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Old Zane Mansion

Martins Ferry, Ohio

This mansion is located on the site of an old cemetery. Constantly, the town and cemetery were being flooded, thus they were both moved to another location. When the coffins were moved, it is said that Hannah Zane�s was empty. The house, which used to be an occult and a bordello, is now said to be haunted by Hannah.. There have been reports of her walking up and down the halls and dancing in the living room. There have also been reports of a small child staring out of the window on the stairwell. Others have alleged being able to feel on woman�s hand rubbing on their shoulder only to turn around and find no one there.

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Lynn says:

November 30, 2005, 2:36 pm

I am the one who has submitted this story to the internet, My Husband was the one who lived in the house and who had felt who he believes to be “Hannah” touching him and he had watched her dance around and she had also saved him from another furious spirit who remains in the house. The House is now comdemned and may be torn down soon. But on out recent visit to the house, a neighbor witnessed strange happenings with in the dwelling.
for more info contact me, we have pics of the house

Lynn says:

November 30, 2005, 2:39 pm

I am the one who has submitted this story to the internet, My Husband was the one who lived in the house and who had felt who he believes to be â??Hannahâ?? touching him and he had watched her dance around and she had also saved him from another furious spirit who remains in the house. The House is now condemned and may be torn down soon. But on out recent visit to the house, a neighbor witnessed strange happenings with in the dwelling.
For more info contact me, we have photographs of the house

Helga says:

November 30, 2005, 8:41 pm

Yes please contact me I am doing an oral presentation on ghosts in Ohio. Pictures and/or more info would be greatly appreciated

Heather says:

February 8, 2006, 10:14 pm

Is this place is around,is there pictures on it,I would like to see some picture’s.

Georgette says:

February 18, 2006, 5:31 am

A friend and i had searched the internet for haunted places and seen there was one located in the city we live in. We looked for 3yrs to find that it’s possible location is on S third street. We are going to investigate further on this house…it looks scary. We are going to take pics of it soon. Can you tell me…if this is the correct street?

Georgette says:

February 19, 2006, 7:09 pm

Helga I have pics of a house believed to be the Old Zane Mansion in Martins Ferry, Ohio. I went yesterday a couple times and took pics inside and out. I uploaded the pics to my PC and caught some images of what seems to be a few ppl watching me out windows and a pic of a face looking out of a fireplace. You can contact me at if you’re interested in more info

dawn says:

February 27, 2006, 10:54 pm

I once lived in that house..That’s where I met my husband. My daughter, Rachelle and I lived there in 1994 for almost a year. My husband lived in the apartment down the hall from me. I lived in te one upstairs to the left. I don’t recall having any problems there but my sister said that I use to complain about noises all night long. I don;t realy remember…I had a slum landlord so i probably thought that it was just the neighbors…anyways I’m glad I moved there because thats where I fell in love with my husband.

Lacey says:

April 19, 2006, 7:37 pm

Me and a couple of my friends been in that house and it is very spooky..We also took some pictures of the outside window with my camra and we noticed in the upper right window i figure of a little girl looking out the window we all got frightened and didnt return to that house o = lol

Justin says:

May 9, 2006, 10:11 am

Hey If Any Of you have pics of the mansion e-mail them to me

Lynn says:

June 15, 2006, 1:41 pm

Hi everyone I am the orginal person who submitted this story and I have read all your post’s and I would love to see all the photo’s. I too Have photo’s of the lil girl in the window and you can also see a young boy or man looking out the 2nd story window..and i know i seen someone post a message about the fireplace well i used to dream about that fireplace and it always had children coming out of it!
we just went there just last weekend “June 2006″ but it was extremly late at night because my husband’s band was playing at a bar up there and we had friends who were freaking out because they said they saw a dark shadow and with all their screaming we had to leave before the police came but anyone who has pics that would like to share or exchange please email me and it can be arranged.
Thank You

Lynn says:

June 15, 2006, 1:54 pm

Georgette its right across the street from the Church.. you can not miss it because its all run down and destroyed with no thanx to the squadder’s that lived in it and destroyed it.. I really wish there could be a way to save that house and get it fixed up with or without the haunting’s

Lynn says:

June 15, 2006, 2:05 pm

I would Love to see T.A.P.S go there to investigate but I don’t think they would beable to handle it and they would probly run out real quick..
Especially with all the negetivity they bring in with their investigation’s (back stabbing and all) they would be easy prey for the one spirit that I have encountered there who isn’t so nice and he does Truelly touch you as he did with me and my husband..
this house isn’t a joke.. it is truelly alive.

Jeremy says:

June 24, 2006, 7:57 pm

Hey guys. My names Jeremy and I live in Martins Ferry. Ive been looking for some cool haunted places in this town but I can never find any. Onde i heard about this mansion I had to find out more about it. So if anyone can give me more info about id greatly appreciate it. You can contact me at I will respond back. Thanks guys.

Jake Staley says:

August 13, 2006, 6:06 pm

I rode past that house a few times, And I saw a Shadowy figure standing by the Mansion everytime I ride past there my mom saw it a couple times too. Also I saw some kids walking by the house And the shadowy women like figure Walking right behind them then I blinked then she vanished.

Lynn says:

August 18, 2006, 12:26 pm

We went back to the mansion about a month and half ago after my fiance’s bands show that they had up there. we had three other friend’s with us and we just walked into the front door and into Apt #1 and two of my friends started screaming and ran out yelling that they saw the tall dark figure that my fiance was haunted by when he lived in the mansion.

The female that Jake stanley posted about is “Hannah” she look’s out for the children, one is a boy and one is a girl, the children’s death is somehow connected to that house, I Think they were either buried on the land when it was indeed a cementary or they drowned in the flood back in the 1800’s. I forgot the story surrounding their deaths went but my fiance’s ex wife knows the hisorty and & the children’s names.
she & my fiance did an investigation when they were together and my fiance did he own investigation when he was going through the haunting’s in the mansion.

If you wnat anymore information or if you just want to chat about the mansion then please feel free to email me because I would love to keep in touch with anyone who vistis the mansion and or if you have any recent photo’s that you can send me. I can also tell you what room’s are the most haunted in that house. My Email Address


shelby and brittany says:

September 22, 2006, 2:13 pm

well we live in martins ferry and there are soo many rumors about that house that it is haunted and whatever soo one day britt went there with some of her friends and she said that she had seen a face sittin in the fireplace,.. and a little girl and her dad standin in the big window downstairs,. and then in the basement she said that she heard noises.,, and the dark door upstairs slams after you enter the room and you cannot open it from the inside,. then my grandmother used to live in wane l hanes towers,. and we would always look out the window and there would be lights on and there wasnt anyone livin there at the time,. then when people lived there this one couple had rot whilers and they would run up and down the hallways scratchin the walls and doors but when you took them outside they would be fine,. this is honestly true and is in no way a lie so if anyone says that it is they should get in contact with us and we will take them the way we know,..

oh and in the attick there are old pictures and stuff but you have to be careful when you go up there cause the steps are fallin in,. and when its dark you can see shadowy figures walk through the house,. and the dad, mom , and daughter will walk with you when you walk past the house but they dont cross the street or anything just to the corner,.

Johnna says:

September 30, 2006, 5:35 pm

Hi my name is Johnna and I’m a desendent of the zane family….my grandmother is Betty Zane not the one who carried the gun powder but she is the last living Zane.I would really appreciate it if you guys could send me some pictures.My e-mail adresses is
Like I said I would really appreciate that.

zac says:

October 12, 2006, 1:30 pm

I talked to a the city historian and he said that it isn’t located in ferry.he said that is at zanesville,ohio but if he is wrong can sombody e-mail me ( tell me what street it’s on.becouse I live in ferry just wanna know where it’s located.

zac says:

October 13, 2006, 5:01 pm

Hi I used to live on south 3rd street.could somebody give me details on what the house looks like.

Halle McCartney says:

October 21, 2006, 11:49 am

My mother and I went to visit this house that we heard was haunted when we lived in the area back in 1995.
While there, I felt a draft of cold air when I walked into certain rooms, and I saw a shadow of a person following behind us as we walked throughout the house.
We left when I was too scared to stay.

Lynn says:

October 25, 2006, 2:48 pm

This is Lynn again .. I am the person who orginally got this story online…To The Person who said that they talked to the historian and the historian said that tts not the house… it is the house… The Zane’s lived in that house while their main mansion was being built in Zanesville… My Fiance had a book that proved the location of the house and the whole story about it but when he moved he lost the book.. there was also a sister house of the mansion.. I do not know the exact location but the owners changed the exterior appearence of the house….

Their are 2 child spirits in the house.. one boy, one girl. they died in the land.
if anyone would like to discuss and compare stories just email me..

zana says:

October 30, 2006, 3:31 pm


Amanda says:

March 25, 2007, 12:08 am

Me and my friends Brittany,Kiah,and Mike went to the Old Zane Mansion last year sometime,but we didn’t see anything

penny says:

June 27, 2007, 5:54 pm

if i could get directions or exact location of this house, that’d be great. i’m thinking about staying the night. pictures or info appreciated!

Sherry says:

July 20, 2007, 7:47 am

Do you know the name of the book that your fiance had?
I’ve been to the house a few times. It has a new owner and the doors are boarded up.

Richard says:

September 3, 2007, 8:03 pm

I think this story is confused with Wheeling Island. Martins Ferry doesn’t constantly flood and the location of the house is not in a flood area. Hannah and her husband Jonathon, never lived in Martins Ferry but did live on Wheeling Island.

Lynn says:

September 13, 2007, 4:13 pm

I’m not talking about Wheeling Island, I know Wheeling Island Floods all the time, you have to remember that we are talking about an different era of time, back in the 1800’s. It was the Zane’s Temp HOme while their Real Mansion was being built.
Here is the address for all that is interested
and for pictures email me at

It stands at 210 South Third Street

Lynn says:

September 17, 2007, 12:57 pm

I am just taking some time to clear a couple of thing’s up as far as the era of when the zane’s occupied this home.

This Mansion was a “temporary home” for the Zane Family while their historic “Zane Mansion” was being built. There was at one time a TWIN MANSION on Wheeling Island but the twin mansion no longer looks the same and was remodeled.

NOw as far as the Book Goes that had the photo’s of the mansion in it. I have no idea what the book was titled but what I do know is that His Friend Bought him the old Book in a Book store.
Not every Librarian knows all the history of their surrounding area. New Thing’s are learned every day about our past’s.
Now I have a few pics of the house on my “myspace site” in a folder called” Ghost’s
Please look for the images there thank you.

dawn says:

September 29, 2007, 6:14 pm

What is the new owner doing to the place? I liked living there,..teh only problem I had like i said in my previous post was the landlord. I lived in 2 different apartments there,..The one at teh top fron left (with the door leading to nowhere ourside) and then down the hall last apartment on right hand side. BOth were upstairs. When they devided the house upstairs to make several apartments it was done very shabby and so the noises I thought I heard i belived came from the other apartments,..who knows now?? I hate to see that it was never taken care of because it really was a nice place inside.

Lynn says:

October 19, 2007, 8:19 am

Dawn from what I have heard the new owners are going to fix it up and i guess rent the apartments out again. My Finace lived in top two apartments on the left. He was the one who knocked down the wall in the one room to extend the apartment.
I will be concerned for anyone who moves in there after the restoration.

Chad says:

October 27, 2007, 11:52 pm

I lived in that Apartment building when I was a kid and can definately tell you that its haunted. I didnt know about its history until just now. I used the see a shadow figure at the end of the hall going toward another room. Thinking it was my Mom, I would go and find nobody there. I thought I heard someone calling my name, again not my Mother. Me and a friend saw a face in the mirror while we were havig a sleepover on the living room floor. I always had a feeling someone would be coming out of the fireplace. I remember having alot of really bad dreams there also. I get chills thinking about it now.

Jason says:

November 12, 2007, 4:21 pm

I live close to Martin’s Ferry, across the river in the town of Warwood. Just wondering if there are any other haunted places in the area. I would really like to check out the old Zane mansion sometime.

Lynn says:

November 30, 2007, 10:31 am

Could the webmaster of this site please create a
script on this bullentin so that if someone post’s a message that we can be contacted. I ask because I get mnay emails in regaurds to the zane mansion and I also miss some new post’s with question’s on he site and i would love to keep intouch with everyone who visit’s or who has had an experience in the house.

again anyone can contact me at

Lynn says:

November 30, 2007, 10:52 am

Chad how long ago did you live there? my finace Michael lived there in the 90’s and he was the one who experienced many of the encounters with the dark shadow.


Whispered Tales of the Ohio Valley says:

December 29, 2007, 10:00 pm

First I’d like to say thank you to Lynn for helping us find the exact location of the’mansion.’ I’m writing a book about the local Ohio Valley, it’s hauntings, forgotten history and legends. The ‘Haunted Zane Mansion’ has been a favorite of mine to research and I thought you all may be interested in what I’ve discovered. I’d like to clarify that this is historical record. The Zanes were buried in Wheeling and that cemetery did flood. But due to the fast growth of the city, the cemetery was removed as were the bodies. The Zanes were moved to Walnut Grove in Martins Ferry. Hannah Zane SHOULD be buried there as well but she isn’t. So yes, there is a question as to what happened to her body. I too have some interesting photos of the mansion, one in particular looks like a child in the window of the stairwell :) If you’d like to know more you can read the book when it comes out. It will also have personal experiences from those who lived in the mansion. For more information you can check out

Lynn says:

January 6, 2008, 4:10 pm

If anyone has anyother photo’s of the mansion could you please send them to me via email

Amanda says:

April 6, 2008, 3:39 pm

My friends and I have been inside this place to investigate the allegid hauntings. Although we didn’t find anything paranormal (we thought we did, but it turned out to be a cat), the place does give off a very eerie feeling. I wouldn’t say either way that it’s haunted or not. We didn’t experience anything, but then again we weren’t in there long. It’s a pretty public place to try to get into. There are houses on either side as well as an apartment building. The doors and most of the windows have been boarded shut. It’s really a great place though. If you decide to go, just be careful.

starr says:

May 5, 2008, 12:23 pm

I live in Martins Ferry and I did know about this house until recently, when my grandson told me about it…I am quite interested in the background and pictures of this house…If any one can provide pictures or any more info that is not already been discussed in this forum, please let me know…I am very curious to learn more… Starr

Lynn says:

May 13, 2008, 10:08 am

Hello Every one.. It’s Me Again. I try to visit this site as much as I can and answer questions as much as I am able too, It hard at times because this site doesn’t have an option to receieve any notification when a comment is posted. so I do forget to check the site! lol sorry..
visit my myspace website and go to my pics and you will see a folder that has photo’s of the house that my fiance and I took during our visits to the zane mansion.
sadly we have not been back there in a few years becuase of the gas prices and the distance (we live about 2hrs away)
and we have a huge van that sucks up alot of gas!
anyway please feel free to take a look at the photo’s and you can send me and email at
please make sure you put ZANE MANSIOn in the subject line or else I might delete the email, thinking that it is junk.


Lynn says:

May 13, 2008, 10:10 am

opps here is the link
to view the zane mansion photo’s (go to The Zane Mansion or the Ghost folder)I forgot what I titled it lol


May 26, 2008, 12:48 pm

hi i’m Layla Hood i have a story that is totally scary okay one day actually 3 days ago in ross ohio i go 2 Ross middle school and all my classmates and teachers were out at recess i went 2 put a note on Mrs.kiefers desk aka my home room teacher well any way i heard a loud banging noise on the window and it opened i was so scared then i heard laughing but singing at the same time it was a song that haunted me and gave me chills down my back it was like a lullaby now every time i go in there alone i always hear that lullaby and always have chills down my back.

shelli says:

June 29, 2008, 12:34 pm

So, i live in Toronto, Oh i would love to go there but if it’s still boarded up, theres no point, could you tell me if it is still attractive to go to?

The Murphys says:

October 1, 2008, 7:13 pm

tell u the truth i dont see nothin wrong with the house. nothing out of the ordinary, im sittin by the fireplace right now cookin a squirel

sarah says:

October 7, 2008, 3:05 pm

i have lived in the betty zane mansion.and i myself have seen images of a woman dancing in the living room.and so has other people when they came to visit

steven asshole says:

October 24, 2008, 8:25 pm

these storys completely sucked major balls and i cant believe it im gay! woo! hahah! hey call me sometime {1740-432-8705] if your lookin for a man.. who’s GAY! well anyways thanks ttyl <3 byee

Patricia says:

October 30, 2008, 8:59 pm

The house has been currently been fixed up by the current owners, and have no worries, the inside of the house has been well preserved. The house has been painted black within the past few months as well. As far the story of Hannah’s missing body, remains were found by a tree in the front yard and left there, leaving the owners to believe it is Hannah’s body. While some of the neighbors seem rather superstitious of the place (especially with the hallowe’en decorations and the black paint), most of their stories seem like unlikely. As far as the house being haunted, even the current owners believe it is.

Stacey says:

November 17, 2008, 11:23 am

Can anyone tell me if the house is still standing?

stacey says:

November 17, 2008, 11:26 am

nevermind… i guess i missed the rest of the comments… heh…

Rick says:

November 21, 2008, 11:13 pm

The Zane family was one of the founders of Martins Ferry. Betty is honored annually within our town for her heroic actions by delivering gun powder to Ft. Henry and saved the future of our history in her efforts.
I have been born and raised here and currently live 2 blocks from the Zane Mansion. I have served my town by working with the volunteer Fire Department after graduating from Martins Ferry High School (another part of our history that has been leveled to the ground). I am ecstatic that the Zane Mansion has been restored and would love the opportunity to tour the Mansion of our founders. If this would be at possible, please feel free to contact me at the following email address: Any consideration would be greatly appreciated and considered a privilege and an honor.

Rick says:

November 21, 2008, 11:21 pm

In addition to the last request, if there are any pictures to add to my history collection, it would be greatly appreciated also.

Lellie says:

March 1, 2009, 8:47 pm

I drive past the Zane mansion frequently. It has not been painted black. As far as being well preserved, that’s questionable. Patricia, where did you ever hear that Hannah’s remains were in a tree?????

RLC says:

March 4, 2009, 11:05 am

Okay what is up with people saying the house is black. I live in Ferry and have never seen it painted black. The Halloween decorations on the other hand are. I want to know if anyone can send me pictures of the house WITH possible ghost sightings in the picture. Please let me know, thanks. If someone would reply to this I will be notified by email, my address is

katrina says:

March 12, 2009, 12:03 am

well im 18 and me and my boy friens went in to the zanes manison and i saw alot of things like books glass angels toys baby stuff looks like some one just up and left.and i called out hannas name and i saw a black showdey figure pass by me so that was it i left but the house is still standing till this day 2009.

lee doughty says:

April 9, 2009, 8:56 am

Would someone tell me exactly where this so called mansion stood on third street. According to some readers it was suppose to be still standing in 1995. The zane burial grounds never had a mansion standing on it. The city used it for burial. It was part of an walnut grove. The zanes were orginally buried in Wheeling Wv. And were reburied in what was the Martin’s burial plots. The graves have a wall built around them. I have lived in Martins Ferry all my life and this is the first time I have ever heard about Hannah Zane living in a house that was once a cathouse or a mansion. I think the home people are talking about was the Haines House that sat on third street. It was torn down last year, the people who bought it let it fall in.

Kam says:

May 8, 2009, 4:20 pm

hey its kam and i used to live on 3rd street and i was wondering if that is the house that made me get goose bumbs every time i passed by it….
i wish i knew cause that was a really w!3rD place my mom got freaked out and told me not to walk by it but i still dont know why she never told me why….

Michael says:

May 16, 2009, 4:34 am

I am the one that lived there for years….this is for real, you all wanna know where it is…i have kept it a secret pretty much till now but, you all wanna know 210 s. 3rd st martins ferry,ohio…do not disrespect them!!!!!they are my friends!!!!!!!!!! Respect thant please!!!!!!!!!

Michael says:

May 16, 2009, 4:58 am

After reading some of these posts i am inclined to post again, when Martins Ferry was founded it was down by the river. Their graveyard was on the hill. When they decided to move the town up on the hill, they moved the graveyard, where this building/mansion sits is upon the old graveyard. (Researce it, it is hard to find but, i did so it it there to find) The origional post of this house is based on me and my experiences there. If I knew how to contact the others that lived there when i did they could tell you also (although most where scared to talk about it). I have heard the place has a new owner now, good for them, i hope they restore it as the sister house on the island was. This place is not a joke or a hoax, if you can still get into there go with an open mind and a lot of film, they are all around you there. I lived in apt 6 and then 4 and then took the wall out between them and ocupied both apartments. you can go there in daylight and see them or at night…I am just happpy to hear someone is taking care of the place….i have a piece of it still today (from apt 4). Respect them all, except the one in black!!!!!!!! he will hurt you if he can….. (no i am not mental or anything you may think, just lived there and know)

Tammy says:

May 28, 2009, 6:11 pm

If you go to my myspace and look at my photo album titled “Haunted places and abandoned buildings”, you will find a couple pics of the mansion. Also if you look at the “Photos that make you go hmmmmm from the Ohio Valley” album, you will find a couple of pics, one that looks like a small child looking out the window.

Michael, where did you find the information about the cemetery being orginally on the hill? I’ve done a lot of research on the history and cemeteries of Martins Ferry but have never seen this. Lee, you are correct about the Zanes being moved from Wheeling to Walnut Grove Cemetery but this cemetery is not the site the mansion is on and apparently isn’t the same cemetery at all but as I mentioned, I’ve found nothing to indicate there was ever a cemetery on this land and this land surely didn’t flood as the original story mentions. Even with some of the largest floods the valley has had, it was NEVER that high.

Tammy says:

May 28, 2009, 6:14 pm

Opps, I’m sorry, I forgot to give you the myspace URL

Melissa says:

July 14, 2009, 9:49 pm

I just got back from visiting family in Martin’s Ferry. I am very interested in hauntings and ghosts, so I knew I wanted to see Moundsville prison and Zanes Mansion while I was in the area. My mother and I had no problem finding the mansion, although we could find no visible address on the curb or building. We asked the elderly couple next door if we were in the right place, they said we were and even told us some stories about other people showing up to take pictures and such.The man we talked to said he has lived next door for 37 years and has never experienced anything out of the ordinary. We did take some pictures from the outside but didn’t want to trespass into the house. Some of our pictures seem to have strange things or faces in the windows. The place has ivy growing over alot of it and alot of the windows are boarded up or just not there, the front door is also just a piece of plywood.

carol myers says:

July 24, 2009, 12:29 pm

I used to live in Martins Ferry years ago, but never heard about this house. Betty Zane is my 5th greatgrand mother. Mary Staley is also a cousin of mine. I would really appreciate it if anyone would send me pics of this house please. thank you very much, Carol

Anissa says:

September 4, 2009, 2:43 am

Well, my husband and I are living in France, but I am from Ferry. We went to visit for a few weeks and ended up in the haunted house with my cousin and his wife.
We videotaped the whole experience. I did not feel any entities there…but something very strange did happen. When we were all about to go upstairs to follow my cousin who was already up the stairs, we noticed (all four of us) that we were covered with fleas! I mean COVERED! Did this happen to anyone else?? It was strange because how do the fleas live if there are no hosts in the house? We left in a hurry and discovered ourselves bit up everywhere. We found it hilarious, but then again it was strange to have so many fleas all over us so quickly.
I am not about to return because of the fleas – we thought maybe it was normal because there was one dead cat in the basement or maybe the ghosts didn’t want us there or to go upstairs. What do you guys think? Email me at

Lynn says:

September 13, 2009, 12:22 pm

Everyone and Anyone…….PLease send me your Pics Of The House Especially if the pics have faces in the windows..I am the person who submitted this true haunt too the website

here is my email address

Thank You

Travos says:

December 9, 2009, 12:38 pm

I am a local historian and there was never a cemetery at the site of the house mentioned and this place is not any where near a flood level.

Lynn says:

December 10, 2009, 11:54 pm

Dear Travos,
my bf lived there and when he worked at Strambolis one of the workers there said he had a book that showed the house he lived in (the mansion) back in the early days. the book showed martins ferry when it was on the other side of rt 7 down by the river and the graveyard was on the hill in one photo, and then said how they moved the town on the hill after many years of flooding and having to rebuild. when they started to move the town the graveyard was moved across town, this is documented in other books as well. the next photo showed the mansion and one other home that would be on what is today south 3rd street. the mansion was built on the same site that it previously showed the graveyard being at.
Trust me when I say that there is “a book” out there that shows the original layout of the area. my bf lived in the mansion and when he was going through all of the haunt’s, just as the rest of the tenants who lived there then were.. his friend had a book about the history of Martins Ferry “Before and after” I Believe.. and it described the location.I am from New Jersey and I knew Nothing about the mansion or its History, I Only knew of what my bf told me about it (The haunting) and the first time I went there is an experience that I will never forget, I walked into that run down house with the idea that my BF was Full of **** but after awhile of being in there I can say & and admit that he wasn’t full of **** because I experienced a lot of evil there but yet I also felt the souls of the children in there as well and I felt them, I dreamt about them as well.
if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to send them me or comment on here, we have nothing to hide, we just want to show the dark truth & History of The Old Zane Mansion.

Carol Myers says:

December 11, 2009, 7:55 am

Hi Lynn,
I am the 4th great-grand daughter of Betty Zane. My relatives, the Prince, Condell, Coss and Staleys have given me alot of information about the Zane Family. When I saw this site about the Mansion I was so excited to have more info to add to my family tree, thank you for posting and all others about this house.
I used to live in Martins Ferry but now I live in Wheeling. Any photos and information I will gladly appreciate.
Carol (Prince) Myers

Bob says:

December 13, 2009, 7:11 pm

i would love to see pics of this place i live in Martins ferry and would like to visit it e- mail me pics and the address of it please my email also looking for more haunted places locally email me if you know of any thanks.

Carol says:

December 14, 2009, 9:26 am

Here is my email if anyone would send me pics of the Mansion, I really woulfd appreciate it.

Travos says:

February 10, 2010, 3:57 pm

Lynn thank you for your response. Could you please tell me what “other books” you are speaking of about the cemetery being moved? Thank you.

Lynn says:

February 14, 2010, 11:17 am


My BF believes that the name of the Book was “Martin’s Ferry Before and after” but he’s not positive about the title because it’s been so long ago I am going to try and do some more research about it and i will post back to you or send me your email address and i’l email you back if i find out anything
this is my email address below


sarah says:

April 12, 2010, 9:01 pm

i use to live in the old betty zane mansion.they turned the building into apartments,i use to live in the upstairs as soon as you reached the top steps was my door and my dad lived behind me in the same building just different apartment.i have visioned a woman dancing in my living room and sometimes with a can feel energy in know your not alone.i have had experiences throughout the house not just in my apartment.i had friends who lived across the hall and down stairs.they have all told me about experiences they had.never did i know that was the betty zane mansion til after i moved out.i honestly didnt know that was the place til 2003.i moved from there in 97….but i knew that the place had a history and we was never the only ones there.i have a gifted side and can sense things that are not normal.but never knew the whole time i lived there,but i did sense the ballroom and was like i was flashed back in time was how i other episode that happened to me was,i was doin laundry and was passing by my bedroom carrying a basket of clothes.something caught my eye in my room where my vanity and dresser mirrors were.i saw the image of a young woman with long dark hair,sitting at my vanity brushing her hair.i thought one of my friends came in and was waiting for me,when i stopped and looked in to call her,she was gone.noone was there.but there was a mist of some sort moving around thru the room til it hit the sunlight in front of the window.but you can smell a lingering perfume in there from time to time.

whispered tales of the ohio valley says:

May 23, 2010, 6:57 pm

Just wanted to let you know that the Zane Mansion is to be torn down next month. :(

torres says:

May 23, 2010, 7:34 pm

lynn,could you please contact me,i too lived in that house.

torres says:

May 23, 2010, 7:38 pm

hi this is sarah,i wrote before about some of my experiences thru the house…im just curious if anyone has any pictures.i would love to see

Patricia says:

September 4, 2010, 10:29 pm

Zane Mansion was on Wheeling Island. It did flood there but where you speak of was never a cemtery nor did it ever flood.

Kris says:

January 28, 2011, 2:23 pm

I’ve heard some stories about this mansion in Ohio. Some of my friends are planning to visit the location and I’m excited to come with them.

Anybody asking about some haunted mansion, get updated by ken Hudnall’s blog –

Been reading the haunted houses he features regularly. I am looking forward the Old Zane mansion could be featured as well.

melissa baldwin says:

April 11, 2011, 2:06 pm

Omg.What are you guys talking about? The Old Zane mansion was torn down in the late 90’s and is now the hospital parking lot.The 210 South 3rd st address was a bunch of apartments at one time and has nothing to do with the Zanes.

SD says:

April 20, 2011, 5:49 pm

Sorry guys but the Zane mansion was where the old Elm School used to be. Go to the Sedgwick House and ask someone who actually knows. Don’t believe every little story you hear on the web.

Chuck says:

July 8, 2011, 12:43 am

It’s ridiculous to believe that the place you’re speaking of flooded. The Zanes were all buried in Wheeling but later moved to Walnut Grove. Walnut Grove and Riverview are and were the only cemeteries in Martins Ferry.

Chuck says:

July 8, 2011, 12:46 am

Correction. Only cemeteries in that area of Martins Ferry.

Tammy says:

February 20, 2012, 12:40 pm

The mansion is now tore down. The people next door think the ghosts may have moved into their place. Hope to do an investigation soon. Check out Whispered Tales of the Ohio Valley on facebook for pics and updates.

BJ says:

February 20, 2012, 1:18 pm

I grew up in Martins Ferry, and the only factual part of this story is that the place is said to be haunted. Everything else is ****, and I don’t know how such misinformation gets started. It wasn’t a “Zane Mansion” just an apartment building. And it wasn’t prone to frequent flooding. In fact, only one flood in recorded history would have even come close to where this building sits (or sat). I believe in ghosts, and I love a good ghost story, but do we have to make up a bunch of untruths to tell one?

Sandra says:

March 11, 2012, 1:35 pm

BJ I agree, this story is way out there. What this story claims is impossible. I wonder how you can say the haunting is factual. If you can prove it’s factual you’d be a very rich person. No one has yet to prove hauntings as fact.

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