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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.

    Dublin's "Cursed" Memorial Golf Tournament & The Legend of Chief Leatherlips

    Dublin's "Cursed" Memorial Golf Tournament & The Legend of Chief Leatherlips

    The crown jewel of professional golf in Ohio is the Memorial Tournament, held every spring at Dublin’s Muirfield Village Golf Club.  This renown course, designed by Jack Nicklaus himself, has long been rumored “cursed.”  More often than not, it seems, this storied contest suffers inclement weather, the kind of which leads to delays and shortened holes.  

    Is there any truth to this lore?  The allegation is that the spirit of long dead Chief Leatherlips of the Wyandotte Nation is not happy about the course’s location near his grave.  It’s said that he commands the heavens each year to plague the tournament once again.

    As is true with most Ohio Folklore episodes, the history behind the legend is more telling and profound than any supernatural claims.  Come hear the tale of one man, a Native leader, who inspired not only his people, but White settlers alike.  

    His example guides us yet today.  More than any golf game, or the weather on any given day in May, what matters is our integrity.  

    He died for his.

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    And as always, keep wondering…

    • 24 min
    Gilboa's Haunted Cholera Cemetery

    Gilboa's Haunted Cholera Cemetery

    Feeling weary of our never-ending pandemic lives?  The fatigue was well known to our ancestors, who suffered infectious diseases with even less knowledge and fewer treatments than we have available today.

    The tiny town of Gilboa, Ohio in Putnam County holds key information as to how just one small community confronted the unseen microbe causing Cholera, an intestinal illness leading to dehydration and death.  Come hear the tales of one ordinary 19th century cemetery said to contain a mass grave of child victims of the disease.  Hear the story of one local resident, Nancy Kline, and the disembodied words she heard while investigating the place.

    Come hear the historic and epic tale of one immigrant physician, Dr. Gustavus Thatye, and his valiant attempts to save those who couldn’t flee the village.  He gave all he had, including his life, in support of the country to which he didn’t yet belong.

    Our fight against infectious disease has been going on for ages.  Come learn what the spirits of yesteryear have to teach 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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    To make a generous donation to the Gofundme account which raises funds for Dr. Thatye’s new tombstone, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/tombstone-for-dr-gustavus-thatye      

    • 42 min
    The Demise of Pretty Boy Floyd

    The Demise of Pretty Boy Floyd

    Pretty Boy Floyd.  It’s a name you’ve no doubt heard.  Perhaps you know him as the depression-era outlaw, whose reputation for bank heists is as legendary now as it ever was.  We count him among historic bandits who’ve inspired a rare kind of admiration.
     
    Did you know, however, that this notorious criminal met his demise in Columbiana County?  The controversial details surrounding his death remain unresolved today.  Perhaps that’s why his troubled spirit is known to roam the field where he was gunned down.
     
    Come hear the story of one man, Mr. Michael Kishbucher, author of Legends & Lore of Little Beaver Creek.  Not only is he an avid folklorist, but he’s a native of Columbiana County with unique family ties to this legendary story.
     
    Whatever you once thought of Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, you won’t think the same about him again.

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    To purchase Legends & Lore of Little Beaver Creek, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Legends-Little-Beaver-Creek-American/dp/1467142301 

    • 47 min
    Ohioans Lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald

    Ohioans Lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald

    The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a maritime tragedy known to many.  The sinking of this mighty Great Lakes freighter in November, 1975, remains fresh in our memories.  The reason, however, is more personal than some Ohioans know.  For many of our friends and neighbors, this disaster wasn’t just about a legendary ship lost at sea.  This calamity meant the loss of fellow Ohioans -- fathers, brothers, friends and husbands.  
     
    Half of the Fitz’s crew called Ohio home.
     
    Come hear the little-known life stories of some of these Ohioans, who lost their lives beneath Superior’s waves.  Come hear the tales of loss and grief which remain.  
     
    But, most of all, come learn why this legend still calls us to ride the waves fate brings.
     
    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… 

    • 27 min
    Moonville Tunnel

    Moonville Tunnel

    One monument to an era gone by once laid hidden in the overgrown hills of Ohio’s Vinton County.  Thanks to the efforts of countless local enthusiasts and state ODNR officials, this antiquated railway tunnel is now easily reached.  In fact, it’s handicap accessible.  
     
    All who dare can now visit the Moonville Tunnel.  However, it’s not just the living who answer its beckoning call.  Claims of ghostly apparitions at this desolate location began in the late 1800’s, and persist yet today.  With the multitude of violent rail deaths that have been documented through the years, it’s no real surprise that perhaps some lost souls are still waiting for the next train.
     
    Come hear the story of Mr. Rich Dahn, historian for the Moonville Rail Trail Association.  He’s been visiting the site for more than 40 years, and still can’t get enough.  Come hear the ghostly tales and the documented history of this legendary spot left yet untouched by modern civilization.
     
    Come aboard this episode revealing a sparkling jewel of Ohio’s railway folklore.  
     
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    Special thanks to The Rarely Herd for their permission in using their song “Moonville Brakeman” as part of today’s episode.  Find them on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Rarely-Herd-113910075327852/ 
     
    To learn more about the Moonville Rail Trail Association, click here: https://vintoncountytravel.com/parks-and-recreation/moonville-rail-trail/.  

    • 39 min
    Port Clinton, Prohibition & the Haunted Island House Hotel

    Port Clinton, Prohibition & the Haunted Island House Hotel

    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

Customer Reviews

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82 Ratings

aladdinsgirl ,

Well written and informative

This podcast is very well written, thoroughly researched and the narration is calm and smooth. I appreciate how the host gives all of her research and presents the facts, but allows the listener to reach their own conclusionz.

b_dubb ,

Outstanding

I’ve enjoyed every episode of this podcast. It’s well researched, written and narrated. I always thought I knew a lot about Ohio. I learn something new every time I listen.

*I’m glad they ditched the smooth talking announcer. His energy did not fit this podcast at all.

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Amazing

From the research to the interviews this podcast is amazing! Thank you for making this !!

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