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Hello and welcome to Ohio Folklore. I’m your host, Melissa Davies, and I’m delighted to serve as your guide through some of Ohio’s most treasured, and often misunderstood, folk legends. We’ll explore locations that have inspired a sense of wonder, awe and mystery. We’ll scour historical facts to lay out what can be known. We’ll explore oral histories from local people who’ve had first hand encounters with the places and legends themselves. And, lastly, we’ll consider the unexplained, the unresolved, the missing pieces. What keeps a legend alive is a mix of critical ingredients. You’ve got to have a sense of uniqueness, of being out of place. You’ve got to have an element of significance, of a message that speaks deeply in its universal truth. But lastly, and most importantly, you’ve got to have that feeling of curiosity, of a puzzle with a few vital pieces missing. Our minds want to fill it in, to make it whole. And that, my friends, is where folklore is born. It’s is a collection of stories we humans tell about the places and events that seem bigger than ourselves; that seem too fantastical for history books; that seem too mysterious for museums. Many of the stories we’ll cover in this podcast will say as much about the storytellers as the subject matter itself. The teller and the story cannot be separated. Sometimes, what’s conjured up to fill in the gaps, tells us more about ourselves than we realize. The legends we’ll cover will address our deepest fears, our most heartfelt wishes and our most ardent desire for something beyond our mundane lives.

Ohio Folklore Melissa Davies

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Hello and welcome to Ohio Folklore. I’m your host, Melissa Davies, and I’m delighted to serve as your guide through some of Ohio’s most treasured, and often misunderstood, folk legends. We’ll explore locations that have inspired a sense of wonder, awe and mystery. We’ll scour historical facts to lay out what can be known. We’ll explore oral histories from local people who’ve had first hand encounters with the places and legends themselves. And, lastly, we’ll consider the unexplained, the unresolved, the missing pieces. What keeps a legend alive is a mix of critical ingredients. You’ve got to have a sense of uniqueness, of being out of place. You’ve got to have an element of significance, of a message that speaks deeply in its universal truth. But lastly, and most importantly, you’ve got to have that feeling of curiosity, of a puzzle with a few vital pieces missing. Our minds want to fill it in, to make it whole. And that, my friends, is where folklore is born. It’s is a collection of stories we humans tell about the places and events that seem bigger than ourselves; that seem too fantastical for history books; that seem too mysterious for museums. Many of the stories we’ll cover in this podcast will say as much about the storytellers as the subject matter itself. The teller and the story cannot be separated. Sometimes, what’s conjured up to fill in the gaps, tells us more about ourselves than we realize. The legends we’ll cover will address our deepest fears, our most heartfelt wishes and our most ardent desire for something beyond our mundane lives.

    (Rebroadcast) Port Clinton, Prohibition and the Haunted Island House Hotel

    (Rebroadcast) Port Clinton, Prohibition and the Haunted Island House Hotel

    Planning that annual trip to the Lake Erie shore this summer?  Better take another listen before you go...

    Most of us think of Port Clinton as a summer tourist destination.  Indeed, it is.  And yet, it's so much more.

    Few know of the haunted structure that sits on the corner of Madison and Perry Streets.  The Island House Hotel is a rumored home for lost spirits, including a famous mobster, sheriff and orphaned immigrant turned proprietor.  They make their presence known to staff and guests alike.

    Come hear the tale of a ghost hunter and founding member of Haunted Toledo.  Christopher Tillman shares the story of an investigation of the historic structure.  The hotel’s staff was eager to welcome his team and share their stories.

    Beneath the claims of ghost sightings lies Prohibition Era history that deserves a good telling.  So sit back, raise a whiskey sour and soak in the knowledge of how it all came to be.

    If you enjoy this episode, please rate, review and subscribe to Ohio Folklore on your chosen podcast platform.  You can also find Ohio Folklore at:


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    And as always, keep wondering…

    • 50 min
    (Rebroadcast) Serpent Mound

    (Rebroadcast) Serpent Mound

    In honor of the upcoming summer solstice on June 21, 2022, come hear one of Ohio Folklore's most downloaded episodes.   Then click this link to plan your visit to this year's Summer Solstice Celebration: 

    https://www.serpentmound.org/fullschedule/  

    When we think of history in Ohio, most of us consider the past two to three hundred years.  Few know that one location in Ohio's southern hills holds prehistoric secrets that have yet to be explained.  The Serpent Mound of Adams County.


    Come hear the tale of the world's largest effigy mound, here in our backyard.  One local Ohioan and resident expert, Ms. Beth Jenkins, shares her personal connection to the place, as well as the knowledge she's gained in her role as the History Preservation Manager for the memorial itself.


    This remarkable piece of art stirs wonder in many.  It stirs questions of both earthly and spiritual realms.  Come consider what the ancients are trying to tell us...


    If you enjoy this episode, please rate, review and subscribe to Ohio Folklore on your chosen podcast platform.  You can also find Ohio Folklore at:


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    And as always, keep wondering...

    • 39 min
    Battle of Buffington Island

    Battle of Buffington Island

    When most of us think of the Civil War, we picture grand Southern plantations and epic battles with names like Gettysburg and Antietam.  Even many Ohioans fought in the conflict, no actual battles happened within our borders, right?
     
    The ghosts of the Battle of Buffington Island may beg to differ on this question.
     
    Come hear the historic saga of one rogue Confederate general who led a raid through southern Indiana and Ohio.  His reign of terror was the stuff of legend.  It apparently still haunts some Ohioans today.
     
    Come hear the story of one Donny Jones, interim chairman of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation.  A Civil War reenactor himself, he shares personal experiences of what it’s like to encounter shadows of those who’ve gone before us.
     
    For some lost souls, the battles rage on.
     
    If you enjoy this episode, please rate, review and subscribe to Ohio Folklore on your chosen podcast platform.  You can also find Ohio Folklore at:
     
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    To make your donation to help save the Buffington Island Battlefield through the American Battlefield Trust, click here: https://www.battlefields.org/give/save-battlefields/help-preserve-311-acres-four-historic-battlefields#
     
    To connect with the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation, click here: https://www.buffingtonbattlefieldfoundation.org/ 

    • 40 min
    (Rebroadcast) Portage County UFO Chase

    (Rebroadcast) Portage County UFO Chase

    For this month's rebroadcast, we turn to an oldie but a goodie.  First released in April 2019, this tale stands as the most compelling UFO lore to ever come out of the Buckeye State.  If you haven't heard it yet, what are you waiting for?

    Early before dawn one April morning in 1966, in rural county outside Akron, two police officers got the call of a lifetime.  The chase that would follow was covered in newspaper headlines across the country.  

    Come hear the unforgettable tale of a space craft chased by police for 86 miles.  Witnessed by countless Ohioans and Pennsylvanians, it's a story no one can yet explain.

    If you enjoy this episode, please rate, review and subscribe on your podcast platform. You can find Ohio Folklore at 

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    And as always, keep wondering...

    • 42 min
    (Rebroadcast) The Untold Legend of Annie Oakley

    (Rebroadcast) The Untold Legend of Annie Oakley

    In honor of Women's History Month, take another listen to the episode devoted to one of Ohio's most revered daughters, Annie Oakley.

    When we Ohioans think of Annie Oakley, we think of a petite woman in fringed leather, staring down the barrel of a long gun, at a target soon to be decimated.  Her fame lives on a century after her death.  She’s the subject of musicals, movies and countless books.


    We’re well aware of her sharpshooting skills, the likes of which haven’t been seen since.  However, few of us have any idea of the remarkable history that led her to develop such superhuman abilities.


    Come hear the tale of Annie’s early life, growing up in Darke County, in a time of scarcity, loss and immense adversity.


    Sometimes that’s the very thing that brings forth greatness that lasts centuries.


    If you enjoy this episode, please rate, review and subscribe to Ohio Folklore on your chosen podcast platform.  Ohio Folklore can be found at:


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    And as always, keep wondering…

    • 40 min
    (Rebroadcast) Ohio State Reformatory

    (Rebroadcast) Ohio State Reformatory

    For our second rebroadcasted episode, come listen to Ohio Folklore's most downloaded tale, the legendary Ohio State Reformatory.

    Most Ohioans know well the venerable institution called Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.  It served as the backdrop for the 1994 seminal film, The Shawshank Redemption.  Had the movie been shot elsewhere, the state would have demolished this historic structure.  How fitting that this movie's message is one of redemption and hope against all odds.  It resonates deep within us.


    Tourists from all over the world come to visit this remarkable place.  Some come for the history.  Some come for the pop culture influence.  Yet many come to fill their curious minds and hearts.  They seek to know what lurks in the shadows, what hides behind iron bars.


    Come hear the tales of three individuals with unique knowledge of the place.  Hear the paranormal experiences of a tour guide, a ghost hunter and a volunteer.  Come learn what draws them...what has drawn so many.


    Lastly, hear the tragic tale of a supposed resident ghost, the spirit of a young man who was executed in the very electric chair now on display.


    If you enjoy this episode, please rate, review and subscribe to Ohio Folklore on your chosen podcast platform.  You can also find Ohio Folklore at:


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    And as always, keep wondering...

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

Manicmechanic95 ,

Great Podcast.

Grew up near Rogues Hollow in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Wondering about ghosts, UFO’s and Bigfoot. Love this podcast.

Snarkclaw ,

Come for The Ghosts, Stay for The History

I forgot in which episode she mentioned it, but the host discussed with one of her guests that ghost stories and folklore make a good gateway to history. This podcast definitely demonstrates that. Most episodes highlight specific regional legends and then explore the related histories connected to the legends. The podcast also serves as an interesting audio guidebook to Ohio, with each episode focusing on a particular region, town, or building within the state.

juanduarte200 ,

Great podcast

Everything about this podcast is great, the information is well researched, very engaging, i really hope she brings new episodes soon!

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