Guests at the Rider's Inn have been having encounters with ghosts for years. People report hearing and seeing strange things during their overnight stay at the hotel. There is a door in the inn that supposedly won't stay shut. Many folks that visit the haunted hotel and tavern leave with a ghost story.
The Rider's Inn was built by Joseph Rider in 1812. The inn and tavern was once a stop for travelers from a busy stagecoach route. Later, it became a stop on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. Soldiers returning from the Civil War stayed in the inn. The Rider family sold the inn to George Randall in 1902. The Rider's Inn remains in operation today and is owned by Elaine Crane.
Many guests have witnessed the inn's ghosts over the years. The building has ghost reports as early as 1834. One of the spirits that haunts the inn is believed to be Joseph Rider's third wife, Suzanne. She is often referred to as the ugliest woman of Painesville. A ghost of a Civil War veteran has been spotted throughout the building. Strange things happen regularly at Rider's Inn.
The The Rider's is located at 792 Mentor Avenue, in Painesville, Ohio.
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