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This October: Investigate With Ohio Ghost Hunters at The House of Wills

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House of Wills

2491 E 55th St

Cleveland, OH 44104

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Can you think of anywhere better to spend an October evening than in an incredibly haunted funeral home?
We didn't think so..........

Get in the Halloween spirit with Ohio Ghost Hunters! Located in Cleveland, Ohio sits one of the most haunted funeral homes in America. Investigate side-by-side with your hosts, members of the paranormal elite team of Ohio Ghost Hunters, at this public paranormal investigation of the haunted House of Wills. We have the ENTIRE FUNERAL HOME - all 50,000 square feet of it, reserved ONLY for the Ohio Ghost Hunter team and our fans and friends.

Whether you are an experienced investigator, or this is your very first time, you’re sure to have an experience you’ll never forget. And what better time to do so – than Halloween season. For those of you who are newer, we’ll show you the basics of paranormal investigating and how to use investigation equipment. The Ghost Hunt starts at 8:30 pm and goes until 1:00 am. We have had a great time at these events in the past and who knows what might happen in this house of the dead!

The House of Wills, which stands at 2491 E. 55th Street in Cleveland, was originally built sometime around 1900-1905 and was designed by local architect, Frederick W. Striebinger. It was built as the Gesangverein Hall, a German social club. Later, the building and its several additions, would go on to house the Cleveland Hebrew Institute. The location served as a hospital for Hungarian/Jewish immigrants and possibly as a speakeasy during Prohibition.

John Walker Wills was born around 1875 and was one of Cleveland's most prominent black entrepreneurs of the time period. He ran a series of funeral homes with his partner under the name of Gee & Wills. Around 1907, that partnership dissolved and the business became Wills & Sons. During that time period, the location served as not only a lavish and desegregated funeral home, but also as a meeting place, even being used as a headquarters for Civil Rights Movement meetings, as Mr. Wills was quite active in the cause. The building also served as Mr. Wills' home until his death. He died in an upstairs bedroom on April 23, 1971.


The House of Wills stood abandoned between 2005 and 2010. It was in a rough neighborhood, so the elements, as well as vandals, took their toll on the aging structure. In 2006, a man was shot and bled to death on the front doorstep of the House of Wills, making him the last confirmed death at the address. Then, in March of 2010, local artist Erich Freeman purchased the House of Wills in hopes of restoring it for the purpose of art shows and exhibitions. It's during this time that the building began hosting a number of paranormal investigation groups eager to seek out claims of the paranormal.

The House of Wills is home to reports of phantom footsteps, strange mists, and shadow people. Visitors have claimed that a disembodied voice calls their name out to them. In one incident, someone reported an energy vortex in the old casket room. Others see a full-bodied apparition of a gentleman dressed in a suit...possibly the ghost of Mr. Wills himself.

Does Mr. Wills walk the halls of his former home and business? Are the souls of those who died at the location when it was a hospital still roam its many floors? Or the spirits of the many people who made their final stop here before being laid to rest? If they rest..........

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