Haunted Hometown Ohio

Egypt Valley Wildlife Area

Every Buckeye Trail Middle School (my middle school) kid hears about the haunted Egypt Valley in Belmont County, Ohio.  Egypt Valley is a wildlife reserve that doesn’t fit into the landscape.  You’d expect lots of tall trees, maybe a stream and a lot of deer.  Egypt Valley is different, there are giant rocks, jagged cliffs and patches of dry brush everywhere.  It just doesn’t make sense.  It is said that ghosts and other creatures own the night terrorizing anyone brave (or stupid)  enough to make the trip.

Belmont County Map

Egypt Valley Map

The Murder

The true story begins in the mid-1800s with a young teenage girl, Louisa Fox, and her boyfriend, Thomas Carr.  He was much older than the 13-year-old girl and wanted to be married.  She was young, and he could be scary at times.  The townspeople described him as troubled, violent and angry.  He proposed and she agreed but later broke off the engagement.  He was furious.  He waited for her one night while she walked home from work.  He stopped her, kissed her goodbye and stabbed her 14 times after slitting her throat.  He attempted suicide by cutting his own throat and shooting himself, but survived and was sentenced to death a week later.  He was the first person in the county convicted of murder and was hung about a year later.

Concept art of fear

Terror by R-y-a on Deviant Art

Encounters in Egypt Valley

Below is an anonymous personal encounter of paranormal activity in Egypt Valley found on Forgotten Ohio.

Titled: Bloody Claw Marks

On September 13, 2003 me and a group of friends were getting ready to go fishing when we heard the story of Circle Cemetery from a friend who had visited the place before. That’s when we decided to visit this so-called haunted cemetery. We drove up to the cemetery and pulled over and began to walk up to “the circle.” Then we stepped up to a marble headstone and the air got real cold. We weren’t really scared, that was until we heard the dogs bark. But they suddenly stopped and we calmed down a little bit. Then, out of nowhere, our sides started to burn and we lifted our shirts. Three claw marks were stretched across my side like a dog’s paw. Two of my other friends suddenly had burning sensations in the face and arms when they looked down they had pricks and my one friend had cut marks above his eye with blood coming out of it. That’s when we decided to leave the cemetery.

Personal Remarks

I live about three hours North of Egypt Valley so I would never visit in hopes of finding phenomenon.  Even when I was younger and  lived with my parents in the Egypt Valley area, I was never the type who volunteered to dabble in paranormal activity.  I’m not scared of much, but spirits, ghosts and demons are not my cup of tea.  My theory is that unless you know an exorcist, you’re pretty much screwed.  Evil spirits are not like monsters, you can’t shoot them or protect yourself using physical force.  You can’t run or hide.  You’re left terrified and helpless.

Red Faced Demon Spirit

Demon Scene Photo from "Insidious"

Spiritual Inspiration

Child's drawing found on ZombieCupcake.blogspot.com

A child's drawing of what looks like a murder scene

Inspiration for art comes in many forms.  Those interested in macabre may use fear as fuel for an artistic spark for expression.  Our experiences with the paranormal are insights into perspective, personal beliefs and individual reaction.  The word paranormal describes an unusual situation that lacks a scientific definition.  It would be difficult to explain such an experience to someone who has never encountered paranormal phenomena.  It may help to try to recreate the experience by giving the story a visual.  Art is way of expression, interpretation and relief.  Think about the horror movies you’ve seen in which children draw monsters and demons that have visited them.  Only after the parents have accepted something unexplainable is happening do they look to the art work for proof.

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About BrittniBizarro

I'm a glitter-gluing, weight-lifting, cupcake-loving tomboy who enjoys romantic comedies, zombie video games, and pretty shoes. I'm a public relations grad student with high hopes and shallow pockets. May the force be with me. View all posts by BrittniBizarro

12 responses to “Haunted Hometown Ohio

  • gconley1

    Great post! I love the way that you described the murder. It was suspensful and creepy! I would love to read more about haunted areas in Ohio. There seems to be many spooky spots.

  • margiestahl

    This makes me think of a place near my hometown called Gore Orphanage. As a high school student, it was like a right of passage to go there with a bunch of your friends and be completely terrified. Of course, that was not my kind of fun. Apparently, some 100 or so years ago, this orphanage burned to the ground killing all the children and inside. No one really knows if this was an accidental fire or if the owner of the orphanage set it ablaze. But people report going to the site, leaving their cars, and coming back to find tiny fingerprints of the ghost children. Definitely not something I ever want to experience. But, if you’re interested, here are a couple sites explaining the legend:

    http://vermilionohionews.homestead.com/GoreOrphanage.html

    http://www.forgottenoh.com/gore.html

    http://www.ghostsofohio.org/lore/ohio_lore_27.html

  • ellenkirtner

    Just caught up on a bunch of your posts! Lots of good reads, but I really enjoyed this one. Can’t say my hometown had anything this interesting, but I know I heard some stories about one of our graveyards in the more historic part of town. I love all the different topics macabre can encompass–it gives your blog a lot of nice variety while still being so interrelated.

    • DyneOh

      Thanks catching up on the posts! I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed them 🙂 I have to admit, macabre is a goldmine of blog post topics waiting to be picked.

  • Taylor Lingo

    I have a haunted town close to my hometown as well, my friends and i call it “Hell town”..we dont even really know the real name of the town. Well in this town theres this road called “End of the world” you dive up this hill for about a mile an half and at the very top its a cliff. Also there are telephone cords hanging with a noose tied to the very top. One night my friend and I went to the cemetery where we we hear little kid voices, laughing and then are heart started racing and ran to the call, we drive around it every halloween just to get our blood pumpin. Be scared is sometimes fun and i mean sometimes.

    • DyneOh

      Oh my gosh Taylor, you’re pretty brave. I like to research this stuff, to watch movies about it and even visit fake haunted walks at Halloween, but I would NEVER try to experience real paranormal activity for myself. I used to see things when I was little and that was enough for me to stay away from haunted places. Spirits and sharks are the scariest things in the world to me… *shiver*

  • Brittney Miliner

    I loved this post. I am always searching the internet for creepy haunted places around my area, but I never seem to find what I am looking for. I was excited to be excited and scared by this article since I actually know the area that is being discussed and I feel like it could somehow affect me one day.
    I also really enjoy how you had the different parts to the blog with the links allowing my appetite to be teased by your summary and convincing me to read more into it.
    Another awesome thing about this is that it’s not even Halloween season which is when most people expect this kind of material. Way to get anticipation for a great holiday started early!

  • DyneOh

    Thanks Brittney!! I am always looking for opportunities to connect with other macabre enthusiasts so hopefully we can stay in touch. It’s encouraging to hear that my writing style created a positive experience for you and that you followed my links for more information!! Thank you for giving my blog more purpose 🙂 Don’t be afraid to come back! Maybe you can write a guest blog post!

  • Jodee Hammond

    I missed this post of yours. I’ve heard of Egypt Valley. In high school, people would make trips there to search for the ghosts. I never actually heard the murder story and how it became haunted, though, so this was interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Check out the Moundsville Penitentiary — http://www.wvpentours.com/. This might be something you’d be interested in for a future blog post.

    • DyneOh

      Thanks Jodee! I’ve heard of the Moundsville Penitentiary, a lot of my friends would make plans to go there but would chicken out. Some of my college friends went there around Halloween a few years ago and said it was the scariest thing they’ve ever done. They said that the tour was eery enough. When their group stayed in a cell with the lights off, they said they felt things that creeped them out further! Uh, no thanks. lol It would be fun to write about though!

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