Franklin Castle, also known as the Tiedemann House, is one of my favorite spots in Cleveland. Why? Because I love haunted anything and it is in our backyard being in Ohio City. The house was built in 1881, for Hannes Tiedemann and his family, immigrants from Germany.
The house saw many deaths after it was built and the Tiedemann's settled in there. His 15 year old daughter died from diabetes, his mother passed away not long after. Three more children would perish in the following three years which gives rise to some suspicion on what was actually going on behind closed doors.
Louise Tiedemann, Hannes' wife, died from liver disease in 1895. The following year Hannes sold the house. By 1908 all of the Tiedemann family had died and no one was left to inherit the family wealth.
The next family that moved in say they had encounters with ghosts and attempted many exorcisms but in the end they also moved out of the castle. Many people have bought the place in an attempt to restore it to it's old beauty but every time some tragedy ends up forcing them out of the house.
There are rumors out there that there are hidden rooms and passageways that were used during prohibition but no rooms like this have actually been found besides servants quarters & hallways.
The building has four floors, 20 rooms, and a ballroom that runs the length of the fourth floor. The gargoyles really give it an added eerie feeling. Driving around looking at old Victorian houses is my number one favorite past time. The perfect date night in my eyes. You currently cannot walk through the house but you can at least give it a drive by look. For a deeper look inside the house check out this video of the preservationist who has been living there for the past six years.