Sunday, January 30, 2011

Exploring Haunted places 01-30-11...Grace E. Hunt School

After our visit to the Ruppert House we paid a visit to The Grace E. Hunt School House. This is perhaps the most haunted building in Mount Healthy. It is on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Compton Street. The school that is there now is the second school to be built there. The first school was only a single floor with four rooms and it was built in the 1860's. Eventually more rooms were added and it became an eight-room high school in 1893. The haunted school that stands there today, the Grace E. Hunt building, was not built until 1910. It was named after one of the most famous and experienced schoolteachers from the area. Grace E. Hunt taught in Mount Healthy area schools for most of her life. She taught for 40 years and was also married to one of the leaders of the Mount Healthy educational system, Charles A. Hunt.

There is many strange things that seem to happen quite often at this building. Often people have reported feeling uncomfortable when inside the school once the sun has gone down. The most common occurrence at the school is that the lights will flicker at night. Many times when the school closes for the night and the lights are off they will suddenly begin to flicker off and on. Sometimes the custodians in the building will witness this, and sometimes passing cars or pedestrians will notice that the lights in the windows are flasing off and on. Other strange things that happen at the school involve the chalkboards in many of the classrooms. Many times, people will leave for the night and then come back in the morning to see that there are strange messages and drawings all over the chalkboards. Usually the message cannot be interpreted on these chalkboards, it just looks like scribbling all over the board. Every once in a while though, there is a message that you can make out on the boards, despite the school being empty all night and no one having the opportunity to write on the board. Messages such as "help me" or "get out" have been reported to have mysteriously appeared on the chalkboards. The third floor of the school is where the lights flash off and on at. When we went to the school today we did not see anything that was out of the norm. We did not get a creepie feeling and Happy was able to make his 1st ghost hunt without flipping out. I would had loved to go inside the school to take a look around but unfortunately,it is next to impossible to gain access to the inside. It is currently a private school that doesn't like to speak about the reputed ghosts. The best way to visit this sight is like we did today or go at night and watch the building from the outside and see if there is any lights flashing on the 3rd floor. That is what we are going to do. We will go back one night and park and see if we see anything..If you would like to check it out for yourself, you take the 1-75 north to 1-275 west. Take the Hamilton Avenue/US-127 exit off 1-275. From the highway, head south toward Mt. Healthy. Take Hamilton Avenue to Compton Road and turn right. One block father, and you will see the school on the corner of Compton Road and Harrison Avenue...Enjoy and happy ghost hunting :)

Exploring Haunted Places 01-30-11...The Ruppert House

Today we decided to do some "Exploring" of some Haunted Places. Our first stop was The Ruppert House at 635 Minor Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio. Yes we went to see a house. As you will be able to tell from the pictures and videos this looks just like a regular house, as a matter of fact when you go and see it, it looks no different then the other houses along the street. Before April 1975, the house was normal. But then something awful happened there. Something that haunts the entire city of Hamilton to this day. The story begins when James Ruppert was a boy. He was not much like the other boys his age. Him and his family lived in that small house. James had asthma and because of it he was unable to participate in many physical activites. He could not play sports, and he was not allowed to attend gym class. He would always walk hunched over from his sickness. Because of this James father would constantly put him down. James's early life was terrible. He was physically crushed by the asthma, but worse he was put down by all around him. He was teased at school then come home to a diasppointed family. When James was 12 his father passed away. This left his mother and his brother Leonard in charge. His mother became much worse then his father ever was. She would beat James and tell him, he was a mistake and she wanted him to be a girl. She let Leonard beat James when ever he wanted. James was so hurt by all of this that he tried to hang himself with a bedsheet to end his pain. He survived only to be yelled at and beaten for trying to kill himself. As time went on Leonard had moved out of the house. He would marry and have 8 children. James was forced to live alone in that house with his mother. He could never hold down a job and never had any money. His mother still put him down. In 1965 James was on the verge of cracking. The Hamilton Police accused him of making an obscene phone call to an employee at the local library. James thought that his family had told on him. He thought everyone was out to get him. He already knew his mother and brother was out to get him but now he thought the FBI was out to get him also. He became incredibly paranoid. He was even convinced that his brother would sabotage his car when his back was turned. Around this time James decided to buy a gun. He got a handgun, and with a little practice, he finally found something that he was good at. He became a good marksman with a handgun, and he started to collect guns. He would go down to the Great Miami River and sit down cans on the bank. He would then shoot the whole clip into the can. With guns James finally felt like a man. Over the next 10 years, his insanity would build to a point where he could not control it any longer. His mother was threatening to kick him out of the house. He was going drinking every night. He was worried that he was going to have to find a place to live when he had no money and no job. On Easter Sunday the whole family came to the white house on Minor Avenue to celebrate the holiday. James came downstairs as everyone was arriving for the party. He sat on the front porch and watched the eight kids go around the yard to collect Easter eggs. Him and his brother talked about politics for awhile, and everyone came into the house for dinner. Suddenly James was overcome with depression again. He went and got his guns and was going to go down the river and shoot for awhile to try and get over his depression. He grabbed his .357 Magnum, his two .22 handguns, and an 18 shot rifle and walked into the kitchen. He put his rifle up against the refrigerator and told his mother and brother he was going down to the river to shoot for awhile. Making conversation Leonard ask James "How's your Volkswagen, Jimmie"? James thought that meant that his brother sabotaged his car. And that is when James snapped. James shot his brother in the face with his .357. He then pointed the gun at Leonard's wife and shot her in the head. James mother attempted to run at him to save the rest of her family, but he shot her dead before she could reach him. The he walked into the other room and killed the children. He shot them all one by one. The strange thing is not one of the kids attempted to escape. Not one of them tried to hid or save themselves not even when James stopped to reload. By the time he was done, he had killed all 11 members of his family. He had shot 10 of them in the head and 1 in the chest. He added 2 more bullets to each body to make sure they were dead. James had murdered more of his own family then anyone else in history. To this day, Easter Sunday 1975 in the house at 635 Minor Avenue holds the record for the largest family mass murder in history. Three hours later, James called the police. He said "There has been a shooting here" and then he hung up the phone. James was sentenced to two life sentences back to back. He is currently serving his term at the Allen Correctional Institue in Lima. His next parole hearing will be in 2035.

Now today when we went to this house I had my dog Happy with me. It was his 1st ghost hunt. When we pulled up to the house we had to park across the street from it. Doug got Happy out of the car and he was ok as long as he stayed on that side of the street. We could not get him to cross the street where the house was. Doug put him back into the car so we could go across the street and see the house. The whole time Happy cried and he would not stop crying till we were off Minor Avenue. So did my dog see something or know something that we do not? That I dont know all I know is he has never acted that way before and when we got to our next haunted place he was fine. I found the house to be very creepie even if all of these murders did not take place here the house still had a strange feeling to it. There was a strange feeling that you get just standing outside of it. It was a sunny day today but it seemed like a dark cloud hung over this house. If you are ever in Hamilton drive by the house but be respectful cause there is someone living in the house and I am sure they dont want to be bothered all the time.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Japanese Frindship Garden

We took a trip to Georgetown, Kentucky and one of the things I had to visit was the Japanese Friendship Garden. The name of it is Yuko-En on the Elkhorn. And it is the most beautiful and peaceful place I have ever been to. It is nearly 6 acres of Waterfalls, Walking Paths, Koi Ponds, Arched Bridges, a Japanese style raked Stone Garden and Elkhorn Creek. This is a self guided tour and when we were there we were the only 2 people in the whole park. I would think a park this beautiful would have alot more visitors. The park is open from dawn till dusk and it is free to visit. It is located on US 25, North in Georgetown. If you are in Georgetown besure to check this park out. I know you will find it as beautiful as we did..

Frankfort Cemetery

This is the 100 acre cemetery we went to in Frankfort, Kentucky. This is a very historical site that once you visit you will never forget. This cemetery offers several views of the Kentucky river and with the appearance of a beautiful arboretum with its curvy roadways, terraces and numerous vaults, it strikes a sophisticated pose. The central feature to the grounds is the State Mound that highlights a military memorial. There is 17 former Kentucky governors buried here, as are severial U.S. senators, politicians, artists, judges and soldiers. A Confederate Monument also accupies space here. The cemetery was created by Judge Mason Brown, after an inspirational visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston. But the most famous names that are buried here in this cemetery belongs to no other then Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca. From their graves you have a breath taken view of the State Capital. The whole cemetery is beautiful and is full of so much history. So if you ever find yourself in Frankfort, Kentucky be sure to see Daniel and Rebecca Boone grave. The cemetery is located at 215 East Main Street. You will see a sign that will lead you to the grave site..I am adding some pictures of not only Daniel's grave but from the cemetery so you can see how beautiful it is..

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mushroom House

If you are like me and you like to see things that are kinda strange and weird but that is cool as can be then you will LOVE the Mushroom House in Hyde Park. It is in Cincinnati, Ohio and I have to say I dont think you will see another house like it. This house was designed by architect Terry Brown, a professor of Architecture and Interior Design at The University Of Cincinnati. The students helped with creating the house. In 2008 Mr. Brown passed away but what an AMAZING job he did on this house. The details that he put into this house is so neat. In the side of the house by the street that looks the most like a Mushroom there is these little holes and he has little snails coming out of them as you will be able to see in the pics and video. The Mushroom house is not the only thing in Hyde park. They have some Awesome stores and you people who know me know I can shop..LOL..They also have a pet boutique called Hyde Bark and my little guy Happy loves that store. As you walk down the street of Hyde Park you will see painted pigs and flower pots. They are so cute. So if you are looking for a cute place to have lunch and spend the day shopping I would recommend Hyde Park and while you are there make sure you check out the Mushroom House you will be AMAZED

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Blog

This is our new blog page. This will be a page about the places we have visited and what we thought about them. Some are suppose to be haunted, some are strange, some are pretty but all were a blast to see. So if you are looking for some fun and some strange places to visit follow our blog. Everytime we visit some place we will update the blog with info and pics..The profile pic was taken outside of the Mansfield Prison. It was one of the top scariest places on earth and also was on the places to see before you die. It was an AMAZING place to visit. There was so much history about the place. And yes it was creepie. I would go back. So if you are looking for a very neat place to visit I would check it out. There webpage in case you would like to check it out is http://www.mrps.org/

Doug and I had a blast there and will be going back.