The haunted Mudhouse Mansion

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Mudhouse Mansion is an abandoned house located in Fairfield County, just east of Lancaster, at 4730 Mudhouse Road. It’s a very imposing, impressive place built into a hill, with a number of outbuildings surrounding it. With its empty windows and isolated location, Mudhouse Mansion practically screams haunted house. And, appropriately enough, it is one.

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So why is Mudhouse haunted? If you believe the local tales, you can take your pick. One legend tells of a government official who lived there after the Civil War and still kept slaves (in the North, even), locking them in one of the outbuildings at night. One night the slave dug his way out, entered the house, and slaughtered the entire family. Some say a more modern family was massacred there; their ghosts haunt the house.

Others say it’s home to the original “Bloody Mary,” the ghost lady who’s supposed to appear in your mirror if you say her name three or five or ten or a hundred times. Some kids in Lancaster grew up calling it the House of Mary. According to traditional American folklore, Bloody Mary’s childred were killed, either by her husband or by her, and she’s pissed about it. This one is tough to believe, since Bloody Mary is known all over the world, and it’s pretty much a given that she never existed in the first place, much less in Fairfield County, Ohio. Then again, it’s all just folklore, so you can believe just about anything you want to about Mudhouse.

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