Unionville's Old Tavern has had a reputation of being haunted for years. Former employees have witnessed what they believe to be the ghost of a runaway slave. The apparition has been spotted all over the property, even in the hidden tunnels beneath the tavern. The building was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and the spirit of the slave is forever searching for freedom.
The Unionville Tavern was built in 1798. Nearly twenty years later, the building, originally a log cabin, was converted into a two-story inn and tavern. The tavern was a stagecoach stop along the old Indian Trail. An underground tunnel connected the tavern to the nearby cemetery allowing runaway slaves that were hidden in the building to escape to freedom. The Unionville Tavern was a popular bar and restaurant, eventually shutting down in 2003.
Many former employees have encountered ghosts at the old tavern. The building is connected to the cemetery across the street by underground tunnels. Some people believe that the spirits of former slaves are wandering underground looking for a way out.
The Unionville Tavern is located at 7935 South Ridge Road, in Unionville, Ohio.
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