Sedamsville Woods (Sleepers Hill)

These woods are said to be Haunted by the ghost of old man Sleeper. He was a hermit that lived atop the hill here back in the 50’s, and he was notorious for hating trespassers. He would chase off them off, sometimes using his shotgun or axe, and reportedly releasing  his bull at times to do the job. Obviously, parents warned their kids to stay away from old man Sleepers property, and of course, they usually didn’t listen. For some reason, the old man hung himself in his barn on top of the hill. Urban legend says old man Sleeper’s ghost is still roaming the property, chasing off anyone that dares to trespass with a bloody axe.

Others say they see an apparition, thought to be Sleeper, moving among the trees at night. He doesn’t speak to or bother anyone, and disappears if you go looking for him. I’ve never heard of anyone really being killed by old man Sleepers ghost, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened…right? If you decide to go looking, the foundation from his old farm-house is still visible on top of the hill, but there are other private homes that have been built there too. Don’t go trespassing on their property either.

Directions

Take US-50 west out of downtown until you come to Fairbanks Road. There’s a park there on the corner, and Sedamsville woods are right behind it.

 

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2 thoughts on “Sedamsville Woods (Sleepers Hill)

  1. This is right behind boldface park. I grew up on Halsey ave and basically lived in those woods, they were awesome what kid wouldn’t? Anyways, at the end of my street there was a trail that lead to the hill. We always used to go back there and it was scary. Just a few months ago, I had a dream about that trail and to make a long story short I came across an old man screaming for us to leave the house we wandered into and he chased us away. Scariest and realist dream I have had in a while. Like I said I grew up all around them woods, and the old man isn’t the only one haunting them, Indian spirits also still roam these woods. The trail is on Halsey ave up the hill around the bend and at the end if the street. Walk it sometime, and imagine being a 7 year old kid wandering these parts!

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