Landoll’s Mohican Castle is nestled deep in the woods of Loudonville, OH, just northeast of Columbus. A visit to this Bed & Breakfast, hotel and banquet center is something that needs to be added to anyone’s bucket list. To a poor girl like me, it’s expensive but well worth the visit- at least once.
This huge property is secluded under the security of mature trees and rich history dating back to the late 1700’s. The property also has it’s own cemetery that stays just as it has been for centuries. When the breeze whistles through the leaves, limbs and mossy ground covering, the sound of years past might be heard.
The story of the land is that in the early 1800’s Jacob Hyde and his wife Mary boarded a ship to make the long passage to America from France, during a time when the economic of the country was falling. They landed in New York, as many did during this time. With no money in their pockets, they stayed there until they were able to save money and move towards the west. Eventually, Mr. Hyde purchased 295 acres of land, calling it home.
At the time, the only church was in Loudonville, which being in the backwoods of the county, was a far ride by carriage or horseback. So, Mr. Hyde spoke to some of the neighboring farmers and decided to build a church on his property. There was already a cemetery on the property and he felt that would be the perfect place to build the church and bury their own. Pioneers had been buried on this land and were only marked with simple standing stones- which most still remain. They didn’t have names placed on the graves or any indication as to who they were, when they were born or when they died. Just a simple markers indicating they were there. Over time, Hyde and his followers attended church and buried their dead in this same cemetery.
During this time, a group of Germans moved into the area and because of the times, they were not allowed to have their own church. So, Mr. Hyde allowed them to worship in his church after their morning services. They shared not only the church, but also the cemetery. Over the next ten years, tension developed between the North and the South bringing about the Civil War. During this time, racist issues with the blacks were not the only issue. Some had issues with Germans and it created a lot of issues between the town. Because of this, Mr. Hyde and the other farmers asked the German’s to either attend their regular church services or leave. Needless to say, the Germans’ decided to leave. But, they didn’t leave quietly. They first dug up 60 of their dead from the cemetery. Secondly, they were suspected of burning the church to the ground. Remnants of the church still exist, in the midst of strong, steady, trees surrounding the once then perimeter. Loudonville isn’t too far from an Amish community and it’s thought they are kin of these Germans.
Mr. and Mrs. Hyde outlived many of their children. They are buried in this cemetery, along with one daughter. He is thought to still be roaming the darkness of this property. But, some don’t believe in that sort of stuff. But, if you did, there is also another spirit that has been seen roaming around. But, her spirit is of a young girl of 8 years old. She’s been heard and seen running around the property laughing, singing, playing in a blue dress. Her and her mother died of disease within weeks of each other in 1857. Her name is Samantha and her mother is Sarah Carnage. Both Samantha and Sarah are known to be active around.
The Bed & Breakfast/ hotel has a four-story tower that can be climbed by all visitors. Once on top, the world opens up to a wondrous Heaven that was created by Mother Nature.
Whether a romantic weekend, vacation, family reunion, wedding, or a retirement party, this is a destination to try. It has an indoor pool, hot tubs surrounding the property, walking trails, and beautiful gardens to keep visitors entertained.
Landfill’s Mohican Castle
561 Township Rd. 3352
If you go, let me know what you think. I know you’ll love it.
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