Abbeyville Road Bridge

Type
Vehicle bridge over water

Legend
A classic Crybaby Bridge urban legend, meaning it is nice and vague. It is said that a long time ago (most versions put the event some time in the 1950s), a local woman gave birth to a baby out of wedlock. Fearing ridicule and scorn, one night the woman decided to murder the newborn. Walking with the baby up onto the bridge, the woman paused briefly before throwing the infant over the side and into the water below.
Today, if you go to the bridge late at night, you are supposed to be able to hear the baby crying. As to what type of night offers your best shot of hearing the crying, that seems to differ depending on who is telling you the tale. But the most popular types are:

  • “a dark, moonless night”
  • “at midnight during a full moon”
  • “a still night with no wind”
  • “a slient night” (my personal favorite)

Ritual
None currently known

Location
Located along Abbeyville Road in Valley City (Medina County). Approximate location is the 2800 block of Abbeyville Road. Incidentally, it’s only a short distance away from the Abbeyville Road Railroad Bridge, home of the 2nd Abbeyville Road Crybaby Bridge legend.

Notes
That’s right, there are actually two Crybaby Bridges on Abbeyville Road. Of the two, this is the one that appears to have been around the longest, with my current research showing the first mentions of this particular tale appearing around 1991.
Even so, with the addition of the 2nd tale around 2003, the two stories have become entwined and often fully morph into one story. Multiple web sites currently carry a variation of the 2 legends which has the baby being thrown off a railroad bridge (2nd bridge) into the water below (1st bridge).

Personal Experiences
None yet. Got one to share? Send it to jim@strangeandspooky.com

Additional Information
Dead Ohio
Ohio Exploration

LIST OF KNOWN CRYBABY BRIDGES IN OHIO
Abbeyville Road Bridge
Abbeyville Road Railroad Bridge
Alliance Crybaby Bridge
Blackrabbit Road Crybaby Bridge
Brubaker Road Covered Bridge
Cable Train Overpass
Cedarville Crybaby Bridge
Clinton Crybaby Bridge
Crybaby Hill (Harris-Jones Cemetery)
Crybaby Lane (Euler Road)
Crybaby Tunnel
Crying Bridge
Crystal Springs Crybaby Bridge
Egypt Road Crybaby Bridge 
Fudge Road 
Gore Orphanage Road Crybaby Bridge
Greely Chapel Road Crybaby Bridge
Helltown Crybaby Bridge
Hyde Road Crybaby Bridge
Lefevre Road Crybaby Bridge
Mary Jane’s Bridge
Myrtle Hill Road Crybaby Bridge
Newton Falls Covered Bridge
Palmer Road Crybaby Bridge
Pfeiffer Crybaby Bridge
Philo Crybaby Bridge
Rogue’s Hollow
Screaming Bridge
Sidney Crybaby Bridge
Stover Road
Tindall Bridge
Wisner Road

Crybaby Bridge Project Home Page

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