There are a few places on the University of Akron campus that students are afraid to go to. Many of them are scared to set foot in the Hower House because it is rumored to be haunted. Former students have stories of ghostly encounters with an angry female ghost.
The Hower House was built in 1871 for John and Susan Hower and their family. Later in 1901, John and his second wife, Rebecca, moved out and into a smaller house nearby. John's son, Milton and his wife, Blanche moved in. John and Milton both passed away in 1916. In 1919, John's granddaughter, Grace moved into the home with her husband. The 28-room mansion was eventually donated to the University of Akron in 1970.
The University of Akron was founded in 1870 by the Universalist Church. The city of Akron took over ownership in 1913 and later in 1967, the school became a state university. The school is a public research institution and is part of the University System of Ohio. The college is regarded as the top leader in polymer research.
The University of Akron offers public, private, and group tours at the Hower House from February to December.
Students believe that the Hower House is haunted by Susan Hower. According to the legend, when Susan was alive, her husband John allegedly cheated on her. The distraught and heartbroken wife lived the rest of her life in a rage. Her evil spirit still lingers in the house, scaring off any man that enters. Many people say that they have encountered the angry ghost.
The Hower House is located at 60 Fir Hill Road, in Akron, Ohio.
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Many locations that are listed in John's Hunting the Haunted series require permission to visit or investigate. Most of these places are patrolled by the authorities and trespassers could face fines or possibly even be arrested.
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