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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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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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