Northeast Ohio ghost tours gain in popularity: Tour groups go under Public Square monument

Public Square tunnels open Oct. 26

CLEVELAND - Cities like Boston, Gettysburg and Savannah are well known for their ghost walks. But similar attractions are available throughout northeast Ohio.

NewsChannel5 cameras recently tagged along on a "History Haunts Cleveland Ghost Tour", offered seasonally, for the last 15 years, by operator Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours.

After stops at the historic Franklin Castle, Cleveland Police Museum, an old rail yard, and the site of the deadly 1944 East Ohio Gas explosion, dozens of tour-goers finished the evening bus tour by descending the narrow stairway beneath the 120-year-old Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Cleveland's Public Square to explore hidden tunnels, which served as an armory at the turn of the 20th century.

Tim Leslie, senior clerk of the monument, led the group through the humid, sandstone and brick passageways, stopping several times to tell tales of purported ghost sightings and other unexplained phenomenon.

Leslie told NewsChannel5 that the tunnels are also traditionally open for free public tours on the Saturday preceding Halloween -- this year, Oct. 26.

According to Leslie, no reservations are required and the 25-minute tours will take place between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. on that day.

Other haunted themed tours and ghost walks in Northeast Ohio are listed below. Click on each link for complete information. For even more Halloween and autumn attraction information click here .

Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours

Cleveland Ghost Tours

Willoughby Ghost Walk

Ohio State Reformatory

Psychic Sonya's Haunted Cleveland Tours

Summit County Historical Society Tours

Farnam Manor Lantern Tours

Gleeson House & Barn Lantern Tours

Wooster Haunted Orchard

The Ghosts of Zoar

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Massillon Cemetery Night Walk

Haunted Statehouse Tour

Historic Roscoe Village

 

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