October 26, 2012
For all its modern modernity, Columbus is a 200-year-old city. That means we have our share of skeletons in our closets. In fact, we have more than skeletons - many people believe the city is downright haunted. (Cue spooky organ music and thunder.)
The Lofts Hotel is known for its luxe furnishings, airy rooms and historic architectural details. But many say the hotel holds a secret. The ghost of a woman dressed in Edwardian clothing has been seen by many staff members and visitors. The ghost can even be seen in a turn-of-the-century photograph in the hotel from the time when the building was a transportation company's warehouse.
The North Market is the hub of the Columbus Food Scene. But few people know it and many of the buildings around it are built over what was once Columbus' North Graveyard. In the late 1800s, city leaders moved many of the remains of those buried there to Green Lawn Cemetery, but they didn't find everyone. Road repairs in the area have unearthed unmarked graves just a few feet below the surface. Ghost sightings are commonly reported along Vine, Front and Park Streets, possibly enhanced by the active nightlife scene...
Civil War-era hauntings are said to take place at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. The area was a prisoners-of-war camp during the Civil War, and 2,260 soldiers lost their lives and are buried there. The ghost of a lady dressed in grey has been sighted near the grave of Benjamin F. Allen.
Have you seen any other ghosts in Columbus?