The Stonelick Covered Bridge, located in Milford, Ohio, was built in 1878. Also known as the Perintown Covered Bridge, it is the county’s only remaining covered bridge, and is still in use today (though temporarily shut down due to damage). The bridge, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is 140 foot long and spans Stonelick Creek. It is also the home an urban legend. It is said that you can summon the apparition of a hanging man while on the bridge. To do this, you stop on the bridge, near it’s only window, and shut off your engine. Then, flash your headlights 3 times. According to the legend, at this point you will see the apparition of a man hanging by his neck in the trees by looking out the window. Your car will then not start again until the apparition disappears.
Who is the man? Did he hang himself there? Why is he supposed to appear with the flashing of the lights? I did find out about a few accidents on the bridge, one involving a car running into the wall, another where a truck fell through the bottom of the bridge, but I haven’t confirmed any deaths There. Aside from being a staple of many urban legends, I haven’t found anything that explains the flashing of the lights either. It’s possible at one point people would flash their lights when crossing the bridge to warn oncoming traffic that there was a vehicle coming at them ( It’s basically a one lane bridge). But still, why the hanging man?
The bridge is part of a larger urban legend concerning the area, which is called ‘Peaceful Valley’. There’s said to be a haunted farmhouse nearby, where the number of windows lit up is always equal to the number of people in your car. Theres also a story circulating that cult members will chase you out of the area if you are caught there after dark. Some going as far as to reach into your vehicle, trying to either grab the keys, or pull the drivers out. So if you go, keep the windows up, and be smart, don’t cut your engine while on the bridge. It’s only wide enough for one car, and you don’t want to be sitting there unable to move when someone else comes driving along, cult member or not.