with Author, Jannette Quackenbush

Explore your county. Discover the folklore. Find your scary place.

Brown County, Ohio

Ghost stories and legends from around Ohio. Find your scary place.


Ghost Stories and Local Legends:

Rankin House State Memorial

Rankin House State Memorial 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.

Calico Lady

Calico Lady of Old Lafferty Road Ripley, Ohio 45167

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.

Higginsport School

Higginsport School Higginsport, Ohio 45131

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