20 episodes

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.

    Legend of the Fiddler's Green

    Legend of the Fiddler's Green

    Long before the Civil War, in the quiet darkness of moonless nights, lonesome fiddle music could be heard wafting over the surface of the Ohio River. The source of the melody was unknown to some. But to others, it brought the promise of freedom and the protection of one pledged to shelter them.

    Still today, many claim to hear this music. Unsuspecting hikers and passersby also report seeing a shining green light, resembling a handheld lantern. Both emanate from a historic cemetery situated on the northern bank of the Ohio River.

    Come hear the Legend of the Fiddler’s Green. It’s the tale of one Henry Darby, a 19th century man of high standing in the Cincinnati community. He was a rumored clandestine supporter of runaway slaves. His reputation is still debated today. Is it true? Did he guide freedom-seekers across the Ohio River with his music?

    Come decide for yourself.

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    And as always, keep wondering…

    • 36 min
    Fallsville Christmas Ghost

    Fallsville Christmas Ghost

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    Around the holidays, most Ohioans are wrapping presents, baking cookies and decorating the tree. One ancient holiday tradition often gets left out, however. It’s the ritual of sharing ghost stories around the winter solstice. It’s that darkest time of year when the veil between the dead and the living is at its thinnest.

    Come hear the forgotten story of a Shawnee Chief, whose ghost appears on Christmas Eve, in the woods where he was murdered by a group of white men. Come hear the legends of the settlers who first lived there, and their descendants whose larger-than-life reputations remain today.

    Come pull a chair up by the fireplace and settle on in for a night of mystery and wonder.

    Sleep tight.

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    • 40 min
    Egypt Valley

    Egypt Valley

    Egypt Valley is a state park unlike any other in Ohio. Many who’ve visited for the first time compare its beauty to the wilds of Yellowstone. The attraction this place has for so many is clear. But what’s often unexpected, is an eerie tension that hangs in the air.

    Some claim to have seen spirits who’ve lingered there for more than a century. One legendary story of the 1869 murder of a 13 year-old Louiza Fox, turns out to be true. She’s buried there, and her tombstone proclaims of her murder.

    Come hear Louiza’s tale, and decide for yourself whether her murderer got what he deserved.

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    • 36 min
    Gore Orphanage

    Gore Orphanage

    The legend of Gore Orphanage is a story many Ohioans already know. None have heard it told quite like this.

    Come hear the truth. Come learn the origins of this mystic place in rural Lorain County. Come discover the allure this location has for more than a century.

    Come find what it means to connect with forces larger than yourself.

    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…

    • 47 min
    Ohio Penitentiary

    Ohio Penitentiary

    Not many Ohioans have heard of the Ohio Penitentiary, a storied prison once located in downtown Columbus. Through is nearly 150 years in operation, its riots, infectious epidemics and a catastrophic fire took the lives of countless prisoners. That might account for the ghostly screams often heard throughout the neighborhood, which is now called the Arena District.

    Come hear tales from local tour guides who are so familiar with the folklore, they’ve given ghost tours of the area.

    Come hear the grisly history of what once passed as a state “correctional” facility. Even though the sprawling structure was torn down in 1998, it seems some prisoners never gained their freedom. Are they doomed to roam the streets forever?

    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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    • 43 min
    Cincinnati's Ghost Ship

    Cincinnati's Ghost Ship

    Climb aboard the USS Sachem, a once glorious yacht built in 1902, now decaying off the southern bank of the Ohio River. When a group of kayakers discovered her in 2009, they had no idea of the tales she held. Only when she was properly identified did we come to understand the role she played in some of our nation’s most epic eras.

    Come hear the story of one Henry Dorfman, a kayaker who first encountered her after wandering down an ordinary tributary. Come hear the astonishing century’s worth of history she has sailed through. The Sachem remains there in Taylor Creek, quiet but resolute. Knowing her story will change you.

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

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    And as always, keep wondering…

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

Lckymick ,

Awesome!

My absolute favorite podcast. Keep up the good work!!

Nucleargetaway ,

Superb.

I think this podcast would appeal to anyone interested in history and folklore (especially if you are from Ohio). The narrator is a superb story teller and the sound design is high quality. With every episode, I learn about a little piece of Ohio that I didn’t know about before. I highly recommend this.

jkl5876 ,

Great subject material 👍🏼

Being a “ podcast addict” , I listen to a lot of them and am pleasantly surprised to find so many good quality podcasts with Ohio at the center. Having lived here for a lifetime, it’s interesting to hear old and unheard-of stories from my state. Excellent job by the narrator. Keep up the great work. It’s refreshing to hear something different .

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