Come join us for 3 amazing nights August 6- 9, 2020
in the beautiful Historic town of Granville Ohio.
Because we’ll be investigating the extremely active
Old Licking County Jail, the Bryn Du Mansion,
and the Buxton Inn.
Step back in time when you enter the Buxton Inn with its historical architecture, hospitality and charm. The longest continuously operated inn in Ohio, it is also the residence of the many spirits of its long dead former owners and innkeepers. Antiques-filled rooms in 5 historic houses, plus period dining rooms, a wine cellar & a tavern.
The Buxton Inn’s long history lives on with the ghosts frequently seen there, the majority of which are the ghosts of its former owners. The first ghost ever reported at the hotel was Orrin Granger in the 1920’s who built the hotel in 1812.
During the 70’s, workers of the inn saw a man dressed in blue and since then they have refused to enter the inn after dark. Major Buxton (the man who the inn was named after) is also said to haunt the inn. He has been spotted in several locations around the inn.
Ethel “Bonnie” Bounell, the former innkeeper, is said to have died in room number nine. Guests who have stayed in the room have reported seeing a lady dressed in blue, Bonnie’s favourite color. Shadowy figures have been seen in rooms number seven and nine and even in the basement. Guests have also felt the presence of a ghostly cat jumping on their beds.
Other reports include heavy doors slamming shut and opening of their own accord, with no apparent breeze or other valid explanation. People have also reported hearing footsteps behind them in empty hallways, and their names being called out.
History of the Buxton Inn
Buxton Inn was originally called the Tavern and it was built by 1812 by Orrin Granger. Today, the Buxton Inn is oldest continuously running inn in Granville, Ohio. Aside from being an inn, Buxton also served as Granville’s first post office and a stagecoach stop. The Buxton became very popular and was patronized by no less than President William Harrison himself. After Orrin Granger died, ownership of the inn changed. Although it went through several owners, it never closed down because of its popularity.
In 1829, more additions were constructed for the building. In the 1850s, the inn was purchased by James W. Dilley and it was renamed to “The Dilley House”. Major Buxton and his wife acquired the property in 1865. They attracted many guests and the inn continued to thrive under their ownership. After the death of the Buxtons, retired opera singer Ethel Bounell took over the inn. The current owners of the inn are Orville and Audrey Orr.
About the Buxton Inn
The Buxton Inn has 25 rooms and has been serving patrons for hundreds of years and continues to do so until now. The lovely inn has so much history, President Harrison himself frequented it. The rooms are tastefully furnished to look like they once did in the 1800s. The rooms of the inn have no televisions (people did not have televisions back in the 1800s) to encourage socializing with other guests.
Please remember to use “openrange” for your promo code to get discounted rate when booking your room at the Buxton Inn. Lower case sensitive.
Make your reservations online at: https://www.hotelgranvilleoh.com/ or call 740-587-0001
Old Licking County Historic Jail
The Licking County Historic Jail, built in 1889, is Licking County’s fourth jail. When it was constructed, the jail was lauded as the best and sturdiest jail the state had ever seen. Its stone, Millersburg brownstone, was quarried and transported from Millersburg, Ohio. Well-known Ohio architect Joseph Warren Yost designed the structure in the Richardson … Continue reading
Bryn Du Mansion
Local businessman Henry D. Wright originally constructed a mansion on this site as an Italianate Villa type structure in 1865. It was constructed of sandstone quarried from the property. Jonas McCune became the owner within a year after construction and the property became known as McCune’s Villa … Continue reading
Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable, and locations and itinerary are subject to change at last notice.
We have more surprises coming your way that will be added to this itinerary soon! Friday and Saturday, Lectures, tours, dinner, investigations, and an over all amazing time planned!
Thursday August 6th
- 4 pm – Registration and meet and greet.
- 5 pm – Meet and greet with a welcome reception and Hors d’ ourves and a cash bar, and tour with history presentation of the hotel and property.
- 7 pm Tour and historical tales of the Buxton Inn.
- 9 pm – 3 am Investigate the Bryn Du Mansion. 3 floors plus the basement.
- 10 people to groups of 4 on each floor, and rotating throughout the night.
Friday August 7th
- Breakfast on your own.
- 11 am – 3 pm Speakers
- 5 pm – Dinner on your own
- 7:30 pm – Our entire group will be split into groups of two.
- 8 pm – 2 am one group at the jail, one group at the Buxton Inn. Investigate the Old Licking County Jail and the Buxton Inn.
- 2:15 am Gather in the courtyard to discuss your investigations. (Optional)
Saturday August 8th
- Sleep in, walk the town, breakfast on your own.
- 1 pm – We will be going on a guided tour of the Newark Earthworks.
- 5 pm Dinner provided at the Buxton Inn dinning room.
- 8 pm – 2 am groups will switch to investigate the jail and the Buxton Inn.
- 2:15 am Courtyard Gather. (Optional)
Introducing, Samantha Belvoir
Whispering Walls, a unique opportunity to observe and participate in communicating with spirits that remain from the past, hidden and often forgotten between the walls of some of the most haunted locations. Samantha Belvoir is a gifted Intuitive and Estes Method specialist. Samantha and her partner Mike, travel to historic haunted locations throughout the U.S. giving the spirits a voice and a way to share their past. After the demonstration of communication, they will be sharing their knowledge and experiences with the audience during the Q&A.
Introducing, Ryan Wefelmeyer
Ryan has been investigating and researching the paranormal for several years, researching psychology, history, spiritualism, biology, among other sciences. He develops his own tools for the job. He set out to change the perspective of the paranormal when he launched Finding Phantoms, documenting and researching paranormal activity in some of the most haunted places across the country. He’s also clairsentient and a tarot reader and uses his skills to heal and guide others through his business, Crescent Tarot.
More Speakers to be announced!
The Newark Earthworks and Great Museum Tour
11 min from the Buxton Inn. We will all drive separately and meet at the Newark Earthworks.
We will be taken on a guided history tour to see the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures in the world. Already a National Historic Landmark, in 2006, the State of Ohio designated the Newark Earthworks as “the official prehistoric monument of the state.” Learn more about the earthworks by visiting the Great Circle Museum. Visitors are invited to watch an interactive video explaining the significance of the site and tour a 1,000-square-foot exhibit that includes a timeline of Ohio’s ancient cultures and an explanation of why American Indians regard the Newark Earthworks as a sacred site. The exhibit also details how the earthworks align with the rising and setting of the moon.
Built by people of the ancient Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D., this architectural wonder of ancient America was part cathedral, part cemetery and part astronomical observatory. The entire Newark Earthworks originally encompassed more than four square miles. Over the years, the growth of the city of Newark destroyed many of the Newark Earthworks, but three major segments survived because of the efforts of interested local citizens:
Great Circle Earthworks: Formerly known as Moundbuilders State Memorial, the Great Circle Earthworks is nearly 1,200 feet in diameter and was likely used as a vast ceremonial center by its builders. The 8 feet (2.4 m) high walls surround a 5 feet (1.5 m) deep moat, except at the entrance where the dimensions are even greater and more impressive.
Octagon Earthworks: Enclosing 50 acres, the Octagon Earthworks has eight walls, each measuring about 550 feet long and from five to six feet in height. The Octagon Earthworks are joined by parallel walls to a circular embankment enclosing 20 acres. At present the Octagon Earthworks is also the site of the Mound Builders Country Club golf course.