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!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Township Line Cemetery Along Rt 7

 One of my favorite cemeteries in Columbiana County is Township Line Cemetery.  It is behind 7&30 Superette on Rt 7. 
I went to Beaver Local and rode the school bus past this area for 8 years and never knew this was here. 

 I played around with the goggles I have, taking pictures using the different settings.  Here, I call these the Chess Pieces.  The graves belong to the March family.  The goggles are set on Ghost Recon. 
 This is a normal day time picture using the goggles. 
 This grave is for a 7 year old little girl named Sallie Smith.  She has a head stone and a foot stone and her grave is lined in stone also.
This is called a Table Top grave marker.  Shaped to look like a table, it come from Greek customs.  The Greeks were expected to mourn their loved ones, sitting at the graveside for hours.  They started making grave markers with this in mind so that it would be easier and more comfortable for the mourner.  Having a table meant you could bring food and drink and stay a while.
If you don't have problems walking up steep hills, I highly recommend a visit to this little cemetery.  It is very comfortable up there.  You feel welcome. 

 This is the grave marker for George Hunter.  The dates do not add up to his age, but he was born in the 1700's and died in 1814.  It says he was 37 years old, but it looks like it says he was born in the 1730's.  The stone is slowly sinking into the ground. 
There are two family plots surrounded by iron fences up here, too.  The fences are different styles, side by side.  It adds the perfect amount of old cemetery charm. 
Some one gives this place love.  It is well cared for and I, for one, am grateful to whoever is taking the time to do it! 

A Glimpse Inside The Rogers House

 There is a lot of work ahead for the Rogers House, but it is very promising.  Stories are coming in about possible disturbances in the past about the attic.  I have also been warned not to go in the basement alone.  AWESOME!!
I fell in love with the stairs, which are definitely a center for the house.  Here I see a woman coming down, making a grand entrance!  I also noticed the house seems to be void of any residual emotions. For example, a house that was always full of family and love gives you that kind of a feeling when you go in.   This one is strangely empty.  I have been trying my hand at giving buildings readings.  I am not doing too bad at it.  This one has a possible Abraham Lincoln connection, though I am not sure how.  It may not be to him directly.  I got more of an impression that the man who lived in the house, back when it was new, admired Lincoln and tried to be like him, even dressing like him and wearing his beard like him.  I have been right about a few other things at previous investigations so I thought I would start talking about what I am getting.

Looking from the second floor down to the first floor.
 There are a few personal belongings lingering inside from the last occupants, as you can see.  The hard wood floors have been painted but it is not hard to imagine their former beauty. 
This is the second  floor, which has three bedrooms.
 I was walking around inside alone and that was a bit unnerving.  I felt like someone was right behind me the whole time.
This is the living room.  I would like to have seen this home when it was new.  How beautiful it must have been.
Second floor bedroom. There is a sign on the wall that says "Petrina". 

There are three floors, not counting the basement.  Below is one of the two attic rooms, this one encased in card board.  This room also has dozens of flies in it.
Looking down the attic stairs, I had the sense that I was not wanted there.  It may just have been that I was wandering around inside alone to take the pictures.  I did 4 EVP sessions while inside.  I also had the ghost radar running on my phone, but the only word I got was "ride".   I continue to look for any Rogers history I can find, along with anything at all on this old house.  If you have any information, please email me at

Sunday, November 3, 2013

More News and Pics of the Rogers House Coming Soon

Now that Halloween is over I can begin work in earnest on the Rogers House. I  will be investigating it several times, as well as researching the history of not only the house, but also Rogers, Ohio itself.  I am looking for any stories or personal accounts about it.  If you have any information about either this house, or Rogers, Ohio, I am all ears!