Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, it’s still fun to check out sites fabled to be haunted by a restless spirit or two. If you’re in the mood to visit some haunted places in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, here is a fun lineup:
Starting out in Cincinnati (exclude stop number one if it’s too out of the way), work your way around these sites to see a few creepy places. Stay in the car, or get out, it’s up to you!
The Golden Lamb- Lebanon, Ohio– Dating back to 1815, this historic hotel and restaurant has hosted many famous guests over the years including Charles Dickens and Mark Twain! Over the years, guests have reported several ghosts on the property, particularly on the fourth floor!
Music Hall–Cincinnati, Ohio- I’ve always known this place was haunted. I heard about it as a child when we’d visit on field trips, and I learned more when I got married here! Considering this elegant structure was built over a potter’s field (mass grave of unknown bodies) after a devastating flood, and used to be the site of a children’s asylum, it didn’t stand a chance! During recent renovations,bones were discoveredwhile digging a new elevator shaft, and construction was halted. In the fall, they offer ghost tours, but it’s also a beautiful place to simply look at!
Sedamsville Rectory– Cincinnati, Ohio- Listed as one of the most haunted places in Ohio by the Travel Channel, this site has had visitors claiming unexplained temperature changes and scratches on their body. It was also featured on the show Ghost Adventures. While there is no official way to visit that I could find, it could be worth a drive by!
The Thompson House- Newport, Kentucky- Now a concert venue, this statuesque mansion is worth a visit if only just to admire its creepy looking architecture. Ghost stories here include sights of a ghostly woman hanging by a noose in the top floor window, among others. It is also one of the stops on the fun Newport is Haunted tour!
Bobby Mackey’s Music World– Wilder, Kentucky- Locals know this name and immediately associate it with its paranormal background. Considered the “most haunted nightclub in the US”, it has been featured on multiple television shows. Over the years, there were several murders in the nightclub and the surrounding area. The creepiest of stories though is that the basement has a portal to hell itself. While this is still a functioning bar and restaurant, they do also offer guided tours. Be wary though- people say evil spirits have followed them home!
Whispers Estate– Mitchell, Indiana- Built in 1894, this home has had many residents unfortunately pass away over the years. It is now a huge hot spot in Indiana for paranormal investigators. For a fee, you can explore the house and conduct your own ghostly research! Otherworldly occurrences here include apparitions, jiggling door handles, unexplained smells, as well as a supposed vortex.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium– Louisville, Kentucky- This hospital originally opened in 1910 to house locals who were affected by a tuberculosis outbreak. Given the amount of deaths that occurred, it is now one of the most haunted places in the state. Many paranormal investigators have visited, and guided tours are offered.
Old Talbott Tavern– Bardstown, Kentucky- This tavern, built in 1779, has been featured on several different television shows. It is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of its 19th century visitors! Employees and guests have reported hearing voices, witnessing doors open and close independently, and seeing multiple apparitions.
Hopemont:The Hunt Morgan House– Lexington, Kentucky- Built in 1814 by a local millionaire, this mansion sits in a beautiful and historic Gratz Park near Transylvania University. Nowadays, it’s a museum, but the guests are the only ones walking around! The second floor is said to be haunted by the spirit of John Wesley Hunt, and there have also been many sightings of Mammy James, an enslaved woman who was a nanny to the children in the home.
The Loudon House– Lexington, Kentucky– One of the more actively haunted places in Lexington, this antebellum (1852) villa has reported plenty of paranormal activity. There is said to be a Victorian-era woman roaming the house, as well as a ghostly black cat, and a spectre in the dining room! Upstairs, many people have reported the unexplained smell of an antique perfume, disembodied voices, and ballroom music when no one else was there. It is now home to the Lexington Art League.
Hayswood Hospital- Maysville, Kentucky- This abandoned building is private property and has large “no trespassing” signs all around the perimeter, so please do not break the law if you choose to visit! Stay outside and just take a look from a distance! This building was a local hospital since 1923, but finally shut down in 1983. It has since fallen into a severe state of disrepair. Since then, residents have reported hearing babies crying in the maternity ward, lights coming on even though there is no power, drastic temperature changes, and apparitions in the upper windows.