Haunted places of Christopher Columbus – Axios Columbus


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It’s not Halloween season without some ghost stories, is it?

Our recommendations for local haunts:

🏛️ Ohio Statehouse Haunted Tours

Meet historical figures on a lantern-lit tour through dark hallways and chambers.

  • 7-9 p.m. Friday, Saturday. $13. Tickets.

🪦 Spooky Columbus Tour

A bus tour of the cemetery with “Secret Columbus” author Anietra Hamper, featuring some of the hidden, fascinating and unusual places from her book.

🏠 Kelton House Museum and Garden

It is said that the Kelton family still resides in this 19th century house, keeping an eye on the living.

Hopkins Hall

On Ohio State’s famous Oval is a spectral reminder of why sleepless nights aren’t always a good idea.

  • legend has it that a student got stuck in an elevator overnight and no one heard her screaming for help. She slammed her hands against the walls of the elevator, covering them with handprints.
  • While the elevator is now clean, only one handprint remains on the exterior of the building that cannot be erased.

❄️ Elevator Brewery & Draft Haus

When the snow starts to fall, check the restaurant’s back door at 161 N. High St.

  • The story goes that in the early 1900s, a womanizer died after a despised woman stabbed him in the chest before fleeing barefoot through the snow.
  • His footprints still show up when it snows but lead nowhere, Columbus Monthly Reports.


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