This one’s for you, Madison/Hanover!
—Comment below and tell me your own spooky tales—
Let’s kick things right into gear. Today, we’re looking at…. the most haunted places in Madison and Hanover, Indiana. For those of you who don’t already know, that’s where I grew up.
(And yes, I can cite Wikipedia. This isn’t a research paper, you know.)
Places like the Jefferson County Public Library aren’t normally thought of as sinister, except in Stephen King’s It. The one in Madison, however, has its own stories, and it might be a bit creepier than you’d expect.
For one thing, if you were to take a ride on the old, rickety elevator that travels between the three floors, you might find that you aren’t alone. Especially, it seems, if you’re a young woman. This ghostly gentleman, usually in a wheelchair, has a habit of brushing them on the shoulders and patting their backs. If you ever enter the elevator and find yourself not alone, well… don’t say I didn’t tell you so.
He may not be as violent as other ghosts, but he has a well-known backstory nonetheless. Charlie, as he’s called, was the former resident of the large building, when it was originally a home owned by his family. The elevator was actually installed for him in the first place and maintained when the building was turned into a library.
While that is the most famous story, you can imagine there are other ghosts wandering between those shelves. But there’s one good thing we can say about the ghosts: Even they know you have to be quiet in the library.
Movies aren’t the only things to see at the Ohio Theater.
If floating lights are your cup of tea, this is the place to stop by. Buy a ticket to a movie or a play and you might end up with two shows for the price of one. In the balcony-area, it’s said that bulbs of light are seen bobbing about. My first thought was, “Maybe it’s just people’s cell phones.” We’ve all heard the “Those little lights can be seen everywhere” speech. But it seems that isn’t possible in most cases.
For one, this often happens when people aren’t sitting in those seats, such as when employees go through after-hours. So the floating lights, whatever they are, aren’t cell phones. They aren’t people, either.
Oh, and one other, slightly-more-creepy story. If you find yourself in the theater at midnight, then you’ll hear a very real, piercing scream. Not from a movie. Not from a person. From… something else.
One of the more historic places in Madison (it’s in the name, after all) is the Broadway Historic Hotel and Tavern. This place has one of the most real-life connections. The main ghost is said to be that of a criminal, who was shot and died on the premises of the hotel. He’s seen most frequently in the tavern part of the establishment, although I haven’t found a source that clarifies where, exactly, he was killed.
If seeing a bloody, bumbling ghost doesn’t do it for you, the next segment of our scary stories is pretty freaky as well. If you ever stay the night in the hotel, sleeping in one of the rooms, you can expect to find yourself awakened by cries for help from a ghostly woman who wanders the halls. While a plethora of people have all confessed to hearing her, the ones who admit to seeing her are rare. It seems that few people have ever laid eyes upon the spirit. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky few.
These are just three of the many stories from Madison, Indiana. I’ll have more in the next post, as well as some frightening tales from Hanover, my actual hometown. Until then, keep the lights on.
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Part 2. With an emphasis on Hanover, Indiana.
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6 thoughts on “Most Haunted Places in Madison, Indiana PART 1”
I live in Hanover and I have seen many things its not a normal town I’ve heard many story’s and I have many stories of my own because I can see them and I might be able to help you find out more on Hanover its a very dark place one with many secrets and untold truths if we could talk one day id like that
i moved to madison about 6 years ago and have experienced some very odd things i cannot begin to describe. Mostly just sounds and a lot ic uncomfortable or strange sensations or feelings.. i live right in between the lanier home and library. The house i live in is an old Victorian style house built in the 1890s. I am just looking for some background info or history on this house or anything remotely close. Not to sound crazy but things have gotten increasingly wierd to say the least.
That’s very cool, Jay! I’m certain I’ve run by your house at least a few times without ever knowing. It sounds like you have some wild and unique stories, for sure.
Thanks for commenting! I attend college in Hanover right now. I would love to hear from you sometime.
I grew up in Madison. I’ve been in all three of these buildings. My family owned the Broadway Hotel for over 30 years, long before they decided to add Historic to the name. My parents converted 3 rooms of the hotel into an apartment and we lived there from 1967-1977. I’ve never heard anything like this before and we sure didn’t see any evidence of one ghost, let alone multiple ghosts while we were there. When my grandfather purchased the Broadway in the late 1940s, I heard stories that the Hotel was full of rats, with no mention of ghosts. I don’t want to go as far as to claim that these ghost stories aren’t true, but I’m more than highly skeptical.
I think that makes a lot of sense, thank you for sharing your experience! Part of the appeal with ghost stories is that they’re often hard to believe, but they can lend a different perspective on history. I bet that was quite a unique experience being so involved in the Broadway Hotel!