved daughter to return to Ireland for burial.   It is a journey they would not complete.  The ship he was transporting his daughter back to Ireland on went down at sea in a terrible storm.  The family was joined, all buried at sea.  But, the ghost of Gretchen Gill has been seen many times of the decades.  She appears as a white form wandering through the woods.  She is often heard to be calling:
"My mother.  I want my mother!"
No one knows why she came back to Sprucevale to haunt the sleepy little park.  But then, why do any of the ghosts there choose to remain?  We may never know.  But it sure is fun looking for answers!
Her birthday is August 12.  It is on this date that many believe she is best seen.  We will be down there to find out!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Phantom Bride of Wells Hollow Road Near Wellsville

One of my favorite ghostly legends of Columbiana County is the story of the Phantom
Bride of Wells Hollow Road. 
It is the story of a young woman who gets married and after the wedding celebration, is traveling with her new husband to their new home, somewhere on Wells Hollow Road.  It was her wedding present and she had never seen it. Tragically, the buggy they are riding in has an accident as they traveled up the road and the bride is killed.  She now wanders Wells Hollow Road, looking for the house and life that was taken from her. 
 If you happen to be traveling Wells Hollow, keep your eyes open for this lonely, lost bride.   And let me know if you see her!

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Williams House--Gone Forever

 I went down to the Pioneer Village today to check out the clean up of the Williams House.  It looks so weird there.  And the house seemed so much bigger than the little spot that is left. 
 It still has the police line around where it used to be.  And several of the trees are charred that were closest to the house. 
The cut stone that made up the foundation now sits in a pile on the other side of the little garden.  I don't know how they will ever fill the now gaping hole.  They do have some ideas, including rebuilding the house, but nothing certain yet.  Nothing will be as good as the house and all its history it brought with it.  I will keep my ears open and let you know if I hear what kind of plans, if any, there might be.