Hidden in the woods in Clermont County, in an area called Peaceful Valley, sits what is referred to as The Devil’s Church. Some say it’s an old warehouse that’s now used by Satanists, others that it’s a house, and when you drive up to it, there is always candles burning in the windows, the number of which is equal to the number of people in your vehicle. Add to that the claims that if you go looking for the church after dark, you will be chased off by those that worship there, or in some cases, they will try to take you…makes for a pretty creepy story.
Theres also some debate over the location of the Devils Church, but it’s generally said to be down a single lane road accessed though the parking lot of St. Philomena’s church (pictured above). I have personally never seen The Devil’s Church, though I’ve tried on two occasions. Milford is the other side of town from me, or I’m sure I would have made it there more often and succeeded by now. But anyway, let me tell you about my two attempts.
Now first let me say, I do NOT Believe there’s a Satanic Church out there. But, like everything else on this site, I still just wanna check it out. So a few years ago, we decided to take a drive out there about midnight and see what we could see. We went and checked out The Stonelick Covered Bridge, which is there also, and then pulled into the lot of St. Philomena’s.
The first thing we noticed as we pulled in was a car parked to our right. It appeared to be empty, but having heard the stories about Satanists coming after unwelcome visitors, we stopped and looked around. Now we didn’t see anyone, but we did see the “No Trespassing” sign at the entrance to the driveway, so we sat and discussed wether or not we were going to go anyway. deciding that yes, we would, I started to pull forward…and that’s when we heard a car start.
The ’empty’ car in the lot not had at least 3 people in it, and they had just started their engine. Now we couldn’t really see them clearly, but they didn’t appear to be wearing goods, or anything to disguise themselves. We stopped, caught off guard, but quickly decided it was probably just kids , checking the place out like we were. So I started to roll forward again….and the other car started to pull out. I got closer to the driveway…and the other car was now angled towards us. As I got right to the edge of the driveway, which as you can see in the picture, is only wide enough for one car, they pulled closed to us.
like I said earlier, I don’t believe there’s any Satanists hanging out here, but I’m not stupid either. I wasn’t about to get up this drive with no way out and them coming up behind us. So I backed up a bit, turned around, and got outta there! The other car circled around and followed for a bit before turning off and disappearing. Yeah, it was pretty effing creepy. I still believe it was just some kids having fun with us, but again, I wasn’t taking any chances.
My second attempt to find it didn’t go much better. Going during the day this time, I wasn’t worried about mystery cars coming after us. Again, I pulled into St. Philomena’s lot, but this time the church priest was standing in the open door, just looking at us as we pulled in. We waved and rolled by, he did nothing but look at us. So yeah, that was creepy. We proceeded up the private drive, on our way to finally find the church…only to be stopped by 4 men, 3 on foot, one on a bobcat, working on something up ahead. I couldn’t see what they were doing, but they made NO attempt to move out of the way, just stopping to look at us.
Now I’m sure this was just a matter of us picking the wrong time to go site seeing, and the locals not giving a shit about someone trying to get by, but after a few minutes of sitting there I decided to say screw it and backed out. Defeated again.
As it turns out, to see the so called Devils Church, you have to go up someone’s private driveway, so I guess that means we won’t be trying again. Which is fine by me, I’ve had enough by this point anyway.
Can you visit this location?
The site is private property.