In 1899, a sixteen year old maid named Gail Parish and her father came from Athens County to work for the family of the mansion. Her father, a blacksmith, hired a young man named Johnny Kelly to assist him in the smithy. Gail and Johnny became lovers, and when her father and the owners of the mansion found out, they forbade the two to ever see each other again. In a craze, Johnny broke into Gail’s room one night and slit her throat with a shaving knife. In her blood on the stairwell he wrote “If I cannot have you, no one can.” It is said that Gail’s calico dress sometimes appears in the closet.
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Located in Schallenberger State Nature Preserve, Beck’s Knob is said to be haunted by a man who shot himself there. Known as Hermit on the Knob, his ghost carries a lantern as he walks from the knob to a nearby creek.
Also known as the Herbert M. Turner Residence and Spook Hollow, this house is located at 1934 Cold Spring Drive, just north of Old Columbus Road. Built in 1806 and expanded in 1830, a ghostly horseman is said to haunt the valley where the house sits.
It was said that he had a buried treasure in the area between the quince and apple orchard. Both of those landmarks are no longer in existence. There is a family cemetery located on the property as well. The horseman is said to right through the valley at night, protecting his treasure. The house was abandoned for some time in the 1950s, but is now occupied.