It was brought to my attention that these haunted Athens threads should be combined into one or they would be blocked. I have much more stories to
post so I'm going to post them all in Part 4 as a thread and then continued on in the comments section. I have contacted two admins to get my threads
combined but have not recieved a reply yet. If anyone could help me with this, please do. Thanks!
The place where a house once stood outside Athens now has the evocative name of Screaming Hollow. According to legend, the woman who lived there died
when her furnace exploded as she filled it with coal. Now the clearing at the dead-end of her old driveway is plagued by the sounds of her final
screams, and the woman herself sometimes appears, running around frantically while flames consume her. Screaming Hollow is said to be "on or near"
Luhrig Road just outside Athens.
One of the cemeteries in Athens, Ohio is regularly surrounded by ghost stories. It is not new information that Athens has been labeled as one of the
world’s most haunted places. The city is home to hundreds of ghosts and some people believe that every spot in the community must definitely have a
ghost. The town of Athens seems to deserve this label, from the college campus to the old mental asylum. The story of Simms Cemetery is one of the
most popular and well-known stories in the area.
Simms Cemetery lies in Athens, Ohio and a lot of people say that it is one of the most haunted cemeteries and locations in the world as well. It is
one of many cemeteries in the area and it’s located off of Peach Ridge Road. According to a local legend, five cemeteries in the area can be
connected with drawing lines in the form of a pentagram on a map.
A local man, John Simms, is the one that gave the cemetery its name. He was one of the town officials and had a pronounced taste for capital
punishment. He was known for sentencing to death by hanging people for the most common offenses. He was also well known for the awful prejudices
towards the freed slaves that were living in the area. In fact, the majority of people hanged by him were African Americans.
Locals believe that the ghost of John Simms is still wandering in the cemetery in his hooded robe, still searching for criminals. Some legends even
tell that he is carrying a sickle in his hand and that he chases people who trespass away from the cemetery. Mary Roberts is another ghost figure
associated with this cemetery. Allegedly, she was a witch that was buried near the plots of the Simms family and she continues to haunt his family in
death to this day. This legend was demonstrated and it is not true, taking into account the fact that she was buried along with her daughter and
father on a piece of land that was part of her farm, outside the cemetery.
Another popular story that surrounds Simms Cemetery involves the Hanging Tree. This is said to be the spot the infamous John Simms watched his
victims being condemned to death. This tree still exists in the cemetery and there are visible spots where the ropes were once hung. It is not a
pleasant thing to imagine how the poor souls took their last breath there from the tree. The tree was no longer used after 1890s. Locals claim that
bodies hanging from the tree can be seen late at night.
Some people even have said that the cemetery frequently moves itself and that it changes its location in order to elude any potential visitors. There
are some stories of odd lights, of shadows moving inside and even of odd voices coming from it at night.
Simms Cemetery in Athens, Ohio is on private property and, if you want to experience ghost hunt, you need to ask for the owner permission to visit
it, even though it’s less likely that you’ll get his permission to enter there at night.
Formerly The Athens Lunatic Asylum
Probably Athens most notorious location. Many mental institutions in the United States are said to be haunted and thus The Ridges from Athens, Ohio,
is no exception to that. If you have ever watched a horror movie, you must have observed that these types of buildings are presented as hulking
structures with lots of cobwebs and ghosts that are waiting and haunting at each corner. The abandoned buildings are even worse when it comes to
haunting rumors. The Ridges from Athens, Ohio is one of the abandoned places that are said to be powerfully haunted.
The Mental Medical Centre opened here on January 9th 1874 and it specialized in the treatment of criminally and mentally insane patients. It was then
known as the Athens Lunatic Asylum. It took over six years to be built and many people thought that a nice quiet place would be a benefit for the
health of the insane patients. The majority of the original patients were admitted there by court order or even by their own families. Sometimes these
kinds of mental institutions paid an amount of money for every patient they registered when they were lacking them so many families entrusted them
with their disturbed family members.
Everyone knew that, despite the large number of disturbed individuals residing there, The Ridges was a calm peaceful place, where patients benefited
from fountains and picnics on the beautiful grounds. But this idyllic scenery would not to last a long time. The Ridges soon turned into an
overcrowded institution that was treating its patients in a cruel way. Ice water baths, electroshock therapies and lobotomies become regular
practices. The kinds of patients submitted to treatment also changed, because children turned their older parents over to the asylum and teenagers
that were considered rebellious were brought here by their parents as well.
Several other strange things have happened at The Ridges, besides the cruel treatment applied to the patients. On the 1st of December 1978, a patient
named Margaret Schilling mysteriously disappeared. The legend says she was playing hide and seek with the nurses, who got distracted and forgot to
look for her. Over more than a month, on the 12th of January 1979 her body was found by a maintenance worker.
Her death was not as mysterious as the marks her body left on the floor. An imprint of her clothes and hair are perfectly visible on the floor. Some
said that her body decomposed and the outline was formed because of the reaction of the corpse to the sunlight. This is not a very good explanation,
though, because the stain is still there and reappears even after been cleaned up. Margaret Schilling is not the only former patient that is said to
be still haunting The Ridges.
The Asylum has a cemetery where those who died were buried and there are rumors it is haunted as well. Because many of the patients were admitted at
The Ridges by the court system, they had no remaining family and no persons to pay the funeral expenses. They were thus anonymously buried in simple
graves with a number attached. At one area the linear shapes of the graves form a circle, which is said to be a witches’ meeting point.
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