Chateau Laroche, or Loveland Castle as it’s more commonly called, is actually a pretty cool place. Built by hand, by one man, over the course of 50 plus years…that’s pretty impressive. In 1927, a man named Harry Andrews bought some land along the Little Miami River in Loveland, to use as a place for his Sunday School class of young men to swim, fish and camp. At first, the boys slept in tents, but after a few years, Harry had the idea to build a few ‘stone tents’ using rocks from the river. Harry, who had a love for the olden days of Knights and castles, then , formed the Knights of the Golden Trail. Basically a Boy Scout troop based on the Ten Commandments and the principles of knighthood. Since all knights need a castle, he took the idea of his stone tents a step further, and on June 5, 1929, Chateau La Roche was begun.
On March 30, 1975, Easter Sunday, James Ruppert murdered 11 family members in his mother’s house at 635 Minor Ave, Hamilton, Ohio, in what has come to be called the Easter Sunday Massacre. He is now serving two life sentences at the Allen Correctional Institution.
So Taylor, one of our readers, submitted this picture with the request that we post it and ask if anyone had any info on it or its history. However, Taylor didn’t tell us where the house is located. So below is the email we received. We replied asking for more info, but haven’t gotten a response yet. Anyone recognize or know anything about it?
The Smokin’ Monkey, Located at 3721 Harrison Ave in Cheviot, Ohio, is a bar that, though opened in 1999, has just in the last few years begun promoting itself as ‘haunted’. While my own research of the bars haunting left me less than impressed (my opinion), the location itself does have a fairly creepy history.
This house, located in Amelia, has been reputed for years to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl who was killed there. Known as ‘The Dunham Road House’, there’s not a lot of information about it other than the basic back story. It’s said that it was once the home of the Tracy family, who ran a farm on the land back in the late 1700’s / early 1800’s. The little girls death supposedly happened in either 1802 or 1803, when so-called angry Indians raided the house, and for some reason, killed only her, apparently.
Why were the Indians angry? Why did they kill only the little girl? What happened to the invading Indians, or the rest of the family? If anyone knows, I haven’t found an explanation or more on the story anywhere. Speaking to neighbors a few years ago, they told stories of some of the alleged ghostly activity that occurred in the house during recent renovations. Shadows, door knobs flying off the doors and hitting those inside, voices, etc. They themselves claimed that the little girl visited them and caused mischief in their home as well.
There’s at least one BIG problem with this legend though. It seems the house wasn’t actually even built until the year 1900….almost 100 years after it was said to have been raided by Indians. It’s possible there was another home there prior to that, perhaps in the exact same location, but it wasn’t THIS house.
As with any location that is a private residence, the owners don’t want you out there looking around. There are clear ‘No Trespassing’ signs posted, and that portion of Dunham Road becomes a private driveway as well. The home, as I said, was recently renovated, so it’s not even a creepy old place worth looking at anyway. Stay away!
***Update: The Chambers Road House has been torn down***
The abandoned house on Chambers Road, south of Cincinnati in Walton, Kentucky, has been the source of ghost stories for several years. Sitting back off the road, in shambles, lawn over grown, a barn sitting in disrepair nearby, this is the perfect setting for a scary story. The true history of the house is unknown at this time, but like any house in this condition, there’s a few stories floating around about it. Well, really the same story, but with a few variations.
Supposedly, at some point 20 years or more ago, a man and wife lived here with one or 3 children (depends on which version you hear). He was said to have a mental disorder of some of some kind, and eventually snapped. In some versions of the tale, he shot and killed his whole family there in the house before killing himself. Others say he took them all out to the barn and killed them there, along with all the horses. Still others say at least one child tried to get away, but the father chased them down and killed them in a tunnel near the house.
Those that explore the area now claim they hear screams, gun shots, even the horses. There are reports of apparitions in all 3 locations, those of the family running, and of the father chasing after them.
I explored the house, barn, and tunnel, all without incident. There is “something’ splattered on the wall in one of the bedrooms that is supposedly blood. Well, it’s reddish anyway, but I can’t say for sure that it is or isn’t blood. The place is a mess, if you check it out yourself, be cautious. And try not to piss Dad off while your there!