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Uncover Cincinnati’s most gruesome stories on a Cincinnati Ghosts tour to find out how it became so royally haunted.
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Known as the “Paris of America” in the late 1800’s, Cincinnati has always prized its architecture, museums, cuisine, and universities. Though innovation propelled the city forward, a dark and ominous history was buried beneath haunted landmarks, and its reputation as a city of calamities, disease, death, and violence was hidden under the guise of the American Dream.
While some knew Cincinnati to be a passageway to freedom and salvation on the Underground Railroad, most knew it as their final destination and an eternal prison for unfortunate souls.
Embark on a ghost tour with Cincinnati Ghosts to discover hundreds of years worth of history and hauntings while you hear the bone-chilling true stories that make Cincinnati one of the most haunted locations in the US.
Nestled on the Ohio River on the border of Ohio and Kentucky, Cincinnati is one of the nation’s most well-known cities, with a reputation for countless historic events, iconic places, and famous people of America’s past, including a man who rose to become both President of the United States and a Supreme Court Justice.
Unfortunately for those who have no idea what they’re treading on, “Cincy” also has a reputation for being the most haunted city in Ohio, and a giant burial ground for the unnamed victims of its past whose final resting places have been moved so many times, their souls are likely to never find peace again.
Some of Ohio’s most paranormal hotspots can be found in Cincinnati, including a haunted hall hiding a mysterious specter, an ancient brewery above subterranean tunnels, and a seemingly peaceful park built directly on top of a disturbed graveyard harboring the city’s unknown souls.
Cincinnati Ghosts will lead you on an unforgettable adventure through Queen City’s “Over-the-Rhine” (OTR) neighborhood and help you pull back the veil of ignorance hiding some of the darkest deeds of the city’s unbelievably tragic past. One of the most haunted sections of the city, OTR, was settled by German immigrants who became beer barons with a love for lager. In its heyday, OTR was home to breweries, theaters, saloons, bars, and beer gardens that lined the streets.
Now, it’s home to all manner of unexplained activity and shocking accounts of reported ghostly encounters are heard nightly.
Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, Cincinnati was founded on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 1802, barely 20 years after the birth of the nation. By 1820, less than two decades later, the city had become known by its citizens as “The Queen of the West” and then “Queen City” due to the spectacular growth experienced here.
However, it was originally the site of Fort Washington, protector of the entire Northwest Territory for over 25 years. It would be named Cincinnati after the Roman General, Cincinnatus, who saved Rome from death and destruction.
Unfortunately, the city’s future would not share the legacy of its namesake as disease, dying, and death were just the beginning of Cincinnati’s tragic history, the foundations of which would be built upon the bones of its own dead, and the souls of the undying.
In one of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods, charming streets by day boast horrific accounts of the past coming back to haunt its residents, whose ancestors and forebears witnessed bloodshed, tragedy, and crime since the day the neighborhood was built in the early 1800s. Spirits of the unmarked graves that were dug up to build Cincinnati Music Hall roam the area, some friendly, some not-so-kind. Old military hospitals, orphanages, outbreaks of disease and murders contribute heavily to the supernatural cloud that hangs over this neighborhood.
From military hospitals and mass graves, to disease and murders, this city holds some of the most horror-stricken truths that will send shockwaves through your veins.
Discover the devastation that lurks at Washington Park where the Cincinnati Orphanage Asylum occupied the grounds that later became a mass grave of bodies. Nearly two dozen graves were found on the grounds of this park, which explains much of the chilling paranormal activity that has been reported in this vicinity.
As the Cincinnati skyline fades to black, a tour with Cincinnati ghosts will shock your senses with each step along the tour, revealing a darker side to Cincinnati you’ve never seen before. Starting the evening off at Memorial Hall, you’ll learn equal parts history and horror as your expert local guide takes you through this city’s tragic past, detail by horrid detail.
From haunted hotels to eerily peaceful parks, from spooky apparitions at antique stores to a graveyard of disease and death where you can still hear the gasps of the dying… this ghost tour has everything to turn your memorable experience into lovingly cherished and unforgettable nightmares.
Dare to visit the lavish Symphony Hotel that once served as a music boarding house, and now functions as a boutique hotel and restaurant. Though upholding the utmost elegance, visitors have experienced a darker side that is slightly less enchanting.
Particularly, in one of the rooms, a woman named Monica overdosed and died. Multiple guests have reported waking up to a woman in a red dress standing over them and breathing down their neck. Even a paranormal researcher who knew nothing of this hotel spent a fateful night in the very same room with a real-life encounter that made his blood run cold. He never returned to the hotel again and only told his story years later, needing to give voice to the victims of Cincinnati’s past.
* This is a walking tour and we do not enter privately-owned buildings or private property *
First constructed in 1855, 1313 Vine St. has a rich history. Its inclusion on our ghost tour is primarily due to what lies beneath—the two sub-basements of the lower level span 4,400 square feet with remnants of the brewery that once existed. Down there, you can feel the hair rise as you stand in the presence of all who once passed through.
As the home of all things antique since 1976, Wooden Nickel houses various light fixtures and ornaments that date back decades. It is hard not to feel the presence of the previous owners of these items when walking through the enormous store. Some of these items date back to the 1800s, not long after the founding of Cincinnati.
As the oldest brick house in Cincinnati, having stood for 217 years, the Betts House undeniably earns its place on our tour. Four generations of the Betts family have lived in the home throughout the centuries, once a 100-acre farmhouse. A house with such an extensive history is bound to possess secrets. You can discover these for yourself on our tour with US Ghost Adventures.
While we welcome explorers of all ages, it’s not for the faint of heart. This historical tour will bring to light Cincinnati’s dark past in a way that is fun, thrilling, and more than spooky! As we walk through one of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods, get ready to see a new side of the city you’ll have to experience to believe.
There’s no need to draw straws on what to do for date night…We’ve got everything taken care of. Just show up and we’ll do the talking, and let you do the hand-holding! This ghost tour is the perfect night to make things fun and switch up a night on the couch with the same recycled Netflix shows. You’ll be talking about this night for many moons to come!
We get it. Cincinnati’s beer scene is impressive. Eventually, you’ll reach your limit and be itching to experience our one-of-a-kind ghost tour. But we hope you don’t get too sick of beer, because one of our stops happens to be Taft’s Ale House. Breweries are deeply woven into the history of Cincinnati. Set down your glass for the night, and come experience a sobering reality.
Findlay Market is one of the oldest public markets in Cincinnati, making it a historical point of interest. And yet, so are all the stops on our tour! Our evening ghost tours are the perfect activity once all the shops and attractions close for the night. You can get your goodies in the day and your goosebumps at night!
Whether you’re a Ghost Adventure fanatic or a hard-blown skeptic, our tour is perfect for you. You will discover numerous historic accounts of authentic hauntings that will put cold-blooded fear rushing deep through your veins. Bring your skeptic friends or your crazy aunt; all are guaranteed an experience they’ll never forget!
This beautiful Queen City is famous for its many attractions, architecture, and cuisine. But none of these things would be what they are today without the complex history that lays the foundation. Join us on this tour to learn not only a new side of Cincinnati that you haven’t seen but a deeper appreciation for the city’s enthralling past.