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.
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.