Nestled in the woods of Delhi, overlooking the Ohio river,The Darby-Lee Cemetery is a small, family cemetery with a big history. During the days of the underground railroad, a man named Henry Darby, who owned the property at that time, would use its location on the hill by the river to signal escaping slaves. On nights when it was safe for slaves fleeing the south to cross the river to Ohio, he would light a lantern with green, tinted glass, and play his fiddle from atop the hill. This was the ‘all clear’ signal for the slaves to cross.
When Henry died, he was the first to be buried at this spot. Now, on clear nights, urban legend says you can sometimes see the green glow of his lantern, or perhaps a green orb floating in the cemetery. Others report hearing what they says is the sound of a fiddle playing, yet you can never pin point exactly where the music is coming from. This has come to be known as ‘The legend of the fiddlers green’.
The Darby-Lee cemetery is located in the woods behind Riverview Retirement Community, about 100 feet behind the shed at the back of the lot. It’s often over grown, and pitch black at night, so be careful chasing that green orb around.
From downtown Cincinnati, take Sr-50 west to Fairbanks Road, turn right. This will turn into Delhi Pike. Follow it all the way up to Bender road, and turn right again. Turn right into Riverview Retirement Community. Follow the driveway all the way back, keeping to the right as you go, and park. At the back of the lot is a shed, and just beyond that is the sign marking the Darby-Lee cemetery. Just follow the path into the woods…the cemetery is visible from where the sign is.