Haunted Newark: A Ghostly Walking Tour

Haunted Newark: A Ghostly Walking Tour

Newark, Ohio 43055, United States

Created By: Licking County Library

Tour Information

Explore Newark’s unexplained and tragic past in Licking County Library’s tour of the city’s buildings and spaces that are rumored to be haunted by ghosts and restless spirits. From the city’s first cemetery, where graves still lie undisturbed, to the Old Licking County Jail, a place that has garnered national recognition for its paranormal activity, this tour guides you through the sites of some of Licking County’s most shocking events.

Consider as you take our Haunted Tour: what makes a location prone to hauntings and occurrences of the supernatural? Is it the mere association with death? Or does a haunting require a more intimate and emotional connection? You will find that many buildings and street corners in Newark share dark tales of death and tragedy.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Sixth Street Cemetery, now called Veterans Park, served as Newark’s first cemetery from its founding in 1802 until it closed in 1850 with the opening of Cedar Hill cemetery.  Local families with loved ones buried at Sixth Street were... Read more
The Buckingham House adds a layer to the story of Veterans Park. This was not the first location for this Greek Revival house.  Constructed in 1840, the house originally stood at Third and Locust Streets, but was moved in 1954... Read more
Built in 1921 in a classical revival style, the original function of this building was as a funeral home for Criss Brother Funeral Service.  Licking County Players, a local theater company, now operates at the site.  It is easy to underst... Read more
If one is looking for a more violent association with death, then it is the Avalon Building at 104 West Main Street that holds greater claim. This late-Victorian apartment building was the site of a horrific death in 1908 when a young woman... Read more
An unexpected tragedy struck the US military in the midst of World War II right here in Newark, Ohio!.  On September 8, 1942, a B-25 Bomber crashed on historic Hudson Avenue.   The Bomber, piloted by Colonel Douglass Kilpatrick, experien... Read more
Nothing remains of the luxurious Hotel Warden, once a staple of life in Downtown Newark.  A modern restaurant now sits in its place, but this lost building witnessed several tragic incidents.  The hotel underwent major reconstruction in ... Read more
Every street corner in this venerable downtown has a story and many of them are tragic.  Several hundred feet from the Hotel Warden and the Licking County Courthouse is the site of the most infamous event to have occurred in Newark’s his... Read more
The Ohio and Erie Canal flourished in the mid-nineteenth century and brought commerce and travelers through Licking County. Canal boats not only brought passengers and goods, but they brought their captains and crew as well.  These men wo... Read more
The final stop on this tour is the Old Licking County Jail, perhaps the most haunted place in Newark.  The site has even been featured in paranormal television programs! Completed in 1889 and in service until 1987, the Old Licking County ... Read more


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