Brown County Ohio Ghosts and Hauntings

Brown County Ohio Ghosts


Rankin House State Memorial
6152 Rankin Hill Road
Ripley, Ohio 45167


On a high hill in the town of Ripley overlooking the Ohio River stands a haunted house. From 1825 to 1865, John Rankin opened its doors to anyone escaping slavery in the south. Nearly 2000 slaves are said to have stayed with the Rankin family. There are steps leading up to the house, a path that led from the Ohio River, through town and up the wooded hillside to the safety of the Rankin home. Ghostly voices have been heard here, along with the sound of footfalls of those who were taking their first steps of freedom.


Rankin House


Calico Lady of Old Lafferty Road
Ripley, Ohio 45167
38.766114, -83.766137
Lafferty Road and Chicken Hollow:
The ghost of a three-fingered old lady and her cats haunt the old Lafferty Road and the old building at the end. In the 1970s, teens used to drive here and yell "Calico Lady" three times to be chased by the ghost. Now the road is closed and impassable by car because the old bridges are out. Some say you can still see her sitting on the bridge on the corner of Old Lafferty and Chicken Hollow if you call her name. You can still hear her cats yowling far off into the old road.


Calico Lady 


Baird House
201 N 2nd Street
Ripley, Ohio 45167

Baird House was built in 1825 along the Ohio River and was used as an inn. The ghosts of its former owners have been known to turn off lights and open


Baird House


Higginsport School
Gaines and John Streets
Higginsport, Ohio 45131


Ghostly whispers have been heard inside this lonesome old school building in Higginsport.


Higginsport High School


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