When I visited Browse Awhile Books (118 East Main Street, Tipp City) last week I learned about their ghosts. The building is 150 years old, and has been a grocery store, harness shop, bakery and hardware store before becoming a bookstore 30 years ago. I guess that’s a long enough history to attract a few ghosts. The ghostly activities at the bookstore have been featured on two TV shows and the place has been visited by dozens of paranormal investigators.
When I asked bookstore owner Bill Jones about his ghosts, he said they didn’t worry him. They had never done anything harmful or bothered anyone. He suggested I talk to Haley, one of his employees, about her experiences.
“I’ve been here about a year, and in that time I’ve seen quite a bit” she told me. “It doesn’t bother me. I grew up in an older house and we had weird things happen at home every once in a while.”
“I’ve seen one particular ghost three times. The first time I thought he was a customer standing with his back to me, although I hadn’t heard anyone come in. He was wearing a hat and a long coat even though the day was warm. I walked around the counter to greet him, and he was gone. Then someone showed me a photo of Sam Baldwin, who had owned the building when it was a hardware store. That’s who it was.”
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