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The History and Ghosts of the Buxton Inn - Granville, Ohio


The Buxton Inn in Granville, Ohio

 Just 25 miles east of Columbus, Ohio - away from the crowded streets and hectic pace, you will find the ideal destination for your next getaway. Step back in history and experience a touch of yesterday when you visit the Buxton Inn built in 1812, Ohio's oldest continuously operated Inn in its original building. A carefully and lovingly restored complex of four buildings welcomes you to spend the night in one of 25 antique-filled rooms. Find the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a private party in one of our seven dining areas or just linger awhile in the elegant gardens amid beautiful flowers and cascading fountains. Be sure to see the many beautiful New England-style gardens and homes of Granville during your stay. We hope to serve you very soon and make your stay at the Buxton Inn one that will become a fond memory that will bring you back time and again.
            


History of the Buxton Inn
In 1812, Orrin Granger, a pioneer from Granville, Massachusetts built "The Tavern" on land that was purchased in 1806. That tavern, now known as "The Buxton Inn" has been operated continuously since that date in 1812. It was long and low and typical of the times - early American. It had a ballroom, a stagecoach court, a dining room ...all the fixings demanded by society in 1812.

The Inn operated as Granville's first post office, and as a stagecoach stop on the line between Columbus and Newark. The coach drivers were housed in the original cellar with its hewn beams, stone fireplace, and stone walls.

The cellar today still carries the feeling of those early years when the drivers cooked their meals in the great open fireplace and slept there on beds of straw.


The Inn operated as Granville's first post office, and as a stagecoach stop on the line between Columbus and Newark. The coach drivers were housed in the original cellar with its hewn beams, stone fireplace, and stone walls.

The cellar today still carries the feeling of those early years when the drivers cooked their meals in the great open fireplace and slept there on beds of straw.

   

  
Orrin Granger was a friend and close acquaintance of General (and later President) William H. Harrison who was the first of three presidents and one of many "celebrities" who would patronize the Buxton. An early history book recounts that in a display of cheerful bravado, Harrison rode his horse up the courtyard steps into the Buxton's ballroom where a party was underway.
  
  
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Ghosts of the Buxton Inn(Taken from Haunted Places to Go
The Buxton Inn is located in the quaint town of Granville in Ohio. This particular structure is said to host some of the “friendliest” hauntings in the entire state! In the year of 1812, a man who was a pioneer and named “Orrin Granger” had previously purchased a small section of land in the area and constructed what was known in those days as “The Tavern”. Typical of the architecture popular in the early American days, the structure had a court for stage coaches, an exquisite ballroom for social events, and various other amenities to suit the needs and desires of the societal elite of the time. Interestingly, this structure also served as the very first post office in the area. Orrin passed away just six years later, but it is said that his spirit remains despite ownership was changed several times. Here, you will learn about the haunted history of the Buxton Inn in Ohio.

In the year of 1829, the son of the man that owned the structure experienced what is believed to be the first paranormal experience associated with the Inn. The young man’s name was Fred Sweet. Innocently, he went downstairs after bedtime in order to locate something to snack on. Unfortunately, he did not appear to make it in time. To his surprise, he stumbled upon a misty male figure in the kitchen having a snack too. It is said that the young man and spirit interacted and the spirit informed him that he was Orrin, the initial owner. It is expressed that the spirit released a wide array of information pertaining to his time period which would later be verified by the skeptical individuals. Furthermore, it is said that the spirit of Orrin expressed his satisfaction in the operation of the establishment, with a smile – then, he simply left.

The Buxton Inn also houses a ghost that was a real actress and performed through singing in life. Her name was Ethel Bounell. In the year of 1934 she established ownership of the structure and remained the owner of the hotel until the year of 1961. Apparently, this lady passed away, yet her spirit remained in the structure and became known to those that experienced her as the “Lady in Blue”. In life, she absolutely adored the color blue. In the afterlife, she sported beautiful blue dresses that definitely complimented her overall appearance and made those that experienced her a bit more calm in the midst of a highly unusual situation. The Buxton Hotel guests, keepers, and others attached to the structure have observed this spirit opening windows, moving items, and simply strolling in and around the building.

When it comes to hauntings, we often think of men and women wandering in the afterlife seeking spiritual release – very few times do we consider animals as spirits. However, the Buxton Inn apparently has their very own ghost cat! Several ghost and employees at the structure have stated that they have observed a cat lingering throughout the various rooms of the inn, resting in various locations throughout the building, and even playfully prancing around those visiting the Inn!
 
Buxton Inn
313 East Broadway
Granville, OH 43023
Phone: (740) 587-0001
Website: www.buxtoninn.com

 




 













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