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“The Glowing Horseshoe”

Perry County, Ohio

In the mid 1800s a young hunk named James Henry lived in the area. In love with two different women, the man could not decide which one he wanted to marry. When he fell asleep one night, instead of pulling the man and the buggy home, the horse took him to the house of one of the young ladies. James then decided to marry her. The two were happy for a long time until the woman became ill and died. James visited Otterbein Cemetery everyday to put flowers on his wife’s grave. One day at the cemetery, he saw the other young woman he had been courting before marrying his first wife. The two quickly became romantically involved and soon married. He stopped going to the grave of his first wife and soon all the flowers died. One day, a passerby saw a bloody horseshoe on the woman’s tombstone. He told James that it was an ill omen, but James did not listen. The next day, James’s new wife found him dead in the horse stables–there was an imprint of a horseshoe in his forehead. Now when its foggy, it is said that one may hear horse’s hoofs going up and down Otterbein Road.

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aubrey says:

October 8, 2005, 4:02 pm

hello my name is aubrey and i am 13 yrs old.I myself have visited the “horseshoe grave” as we so call it.However i was dissapointed to find that there we absolutley no sound of a horse galloping down the road,but the horseshoe however did glow!and it was so amazing.
i have made a habit o checking out haunted places that are near my home but the horseshoe grave was probabley the most eerie and facinating one i have seen so far!

thank you very much,

amber says:

October 30, 2005, 3:23 pm

last night i went to the horseshoe grave it was cool but there were light put up that suck but i seen the horse shoe ie was cool but if you no any more story in prry county send them to me well g2g later

amanda says:

July 3, 2006, 10:19 am

tis one was realy scarey wow

Prince Vlad says:

August 11, 2006, 1:26 am

We’ve been 2 this site many times. There is a horseshoe on the back of the grave marker…. Really cool reddish imprint. Really eerie, but small, older cemetery. We have never heard any horses, and it seems that it is always foggy there!!!
NOTE: There are cameras watching this site, so don’t do anything there that you wouldn’t want your mama to see!!!

We are looking for more haunted places to investigate in the southeastern part of Ohio, if you know of any, please give us an email!!!
Prince Vlad
Ohio Paranormal Association

Tessa says:

August 26, 2006, 2:09 pm

I went to this place one time with my friend at 1 in the morning. We went towards the haunted street and heard the sound of the horse getting closer and closer towards us I felt the pressure of the horse moving me out of the way. When we ran out of there we heard the horse behind us our hearts were beating so fast. After that night we never ever came back even durning the day with family. It was so fricking scary,O.M.G.

kristopher @dylan says:

September 2, 2006, 1:05 pm

where is it and how much is it and are you hireing

Cindy says:

October 28, 2006, 1:44 am

I grew up in Perry county and would visit horseshoe grave every halloween. (Always with a group of people) This is a small grave yard that is on a country road. The grave sits back in the corner of the grave yard by itself. There is an image of a horseshoe on the back of the tombstone. The image is a rust color. It is not engraved or raised from the stone. I have never seen the horseshoe glow on any of my several trips and I have never heard a horse on the road. Not to take away from the creepiness of this spot. The ground in the graveyard seems to get soft as you make your way towards the lone grave. I have been there with friends and the security light in the church yard blew out at the same time one of them touched the stone. Something slightly scarey has always happened every time I have visited. If you live in the area it may be worth the trip. Please respect the church and their small community graveyard if you visit.

Jacy says:

November 11, 2006, 12:26 am

Thats a really good storie!!!

Eric says:

December 2, 2006, 4:38 pm

This is local for me, and I’ve been out there several times. It’s definitely a picturesque little cemetery, but I’ve never experienced anything paranormal there. I’m pretty sure that the story that is so famous around here is inaccurate, since it’s a matter of record that James Henry actually raised a family with his second wife and didn’t die until the 1850’s.

I get the impression that the legend was invented years after the actual events had transpired. Perhaps, for whatever reason, a horseshoe had been set down on a stone slab in the local undertaker’s yard. It might have lain there in the weather until it rusted, staining the stone. Rust stains are particularly difficult to remove, so it would be easier for the undertaker to just use the stained stone for the back-corner plot (stain on the back side, of course) where no one would ever see it. Later, kids telling ghost stories might have invented the legend of the “bloody horseshoe” around a camp fire. It’s certainly a thrilling tale that has stood the test of time!

There are other noteworthy items in the cemetery. Most of the graves predate modern burial techniques, and at least some of them are vault-less burials, evidenced by the collapsed graves.

There are ancient yucca plants by some of the graves, no doubt more than a century old

There is actually another unique, and to me more interesting, grave stone in Otterbein cemetery. It is the grave of Hanna Westall, and is carved as a tree stump with calla lilies.

If you visit in the early spring, there are crocuses growing wild in the wooded lot just across the fence behind the cemetery. These are of note because crocus corms are favorites of mice and voles, and they seldom escape cultivation.

It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re local or happen to be in the area.

noyb says:

December 20, 2006, 2:53 pm

mhm yaa umm no comment

Audrey says:

January 10, 2007, 1:49 am

that one actualy (SP?)scared me!
the other ones i laughed at but this one! man!
it gave me the chills! and it made me think!
its amasing!
yet a little freaky!

Alec says:

January 24, 2007, 5:41 pm

That was reaaly scary!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alec says:

January 24, 2007, 5:42 pm

That Was Realy Scary.

Bob says:

February 10, 2007, 2:39 am

I first read about this grave in “Fate” magazine back in about 1972. Since it is only about an hour and a half or a little more away, I’ve visited this many times. I have probably shone this site to a half dozen or more people over the last 30+ years. This spot does get ones mind to turning when you visit it.

Katie says:

February 18, 2007, 3:49 pm

me and my friend were driving past it and we heard the horses and she shouted “it’s the horse claps”, then they stopped!!!!!! Creepy!!! and yes she did say horse claps

hjl says:

March 23, 2007, 5:52 pm

sad really sad

amber says:

March 25, 2007, 12:05 am

this is gay nothing happens

alisha young says:

March 30, 2007, 2:44 pm

I live in millfield close to perry county i might have to make a trip down there lol but the mine acrossed the road from where i live is suppost to be haunted.I know the ridges are my mom used to work there it is a scary place well g2g see ya.


alisha young says:

March 30, 2007, 2:44 pm

I live in millfield close to perry county i might have to make a trip down there lol but the mine acrossed the road from where i live is suppost to be haunted.I know the ridges are my mom used to work there it is a scary place well g2g see ya.


brian says:

December 7, 2007, 9:34 pm

have to go there always looking for places to go. Any info let me know,

Morgan says:

May 4, 2008, 11:36 am

This is really flippen scary

Ken says:

June 3, 2008, 11:58 am

This sounds really interesting, and not to far from home. I have been looking for somewhere to go for a â??ghost huntâ? for my graduation project for Junior year. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, but can probably get a ride to Ohio. If anyone has REALLY had a real experience here, please feel free to email me at Also if anyone knows of a good haunting closer to me, e-mail me as well.

betty says:

April 14, 2009, 12:30 pm

i went to the horseshoe grave back in 06 and 07 and there is definatley something there its very creepy after midnight. ive been there about 6 times in those 2 years and the last time i went was the worst i was takin pictures with my X boyfriends digital camera and a red lookin fire ball like thing came at me in pictures that couldnt be seen with the naked eye. And my son saw a younger lookin woman standing bestand on the old tombstones that was about middle ways of the cemetery and scaredhim so bad we left and it was only me my 2 kids and my so called boyfriend at the time that was there. i was in the truck takin pictures out of the sun roof. i never got out of the truck we leave i go home and pull the pictures up on my computer and i see the redish looking ball with orange in it like fire comin at me with the camera and the woman my son claimed to have seen showed up in the pictures as well very creepy. Later that night i got to looking on the internet and found a site { i dont remember what is was or where] that sais, a woman will appear and throw fire at you to get you to leave cause she wants to be a lone and not bothered. Ive never been back there since that day do to my children being so scared that summer night. But if your a real believer and want to get creeped out its definately a place to go to.

ThisIsStupid says:

July 6, 2010, 9:01 am

Okay… seriously… That wasn’t a very good title… It’s not even THAT scary////

Breanna says:

October 24, 2010, 9:45 am

Okay, me and a group of people tried to go last night but now you can’t. There is a camper that sits in the graveyard to watch over it and there are a lot of houses near it. there is a guy that watches over it and he chased out one of my friends.

amanda says:

July 31, 2011, 12:23 am

okay i have lived behind the cemetary for two years and my fiance was born and raised there nothing has ever happen that was scary i dont see no strange blue light the only horse sounds we hear is on sunday when the kids ride horses to church there is a horseshoe print on the back of it there is no camper sitting in the grave yard and no one watches over it it doesnt even get kept up very well the grass around the stones is always high and there is broken stones everywhere its nice to see and i heard people all the time and seen peoples flashlights at night time but nothing out of the ordinary!

Lynn says:

January 18, 2013, 2:11 am

Maryo see Angle Henry was my gggaunt. Been to the cemetery several times since I was young. Took my granddaughters the cemetery 2 years ago and told them the story. Heard the story first from my grandpa who was James and Mary’s grand nephew.

matt says:

April 5, 2013, 11:20 am

this is awsome ive been there and saw the grave

NateD says:

February 25, 2016, 5:50 pm

Me my wife and daughter went back in 2014. We walked all around the parameter and sseen NO horses but as we got midway to three-quarters the way in toward the horseshoe we seen the iron fence that had been welded a few feet high and heard horseshoes clicking on the roadway and suddenly right in from of us we heard the”Hemmy”of horses and a rushing force as though the horses and buggies passed us. We ran out of there. We want to return again soon. Good place to go!!

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