When strangers find themselves in Athens County they will often describe a feeling...something they can't really put into words.
Some say this is the spirit of Athens County -- its ghosts, legends and special aura. This "feeling" made Athens County an incredibly popular spot for spiritualists, occult members, and novice ghost hunters in the late 1800s, and that reputation still lives on today.
Athens County's ghost stories never get old. If you have an Athens County ghost story of your own, please let us know.
Athens County is known for its spiritual presence -- so where did it all start? Some say with Mt. Nebo and the Koons family's spirit room. During the mid-1800s this Athens family became famous for holding incredibly successful seances in their humble home on a ridge top in Athens, called Mt. Nebo. The highest point in Athens County, Mt. Nebo is legendary.
The West State Cemetery is home to the Angel of the Unknown Soldiers, a gravestone commemorating the unidentified soldiers interred in the cemetery. Legend has it she weeps and flutters her wings.
Inside Ohio University’s Wilson Hall on the West Green, the door to room 428 is closed and sealed. Why would a university seal off a dorm room that could be used to house one of its thousands of students? Legend has it that school officials deemed the room uninhabitable....