Every town and county has its stories about ghostly sightings. I’ll share a few of my own with you.
In town is the old Embassy Theater. A beautiful place built back in the early 1900’s and first called The Emboyd Theater, the theater is an ornate and lushly embellished structure.
In its early days, the Embassy was about the only place in town where one could take in the first movies of the time. As was usual, local musicians would supply the backup music for the silent films. In this case, there is a massive Grand Page Organ in the theater that provided the music.
Legend has it that on nights after a concert or when the theater is closed to the public, random notes and even a few bars of music can be heard coming out of the organ.
Also, a long-deceased maintenance worker from the early days has been seen walking the halls of the building.
Not far from where I live is a beautiful and scenic area known as Cedar Canyons. This is an anomaly for this area, more like Southern Indiana or a part of Appalachia transported to the northeastern part of the state. Its topography varies significantly from the gently undulating landscape and slowly rising small hills typical of Northeast Indiana, courtesy of the last glacial retreat which left an area of abrupt uplands and deep valleys. It continues to be carved and shaped by the scenic Cedar Creek which winds its way through the canyons area.
Roads meander up and down and through the narrow canyon corridor. Mainly residential, there are still a number of wild areas that have not been developed.
On Cedar Canyons Road itself is a low area known as Devil’s Hollow. Over this low point, or hollow, there is a narrow bridge. Up on the hill above the hollow stands a lone chimney, the only remnants of a property that was occupied by a woman. The house burned down in the early 1980’s. The story goes that teens who routinely taunted her for being a witch and vandalized her property set fire to her home and she died in the resulting fire. No one was ever apprehended for setting the blaze. It is said that anyone who intrudes or goes to the property to investigate is run off by the specter of this woman.
Also in the Cedar Canyons area is Chapman Road. Go down to Chapman and turn right on Griffin Road. There is a deep plunge down the road to another valley or hollow. If you stay parked in the hollow, unseen forces will push your car back up the hill.
On the beautiful University of St. Francis campus is the old Bass Mansion, now the University Library. Legend has it that a young male student was found hanging. Since that time have been numerous reports of cold spots and other events and noises that cannot be accounted for.
Just northwest of the downtown area is the Main Street Bridge. Since the late 1800’s, there have been numerous sightings of a Lady in White who walks the area, oblivious to traffic and those around her. Try to follow her, and she will simply vanish!
These are a few of the more interesting and well-known tales of hauntings in our area. Do you have any of your own to add about yours? If so, please share and do keep the lights on tonight!!