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Ohio University paranormal

Location submitted by: jragan on 01/07/2011
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In 1803, Ohio became a state and on February 18, 1804, the Ohio General Assembly passed an act establishing "The Ohio University." The opened in 1808 with one building, three students, and its one professor, Jacob Lindley.

1 Park Pl
Athens , OH 45701
Phone: (740) 593-4020
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 39.3256738
Lon: -82.1010568

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 2
Claims: 27
Evidence: 0
Resources: 2
Retrievals: 8673
Vistor Rating: 5.0
Votes: 1

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At the end of the war both Cutler and Putnam found they had "an abundance of liberty but no property, and their occupation gone." Hoping to emigrate to the vast Northwest Territory that the defeated British would have to forfeit, Putnam petitioned the Continental Congress to honor its promise to pay soldiers for their military service with grants of land. Three years later, Congress still had not drafted a satisfactory plan for distributing land and governing the Northwest Territory. Putnam decided on a new tactic. He would try to buy land in the Ohio territory, specifically in the Muskingum valley, which he had been told was fertile. Consequently, he placed an "Information" in Massachusetts newspapers, inviting veterans of the Revolution who had been promised land in "the delightful region" of the Ohio Country to send delegates to a meeting at Boston's Bunch of Grapes Tavern, where they would form an association to purchase lands from Congress.

Though seventeen years passed before the founding of the university, Manasseh Cutler and Rufus Putnam did not waver in their determination to see it become a reality. By the spring of 1788, Putnam had gathered fifty laborers, surveyors, and boat builders and proceeded to the mouth of the Muskingum River, near Fort Harmar, where he founded Marietta, the first settlement in Ohio. The following year, the Ohio Company's directors urged Putnam and Cutler to seek "the establishment of Instructors in the university," to "procure a charter for that Seminary," and to "Fix the townships which the Directors are obliged to Set apart for the support of a University." However, it was not until 1795, after General Anthony Wayne's devastating campaign against Ohio's Native Americans the Shawnee, the Miami, and the Delaware that Putnam could complete a survey and select the two centrally located townships for the university's land. When he persuaded about twenty "substantial men" to pole their way up the Hocking River in 1797, the slow settlement of the area began.

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Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

Many of the ghost stories associated with Athens and the University center around the former Athens Lunatic Asylum and the horrors that supposedly went on there. Two notable examples of alleged local hauntings are a statue of an angel in the cemetery on West State St which is said to be crying, and the spirit of a civil war veteran called Michael Ward, who chants names of the university's students.

Added by: jragan on 01/14/2011 DB#:1004

Ohio University is known in state folklore as the most haunted college campus in the entire United States, if not the world. Established in 1804, the university is quite old by Ohio's standards, which only adds to its ghostly reputation. A large number of places on campus are said to be haunted, and numerous other popular tales are told about the university across Athens county.

The British Society for Psychical Research claims that Athens, Ohio, is one of the most haunted places in the world.  Fox at one point also taped an episode of its Scariest Places On Earth program at OU

Added by: jragan on 01/13/2011 DB#:1002

Paranormal Claims

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1088 01/14/2011 jragan The spirit of a civil war veteran called Michael Ward, who chants names of the university's students.
1109 01/14/2011 jragan In Wilson Hall there are several reports about shadowy ghostly figures in the hallways.
1108 01/14/2011 jragan In Crawford Hall CD and tape players will not play the Bob Marley song “Laura.”
1107 01/14/2011 jragan In Crawford Hall lights will flicker and doors will either slam or open.
1106 01/14/2011 jragan In Crawford Hall an apparition of a student named Laura who fell to her death from her fourth floor window is seen late at night.
1105 01/14/2011 jragan In Voigt Hall students have reported seeing the apparition of a woman dressed in black standing in their room. Also, items on their desk were strewn all over the floor. One of the student’s even reported hearing the woman tying on her laptop computer… which was off.
1104 01/14/2011 jragan In Perkins Hall, students have reported cold chills and the feelings of uneasiness.
1103 01/14/2011 jragan In Perkins Hall a refrigerator door opens by itself.
1102 01/14/2011 jragan In Perkins Hall a TV has turned on by itself.
1101 01/14/2011 jragan In Perkins Hall lights have turned on and off by themselves.
1100 01/14/2011 jragan In Perkins Hall voices have been heard in the RA’s room.
1099 01/14/2011 jragan In Bush Hall there are the sounds of falling marbles and dripping liquid.
1098 01/14/2011 jragan In Bush Hall there is a poltergeist that pulls pranks such as turning on and off water faucets and playing with lights.
1097 01/14/2011 jragan In Washington Hall an entire basketball team haunts the whole building including the arch that connects Washington and Read Hall. It is said that a girls basketball team, which was killed in a bus accident, returns to one of their favorite locations.
1096 01/14/2011 jragan In Jefferson Hall sounds of hundreds of marbles being dropped on the floor are heard.
1095 01/14/2011 jragan In Jefferson Hall toilet paper in bathroom stalls unroll by themselves.
1094 01/14/2011 jragan In Jefferson Hall toilets flush by themselves.
1093 01/14/2011 jragan In Jefferson Hall lights turn on and off by themselves.
1092 01/14/2011 jragan In Jefferson Hall there was an apparition of a school teacher dressed in 1950s clothing spotted in the attic.
1091 01/14/2011 jragan At the Contemporary History Institute, which was formerly the Brown House, there is sometimes seen an apparition of Millie Brown looking out her window and the sounds of children splashing in her swimming pool which no longer exists.
1090 01/14/2011 jragan The Sigma Phi Epsilon house located at 24 E. Washington used to be a stop for the Underground Railroad. It is reported that a former slave named Nicodemus, who was killed in the building, haunts this location.
1089 01/14/2011 jragan There were reports at the Delta Tau Delta house of poltergeist after a tombstone was taken from Simms Cemetary. Once the stone was returned, the activity stopped.
1087 01/14/2011 jragan The statue of an angel in the cemetery on West State St which is said to be crying on occasions.
1199 01/29/2011 jragan In the dorms of the “Convo”, a ghost of a student who died in her sleep embraced another student who slept in her same bed.
1200 01/29/2011 jragan Another room in the “Convo” has a haunted closet, whose door opens and closes on its own and from which books and clothes fly.
1201 01/29/2011 jragan On the West Green you can hear a river that once ran near and the chants of native Americans.
1202 01/29/2011 jragan On the West Green, there are reports of a headless buffalo roaming the grounds.

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Wikipedia Record
Added: 01/07/2011 By: jragan
Record on Wikipedia about Ohio University
Forgotten Ohio
Added: 01/13/2011 By: jragan
Website with several claims about Ohio University.

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