Greely Chapel Road Added To Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project

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Long before my personal addiction to Kewpee hamburgers, my love affair with Lima, Ohio, began with the bridge on Greely Chapel Road. During my first trip out there around 2001, it was just another Crybaby Bridge. Of course, the more I dug, the stranger the stories surrounding this bridge got.

Several years later, I got involved with the annual Lima Lantern Tours and that’s when the stories really took off! Seems like everyone I spoke with during the Lantern Tours had a weird story to tell me about the bridge on Greely Chapel Bridge. There were so many stories that when the idea to create a database of all reported Crybaby Bridges in Ohio popped into my head, Greely Chapel Road was the first bridge I wrote down on my list of “must-haves”.

OK, enough reminiscing! Click here and enjoy a virtual visit to the latest edition to the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project: Greely Chapel Road Crybaby Bridge.

If this is the first time you’ve stumbled upon my little Crybaby Project, swing on over to the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project home page first to get caught up on what this whole thing’s about!

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #5

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Hard to believe, but we’re only about a month away from the official release of Ohio’s Historic Haunts. So the Name That Location photos are going to start coming a lot faster. With that in mind, take a peek at the photo that will appear on age 59 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts. Can you name the location?

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If you can’t wait to see a copy of Ohio’s Historic Haunts sitting on a shelf in a local bookstore, eagerly awaiting your purchase, you can preorder it now on Amazon or directly through Kent State University Press.

Oh yeah, and click here if you want to see all of the locations that I’ve revealed so far!

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Location #4 Revealed!

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Well, this one didn’t fool many people: It’s the Haunted Hydro in Fremont, Ohio!

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Let me just say that from the get-go, I was fascinated by the Haunted Hydro. Not only because it was unique in that it was a “haunted” haunted house, but also because of the rich history surrounding the building.

You see, the building was originally known as the Hydro Electric Power Plant. Created in 1911, the plant helped provide electricity to nearby Fremont, Ohio, with a little help from the nearby Sandusky River, of course.

That same Sandusky River would overflow its banks in March of 1913, bringing about one of the worst floods the area has ever seen. While there were no reported deaths at the plant that were a result of the flood, there are some who believe there were unreported drownings that led to the building being haunted. Some will also tell you that the hauntings predate the flood and even the building itself. In fact, there are whispers that the very ground the Haunted Hydro sits on is cursed.

Writing on basement beam showing how high the water rose during the flood of 1913

Regardless, step inside the Haunted Hydro and you might find yourselves face-to-face with the ghost of a little girl or any number of shadowy spectres, none of which are actual flesh-and-blood actors dressed up for the haunt. Although, to be fair, many guests and patrons have mistaken the ghosts for actors and actresses in costume. What’s more, one of the ghosts said to haunt the Hydro is believed to be that of a former employee.

I’m not going to tell you everything that happened when I spent the night inside the Haunted Hydro (at least not yet). What I will tell you is that it was a rather daunting task. For starters, the many twists and turns of the Hydro made it very hard to try and run all the cables for the video cameras and studio microphones.

Original placement of IR cameras inside the Haunted Hydro

Then there was the idea that even though I visited the Haunted Hydro off-season, many of the props were still on display. So let’s just say that no matter how many times I tried to make a mental note of where all the “monsters” were lurking inside the building, come the wee hours of the morning, I’d forget. The result was I would round a random corner, shine my flashlight upon a ghoul crouching in the corner, and promptly freak myself out!

Hydro Cemetery

Want to know more about what happened inside the Haunted Hydro? Grab yourself a copy of Ohio’s Historic Haunts right here.

Just want to catch up on all the other locations that I’ve revealed so far? click here!

Ticketing Information For My Presentation At Farnam Manor

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OK, here’s some exciting news for you: I’ll not only be doing a special presentation at Farnam Manor, one of the locations featured in my upcoming book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts, but you’ll also have the opportunity to ghost hunt with me and members of The Ghosts of Ohio!

Farnam Manor Exterior

It all begins at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 26th. I will be giving a special talk at Farnam Manor that will showcase some of the strangest and spookiest places I’ve visited in my 30+ years investigating the paranormal. A large portion of the presentation will focus on what happened the night I visited Farnam Manor for my book. Members of The Ghosts of Ohio who accompanied me that night will also be on hand to share their personal stories.

Then, after a tour of Farnam Manor, a very lucky few will have the opportunity to conduct a mini-ghost hunt at Farnam Manor with myself and The Ghosts of Ohio.

Tickets are available for the presentation, the ghost hunt, or both. But they won’t last, so grab yours today by clicking here now.

Ticket Information On Somerset Presentation

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Here you go: the specifics on my upcoming presentation in Somerset, Ohio:

The event will take place on October 23rd at the famous Clay Haus restaurant in Somerset, Ohio, which is also featured in my upcoming book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts. Things will get underway at 6:00 pm with a special dinner provided by Clay Haus. After that, we will all be headed downstairs for a special presentation, showcasing some of the weirdest photos, videos, and bits of audio I’ve managed to capture over the years. Of course, there will be plenty of time spent discussing what happened when I spent the night inside Clay Haus for my book. I will even have some special guests with me who will share their experiences, too.

As if that wasn’t enough, here’s some more coolness: proceeds from the ticket sales all go to the Nellie Sheridan Wilson Statue Committee. This committee, which is comprised of members of the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society, was formed in 2014 with the sole purpose of raising funds to erect a statue of Nellie Sheridan Wilson near Somerset’s town square. In other words, by purchasing a ticket to hear me talk about ghosts, you’re helping get a historical statue erected. How cool is that?

Tickets to this special event are extremely limited. In fact, there are only 50 seats available. And they are going to go fast!

To purchase your tickets, send an e-mail to Gerald Bryant at jbryant0225@gmail.com. Title it something like “tickets for James Willis at Clay Haus” so it gets to the right place and be sure to let him know how many tickets you’re interested in. Gerald will get back to you with information on how to purchase the tickets if they are still available. Sorry, but I am not handling the ticket sales, so you can’t order them through me.

Best of luck snagging these tickets! Hope to see you on October 23rd!

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For more information on Nellie Sheridan Wilson and the plans for the statue, go here.

Visit the Clay Haus’ web site by clicking here.

Pre-Registering Information For My Eastlake Presentation

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Look! There’s an official poster for my upcoming appearance at the Eastlake Public Library this September!
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Pre-registration begins bright and early on Monday, August 17th. You can call the number on the poster or register online by following this link:  PRE-REGISTER HERE.

As for what I’ll be speaking about, it will be the usual spooky stuff, although there will be a lot of new video, audio, and photographs, especially since this will be my first time in Eastlake. Of course, I’ll also be talking about Ohio’s Historic Haunts and maybe, just maybe, I’ll bring along some members of The Ghosts Of Ohio so you can really get a behind-the-scenes look at things!

Hope to see you all there!

First Glimpse Of Cover For Ohio’s Historic Haunts

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After two and a half years’ worth of research (and many months of writing, re-writing, and transcribing interviews), my next book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts, finally has an official cover:

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Now I know some of you might be thinking “nice, but it’s just a cover.” My response to that is “yeah, but just you wait.” While that might just be a cover, it’s a cover for over 300 pages of history, first-person accounts of paranormal activity, and in-depth discussions on what happened when I spent the night inside 21 historically significant buildings in Ohio that are reportedly haunted. Trust me: if you have any interest in Ohio history, folklore, and/or ghost hunting, you’re gonna want to read this book.

Pre-order your copy through Amazon here or directly through Kent State University Press here. And if you want even more inside scoop on the book, click on over to My Appearances to see when I’ll be coming to your area to share some spooky video, photos, and audio clips with you!

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #4

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OK, so this may or may not be an easy one for you. But if you live anywhere in the central/northern part of Ohio (or have a love for all things Halloween), you should recognize this place.

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This photo will appear on page 14 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts, available this fall through all major online booksellers as well as most Ohio brick-and-mortar bookstores. But why wait? It’s available for preorder now on Amazon!

So…can you name the location?

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Need to catch up on all the other locations that I’ve revealed so far? Go here!

If Amazon’s not your thing, you can pre-order Ohio’s Historic Haunts directly through Kent State University Press here.