North Benton, Ohio Ghost Pictures
Our home is what was originally known as North Benton Station. Built sometime around 1773 it was originally a stage coach stop for the Red Line Stage Coach Line. Originally a one room coach stop and trading post, the proprietors traded with the Hopewell Indians who have a large mound type structure about one quarter mile directly west of the establishment.
It was partially excavated by a professor from Ohio State University in the 1940's. All artifacts recovered as a result of that excavation mysteriously disappeared shortly thereafter and were never found.
Sometime during the early 1800's the building was added onto and it became a two story building with the upper story being rooms for travelers. In 1893 it caught fire and the upper story was burned off.
It was then Howard's store (source the Alliance review) with $120. 00 damages being done. During the ensuing years it has been a general store, post office, gas station, and was even a haunted house for a short while.
My wife and I bought it in late 1990 at which point it was uninhabitable. Over the years we rebuilt it and it became a family home. Over the years we have seen and heard many things. In one room, on a lot of mornings, you can plainly hear 1940's music being played at what sounds like a party.
It's just in that one room and you don't need any special equipment to hear it, it's just there. When we began to renovate it we started to hear loud banging, knocking, and footsteps in every area of the house.
In the basement area an apparition can be seen on most evenings again, without any special equipment, it's just there. I love to scare our friends with it. We tell them the story and, of course they don't believe it and, one day, when they are in the basement alone they will see the apparition and it's really funny when they come upstairs, almost white, and tell us of their experience.
We love our ghosts and are perfectly happy with them staying here as they have become part of the family. .
- Ghost picture submitted by Bill
Comment by Terri:
I live in this area, I am a also new to North Bento, I am a history and ghost buff would love to see it.
Comment by Observer:
Well good for you! You 'ghost hunters' better wake up and smell the coffee! These are demons! Not spirits of the dearly departed! Someday all you who look for this stuff is going to take one of those 'things' home with you and then you'll be sorry! Wake up!.
Comment by Bill (owner):
Observer, we have lived in ''North Benton Station'' for over 25 years, and I can assure you that there are no demons here. Our ghosts have never harmed anyone, and we are perfectly happy to have them here and apparently they us. We wouldn't get rid of them even if that were possible. Some day I hope to be one of the ghostly inhabitants here myself. It seems that you could do with a little more research yourself before making a comment like that.
Comment by Bill (owner):
Terri, if you're in this area and wish to see our home, you're more than welcome. All you have to do is ask the post mistress where the trading post is, and she'll tell you. I have no problem with people coming to check out our ghosts as long as you are respectful of them and us. .
Comment by Dave:
I just moved to North Benton 2 years ago and am very interested in old buildings and haunted places. I live close to the cemetery on Hartzell Rd. Thank you for sharing.
Comment by Ralph:
The story makes me curious. Hopewell Indians disappeared some time after 500 BCE about 1200 years before the date you claim Benton Station was built. Your date of 1773 is also suspect as the first road into Deerfield was not built until 1799 (give or take a year or so.) I remember the dig in the mound just west of the Church.
Comment by Mario:
That is a very interesting story. It is wonderful that yall can coexist with the spirits without losing any sleep. Do you have anymore stories about happenings around your house.
Comment by Chris:
I want to help clarify this, since it brings up the burial mound in N. Benton.
1) The Hopewells were gone for over 1000 years by the time any white people lived in the area. By then there had been much less impressive descendants of the Hopewells who do not have a name from either history or archaeologists, then the Erie who chased out the ''Mound Builders'' from the region, then the Iroquois destroyed the Erie in the Beaver Wars during the 1600s, but lost the area to the French a few decades later and new peoples moved in- the Wyandot, Lenape, Shawnee and Seneca were all in and around the Mahoning Valley for a time before moving on. If any Native peoples were interacted with in historical times, it was one or more of them. Especially considering that Lenape and Shawnee were said to gather for council meetings and holiday celebrations somewhere in Youngstown during the time they were both here.
2) The artifacts in the mound were allegedly split up between the Ohio Historical Society and the family that owned the land, according to scientific papers I googled. Seems to be true, since I found pictures of some of them.
3) The mounds might not have even been made by the Hopewells themselves, but by the later Mound Builders just before they were pushed out of the area by the Erie some time around 1100AD- 600 years after the Hopewell Culture collapsed. Possibly a little later, even. The guy who said it was Hopewell was far from an expert (he called the Thunderbird effigy they found under the mound a vulture, for frick's sake). He made the distinction before carbon dating had been invented, and no one else did excavations on the mound before Natives across the country lobbied to make that sort of thing illegal in the 70s. Plus, looking into the matter, I kind of realized that every culture who made burial mounds in Ohio (that were actually intended to be burial mounds. After the Hopewells collapsed, they stopped making new ones for a long time and just buried their dead in the sides of whatever existing mound structure was handy, apparently. Hopewells made other mound structures too, which were never intended to be used that way and had some other purpose(s). All made their mounds in different styles, so you can tell which culture made them by their structure. The one in North Benton is confirmed as a real burial mound, but it doesn't look like an Adena Mound, Hopewell Mound or Fort Ancient Mound, but a whole other style of burial mound altogether. It's not isolated, either. There is a burial mound in a park in Kent and another one in Warren, PA (NOT Warren, OH, to clarify) which is now under a reservoir on land that used to be a Seneca Reservation called Squawkie Hill which are built in the same manner. I presume there should be more of them, but there is only one more probable one which no longer exists in Cleveland and no other mound structures made by Native Americans in the entire rest of the region that seem to be burial mounds- unless you count the one in McKeesport, PA, but that one wasn't made by the same people. It was made by the Monongahela Culture on the other side of the Ohio River from us.
PS- Looking into the ghost stories associated with North Benton, I feel really bad for the Atheist snake grave guy, assuming the story is based on any kind of reality whatsoever. Guy doesn't deserve to be immemorialized in such a stupid urban legend.
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