Granville is a village located in central Ohio. It is a small community of about 3,200 residents in Licking County. The village was founded by settlers who came from Granville, Massachusetts and Granby, Connecticut.
The Haunted Buxton Inn
The Buxton Inn of Granville, Ohio is owned and operated by Audrey and Orville Orr. They’ve been the owners since 1972 and really didn’t want to acknowledge the haunted happenings that were taking place in the building because they came from a very conservative background. But Orville found it hard to deny the existence of something paranormal when he started seeing the apparitions with his own eyes.
The Buxton Inn is over 200 years old and once functioned as a tavern. It has been in continuous operation since 1812 due to its prosperous location on a major road where traders and travelers once passed daily. In 1972, before the Orrs purchased the building, the city considered bulldozing it. Instead, it became one of the 10 Most Haunted Inns in the United States with 25 lovely guest rooms.
The Orrs respect the ghosts that inhabit their property. According to a psychic, they are only there for visits. Though there is little hype about the paranormal events that take place on a regular basis at the Buxton Inn, many people still stop by this small, but accommodating location to see and experience the paranormal phenomena for themselves.
The Ghosts of the Buxton Inn in Granville, Ohio
There is one particular ghost who is regularly spotted on the first floor of the main building: Major Buxton. He owned and operated the inn between 1865 and 1902. Ethel “Bonnie” Bounell owned the building between 1934 and 1960 and makes her presence known in a different way: she leaves guests at the haunted inn with the smell of gardenias, her favorite scent, lingering in the hallways.