Ghosts of Granville

Come join us for 3 amazing nights August 6-8, 2020 in the beautiful Historic town of Granville Ohio.

*Please remember to use “openrange” for your promo code to get discounted rate when booking your room at the Buxton Inn. Lower case sensitive.

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.

Reported Ghosts

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.


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.

When booking the Buxton Inn, please make sure you use the promo code “openrange” to get the discounted rate for your room.

On the web:

Phone: 740-587-0001

Get ready because we’ll be investigating the extremely active Old Licking County Jail.

We have more surprises coming your way that will be added to this itinerary soon.

  • Thursday 5pm – Meet and greet with a welcome reception and Hors d’ ourves and a cash bar.
  • Friday and Saturday, Lectures, tours, dinner, investigations, and an over all amazing time planned!
  • Stay tuned for full itinerary.




Tickets are nonrefundable, and locations and itinerary are subject to change at last notice.


John Glen Columbus airport is 20.3 miles.