Wickerham Inn

From Ohio History Central

The Wickerham Inn is the oldest brick building in Adams County, Ohio and was one of the earliest taverns to exist in the Northwest Territory.

In 1797, Peter Wickerham moved to the Northwest Territory. Like many veterans of the American Revolution, Wickerham hoped to improve his fortunes on the frontier. He eventually settled in Adams County, in modern-day Peebles, Ohio. He built a cabin along Zane's Trace, an important road during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In 1800, Wickerham decided to build a brick tavern, which he completed in 1801. Known as Wickerham Inn, the tavern remained in operation until the 1850s. In the years leading up to the American Civil War, the tavern served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

According to legend, the Wickerham Inn is haunted. Purportedly, a stagecoach driver was murdered and beheaded in the tavern. Supposedly his body was not found for approximately one hundred years. In 1922, the inn was remodeled, and construction workers found a headless skeleton buried in the limestone floor. The body was purportedly buried, but the inn remained haunted.