Sunday, September 14, 2014
We took a trip to see if we could find haunted Utopia, Ohio. To say that Utopia is a small town is an understatement, this is a town were if you blink or squint you will miss it. When you see the sign that says Utopia you are about 3 feet from the town. Now let me tell you about the "town", it has a street that dead ends, next to it is a mom and pop store that is now closed and for sale and another dead end street next to that and that folks is the town of Utopia. If you have never heard the history of Utopia it is really interesting. The history is: In 1844 Charles Fourier bought property in Clermont County along the Ohio River. He was a member of a religious group that believed the world was entering a 35,000 year period of piece. He believed that all of the world's people would be collected into phalanxes. He attracted more then a dozen families to his own phalanx, which he named Utopia. He had his own farmland, schools, stables and libraries. He also built a community dining hall on the river and a 30 room brick house on higher ground.
For $25.00 a year he rented wooden houses to families. Fourier's believed that the oceans would turn into lemonade. When the oceans did not turn into lemonade as he told the people they would, most of the families left the community. In 1847 he sold the property to John Wattles, a spiritualist leader. Wattles moved the brick buildings down to the riverbank brick by brick. It was rebuilt in December of that year, which just so happened to be when the record floods came through the Ohio River valley. Everyone tried to warn theses people about the floods but they did not listen. They gathered in the brick house for a dance on December 12. The flood came rushing in and the bricks gave away on the building. Many of the people inside where swept away into the dark freezing water.
Some people in Utopia say the Spiritualists are still there. People will see soggy apparitions coming up out of the river or walking on the riverbank. There is also a stone underground chamber that still remains on the banks of the river. It opens to the surface in two places that are fenced in. If you are to go down into the chamber, it is about 20 feet deep. You will see that it is a dirt floor chamber with a vaulted roof and 2 fireplaces.
After about 3 times trying, we finally found Utopia. I do not like to say this about places where people live as that is their home, but this damn place is creepy even if nothing ever happened there or there was not ghost stories. There is nothing there but a few houses and I have been there twice now and have never seen anyone outside. To get down to the river and see the chamber you have to go down one of the dead end roads. Now at the end of both of them is a gate that says No trespassing. I guess they have the signs up there because people have heard the stories and are going to check them out. I don't see how they can gate off the road since it does not look like it is on private property but they did.
I think that if you want to check out the ghost you can go at night and just park in the store parking lot and look down the street by the river and see if you can see the ghost. I am going to do that one night and take my inferred camera.
I have read that people have went to Utopia to look for the underground church or to see what they can find and the people that live on the roads have not been friendly to them. Some were even threaten so if you go to check this creepy place out just be careful. I will do another post on Utopia and let you know if I saw anything when I go back at night.