Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Squire's Castle Dinner Party

I just recently stumbled upon the Creepy Cleveland website and started reading the Squires Castle Blogs. I have never posted anything before so here goes. I am 51 yrs old, when I was 19 (that would be 1975) my friends and I spent a lot of time hanging around the Castle. Weekend nights there was sometimes a guitar player, a fire and some smoking going on. People you just met became your friends. One night after midnight a buddy and myself were supposed to meet some people at the castle. Even thought the park was closed we used to park on a side street off river road and walk there. As we approached we saw no signs of anyone. No lights or glow of cigarette. We entered in the main doorway and as we were in the central hall we both heard and saw something that has made me the butt of quite a few jokes ever since. For over 30 yrs now no one really believes me. Sadly my friend was in a car accident soon after and received a severe blow to the head. He is now mentally handicapped and could not possibly verify the story. Well here goes. We were very mildly buzzed and in no way on anything. In the room to the right as we entered was a dinner party. There was a long table with maybe 8 to 10 people eating and laughing. We heard no noise until we entered the castle and then all the sudden there was a boisterous party. We stood what seemed like a long minute and no one looked toward us. We fled very fast. It was after midnight and that was not just some kids. Their dress and ages placed them from 30 to 70 years old. They looked out of place and yet as if they belonged. I have never wavered in this story but even my wife and kids think I am just making it up or I was higher then I let on.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dr. Crowe Stone Marker

Attached is a picture of Dr.Crowe's stone driveway marker that was on Wisner Rd. Kirtland Ohio.
It use to be about 300 feet north of the spring which is shut down now.
The marker is in Mentor on the lake Ohio now. Don't know how they got it?

Randy Barrell

Monday, October 08, 2007

Hail to the King, Baby.

I know this isn't Cleveland related, but I had to share.

Some friends of mine are traveling the New England states this week and are keeping in touch via email. Last night I got some photos of what they saw yesterday.

Stephen King's House. Awesome.

I'm a huge Stephen King fan and I'm amused to see that his house looks as normal as it does. Notice the front gate, however. The bats atop each fence post and the spiderweb designs in the grating. That's pretty cool.

I can't help thinking that Mr. King and his family have got to get pretty tired of tourists stopping outside his house and taking pictures all day long, but then I see the bats and I wonder if he doesn't think it's pretty cool being admired by so many.

Either way, I thought these pics were cool and I wanted to share. Thanks Terry!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Just How Weird Is Ohio?

So tonight I dragged my wife and daughter up to Fairview Park library to see James A Willis' presentation: Just How Weird Is Ohio?
If he's in your neck of the woods I highly recommend making time to check it out. James spent about 90 minutes giving a really entertaining presentation on some of Ohio's weirdest attractions, urban legends, ghosts stories and miscellaneous folklore.
At one point afterwards he opened the floor to questions and I was excited to hear questions about Gravity Hill, the Melon Heads, and Gore Orphanage. At one point someone asked where exactly Gore Orphanage is located. After a few minutes of people trying to clarify exactly where the 'allegedly haunted' part of Gore Orphanage was, I piped up and suggested that I have an online map of a bunch of haunted locations in northern Ohio and Gore Orphanage was one of them!
I certainly didn't want to take anything away from James' presentation or his excellent Ghosts of Ohio website, but I'll admit that I enjoyed pimping Creepy Cleveland a little bit and hopefully generated some new traffic for myself as well.
All in all it was a really great way to kick off October. I'm glad I stuck around afterwards to meet James and chat a little about some of our common interests. (I wish I would have brought my 'Weird US' book for him to autograph...damn.) He's an excellent presenter and a genuinely nice guy and I highly recommend attending one of his presentations (check his website for the calendar of events).
Thanks James.

P.S. I know I told a few of you to go to and you wound up here. Next week I will officially own the domain and I'll do away with the nasty redirection link. Read the whole sordid story, if you want, here.