North Benton, Ohio Ghost Pictures

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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.

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