Haunted Places in Cleveland

by Alia Baig

Just because Halloween is over, it doesn’t mean these 5 places in Cleveland are any less haunted! While Cleveland might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of ghost towns, it has quite a few spooky secrets of its own.

1. Franklin Castle


Franklin Castle was built in 1865 by German immigrant Hannes Tiedemann. Both his wife and daughter were rumored to have mysteriously died in the house. One of them had been murdered with an axe, and her spirit haunts the “cold room” which is ten degrees colder than the rest of the house.


2. Squire’s Castle


Built by Feargus B. Squire in 1890, Squire’s Castle is said to be haunted by his wife, who fell down the stairs and broke her neck while living in the castle. At night, she is rumored to be seen peering out of the upstairs window, sometimes holding a lantern.


3. Drury Mansion


This mansion built in 1920 has had ghost sightings reported since it was constructed. In 1972 half of the house was leased for convicts and two security guards were stationed outside. The next morning they were found standing back to back, scared out of their wits by the haunted building.


3. Chestnut Grove Cemetery


This cemetery has an extensive history, as it was originally a burial site for a Native American tribe and later converted to a cemetery. Since opening in 1819, more than 18,000 people have been buried there, including people from the Ashtabula train disaster. If you visit the obelisk built in honor of the lost souls, you may see kneeling figures in front of it saying: “I’m sorry.”

5. Federal Reserve Bank


According to reports from employees, a woman by the name of Matilda haunts this building, which can be found in downtown Cleveland. She committed suicide in 1929 after losing all her money in the stock market and reportedly roams the building dressed as a flapper.