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Riders Inn

Painesville, Ohio

People spending the night in this hotel have reportedly been accosted by a menagerie of apparitions. There have been reports of hearing loud voices in the next room when the next room is empty. Visitors have also said to hear someone walking within the walls of the building as well as the hallway. Inside the inn, there is also one door that will not stay shut, even after 2 by 4s and nails have been used.

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Dave says:

October 11, 2005, 9:47 pm

I was born and raised in Painesville, and I’ve never even heard of The Rider’s Inn. Where exactly is this place. Just curious as to it’s location.

Kristen says:

October 17, 2005, 4:26 pm

Perhaps they are reffering to the Riders Tavern…….I believe it’s down the road from Hellriegel’s. My mom was born & raised in Painesville & tells me that they used to hang out there all the time. She never mentioned any haunting though.

Kristine says:

November 21, 2005, 12:10 pm

I have lived in Painseville since i was about two years old and just recently I went to riders inn to apply for a job and just walking in there it was very spooky. the lady also told me that i would have to learn of all the ghost stories so we could tell them to the guest if i got the job well i never got it (they told me to come back later) but it would have more then likely been an awesome expierince!!!!!!!!!

JJ says:

December 27, 2005, 3:41 pm

I THINK THIS STORY IS TRUE BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF HAUNTED PLACES LIKE MOTELS OR HOTELS

Max says:

January 9, 2006, 11:58 am

Aww, come on Devan. Don’t you have any sence of humor or imagination? Some of us do belive in ghosts, because some of us have seen them. If you haven’t, well.. It sucks for you.;)
Ou, and may I ask? Ih this site is so “complete ****” why are you here? if you answer me, then i know you came back. ‘grins and dancec away’

Jaclyn says:

January 25, 2006, 6:25 pm

Well i think it is true i mean ur sayin tons of seeings of them and they are fake

Kay says:

March 16, 2006, 4:50 pm

I truly believe this stuff real Who couldnt think this was real

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March 16, 2006, 4:53 pm

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March 16, 2006, 4:53 pm

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Rain says:

August 2, 2006, 12:37 pm

Wow! That is interesting!

kristen says:

October 3, 2006, 9:10 am

I stayed at the inn and my right foot disapered

jessica says:

October 12, 2006, 3:55 pm

kristen, how did your foot disaper?? And how long did it take for it to come back, or did it not come back at all……?

sdfsda says:

October 12, 2006, 7:08 pm

I think that people are crazey if they know that inn is haunted and still stay there by the way I lived in this house on Lindon Ave. in Zanesville Ohio and every night at 4:00 am you would hear a girl scream because we had a blacony on our stairs and in the 19090’s a girl of around the age of 9.

barb says:

October 13, 2006, 2:08 am

It would sure be nice if everyone would proof read their comments before they submit them. “sdfsda” what about the girl on your balcony???? Oh yeah, and the year 19090’s. Okay. What a bunch of mish-mosh

jessey says:

October 14, 2006, 9:04 pm

would someone give me directions to this haunted house?

bee says:

October 16, 2006, 2:53 pm

this story is just silly. it’s a hotel, of course you are going to hear loud voices and people walking in the hallways.

kristen says:

October 18, 2006, 11:41 am

Im not sure why it disapered but I woke up and it was just gone

kristen says:

October 18, 2006, 11:43 am

Im still waiting for my foot to return and it hasn’t yet

Carlye Darby says:

October 20, 2006, 7:04 pm

I personally think this place is haunted because me and my daughter, my friend and her daughter stayed the night in Susan’s room and my friend stayed in room 10. My daughter witnessed a picture falling and she was right there and didn’t touch it. I my self stayed up till 4:30am. Around 3:00am, the doorknob started to turn. I locked it before I sat down and was video taping. My friend was really drunk so I thought it was her messing with me so I opened the door and no one was there. I went to her room and she was passed out cold along with her daughter. The next morning, we went to get our stuff together and the night before we bought 10 roast beef sandwitches from Arby’s and I had 2 and she had 2 and both our daughters only had one. That leaves 5 left. Only 3 were left. I thought that was odd if a ghost did take food. I did take pictures with my digital video/camera, and 2 pictures had an orange orb, and the other was blue.But it was a wonderful time and a very welcoming place. We are working on going back here real soon.

tori says:

October 25, 2006, 7:14 pm

I know of this place, my mom was raised up around Painesville, and she had told me at one time years ago, there use to be tunnels for slaves. Where there could get away to the river. This is a very old Inn on Rt. 20…dan

tori says:

October 25, 2006, 7:24 pm

When i went to a haunted house on Geneva Strip.Me and my dad went and we were in a room on fake histroy of the house. A teenager wasn’t even able to handle the fake history haaaaaaa and im only 8 for real P.S. Me and my dad will always belive in tnis stuff TORI

Jason says:

October 30, 2006, 8:47 am

I am the resident psychic medium for Rider’s Inn. The inn is very much haunted. If you would like to experience Susan all you have to do is drop by and say hi.

tori says:

October 30, 2006, 6:20 pm

yo wat up someone ansewer my comment theres my email

tori says:

December 4, 2006, 6:51 pm

hey people i want an ansewer for my coment pleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaasssssssseeeee my email is tori_d1213@yahoo.com email me

Quedo says:

January 17, 2007, 6:17 am

To Carlye 20/10/06…10-2-2-2 does not equal 5???? Or at least not here down under. Makes me think maybe the only other one missing may also have a logical explanation…I do believe in life after though…Had very personal experiences…
Lots of love from N.Z.

Quedo says:

January 17, 2007, 6:19 am

Oooops…apologises if you meant your daughters shared one.
Lots of love from N.Z.

PACMAN says:

January 26, 2007, 7:19 am

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

Brent says:

February 16, 2007, 12:07 pm

The Rider’s Inn is right down the street from me and it is a wonderful establishment. Very old and unique. The house used to be owned by Susan who was wealthy but wasn’t very pretty at all. She married and soon mysteriously died. She never left. She’s friendly and I feel nothing but warmth and a sense of welcome when I visit. I never had an expierience with her and my family that stayed there when I got married hadn’t noticed anything either, but I believe the stories. You can feel it.

kevin says:

February 23, 2007, 6:12 am

I have a cousin who worked as a bartender there back in the 70’s or 80’s. Said they would hear her or sense her presence all the time after hours.

Catie says:

March 15, 2007, 11:16 am

ok,,,im gothic,,,i like this ****,,,but *** on ppl,,,u cant possiably believe this is a spirt can u??? how do u kno itz not just sum kid playena joke??? HELLO?!?!? talk about sum real hauntins all right? MMFWCL

terri says:

June 27, 2007, 4:10 pm

yes the riders inn is haunted everyone knows that it made tv once for haunted hotels it is a little resturant / hotel and it is a ladie who haunts it its not scary she has checked people in after hours but they didnt know it was a ghost til the owner asked how they got a room

RacerE7773 says:

August 9, 2007, 11:12 pm

I’ve read about it in Ohio haunts sort of books, and see it whenever we head to the mall on 20. Would like to stay there one night someday.

Barb says:

September 7, 2007, 3:02 pm

I live in Mentor, Ohio not far from Rider’s Inn on Route 20 by the Mentor/Painesville border. My daughter and I drove to it one night and drove through the parking lot at night. We took pictures in the parking lot of the place. When I had the pictures developed, there were a couple of orbs hanging around the windows of the building. We also broke into a cemetary at night and in three photos, I caught two orbs that were following us around. One was big and the other smaller. They were in different parts of the picture so they weren’t anomalies (defects). Take pictures and dont take them to CVS or Wallgreens cause they have machines that develop them. Make sure when you have them developed you leave specific instructions to DEVELOP ALL PICTURES, POSSIBLE GHOST PICTURES. I know its funny but some places wont develop dark pictures.

bsb says:

September 11, 2007, 12:30 pm

I know Rider’s Inn and the owner very well. The establishment is now almost 200 years old and has been an Inn on the original Oregon Trail for just about as many years. As for Suzanne, her story may or may not be true but the real importance of the Inn is its history as a stop on the underground railroad and the help that was given to many escaping slaves. Now Jason, the “resident psychic”, if he were really psychic, would know that the woman being refered to is called Suzanne not Susan. So, if you do believe in ghosts and plan to stop by to say HI, it would behoove you to call her by her proper name.
The Inn is a warm, wonderful, welcoming establishment and very much worth a visit! It’s located at 792 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, Ohio.

jamie says:

September 15, 2007, 9:23 pm

I live in LeRoy, about 12 minutes from Riders Inn. I have heard the stories and I know Riders Inn owners use these stories to their advantage. They offer Halloween dinners and tours. The Plain Dealer travel section in June has a link that talks about horrific visions seen at local hotels but usually they are harmless stories.

I dont believe in ghosts, all in the mind I think. If, and thats a big if, you actually encounter one I would suggest they are more likely demons. Read your Bible folks.

teebee says:

September 27, 2007, 12:14 am

Rider’s Inn was opened by Joseph Rider in 1812 to provide shelter to weary travelers en route to new ventures out west. Situated on the rough-and-tumble stagecoach route from Buffalo, New York to Cleveland, Ohio, Rider’s soon became an oasis of hospitality in the Western Reserve. Later, the Inn became a stop on the underground railroad and a retreat for returned Civil War soldiers. The Rider Family operated the hostelry until 1902 when it fell on hard times. After the discovery of a short-lived hot spring, George Randall, from New York, bought the Inn in 1922 and added a dining room and speakeasy, and enlarged the north wing. From 1940 to 1979, the Lutz Brothers operated the Inn and added the traditional Sunday Stagecoach Breakfast which is continued today. After their retirement, the Inn saw several difficult years until 1988 when owner Elaine Crane and her mother, Elizabeth Roemisch, completely refurbished the establishment into a beautiful country inn located in the college town of Painesville.

heather says:

September 29, 2007, 12:36 am

has anyone actually seen anyone or thing for sure???

layla whitney says:

October 3, 2007, 4:58 pm

Well my school ELDA ELEMENTARY they say is haunted i believe them because i went to my locker and opend it and lets just say i had to wash my hands cause there was blood all over my hands it was weird i totally fliped out ugh but it gave me the CHILLS AND THRILLS then my friend Crystal was walking to the restroom and someone
said her name and we had to take her to the hospital it was so bad she didnt come to school for 30 days she told me she heard something like right about 6 or 7 feet away from her then boom blood was everywhere so that could only mean one thing a…….GHOST

layla whitney says:

October 3, 2007, 5:11 pm

MY school ELDA ELEMENTARY is haunted at least people say it is i believe people cause i was at my locker and lets just say i had to wash my hands cause there was blood on my hands and + my friend Crystal was going to the bathroom and we had to take her to the hospital cause she heard someone saying her name she said she did hear someone saying her name but it sounded like it was only like 6 or 7 ft. away she says she heard it but she couldn’t see it it was so bad she didn’t come to school for like 30 days so before she knew it boom blood everywhere i am telling u go to my school if u go to the 5th grade hallway restroom u can here the ghost saying Crystal and hearing Crystal scream so don’t take to long going to the bathroom please don’t !!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Donnelly says:

October 16, 2007, 3:38 am

There is no way possible that you lived in Painesville Ohio and have never heard of the Rider’s Inn. Why would you lie about that?

marty says:

November 21, 2007, 7:19 pm

I grew up in Mentor and have worked in Painesville for the last seven years. This is the first I have heard of anyone sayig it was actally haunted. my sister in law stayed there on her wedding night and did not have any unusual phenomen occur. There are tunnels underneath where they hide slaves as part of the underground railroad, though I have been told hat tours are no longer available due to the deterioated condition. It is located on Mentor Ave directly across from Chestnut st.

Elizabeth says:

January 5, 2008, 2:54 am

Yes, Suzanne is real. She opens the door when ever the building is in danger. Go to Morley library and check out the defunct Painesville Telegraph newspaper during the renovation years 1982-85 or so on microfilm. You’ll find police reports where the cops responded to the front door being open in the middle of the night. They never found anyone inside, but each time something was seriously wrong – a fire, a broken water line flooding the basement, an electrical problem that was one spark away from taking the place down…..Suzanne loves her home!

islamic monkey. says:

March 24, 2008, 4:05 pm

omggg. i live in painsville and stay there all the time. the ghost is always kissing other men. GAY MEN! ahahhaa, the ghost is a girl that is bi. WOW, ahha.

islamic monkey. says:

March 24, 2008, 4:09 pm

G…a…y men are f . aaa …g…ssss…

John Johnson says:

April 22, 2008, 10:17 pm

To all the sceptics out there, our group Seekers Paranormal,spent 1 night at the Inn and I can tell you that we aquired rock solid proof that there is paranormal activity.We documented many Orbs and light anomolies,we also had personal expieriences and a general uneasy feeling while downstairs in the middle of the night,and I am relatively sure that If you were to inquire about it,the owner would be more than happy to show you the DVD with the video evidence we collected.We were also treated just like family while we were there and enjoyed some wonderful food and conversation.We as a group are planning a return trip for another hunt very soon.
J.Johnson
Seekers Paranormal

erin says:

June 12, 2008, 5:33 pm

But,John how do we know your telling the truth.Do you expect us belive their was paranormal activity there?We need solid proof.I do not want to spoil anything so I will not say anything else.

mikayla says:

June 26, 2008, 12:52 pm

yaeh but i seen prof ERIN i seen picures of suzzane shadowss lights and a big figer in the haall way with my mom plus we went past there on night and the front door was open the one thats suposed to be nailed shut so haaaaaaaaaaaaa erin

olivia says:

July 1, 2008, 6:05 pm

in 7th grade i went to william’sburg trip and saturday after a party every one had to go back to the room… and this one girl fell asleep the same time as i did… this this 2 other girls fell asleep a little bit later and i fell asleep with my glasses on and i felt someone try to talke them off.. so i looked at my three roommates and they were asleep and i did not see anything…….

lildreamer says:

August 28, 2008, 7:19 pm

This story is true. I have lived in Painesville all my life, and it has been experienced by many. A co-worker saw the image of a civil war soldier. It use to be an underground railroad stop.

layla says:

September 26, 2008, 5:29 pm

ok my school is haunted 3 preppy girls died in the bathroom at one time my.s.s. techer mrs.Ford was in the bathroom when it happened she said the girls were fixing their hair in the mirror when the girls hair had bllod in it like fresh blood and they just their whole bodies caught on fire and ever since then u can never go in that bathroom because its blocked off me and my friend went in their and it was bloody and just gross and my hand caught on fire so im a witness of that bathroom and it happened and Ross Middle School.

Lisa says:

October 11, 2008, 1:33 pm

I went to the Rider’s Inn with my husband and did not feel anything weird, but it is a dark, dank place. I had fun there, and shortly thereafter I read an article that it was haunted. I guess it could be. I’d like to have seen or heard something funny, but nothing out of the ordinary happened. We had dinner, partied at the bar and then went to our room. Lovely room with a big bed. 4 poster I believe, but could be wrong. I know I didn’t like the stairs. They were old and made a squeaky-like sound, but we did have fun.. The only downfall is that a waitress promised us a kitten but when we went back to pick it up, she said she decided to keep them all, so I said I would never return and so far, I haven’t returned. One waitress ruined my trip to the Rider’s Inn. Watch who you employ….Lisa

dave says:

October 23, 2008, 11:36 pm

DONT STAY CRAZY BROAD RUNNING THE SHOW SHE IS A MAN HATER AND A TAX EVADING SNOB. EMPLOYEES ARE AWESOME. BUT ELAINE CRAINE IS GOLD DIGGER TRYING TO PINCH EVERY DIME OUT OF EVERYONE

steve says:

October 23, 2008, 11:45 pm

i stayed at riders inn for one month the onley haunting lady i met there was ex judge elaine she used any possible opportunity that she could to overcharge myself and my co-workers so the question is true … is the riders in haunted YES she is at the bar every day!

Lori says:

February 26, 2009, 10:50 pm

I know that the inn is haunted. You can just feel it when you walk in. It is one of my favorite places to go. I stayed 1 night nothing happened but you can just feel someone watching over you. And really dave and steve if you can not say anything nice don’t say anything at all. Elaine is a lovely woman. She is like family to my husband and I. Be nice!!!!

J. Thompson says:

March 12, 2009, 2:44 pm

My maternal grandmother was born and raised in Rider’s Tavern or Inn which her ancestor Joseph Rider built around 1810. The stories of ghosts and it’s being a part of the underground railroad are all fiction designed to hype business. No one ever heard such stories before recently.

sherry says:

April 21, 2009, 2:06 am

some people need to grow up… there are ghost and spirits some just need help.. so think about that next time you joke around.. cause one day it can be you then what will you do…

XGANONX says:

May 1, 2009, 8:55 pm

I HAVE SEEN A GHOST BEFORE ME AND MY FRIEND WHERE SITEN ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF MY HOUSE WHEN WE HEARD SOMETHING DOWNSTAIRS I WENT DOWN TO CHECK WHEN I SAW A LADY IN A WHITE GOWN LOOKING DOWN AT THE FLOOR I COULD SEE THE WALL INFRONT OF HER SHE SAW OR HERD ME AND LOOKED UP AND SHE STARTED TO LOOK AT ME AS IF SHE NEEDED HELP THEN SHE VANISHED I NEVER SAW HER AGAIN. I REMEMBER BEFORE MY HOUSE WAS BUILT THERE WAS A PATCH OF GRAVEL AND GRASS IF I PUT SOME ROCKS ON TOP OF THEY WERE GONE IN A COUPLE OF HOURS EVEN WHEN NO ONE WAS THERE. SO I THINK THAT THAT IS WHAT SHE WAS LOOKING AT. IN THE THIS WAS THE SAME EXACT SPOT WERE THE GRAVEL WAS

XGANONX says:

May 1, 2009, 9:12 pm

JAIMI MY FRIEND HELP A GHOST ONE TIME BY FINDING SOMETHING HAT WAS KEPING IT ON EARTH AND THEN THE GHOST SAVED HIS LIFE BY BRINGING HIM OUT OF THE BURNING HOUSE IF IT WASNT FOR THE GHOST HE WOLD OF DIED. SO THIS MAKES ME WONDER IS THERE GHOSTS THATWILL HELP US OR IS THERE JUST BAD GHOSTS. I KNOW OF ONE GHOST WHO IS VERY POPULARE ITS NAME IS DICKE

erin says:

June 15, 2009, 2:33 pm

i think it is haunted but could someone tell me if they have been there and seen anything well please contact me via email hamsterlover1221@yahoo.com thank you so much

STR says:

September 28, 2009, 8:14 pm

Go to http://www.ridersinn.com or http://www.ridersinn.com/talefuldinners.html
Jason will be speaking on the paranormal at Rider’s Inn each Friday in October. Dinner and the speaking is $29. This should be fun.
Do I beleive in it all? No -perhaps I will change my mind after hearing the speaker and talking to others. Regardless, legends and tales and mysteries are facinating just the same. I will be at one of the dinners on October 9.
Painsville does have it’s history and legends. Have you heard of Stephanie of Lake Erie College from the 1800s? As the story goes, In the early years of this previously “all girls” college Stephanie hung herself in the bell tower of Lake Erie College. The bell still tolls today…….and Stephanie’s screem still haunts Lake Erie College Hall which used to be the girl’s dormitory. The 4th floor is now locked and no admission is allowed. The rumor is that Stephanie was expecting which was a terrible shame in years gone by.
Have you heard of the old Steele Mansion in Painesville. I talked to the former mansion caretaker. She said Steele mansion has 4 ghosts including an older man, 2 children, and one of the female chefs. All of these old mansions had servants at one time. The story goes that Horace Steele owned a bank in Painesville. Self inflicted fate eventually caught up to him as he was caught embezeling money from the bank. You want to see a Haunted House? Steele mansion fits the profile….be careful though…it is private property. Hopefully one day it will be restored….Save the Mansion! I am told that professional roofers accidentily set it on fire as they were trying to melt the heavy gigantic icecles from the roof with a blow torch.
All these sites are along the historical strip of Mentor Avenue in Painesville.
Hey – Give Elaine Crane a break. She has restored and preserved a fine historical establishment. Many people receive pleasure enjoying the history and legends as well.

Sierra S. says:

October 4, 2009, 9:23 pm

I have just came back from the Riders Inn this afternoon from my uncle’s wedding reception. When i was in the bathroom alone, I heard someone using the bathroom in the other bathroom since there’s only 2. Then my door flew open (even though it was locked). And when I was taking my 2 yr old cousin to the little room i sat down and there was a hand on my shoulder… And I had my cousin in my hands cradling her. And i turned my head to see and it was a hand figure and right beside it was like a big knit monkey in the chair looking at me. I have seen some blue and orange orbits. Otherwise Riders Inn is a very old place and the staff tell history all the timeabout Mr.Rider and Rider’s Inn

Randy says:

January 3, 2010, 1:30 pm

My wife and our son stayed at the Riders Inn, we didn’t get any proof of the afterlife what so ever. I must mention that we were the only guest in the Inn for that night. I stayed up most of the night and took hours of video and hundreds of pics which produced nothing.

Alex says:

May 28, 2010, 8:21 pm

The story of this inn is that it used to be a house awhile back. the richest family in the area lived there at the time. this one man married the daughter of this family because of her wealth even though she was hideous. rumor has it that he pushed her down the flight of stairs that is there right when you walk in. the fall killed her and ever since there she stays in the house and haunts room 11.

anonymous says:

May 28, 2010, 10:39 pm

My wife and I stayed there, we were the only guest there, your locked in until morning, if you smoke oh well….. I did not see, hear, or feel anything that night, and we stayed in Susans room an I also walked the hallways and stairs. I took video and pics and got nothing. When my wife made the reservation she asked if we would be able to ghost hunt and they didn’t have a problem with that, until we arrived, was told to stay in the room???????????????? We will never go back.

billyjoejimbob says:

August 4, 2010, 11:18 pm

This here rider’s sure is fancy. I used to go there with pa and he paid extree for me know a woman and reach my manliness time. She shoor was perty.

lisa says:

October 26, 2010, 5:11 pm

would love to get my team in there for a night,wow!!!

lisa says:

October 26, 2010, 5:13 pm

would love to get my team in there for a night,wow!!!to exciting!!

annabelle says:

December 10, 2010, 12:01 pm

I live right down the road from this. My mom and me were there when I was little. She said it was really “heavy” being in there.

eric the alien says:

June 4, 2012, 3:32 pm

im gonna go there and spend the night it sounds exciting (like ray stantz would say yeah)

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