Fall is the season of spooky stories and eerie encounters. Every community has its “stories,” and Hamilton County is no different. With a long history and fascinating past, you can find a lot to explore on Hamilton County’s haunted side – if you dare.
Enjoy dinner at Field Brewing, specializing in local artisan foods. Swing over to Grand Junction Brewing Co. for local brews. Fun fact: Westfield was a crossroads for the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century.
Start your trip off right and book a haunted ghost tour with Unseenpress.com.
Take a self-guided tour and explore one of these legendary stories captured by Hamilton County’s adventurous Historian David Heighway.
An 1821 encounter over watered-down liquor led to a murder (and escape) near Strawtown Koteewi Park, an early Native American settlement area in northeastern Hamilton County.
Two murders, lots of intrigue and a man who knew, based in downtown Noblesville.
Attempted bombings in the late 1800s in downtown Fishers.
Learn more about Hamilton County's history at the Hamilton County Museum of History and Old Sheriff's Residence on the Historic Noblesville Square.
Haunted Fun Inspiration
Try something truly unique and enjoy Union Brewing Company's large outdoor patio that includes a fire pit, live music, and of course local brews.
Looking for something a little less casual but also intriguing? Check out Woodys Library Restaurant in Carmel – a former Carnegie Library – or Syd’s Bar & Grill in downtown Noblesville. Employees in both historic buildings often leave drinks for ghosts overnight and have seen and heard pots and pans clanging together in the kitchen while no one else is there.
Check out the Nickel Plate Express excursions, offered for families through the fall. Trains have a rich history of mystery and intrigue, and this magical ride is the perfect way to experience it with the whole family.
Here for Halloween? Stay and visit Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville for the Day of the Dead event Nov. 1, where you can participate in this iconic Mexican celebration of ancestry and the past. Or, check the calendar for Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie.
Other Haunted Stories and Places
At the junction of Allisonville Road and 126th Street in Fishers is a dip in the road. Nearby is a private cemetery where the Heady family is buried and that little dip is known as "Heady Hollow." Stories of ghost sightings in Heady Hollow go way back.
The Medical History Museum in Indianapolis – worth the trek south – was once a learning laboratory for budding doctors. Think the classroom scene from the "Young Frankenstein" movie. They had to find bodies to use as cadavers, and it was common back in the day to grave rob in northern Indy and southern Hamilton County. This practice was so common that families would put explosives on the graves of their loved ones after they were buried to deter any desecration of the graves.