Madison Seminary

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Madison Seminary
General information
Location6769 Middle Ridge Road, Madison, Ohio
Town or cityOhio
Estimated completion1847
Technical details
Size31,256 sqft
Other information
Number of rooms86

The Madison Seminary is a building at 6769 Middle Ridge Road, Madison, Ohio. It was made out of wood and built in 1847 and served as a high school and college.[1]


In 1859, a new 3 story brick building was added, serving as a boarding hall for about 150 students.

The two main building combined have 86 rooms and totals 31,256 square feet. The school closed down in 1891 and the building was inspected before resale. After the inspection, the building was deemed unsafe and did not meet present codes. Somehow, this information slipped during the purchase and in November 1891, the Ohio Women's Relief Corps bought the building. The new owners spent $25,000 to add a new 4 story stone and brick structure. But, in 1904, the Women's Relief Corps vacated the building.[2]

Finally, in 1962, the Ohio Department of Mental Hygiene and Corrections bought the building. In 1959, they built a new hallway connecting two of the buildings. The building was vacated again in 1975.[3]

In 1980, the Madison Police Department bought the building, but left in 1990.

Paranormal activity

One of the most famous patients that entered the building was Elizabeth Stiles, who was a wife of a Civil War spy. She died in the building at age 82 on July 18, 1898. Some investigators have heard sounds of someone breaking into the building as well as screams. It sounded so real, that many people have called the police, only to find no one is in the building. In the building, there is shadow figures, voices, and people getting touched. In the attic, voices can be heard. In the basement, there is claims that someone was murdered and buried under the floorboards, and people have gotten EVPs saying "Dig Here". There is a spirit of a little girl and a female patient that roam the halls. In Sarah's Room, a little girl haunts and will interact with toys such as the Music Box. However, it is unclear if the spirit is actually a little girl or if she is a demon just pretending. One investigator captured this response when asking if they were a little girl of something else: "I don't know...something else". Paranormal teams include Destination Fear and Ghost Adventures have visited the Madison Seminary.[4]

Madison Seminary in the media



  1. "The Eerie Halls Of The Madison Seminary". Architectural Afterlife. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  2. "The Madison Home: From a Grand Army to Ghosts". Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  3. "Madison Seminary Ghost Hunt". Ghost Hunts | Haunted Locations | Paranormal. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  4., Virtuti-Design. "7-11 Madison Seminary | Haunted Explorations EventsHaunted Explorations Events". Retrieved 6 November 2020.

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