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The Buxton Inn

Granville, Ohio
By Cecilia

The Buxton Inn, located in a small Ohio town, is said to be home to the stateâ??s â??friendliestâ? haunts. Only a few ghosts reside here, each with their own personality and history.

In 1812, the Buxton Inn was built by Orrin Granger, who had decided to move west with his family. The building was first used as a stagecoach stop and post office, where food was cooked over a fireplace and drivers slept on straw pallets. Nevertheless, Granger was successful, and the establishment turned into a full-blown inn in a few yearsâ?? time. In fact, famous Buxton Inn guests include Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, and William McKinley.

However, Granger passed away six years later. Although ownership changed many times after that, his spirit is said to still remain. The first person to discover this was Fred Sweet, the young son of a later innkeeper. Legend says he was walking downstairs during the night, in search of a snack. When he arrived at the kitchen, Fred found someone had beaten him to the last piece of pie. The ghostly figure finished, and then politely introduced himself as Orrin Granger, the Innâ??s original owner. The two sat down at the table together, and Fred spent the night listening to stories and information about the early stagecoach stop days of the Inn. When Granger seemed to be tired of talking, he simply congratulated Fred on the innâ??s upkeep and maintenance, and then faded away with a smile.

Not surprisingly, many of the ghosts inhabiting the Buxton Inn happen to be former owners. In fact, Granger (described as an elderly gentleman wearing blue breeches) is said to have been seen sneaking pie from the kitchen more than once. Major Buxton, the second owner, is a shadowy figure who spends most of his time just sitting in the dining room. Guests seem only to recognize him because of his giant portrait hanging in the hall. One of the more colorful personalities haunting the Buxton Inn is named Ethel â??Bonnieâ? Bounell. She was a very talented singer and actress throughout most of her life, but was known mostly for her obsession with the color blue. She successfully ran the inn for about twenty-six years, while always wearing an elegant blue dress and sweet-smelling perfume. Bonnie apparently carried this trademark into the afterlife; customers, staff, and even psychics have reported catching glimpses of the â??Lady In Blueâ?.

There are also eerie footsteps, doors and windows unexplainably opening, and whispering heard in the shadows. But perhaps the most interesting bit of paranormal activity is the phantom gray cat, featured on the Innâ??s sign outside. Nobody is sure who the cat had belonged to, or even when it had died. He seems to be content wandering through the halls, resting in the rooms, or even playfully prancing around the Innâ??s guests. Most guests seem unbothered, or even amused. But some are genuinely creeped outâ?¦possibly because they claim to have heard a soft purring in their ears or noticing that the catâ??s head had appeared in their photos.


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Mark P says:

June 11, 2013, 4:33 pm

I have eaten dinner here many of times over the last 3 or 4 years, even staying in the infamous rooms 7 & 9. If I’m not mistaken room 7 is the room that was Ethal “Bonnie” Bounell’s private residence. The night that I stayed in this particular room, it wasn’t 10 minutes before she made herself known. A metal and glass stand in the bathroom was shaken. Then that night, on 2 different occurrences, the ghost cat jumped onto and walked on the bed. Of the two meetings with the cat it did stop with its front paws on my hand. (I was the only living thing in the room and wasn’t dreaming) Of the dinning rooms the Tavern room in the basement gives the feel that there are other people there than just the people that you can see. Each spirit that I have encountered seems to be polite, even when they are a bit mischevious.

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