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Large Brick House

East Rushville, Ohio

This house is said to have belonged to a doctor during the antebellum period. A conductor on the Underground Railroad, the doctor helped many slaves escape to freedom. One slave, however, died on the way to Canada. It is said that this slave had wanted to earn money to go back and buy the freedom of his girlfriend-Nelly Gray. In response to the tragedy, the doctor�s son wrote the Civil War song, which became very popular in the North, “Darling Nelly Gray.” Since that time, the house has been haunted by an unknown ghost. It is so plagued by the apparition, that the deed of the house notes that it is haunted.

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kody green says:

July 18, 2006, 12:08 pm

I personaly belive it.

kody green says:

July 18, 2006, 12:08 pm

I personaly belive it.

NecroViolator says:

September 11, 2006, 11:19 am

Hmmm, this is what Google shows about the subject

horrorchick23 says:

September 17, 2006, 6:54 pm

i belive in haunted houses i grew up in one an am curently liveing in another one. but how could they not know who is haunting this place?

michelle says:

October 5, 2006, 9:09 am

hey i know how you fell cause i’ve lived i this haunted house for 8 years it’s starting to get really freky serioulsy i’ve almost died 10 time cause the mass murder that killed 53,00 people in my house!

david says:

November 8, 2006, 5:12 pm

This story is very true. I growed up next to this house. I honestly never seen anything. But my great grandfather lived were i am and says “the house was owned by slave traders. The slaves got tired of their work and killed the owners.” he says it has ever been haunted by the owners. IF u go there like me and my dad did u here the creeks of the door and the howls of slaves saying no more!

david says:

November 8, 2006, 5:13 pm

“no more!”

sam says:

November 25, 2006, 2:37 am

Darling Nelly Gray was written by Westerville native and abolitionist activist Benjamin Hanby in the 1860’s.

Becky says:

February 10, 2007, 11:01 pm


i’ve been to this house cuz i have to drive past it on the way to my house but its really really freaky and i peed in my panties

***Becky ooooohhhhhiiiioooo.=-)***

laura wilson says:

February 16, 2009, 7:31 pm

i absolutly know this place is haunted accually my sister mindy owns this house. it is true that it was part of the under ground railroad and accually on the deed of the house it says haunted under type. i ahve spent a few night and holidays in this house and i can say i have had few experiences but the ones i have had nelly-gray is a happy and friendly spirit.mindy named her dog after the ghost and once in a while gracie(the dog)would look like he is watching something and obaying its master. very cool to see. so if you have any questions about this house please email me and i will do my best to clear up any rumors or doubts

Dennis Richardson says:

February 14, 2012, 12:20 am

The song was written by Benjamin Hanby whose father was a minister, not a doctor. He also wrote Up On the Housetop. He was born in Rushville, but moved long before writing any songs, to Westerville, OH. In fact, he was a student at Otterbein when he wrote the song. The underground railway was at their home in Westerville.

John from rushville says:

October 27, 2014, 6:53 pm

Hanby is buried in the cemetery behind end the lions club in rushville

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