Urban Legend Series: Carpenter Road

Carpenter Road is a small country side street located in Sugarcreek Township. Seemingly innocuous, this road has been host to many ghost hunters and daring teens over the years.

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Legend has it, a murder took place in one of the houses many years ago. The father, a drinker, went “crazy” one night and used an axe to kill his entire family, including the family pets. On foggy nights, he is said to be seen walking the field near his former home, still carrying the axe. There is also a story of a “witch’s house” located on Carpenter Road as well. I have not heard much about this, just the firm assertion that it does, in fact, exist.

I have personally participated in pursuing this urban legend. Many nights, my friends and I spent hours driving down this road. We took turns terrifying each other, and daring the driver to turn the car off at the bend in the road to see if it would turn back on (with one exception, the car always turned on). The bend was once practically a 90° turn, but it no longer exists due to a new housing development.

In Haunted Ohio IV, there is an anecdote shared about two guys breaking into a home on the bend of Carpenter Road and placing a mannequin in the window facing the street, further perpetuating the creepy stories. Also mentioned in the book is that there are also sightings of a “ghost driver on a ghost tractor.”

100_0706wmLined with trees, the beginning of Carpenter Road (from Stutsman Road) always evokes a sense of foreboding.

The scariest thing I ever experienced on Carpenter Road was a truck with yellow headlights. To warn everyone that dares to cruise this road, there is a home owner who wishes to scare everyone that comes down the road. As a teenager, while driving with friends, a man in a truck started following us, with only his yellow parking lights on. He would tail us very closely, then back off, then come back up very close behind us. Based on his actions, I believe his intent was to run us off the road.

Did a murder take place on this road? Hard to say for sure, but without a doubt I have never truly seen anything haunted on this street, although that hasn’t stopped us from revisiting.

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3 thoughts on “Urban Legend Series: Carpenter Road

  1. My daughter and her friend have went down this road! Her friend has been getting scratches on her arms from an unknown source. …
    Also my son’s girlfriend also received scratches on her back after a night of visiting this road.. we have photos to prove this.
    In addition my daughter has been pulled over 4 times after each visit of this road. Eerie I think. I’ve told her to get sage and light it and go to each room in her house to include her car and to sprinkle salt across her front door.

      • Hook man story is what I have heard ( the farm helper lost his hand in thrashing machine, farmer let him live in the barns. He was perverted and would look into the teens cars when they were parked but one night his hook got stuck on the window seal and the kids saw him and were scared so drove off fast and drug him to his death. Apparently he still haunts the road between the roadside 1828 farmhouse and the barns right across the street. Dare to visit the current owners roadside produce stand if you dare 😉 and the hanging man at the bend in the big tree that is no longer there…. the other story I have heard.
        Road was recently repaved in 2017 so looks a little less country. New housing development carpenter creek going in where white farmhouse was.
        Ryan homes visable also from little sugarcreek now… the road looks a little less country by the day sadly. ( thanks sugarcreek 😦

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