Inn the News * Columbus Alive

http://www.columbusalive.com/entertainment/20170419/buxton-inn The Buxton Inn Wednesday Posted Apr 19, 2017 at 6:05 PM Ghosts of cats and cigar-smoking former owners haunt the long-running Granville tavern By Jim Fischer Assistant Editor Jennifer Valenzuela switched on the lights in The Tavern, the downstairs former speakeasy that is now an informal dining/bar space at Granville’s Buxton Inn (and also once a space for stagecoach drivers to bed down on a straw pile while their charges spent the night in one of the Inn’s well-appointed rooms). Within 10 seconds, a glass slid off a counter onto the floor of the previously unoccupied room. “That kind of thing happens all the time,” said Valenzuela, co-owner of the Buxton with other members of her family since 2014. The Buxton Inn has been a continuously running inn and tavern since it was built in 1812. “It’s always been operated as an inn and a tavern. It was a stop on the stagecoach line — the last stop for those traveling west before Columbus. There was always a warm meal, spirits to warm your insides and a comfortable place to rest.” Many of its owners were colorful, and some of them, it’s said, are still hanging around. Thus spirits of one kind or another have helped tell the story of the Buxton Inn throughout its 200-plus-year history. “They all left somewhat of an impression here,” Valenzuela said, adding that the inn’s resident ghosts offer “nothing haunting or evilor bad — more just mischievous or interesting.” Orrin Granger, one of a group of settlers from Granville, Massachusetts who helped found Granville, Ohio, built the structure in 1812, calling it, simply, The Tavern. Among the...

The Buxton Inns’ Haunted History

There is nothing more All-American than Fall in Granville, OH.  The leaves are changing, the community is bustling with visitors, and village homes are decorated with carved pumpkins and spooky spider webs.  Setting the perfect scene for a visit to The Buxton Inn. As you may or may not be aware The Buxton Inn is known to be one of the most haunted places in Ohio.  Making us the perfect October destination. The most talked about ghostly experiences stem from two of our more infamous proprietors.  Bonnie Bounell (aka The Lady in Blue) along with her cat Major and Major Buxton (whom the cat was named after).  Both Buxton Inn owners dedicated their lives, some would also say their after-lives, to this place.  Bonnie and her cat, Major, are typically experienced in their former residence which is now known as room #9.  The smell of Bonnies sweet perfume is said to linger while many of our guests have claimed to be awoken by what felt like a cat snuggling up to them in the middle of the night. Major Buxton, owner from 1865-1905, seemingly prefers to be encountered in the main dining areas.  There was a time here that sightings of him were so prevalent that employees would set a spot for him in the dining room.  While we don’t do that any more his presence has still been seen meandering the downstairs hallways. Personally, I find the odd going’s on of late a bit more interesting.  This summer we were working on one of our guest houses.  Our maintenance man placed a furniture dolly on the grass next...