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Brownella Cottage

Galion, Ohio

A historic landmark as well as the oldest house in Galion, this cottage is haunted by an unknown man. Tours are given, and many adventurous people enter after-hours, only to see a ghost looking back at them.

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nathan says:

May 13, 2006, 10:09 pm

i live by the cotttage and i knew that the cottage was haunted and i was going to try to stay the night in the cottage n halloween my friend also wants to come with me because there are these girls at my school that dont believe us about the cottage being haunted i am 12 585 galion arms apartment 5c

horrorchick23 says:

September 24, 2006, 6:54 pm


lefties says:

September 25, 2006, 3:31 pm

I was there yesterday,,and out in the museum,,the curator asked me if I would go check the upstairs with him,,as he heard footsteps walking the whole length of building. I immediately said yes,,as I was dying to see the upstairs and it isnt open to tours. I walked it with him,,and then I checked the walk up attic,none of the lights worked. Didnt see anything(darn) The head of it is a retired doctor and and not prone to ghost stories.

lefties says:

September 25, 2006, 3:33 pm

hey horror chick,,its in galion ohio. Tours cost 3.00 on sundays-if u wanna know more post email

susan says:

October 6, 2006, 5:24 pm

I have seen the ghost of Brownella cottage and it is none other than the Bishop himself. I saw him sitting in the glass walk-way early one winter morning. He was wearing a black suit coat with long white hair.

Ashley says:

October 21, 2006, 11:15 pm

Yes the Brownella Cottage has been known for being haunted. I lived in Galion my whole life and my cousin lived acorss the street from it for 11 years. The only thing I ever saw was bishop browns study light would be on then go off after the caretaker had already left. Spooky. My aunt also went there on a tour a couple weeks ago and took pictures of an old fire engine and theres a face in one of the pics. On halloween they have free tours and cookies and refreshments afterwards. I went last year (Oh yea, You CAN go upstairs on the tour) and they also tell you ghost stories thats happend in the house while they are giving you the tours. Its awsome!


November 26, 2006, 4:46 pm


megan b says:

December 25, 2006, 8:06 pm

I go to school right across the street it is a weird house i havemt seen anything yet

TiaAgalionchick says:

February 11, 2007, 9:23 pm

i knew the cottage was hunted but i’ve never seen the ghost before and i live in galion and my reading teacher of last year said it was also, one day i was walking to a friends house and a guy that was repairing it stoped me and i asked him about it being hunted and he said it wasent but he also said a young girl had been murderd inside that building so yeah i think it is

me says:

March 21, 2007, 12:43 pm

I know brownella cottage is haunted because my cousins father stayed there for a few years doing repairs and that kind of stuff and he said that pictures would fall off the wall and he would hear doors closing from the upstairs. her mother also has a picture of the outside and in one of the windows you can see a face and it looks like its a woman.

kimmy says:

October 30, 2007, 1:01 pm

ok me and my boyfriend who lives in galion and my cousin we went there on day. and umm i know its hunted we saw someone walking up the back stairs… and we heard someone talking, we got so freaked out we started running!!!!!!

creep says:

November 23, 2007, 2:58 am

i live about two blocks from the cottage. it is really spooky. i’ve never been to any of the tours though. i should go soon. maybe this sun. and…i’m gonna bring along a voice recorder…see if i can’t get some EVP’s. as a matter of fact i live in an apt. above the stores downtown and supposedly our apt. used to be a showing room for funerals and the vacant room below us used to be a morgue. i’ve never had anything strange happen here though. it’s actually one of the only places i’ve lived that feel completely normal. weird.

sammie says:

January 10, 2008, 8:45 pm

hi everyone I have been to the brownelle cottage on halloween you know the stories some people don’t believe in them well the stories are true. I believe the stories so if you don’t know what to believe then go and see for your self I love it I can’t wait till halloween in 2008 but believe me all the stories are true its amazing, :] but when I went to the brownelle cottage i knew one man who was liveing there and he said that he had lived there for about 8 months and he heard mr.brown walking up and down the hall way. He told mr.brown to be quite and he will talk to him later. Then he stop for about 2 mins and then he ran up and down then hall way.
well what are you waiting for check it out next year I will be there :]
see ya for the people who are going my name is sammie by the way see ya this halloween.

Efaw says:

May 9, 2008, 2:24 pm

I can testify to this gandma lives a few seconds from the place..our whole family is really big on the superantural..we checked it out one night and saw a light come on and a silohette of someone in the i dunno if it was the “ghost” or a caretaker or what but it went on for a few seconds then kicked off.

Kay says:

May 23, 2008, 8:53 pm

Back in 1962 at about 11:00 at night, i was with my girlfriend and we climbed over the iron fence around the cottage to look inside the window. My girlfriend looked and saw no lights illuminating from inside and ran toward me saying she just saw a person walking around. So we ran….

Howie says:

July 5, 2008, 9:24 am

My grandfather was a caretaker of this place for many years in the 60’s and early 70’s before his death, and my brothers and sisters have been all over this inside of this house and the grounds. Never saw a thing. It IS an amazing house, though.

Drew says:

September 8, 2008, 7:25 pm

I also grew up in Galion and the Brownella Cottage has long been considered a great place to experience a ghostly presence. The house itself seems out-of-place with its surroundings, as if frozen in an older time. That alone gives the property a creepy, ghostly feel, as the house truly is a remnant of something long gone. Add to that- Lights going on and off in the night, rolling movement throughout the darkened house, voices in the yard and even a shadowy figure in the glass walkway- Many stories about the place have haunted almost every child in Galion for the last 40 years or so I imagine, due to the fact that the town’s Middle School was directly across the street from the Cottage property. (The school was sadly torn down this summer) Every kid in town had to walk right past the spooky old place just to get into the front doors of the school. Many of us will never forget the mysterious things we have heard about or heard and seen for ourselves at the Brownella Cottage. Perhaps now that the school has been reconstructed across town, the Brownella Cottage stories may start to fade away… poor old house has no more kiddies to frighten…

Amanda says:

March 11, 2009, 5:12 pm

I recently heard that Galion used to have underground tunnels and one of them runs to Brownella Cottage. Does anyone know if this is true? If so could it be someone using the tunnels to enter the cottage and “spook” people??

Jessica says:

April 21, 2009, 11:17 am

I live in Galion and have for almost my whole life. I have a family member who used to be and will be one of the head people in charge of affairs that go on here at Brownella. I have been in there countless times and have seen every inch and heard every spooky story there is to know. I can say truthfully that NO ONE has been murdered inside of this house. Bishop Brown died in his room (his bed now resides in another room) and Ella Brown WAS NOT MURDERED (this was his wife.) Have any questions?

Alexis says:

May 20, 2009, 5:42 pm

I lived on Cherry Street.And me and my old best friend Brooke would go past this house almost everyday. i was 11 . yeah i was scared because it is creepy and old and yes id luvvv to live there but first id get some experts in o 12 and go to GMS.

Bryan says:

February 10, 2010, 1:03 am

I remember back in second grade our class took a tour of everything. I’ve heard all the stories having lived in Galion for 21 years. But, none before my tour and I still remember some freaky things going on. I believe it’s haunted. My suggestion, go there before you hear stories. That way you arent expecting things and misinterpret things as hauntings!

kayllee says:

May 27, 2010, 9:43 am

yes it is hunted i live right next to it an you can see the ghost right thorw the windows it is spooky

Todd Smith says:

July 5, 2010, 6:55 pm

Hello, I was born and raised in Galion, If any of you remember the bluish gray colored house that was directly across the street 129 south union? It is now a parking lot for the church. I was born and raised in that house until we moved out, at that time I was then 14.
I can honestly say for sure I would sit on the front porch with my parents at dusk and we would see someone sitting in the front glass covered porch and would also see a shadow of a person mid height wearing at times a dark colored suit with light gray hair walking about. We also at our house had a dirt cellar that had an opening that was a tunnel from our house to the church to the left next door and straight under our front porch under Union street to the cottage. It had been covered up with sandstone and mortar before my parents obtained the place. I am now 46 years old and I do remember everything I saw there. I can honestly say there was activity inside the cottage.
The caretaker was in a separate residence at the far corner of the property at times we would see the caretaker come and go from his residence at the same time we would see bishop brown moving about so we knew it wasn’t the caretaker at that time. In fact one summer night the caretaker came out to the iron fence to look at something and my grandmother walked across the street to have a conversation with him, Being that he was not to much on talking he did say hi and introduced himself, although I do not remember his name I do remember what happened just shortly after he introduced himself to my grandmother. Just after that the curtains had moved upstairs in the front bedroom just above the study, my grandmother said to me did you see that? As I looked the caretaker turned and looked himself and just made the comment ” oh the bishop is just checking in for the night to read a book before falling to sleep” so the caretaker acted as if it was normal so he must have been aware also of activity.
At times we would see bishop brown several times a night stirring about then not see anything for days. We would also see the curtains move from side to side as if he was keeping an eye out on his property.
Is this weird? Just history from someone who did see this first hand from a distance of less than 100 feet.

Bailey says:

August 16, 2010, 2:20 am

Well, I am 16 and I have lived in Galion my whole life. I am very aware of this house. I remember Mrs. Gerhish’s Home ec room being in the basement of the okd middle school and soe morning you could see Mr. Brown walking through the glass hallway. But that isn’t the only experience I have had with the house. My Ex-boyfriend and I were going to get my sister last summer from the skating rink. Well we had spare time so we stopped in front of the cottage just being funny, and him fooling around with me(I have had ghost experoences my whole life so it freaks me out, he knew that) But he was like stunned for like five minutes. He was just starring up at the upstairs window, So once I looked for myself, Mr. Brown himself, was standing at the window looking staright at us. It was like he was protecting his house or something. He looked like he was really upset that we were sitting outside his house. So my Ex-boyfriend an I decided it was time to go get my sister. It was reallly freaky!!

zach efaw says:

August 23, 2010, 3:24 am

I lived in Galion for a few years.. about 5 years ago i went back to visit my grandma… we were sitting outside of brownella in the van watching to see if anything strange happend.. it was about 11 at night… and all of a suddon the upstairs lights started flikering on and off for about 5 mins

Carl Werther says:

August 27, 2010, 2:20 pm

I am trying to find an e-mail address for the historical society in Galion to see if they would like me to send the an old high school year book from 1935 called The Spy. Can someone help me. E-mail

kaylee says:

October 30, 2010, 4:46 pm

i lived in galion till i was 11 now im 12. when i was 2nd grade we went there on a feild trip and me and my friends though we heard things after my teacher told was it was hanuted

Patsy says:

April 29, 2011, 11:03 am

I was born and raised in Galion. I went to the school across from Brownella Cottage for elementary school and “junior high.” We lived on N. Union St. and after the school dances, my friends and I would literally run past the house in a scared panic. My father told the story that he, as a teenager, jumped the fence and began to look in the windows to see any activity. He saw the Bishop in the glass walkway and beat a hasty retreat. So he sowre and I agree it is haunted.

AutumnSmith (: says:

May 13, 2011, 4:51 pm

I Have Heard Alot Of Stories About That House That I Did Not Beleive So One Night I Went In There And I Heard A Evil Laugh And I Asked Who Was There And It Said” Get Outta My House!” I Was So Freaked Out That I Left! â?¥

Samantha says:

June 5, 2011, 4:27 pm

This house is located in Galion Crawford county zip code is 44833 for anyone who didnt no. I toured the cottage when i was about 9. We only toured the house not the outer buildings. From what i remember it was beautiful. I remember seeing a pair of glasses that i reffered to as the Harry Potter glasses:)…i also remember the tour guides taking us into a room and after telling us about the history and everything they asked up to find the hand painted shooting star on the ceiling. The ceiling was covered in stars but i found the shooting star and it was pretty cool at the time haha. Well i’m looking forward to watching the up coming show on this fantastic cottage..on june 11 i is just so cool that this is near where i live and grew up.

Pat Morgan says:

July 6, 2011, 1:35 pm

Love Brownella Cottage..but am replying to Carl Werther about The Spy. I tried emailing and email name was wrong. Anyway, I don’t know about the Historical Society but the Galion Public Library has a room downstairs that has old yearbooks. I have only checked the ones in the 1950’s so don’t know if they need a 1935 or not.

John Stickel says:

July 17, 2011, 2:54 pm

Brownella is not the “oldest house in Galion”, & I never heard about a girl being murdered there. A video tour of the home is available at galion which explains its history.

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