LEBANON, Ohio—The sun is setting on this small town in southwest Ohio, and when darkness reigns, strange things happen at the Golden Lamb Inn. Or so I’m told.
The Inn, owned by the family of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman for the better part of the last century, is the oldest hotel in the state. Since it opened as a simple lodge in 1803, 12 presidents have visited and scores of notable guests like Charles Dickens and Mark Twain have walked the halls.
In that time, at least three guests have died here. Some believe that the spirits of the unlucky trio never left.
A prospective vice presidential candidate owns a haunted hotel? Get me a reservation.
The Inn’s website in case you’d like to book a night: The Golden Lamb Inn
While each of these places is probably already booked for this year, we decided to list them anyway so you can start making your spooky plans for next year. If you happen to have luck with any of these for this year, please leave a comment here and tell us of your experience. Some of these places were written about in previous months, so if you look over on the right side of the screen and click on the category called ‘haunted lodgings’ you’ll find out what’s in store for your stay.
Sometimes, a property serves in various capacities throughout its existence and the spirits who choose to linger come from different eras causing a kind of layered haunting effect. Such is the situation of the hotel some consider to be the most haunted in New Orleans: the Bourbon Orleans.
Colonial Inn - Concord, MA
Concord, Massachusetts is a town with many layers. Before the United States was even formed, this heretofore sleepy little town grew to be a hotbed of revolutionary sentiment. Alerted by Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott of the advancing British troops, the local minutemen banded together to confront the soldiers. These stalwart New Englanders actually pushed a contingent of the British Army, the world’s dominant force, back to Boston in retreat. The role Concord played during the American Revolution was a significant one, but even afterwards, this small village was not content to fade away into history.