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Price Hill Potter's Field

By Jeff Morris and Michael Morris · October 19th, 2010 · Haunted Handbook
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Directions

Take I-75 to the Harrison Avenue exit. At the exit, follow the signs to Queen City Avenue. Follow Queen City up the hill for a couple miles and then turn left at the traffic light onto Sunset Avenue. Follow Sunset until you get to Guerley Road and then turn right onto Guerley. A half-mile up the road, at the first private driveway on your right, is a sign for the potter’s field. The actual graveyard is in the thick woods just to the right of the sign. The section of the potter’s field directly adjacent to the private driveway is protected by a barbed wire fence. Walk past the driveway to a dirt access road, and follow the access road. Turn into the woods on your right when you see anything that may pass for a path. This is the potter’s field. It is completely overgrown. Since you cannot park in the private drive, you may have to park at the CVS pharmacy a quarter mile farther down Guerley and then walk down to the cemetery.

History

When the cholera epidemic struck Cincinnati in 1849, there was a desperate need for cemeteries throughout the city. Many were created based on the religious faith of those buried there, but there was also the need for potter’s fields—cemeteries built on non-consecrated ground for those too poor or too ‘evil’ to be buried in faith-specific graveyards. The potter’s field in Price Hill was built in 1849.

During its years of operation, an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 people were buried in the graveyard.

Many were buried without markers, and many markers used during the operation of the graveyard have been lost through the years. During the time when a tuberculosis hospital was located at Dunham, the patients and staff participated in the upkeep of the cemetery. Some of the patients were buried in this cemetery since few people wanted to bury tubercular patients for fear of getting the disease themselves. By the time the cemetery closed down, upkeep had become a problem. In 1981, the city of Cincinnati decided not to continue upkeep of the cemetery, which quickly became completely overgrown.

Ghost Story

This cemetery is quite haunted. People will hear strange voices and sobbing coming from the grounds at night. When people walk through during the day or night, they feel that they are being followed or watched. Sometimes people will actually see ghostly figures, which vanish when they are approached.

Perhaps the spirits of all those unfortunate souls who are buried here are upset about the shabby condition of the cemetery or about having been buried in a potter’s field. The ghosts here always seem to give off an angry and menacing vibe.

Visiting

A couple of obstacles stand in the way of visiting this cemetery: parking and access. It is difficult to find a place to park. The sign for the cemetery is situated beside a driveway on Guerley Road. From what I could ascertain, this is a private driveway, so you cannot park there without permission from the homeowners. Another option is the CVS pharmacy about a quarter mile down the road near the intersection with Glenway. You can park there and walk down to the cemetery. Also, you can park at Dunham Park and head through the woods toward the potter’s field. But Dunham closes at ten p.m., and it’s easy to get lost in the woods because there is no clear path to the cemetery.

Access to the cemetery is also a problem, though the field is open to the public, and you can enter it legally at any time. In fact, it’s unlikely that anyone would know you’re there, even if you had flashlights in the middle of the night. But the area is overgrown and nearly impossible to navigate. There were times during my visit when I literally had to crawl from place to place. For that reason, I suggest visiting during the day. Finding your way around at night through the thick brush is more of a challenge than any ghosthunter should have to face.

There are only a few headstones in the potter’s field, but there are some markers. Many of them lay flat along the ground and do not feature names—only numbers. There is at least one stone made of granite with the name and dates carved into it. When visiting the cemetery, try to find these headstones and markers because this is where most of the activity is rumored to occur.


Price Hill Potter’s Field is located at 4700 Guerley Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238


 

 
 
 
 

 

 
12.10.2010 at 02:09 Reply
hello would love for the peson to contact me on potters cemetery at 4702 guerly r.d not 4700 have more info on the place lived there 16 years father was the care takers thanks

 

12.10.2010 at 02:22 Reply
jeff or michael saw no way to contact direct please e-mail me ty

 

12.14.2010 at 12:34 Reply
well was hopeing i mite get a answer on my comment but guess no one realy interested in the true history of potters field cemetary as in life also in death there forgotten

 

04.19.2012 at 10:11

I realize this is an old post, but I found it today and would love to know more about the history of this area. Are you still around Kutter?

 

03.04.2013 at 12:09

Am very interested in Potters Field Cemetery.  Just found this post today.

 

08.22.2013 at 11:25 Reply

i like know if you have my brother there his name is william billy parm hr pastway on july 17 and i want too know if he is down there 

 

08.28.2013 at 12:07

Sorry Kay, I really don't know much of anything more about Potter's Field other than this article.  Was looking for potential burial place for an individual who died in the area many years ago.

 

10.13.2013 at 05:40

Hello, My wife and I have done a good bit or research and work at potter's field. ma'am if your brother passed befor 1981 he may be there, price hill's potter's field was closed in 1982. I would need the year he passed. there are or were three book's that contain the names and plot numbers of the dead; one book is missing be we have found that missing info. please feel free to contact us at bigtoadc@hotmail.com

 

 
 
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