Lancaster, Ohio: Mudhouse Mansion - Haunted by Slaves and Slaveowners
Visitor Tips and News About Mudhouse Mansion - Haunted by Slaves and Slaveowners
Mudhouse Mansion is one of Lancaster's most famous abandoned places. It was built sometime between 1840-1850. In 1919 the property was sold to Henry and Martha Hartman. Henry Hartman died in 1930 and the property was inherited by Lulu Hartman-Mast, his daughter. Her descendants still own the land,
Mudhouse Mansion is supposedly haunted. The most popular story goes that a government official who lived there after the Civil War still kept slaves. He was very cruel to them and would lock them up in one of the outbuildings every night. One slave was fed up with the cruel treatment, so one night he dug his way out, entered the house, and murdered the entire family. It is rumored the family and the slaves who lived there haunt the house today.
Please note, this is a drive-by attraction ONLY, the mansion is situated on private property.[cindy, 09/13/2007]
April 2016: Kim H. reports this was torn down in 2015 or the start of 2016.
- Mudhouse Road, just off Lake Road, outside Lancaster, Ohio. To reach Mudhouse Mansion you should take Route 22 east out of Lancaster to Lake Road. Go left on Lake Road, which winds around for about a mile, and then turn left onto Mudhouse Road. You'll be able to see the place off to the right if it's daytime. Otherwise you'll have to find the gated-off driveway.
- Drive-by only, private property.