Ghost Towns in Delaware County

The Forgotten Places of Delaware, Ohio…


Have you seen this Ghost Town?

Have you seen this Ghost Town?

According to author and researcher Rick Helwig, there are approximately 8,000 to 9,000 ghost towns in Ohio.  Helwig, the director of the Center for Ghost Town Research in Ohio, spoke to a large crowd during a program put on by the Delaware County Historical Society at the First Presbyterian Church.

Helwig runs the center from his home [Read more…]

OWU Officer First to Author Delaware’s Ghostly Encounters

Ghosts and its paranormal branches have been a very popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless publications, such as “Macbeth,” to the Bible, and now in John B. Ciochetty’s books “Ghosts of Historic Delaware, OH” and “The Ghosts of Stuyvesant Hall and Beyond.”

Front cover of Ciochetty’s book ‘The Ghosts of Stuyvesant Hall and Beyond’ written in 2007

Ciochetty currently holds a position at Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of [Read more…]

Aerial Photo Of 470 South Sandusky Street (Former Rev. LeRoy Jenkins Healing Hill Cathedral)


An aeriel view of the remnants of 470 South Sandusky Street.

This site is the former location of Reverend LeRoy Jenkins and is currently owned by the Yoga Divine Society of New Jersey.

Funds from the Moving Ohio Forward campaign are being used to demolish the site.

Click to read more about the property’s future and history in Toby Boyce’s “LeRoy Jenkin Former Residence To Be Razed

Photo’s courtesy of Mike Cairns of Infinite Impact.

LeRoy Jenkins Former Residence to be Razed

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470 South Sandusky Street – the former home of  Reverend LeRoy Jenkins – is scheduled to be demolished by the end of May. [toby boyce /]

One of Reverend LeRoy Jenkins final ties to Delaware, Ohio, will soon be gone and buried — much like the city has tried to remove his memory.

Jenkins built the 39,000+ square foot “campus” at 470 South Sandusky Street in 1976. The home dates back to before the Civil War and was restored by Dr. Edward C. Jenkins, no relation to the Reverend, and his wife after World War II. The “haunted” house became one of love and compassion as Dr. Jenkins utilized it as an off-shoot of his medical facilities throughout Central Ohio. The “clinic” – ran by the Doctor and his registered nurse wife – never considered a person’s ability to pay..

“My father and mother raised 6 children there as well as always welcoming those in need or their children to come stay with us until they got back on their feet. It was a gracious home filled with laughter and many serious discussions of problems in the world. Each person was expected to participate, no matter their age, and be able to support their views,” corrected my previous statements in the comments. (Updated April 22, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.)

Rev. Jenkins purchased the property and then sold it to the Yogi Divine Society of New Jersey purchased the building for $1,350,000. The Yogi Divine Society of New Jersey attempted to sell the property in fall 2011 and spring 2012 for $1,500,000 but the listing expired. [Read more…]

Liberty Township: Erupting with Things to Do

The church at Liberty Settlement

The church at Liberty Settlement

Once upon a time, in 1894, there was volcano.  In Liberty Township.  But more about that later.

Nestled between two rivers, this area of Delaware County does not disappoint.  Our last piece about Liberty Township left off at Hyatts Road and named Nathan Carpenter as the first settler in Delaware County in 1801.  The following year he was joined by [Read more…]

Ohio Wesleyan Unsolved Mystery: Student Missing Since May 4, 1937

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Ruth Elizabeth Baumgardner was a senior art major at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1937 and has been missing and unfound since May 4, 1937 in the Delaware area. [Read more…]

A Nightmare on Flax Street

Flax Street Building's Three Bay

Flax Street Building’s Three Bay

Delaware Residents may be familiar with the project Doug Neff and myself created in hopes for raising enough funds to open the first spiritually active art gallery in Delaware, Ohio called The Three Bay: Haunted Art Gallery. Unfortunately, the funding goal was not met and we were forced to abandon the project. However, not before having a few paranormal investigations performed on the building itself. “I had a team here before, they said the building was [Read more…]

A Ghostly Night in Delaware

I don’t believe in ghosts. Really. But I’ll admit to sometimes doubting my own convictions when I hear certain stories and even hear sounds in my own home. That’s right, I’ve heard things. [Read more…]

Queries about Trouble with Trains in the Quarry

"15 Miles Per Hour"

“15 Miles Per Hour”

I had heard of the train in the quarry when I was a child, most likely shortly after I moved to Delaware, Ohio as a child; but as with all tales of the sort, I can’t exactly pinpoint where I had heard it.  It’s a simple tale, lacking the details it needs the most.  There was a train, and it crashed into the quarry.   Questions reach a lot of unknowns, and to be safe, we often use ‘it’s said that-‘ rather than claim we believe it.

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Geo-whating in Delaware?!?!?

That almost sounds illegal!

A few months ago, my wife was going through a magazine looking for low/no cost things to do, and what did she find? Geo-caching.  So what is “Geo-caching? It  is a treasure hunt adventure if you will. People from all around the world participate in this fun filled event by hiding and finding caches with a sign-in log, and in some cases coins. These coins can be taken out to be placed in other caches you may find. You log the coin in and tell its tale.

So last night, the VB fam plotted their adventure. We started off by signing up for a basic account at Once there, we watched the following short Youtube video about what geo-caching is about.

Feeling confident that we had a good grasp of the subject, we went straight to “Hide and Seek a Cache”  page to set out our treasure adventure.  The “Hide and Seek” page is rather self explanatory and easy to use.  One of the search options is to use your zip code, we put in 43015 for Delaware and a 2 mile radius. Whalla, we had several choices of adventures to go find.  We chose what we thought was 3 easy ones…

The 1st set took us to Grace United Methodist Church on the East side of Delaware. As excited as we were  thinking of the riches we would encounter, we put the

coordinates in to my GPS Android mobile phone ap, and started walking around. We found the “spot” we were suppose to be at (near the cannon) and started looking. We looked high, we looked low, we looked in all sorts of nooks and crannies., we even looked in some shrubs. To our dismay, we did not find any thing that looked like a “cache.” Dismayed, we decided to move on to cache number 2, near the Meijer parking lot.

Once again, GPS in hand, and thoughts of adventure and treasure galore going through our minds we drove the Meijer parking log trying to match up the coordinates to the GPS app.  We found the spot, but again… no cache. Again we walked the lot, looked high, looked low, and even looked in a trash can, all to no avail. We were heart broken. Not a single cache to be found.

On the Geo-caching site, the Meijer cache does warn you to look out for the “muggles.” These are passer-by’s who have no idea about your geo-cache treasure hunt and could report you to store security. I can only IMAGINE what some people were thinking as I climbed  a light pole to look in a trash can.  Egad, “Well officer, I was…).

So with that, we packed up our son, the dog, and headed home forgoing our 3rd choice.  The conversation on the way home was filled with how we failed. The consensus? Our failure was attributed to the facet we are “newbies” to the geo-caching world and this was our first time out. To negate this in the future, we  need to “bone up” on our knowledge base. Reach out to other geo-cachers, and find more website’s with tips and tricks. Oh yeah, and maybe find a better GPS app for Android.

Other than the let down of not finding anything, I can not say this was a complete was of time.  We did get to spend good quality time together as a family and  go on a low cost adventure. We were outside on a wonderful evening, did some walking, held hands with my wife, and tried something new. Are we done geo-caching? Not at all, however next time we are going to invite friends of ours along who have experience with geo-caching. Hopefully our next adventure will have stories we will be telling our grandkids (oh wait, our first one IS one of those stories!).

What are your thoughts on geo-caching? Have any tips on how to find them? Anyone geo-cache in Delaware yet?


Note: This story originally posted on May 26, 2010 on the original site.