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The Haunted House in Salem Ohio

Its haunted by a number of ghosts.

It looks like a normal house from the outside, but it’s actually a haunted house. It was built back during the civil war and was used as part of the Underground Railroad. Eventually the house was abandoned .Then in 1996, it was completely renovated. And a family moved into this haunted house. They had no idea of all the ghostly activity the 3 daughters would soon be experiencing.

At night, outside the door of the 3rd bedroom, the figure of a young girl was repeatedly seen. She would call out for her cat a few times before she would vanish. Occasionally the ghost of the cat would be seen running to the young girl. The girl is wearing a long skirt that expands out and a wide brimmed hat. Her clothes suggest she lived and died during civil war times. It is not know why this girl died or why her cat died.

In the living room, by the west window, the ghost of a young woman has been seen a few times. This woman is in a sitting position. There must have been a couch or chair placed there a long time ago. She looks up the stairs and then simply disappears. Her hair is very old fashioned with long ring curls. She also wears a bonnet and a long flowing skirt like the young girl who haunts upstairs.

The basement was used to hide the runaway slaves. During the reconstruction, a room was discovered and half of the wall was removed to make a door. This room is thought to be the hiding place of the slaves. A ghost of a slave has been seen in this room. He takes a few steps, stops, turns around, takes a few more steps and then fades away.

There have been footsteps heard in the small attic. The only entrance to the attic is in the third bedroom’s closet’s ceiling. No one can easily get into the attic without a ladder. And no one ever went into the attic, they had no reason to. Also, when the eldest daughter was home, she heard a voice actually calling her name from upstairs. No one else has had this happen to them. Later on the oldest daughter moved into the master bedroom. One night she woke up feeling someone sitting on her bed. She reached out to touch who ever it was sitting there but no one was there. Then she felt like someone was holding her down and she couldn’t move. After a minute or two, she felt the pressure of the unseen hands let go of her. This has only occurred once.

The middle daughter moved into the third bedroom when the eldest moved out of it. She had a more terrifying experience. She was woken up by her bed shaking violently. The next night the same thing happened. And on the third night, she swears she saw a man. The man walked threw her dresser and then her bed began to shake yet again. This time her bed frame broke from the shaking.

There’s also something in the kitchen. It likes to move random objects. While someone was washing dishes or cooking food, the plates and bowls move all by themselves. Some things have completely vanished. And they will turn up the next day in a different area then where it was left.

No more haunting has been reported. The 2 older girls moved at when they turned 18. Then in 2007, the family still living there was evicted due to foreclosure on the house. It has been empty since.

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  1. Caroline

    On September 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Hi, I used to go to school in Salem and thought it was very strange. Do you know the address of this house??

  2. yakihan

    On September 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    274 west 5th street. i dont believe anyone lives there now.i used to go to school in salem too.

  3. Haley

    On November 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I actually go to salem now and i am very interested in how haunted salem is..i heard it is very very haunted…especially 4th street

  4. yakihan

    On November 28, 2008 at 7:54 am

    XD this house in on 5th street.

  5. Wolfe

    On December 23, 2008 at 8:49 am

    I lived in salem also but I lived in two different houses they both where haunted one was on Harrison Ave. In Salem Heights area and the other was on Edgewood Dr. off Southeast Blvd

  6. Elaine

    On December 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I live in Salem, and I have never heard of any hauntings here. Maybe I live under a rock.

  7. sdc

    On January 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    What about 1583 N. Ellsworth? And the old Finch house off Jennings at 10th St….Any stories still floating around?

  8. hailey

    On February 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    i go to salem now and there is a ton of legends about salem and i do beleive one of my friends said 4th st was built over an indian burial ground

  9. Lindsay

    On April 22, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Hi, my name is Lindsay and I am part of a paranormal research group in Uhrichsvile, Ohio…as a group we are extremely interested in this house but can’t seem to find the adress or any contact information..we need permission to investigate of course, and can;t find the right people to talk to..if anyone can help, i’d greatly appreciate it :)

  10. Yaki han

    On April 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I’d love to give the address, message me at

  11. bebe

    On May 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

    i have been in this house when it was 4 sale and i could feel the presence of two spirts i have been blessed with a gift to sense spirts when i walk into a house i can sense spirits

  12. bebe

    On May 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

    my contact info is

  13. Terry

    On July 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

    That Finch house would be one that haunted if any are. I Remember when the father and son died in the basement from paint fumes and the youngest sons death on the quad. Very Sad.

    Lindsay, if your interested in possible ghost, I can think of a place us kids used to visit and get scared out of our wits from. Not sure if its still there even. It was located on the corner of Pinelake Rd and Duck creek Rd.

    Its was an old Farm where the husband hung both his wife and child, then killed himself. I swear we used to see figures of the people handing in the open barn window in the loft.

    One of the most believeable times I suspected ghost was at the old Demings building. A white collar worker hung himself in one of the office. We could see the office from the deburring and wash room. One night we wanted to play a joke on a guy working in the wash room by himself.

    One of the other guys went to that office, open the door for some light to cast on him and acted like he was hanging. Scared the guy so bad he actually said the was quitting and going home until we explained what we did and all laughed about it.

    We tried it again several nights later on a guy just startng there. Only this time the guy that was playing that part of the hanging man came back down white as a ghost. he said when he opened the door he seen a guy hanging and staring right at him. The guy was literally scared out of his wits and shaking. Building is gone now, wonder were these spirits go after that.

  14. sdc

    On January 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    That paint fume incident was with a different family down the street, not the Finch’s.

  15. Brett

    On April 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I used to live on Maple St, when I was a kid. The address was 1169, if I remember right. But anyway, I rememer seeing figures in the upstairs. I moved out a whle ago, and do not know if it is still haunted. a

    I remember rumors of SouthEast Elementary being haunted. True or not?

  16. becky

    On January 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I now live in this house and would be interested on any information anyone might have on it.

  17. Tim

    On March 5, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I live real close to 5th street. Does anyone know the address.

  18. nora bennett

    On October 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    hi my name is nora iam from the after dark paranormal research group from Canton ohio I would like any information on places in salem that we could go and do some invesgation on you can email me at thank you 10-2-2012

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