Investigate the Paranormal This Fall In Waynesville and Lebanon

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Guided walking tours and ghost hunts give visitors the opportunity to investigate authentic hauntings in Warren County this fall.

Guided walking tours and ghost hunts give visitors the opportunity to investigate authentic hauntings in Warren County this fall.

Jo Wise, owner of The Pink Hippo antique and specialty shop in Lebanon, has had her fair share of ghostly encounters.

“The location of the Pink Hippo was an old doctor’s office and the County Morgue at one time,” said Wise. “I’ve seen a few ghosts in the shop, but the most recurring is a little boy. A couple years ago there was a boy who lived upstairs who would tell his mom about his friend who played with him up there. They would leave to go out, and come home, and all the toys that had been put away would be out.”

“The people who live there now say they can hear a little boy laughing,” said Wise. “My own daughter comes into the shop and she’ll see him sitting on the stairs. When I’ve asked her and the people upstairs what he looks like, they describe him to me exactly the same.”

Wise, who is also the Executive Director of Historic Downtown Lebanon, Inc. (HDLI), said that Lebanon is a hotspot for the paranormal.

“I’ve walked into places in town, like the Warren County Historical Society Museum, and I’ll say to them, ‘You’ve got some ghosts in here,’ and they’ll reply that they already know.”

For guided tours of Warren County’s most haunted places, view the list below, and visit http://www.ohioslargestplayground.com for more details.

Ghostly History Walking Tours of Waynesville, “The Most Haunted Village in Ohio”
Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from October 1 – October 31 at 7:30 pm
Location: Museum at the Friends Home, 115 South Fourth Street, Waynesville.
Price: Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up.
For more information: http://www.friendshomemuseum.org.
Hotspots: Hammel House Inn,

Experience Ohio’s most haunted village first-hand as you tour historic buildings along Main Street and throughout the Quaker Hill area of Waynesville while learning of ghostly encounters past and present. You begin at the Museum at the Friends Home, a restored boarding home which appears very much as it did when retired Quakers and single school teachers lived there around the turn of the 20th Century.

Paranormal Ghost Hunt in Lebanon
Dates: Harmon Hall October 12, 13, & 26, 9 pm to midnight
Glendower Historic Mansion October 31, 9 pm to midnight
Cost: $80 per person in advance for Harmon Hall; $100 per person in advance for Glendower
For more information: http://www.wchsmuseum.org or 513-932-1817

Hear and see what happens when history and the paranormal unfold. Your guided tour will visit all the hot spots inside Harmon Hall, recounting recent encounters with the paranormal. Guests may bring one small hand held device such as a camera or voice recorder for “ghost meter”.

Lunch & Learn in Lebanon: “The Past is Present”
Dates: October 3, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1 pm
Location: Warren County Historical Society Museum
Cost: $18 in advance, includes luncheon
Speaker: Diane J. Reed, author of the novel Twixt
For more information: http://www.wchsmuseum.org

Halloween (or Samhain) is an ancient Celtic holiday where it was believed that the veil becomes thinnest between worlds and one could contact the departed. Explore the history of Irish immigration to Ohio & the U.S. and their circular concept of time and Halloween traditions. Then examine how one author incorporated this unique Irish worldview into a paranormal novel where the past is always present (with supernatural consequences!).

Ghost Tour: Harmon Hall
Dates: October 26, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Harmon Hall in Lebanon, Ohio
Cost: $20 per person in advance.
For more information: http://www.wchsmuseum.org or 513-932-1817

Take a late night tour of Harmon Hall and listen to the many ghost stories associated with this historic building in downtown Lebanon. Guests may bring one small hand held device such as a camera.

The Golden Lamb: Sarah’s Room
Location: 27 S. Broadway in Lebanon, Ohio
For more information: http://www.goldenlamb.com or 513-932-5065
Hotspots: “Sarah’s Room” on the fourth floor

On the 4th floor of The Golden Lamb Inn in historic downtown Lebanon, there is a special room called "Sarah's Room" where many guests say they have encountered the presence of Sarah Stubbs, a child who lived in the hotel in the 1800´s. As a relative of the inn´s owner, she and her mother were often relocated from room to room. All the moving disturbed Sarah and her frustration is felt (and seen) today by her toys and belongings unexpectedly being moved, or doors being opened.

About the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground! With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio.

The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a professional destination marketing organization committed to economic growth by increasing overnight and year-round visitors.

Tourism is the leading industry in Warren County. The 7.8 million yearly visitors drive an economic impact of $993 million and 10,657 tourism-related jobs.

For additional information, visit http://www.ohioslargestplayground.com or call 800-433-1072.

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