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Harrison House –
Haunted Place — Harrison
Harrison House – Bed & Breakfast
313 West 5th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Harrison House web site
The Harrison House Bed and Breakfast can be
found on the corner of W. 5th Avenue and Harrison Avenue, not far
from downtown historic Columbus.
Harrison House on Google Maps
Harrison House bed and Breakfast is
½ mile south of The Ohio State University, ½ mile
west of The Short North Arts District, 2 miles north of
Downtown Columbus and 15 minutes from Port Columbus International
The Harrison House is a lovely, 3 story
Victorian era home, that is on the National Register of Historic
Places. It certainly makes a terrific bed and breakfast, not only
for its ambiance of rest and relaxation, but because of the
wonderful talents of Innkeeper Lynn Varney, who offers terrific
hospitality, and a delicious gourmet breakfast, not to be
missed. Tom and I stayed here during the summer of 2011 on
the way back from a family reunion, and loved this bed and
breakfast. We stayed in the third story attic room, had a
restful night's sleep, and felt refreshed in the morning. The
Harrison House was rated #2 out of 20 bed and breakfast
establishments in the Columbus area, by Trip Advisor.
Inside, the rooms are nicely furnished with
a mix of authentic antiques and eclectic decorations." While
the six guest rooms certainly have the charm of an era gone-by",
they also have "all the comforts and conveniences of modern times",
including air conditioning/central heating! Each guest room has a
private bath, queen size bed, cable television and wireless
The outside of the home is very Victorian
indeed, with bright colors, and outside wrap-around porch, with
even a turret on the top of the roof!
In 1890, Banker and architect Amos Solomon
designed and built the smaller, original home, with a side yard, a
back yard and its own private carriage drive off of Fifth
Avenue. When Solomon decided to double the size of this
little home, Solomon added a parlor, foyer and two rooms upstairs.
He added a false turret and a gable with a false balcony to the
roof. While he was at it, he added a new front porch. Solomon
changed his address from 1269 Harrison Avenue, to 313 West Fifth,
because Solomon wanted a far more fashionable address. At
some point, during this home's history, the attic was turned into
another bed room, perhaps when the property was turned into a
Solomon and his family lived in the house
for 17 years. In 1907, the Solomon family moved to Mt.
Vernon, Ohio, taking advantage of an opportunity for Amos Solomon
to advance his banking career. Solomon didn't sell his
Victorian home though, but rented it out to tenants for the next 23
years. There seemed to be a high turnover of tenants for some
By 1965, Solomon's home was a disheveled
fixer upper opportunity in need a boatload of money for a
renovation and restoration, as did most of the homes in the
neighborhood. Olentangy Management Company (OMC, a subsidiary
of Battelle Memorial Institute) came to the rescue, and bought up
Solomon's home and the other historical houses. This company
undertook the nation's largest privately financed renovation
project by restoring the historic homes in this neighborhood,
including Solomon's home.
In 1980, Solomon's Victorian began a new
existence as the retreat house for Cardinal Industries' executives.
It was renamed, Harrison House. In 1990, Harrison House was sold
and turned into a bed and breakfast under a new owner. In
December of 2006, this bed and breakfast was passed onto a new
owner, Lynn Varney, who continued operating Harrison House as
a bed and breakfast. She began to realize that she had
plenty of company of the spiritual kind.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Possible reasons for the spirits inhabiting
Restoring a home to its former glory can
act as an environmental trigger, invigorating entities that are
attached to it, drawing former deceased owners and residents,
families or staff.
Mansion * Stranahan
House * The
Whaley House * * Lemp
Mansion * )
People who lose their lives unexpectedly
due to accident or illness, sometimes choose to continue on in this
world, not willing to pass to the other side just yet.
Queen Hotel * New
River Inn * * * Berkeley
Columbus suffered from outbreaks of killer
diseases and a few floods as well in its history. The young and the
old were the prevalent victims.
Structures and towns built near rivers and/or limestone, often offer spirits a natural energy that encourages
Hotel * Barnstable
Inn * Savannah )
Columbus is near the Scioto River and its
tributary, the Olentangy River, as well as being built
on/near limestone rock.
Entities are found mainly upstairs on the
second and third floors, though like to use the front door and
closet on the first floor. Also, on occasion, they visit the
first floor. When they are really upset, they will come into Lynn's
personal space for some refuge.
Four to five spirits live with Lynn Varney,
with good buck eye state manners, benign in nature, attracted to
the warm, welcoming nature of the house, and of the owner,
In the bedrooms, and other places in the
house, apparitions have appeared/have been seen by the living
and psychic individuals.
Entity of a young
boy, Moby; 12 or 13 yrs., and the
Entity of a man, Cedric - Have been seen together, and
Entity of Cedric, likes to smoke
People staying in the bedrooms have smelled
cigarette smoke, when no one living was smoking.
Entity of this young boy, is said to be
around 12 or 13.
He likes to play, by jumping out of the
hall closet at the living.
He also likes the third floor attic room,
where Lynn and guests have left little toys for him to play
with. This room apparently was his bedroom when he was
Entity of a man -
Described by Lynn as being in general, a
quiet presence, unless something excites him. Then Jakob runs
throughout the hallways of the second and third floors.
Entity of a strong
female spirit, Nancy - The matriarch of this house has
been seen by a clairvoyant psychic, and has claimed to be the one
who went out to find Lynn and bring her to this house.
Entity of another
woman: A spirit who likes to just visit.
A soft female voice was caught on an EVP -
Spirits just seem to visit:
One wall on the first floor seems to be a
portal from the other side to this home; an entrance into this
world from the spirit world. Varney thinks that Harrison House acts
as a way station as well; offering a place to rest awhile before
continuing on. Lynn can't hang a painting on that wall. It
always falls off by itself.
General Paranormal Activity -
After making the beds in the house's six
guest bedrooms, Lynn would notice indentations like someone had sat
or laid down on the bed.
Various objects disappear, and sometimes
found later in strange places.
Restaurant and Inn * LeDuc
Mansion * Gold
Hill Hotel & Saloon )
Paper clips disappeared and were never
Doors and windows open and close by
Guests hear knocks on doors.
Animals can see and hear spirits that are
unseen to people
Hotel * Ciro's
and the Comedy Store )
This is true as well at The Harrison
One of Lynn's dogs refuses to go up to the
third floor. Her poor puppy becomes scared to death, shakes, when
carried to the third floor.
Some guests who brought their dogs to
Harrison House to be with them in the third floor guest room,
reported to Lynn that their dogs were so scared that they hid under
the bed the entire time. Next time they came, they requested
a room on the second floor, and the dogs were quite happy
Personal experiences of the Inn
Keeper, Lynn Varney and guests and their observations have
been reported and published in haunted house books, by such
investigators as Rich Newman, and Nellie Kampmann.
After finding ways to communicate with
spirits in the house, Lynn has found out more about the "Souls"
staying with her. Not willing at first in giving up their
names, the spirits eventually did so. These same names have come up
in psychic investigations performed by psychics/mediums.
When writer, paranormal investigator, and
Columbus Ghost Tour founder Nellie Kampmann came to Harrison House
Bed and Breakfast to interview Lynn Varney, for her new book,
A Haunted History of Columbus,
Ohio, she also caught some interesting EVPs on her recorder, of spirits wanting to
Inside The Paranormal Investigation
Group did an all-night investigation at The Harrison House at
the end of February of 2012.
3:00 am - A head print was documented on
the pillow that wasn't there the evening before. No one went into
the room as the hallway was under camera observation.
An investigator heard a disembodied voice
in his ear, while standing in the room, where the head print on the
pillow was found.
Most probably so! Enough personal
experiences, and other evidence captured and experienced strongly
suggest that Lynn has some long term guests of the spirit kind,
keeping her company! As she carefully allows other
investigation groups/psychics to come to Harrison House, she will
learn more about the spirits, and more evidence will be captured to
back up all the personal experiences and readings done by psychic
The Ghost Hunter's Field Guide
Harrison House blogspot * Harrison House web site
"Inside the Paranormal – Stan Romanek – Harrison House B&B"
Harrison House interview on Paranormal Research Society Forum
"Ouija: Not a Game," by Dale Kaczmarek