is truly one of the creepiest "haunted sites" in the area. It is
situated on top of a hill off of Bath Road and is part of the Hampton
Hills park owned and maintained by the Akron Metroparks. It is
comprised of a farmhouse, outbuilding and barn.
While stories about
this place vary, what most have in common is the appearance of a black,
shadowy figure that menaces persons who venture in or around the
legend, this property was once owned by a farmer and his family, who
were brutally murdered by a satanic cult. Another variation of the
story has the farmer murdering his wife and two children. The
farmer then hung himself in the barn. Some elements of this story
overlap with the Legend of the Seven Barns.
the chain of title and backgrounds of prior land owners cannot
confirm this story. The property was donated to the
park in 1967 by Rhea H. and E. Reginald Adam. Prior to
that time, it was owned by Emma L. Martin, and before then, J.
Hart. Prior to the 1870's, little is known about the property.
According to the
Metroparks official website, the buildings were constructed
It is also
believed that the hill is actually part of a Native American
burial mound, which is certainly not surprising in this area.
In fact, some believe that the Black Figure is not the ghost of
the murderous farmer at all, but that of a Native American
guards the place and chases off others who do not belong there.
A wendigo, of Native American folklore.
is also believed to be a secret meeting place for a "satanic
cult." <whatever that means> However, it is highly
unlikely that any real satanic activity occurs here. Despite the
historical significance of this land, the park has not opened
the house and buildings to the public since it was donated by
the Adams Family (no pun intended). Sadly, no restoration
or preservation has been done to this landmark, and the
buildings have remained vacant, away from public viewing, for
almost forty years. Probably for this reason, it has
become an attraction for bored kids and thrill seekers.
some shots taken of the exterior of the house:
Sadly, efforts to
find a convenient, loose opening to the inside proved futile, as
prior weak spots were recently sealed and tightly boarded up.