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30 Things To Do: #20 - Visit a haunted location such as Kent Stage

Staff report Published: July 12, 2017 6:00 AM
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This is No. 20 on the Record-Courier's list of 30 Things To Do in Portage County.

People travel from near and far to explore the haunted Kent Stage. There, you will find spirits, such as “Woody” a former employee who died in the 1920's theater, hanging around in the balcony or production room. Most of them are friendly, said Kent Stage co-owner Richelle Charlton who leads private and group Ghost Hunts, but she's encountered strange things and angry spirits in the tunnels under the stage, which she believes were used for rum running in the prohibition era. On the Kent Ghost Walk in October, take a tour of the theater, dressing rooms, backstage and the underground tunnels where spirits are very active. Sometimes they'll play with your hair or tickle your shoulder, Charlton said. A brooding “shadow man” has been seen on several occasions walking back and forth by the exit sign of the far side of the theater and blood-curdling screams and eerie ghost voices have been heard in what used to be the orchestra pit. Charlton and Tom Simpson took ownership of the Kent Stage 15 years ago and since it has become a hot spot for physic groups and mediums alike.

If that's not enough, Towner's Woods, Kent Masonic Temple and the Old Stagecoach Inn, which was part of the underground railroad, are also believed to be haunted.

“They do say there's creepy voices,” said a bar tender at the restaurant in Palmyra. “If it's quiet, you can hear them.”


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