Ghost towns & graveyards highlight “Haunted History Tour”

Press Staff Writer

        Imagine a time when the flat farmlands of Oregon and Jerusalem Township were covered in wooden forest and the dirt roads were old Indian trails. Sparsely dotting the landscape were small settlements that centered on saw mills, oil rigs, one-room schoolhouses and general stores.
        Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society, in collaboration with Oregon Rec, has kicked off its new website,, in time to take families on a free, socially distanced driving tour that brings local history back to life.
        “Oregon’s Haunted History Tour,” which runs through Saturday, Oct. 31, includes 10 destinations, detailed on the OJHS website. Each stop listing includes a scavenger hunt clue, photos and History Fun Fact. The tour is designed to be completed in one day.
        Clues include “Move to the Front of the Class,” “Bubblegum, Bubblegum in a Dish,” “Vacationers Enjoy a Place of Peace and Rest in “Sanguishine,” “I’ve Got You, Babe,” “Four Score and Seven Years Ago!” and more.                
        Those completing the tour and posting their “clue assignments” are invited to Brandville School Museum Complex, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon, on Oct. 31 for a “Sweet Ending Tour Drive-Thru Party,” where raffle prizes totaling $1,000 will be drawn on Facebook Live. There will also be a grand prize drawing for a one-night stay at Maumee Bay State Park for the group that finishes the tour with the best time.
        To be entered in the drawing for prizes, participants must:
        • Sign up at Registration is open through Wednesday, Oct. 14.
        • Solve the clues to all 10 destinations.
        • Take a fun picture of the 10 destinations with your family as noted on the “clues.”
        • Time how long it takes to complete the tour.
        • Post their 10 pictures and videos and their time on Facebook tagging @oregonrec and @Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society.
        “The landscape now looks much different, and one has to use their imagination to envision some of the old sites, but this tour is enriched with fun facts and clues to keep children interested,” said Michelle Quilter, OJHS board president. “Register, jump over to website and let the ghoulish fun begin.”


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