Exploring Ohio Most Untouched Abandoned Prison!

Ohio boasts numerous captivating and enigmatic sites, with none more intriguing than the remarkably preserved Roseville Prison situated in the small town of Roseville. Once a notorious and overcrowded facility housing the state’s most dangerous criminals, this prison has now transformed into a decaying relic, left to the whims of nature and the passage of time. In this blog post, I recount my exploration of this eerie place, unveiling some of its secrets and stories.

Discovering the Roseville Prison

My interest in urban exploration led me to the Roseville Prison, Ohio’s oldest and most haunted correctional facility, abandoned for over five decades. Despite being privately owned with strict anti-trespassing measures, my curiosity and determination drove me to embark on a road trip from Columbus to Roseville.

Upon arriving in the town, I located the prison on the outskirts, enclosed by a high fence adorned with a “No Trespassing” sign. Undeterred, I discovered a hole in the fence, took the risk, and crawled through, stepping into the prison grounds.

Inside the Prison Walls

As I entered the sprawling prison grounds, a palpable chill enveloped me. The imposing structure, constructed from brick and concrete, featured a guard tower, cell block, electric chair, and other edifices. The facility lay in ruin—broken windows, peeling paint, and crumbling walls. Graffiti, debris, and trash further marked the silent landscape. It was a journey into a frozen world, suspended in time.

Beginning my exploration in the cell block, I traversed the narrow, two-story building with rows of small, dark cells featuring metal bars, wooden bunks, and metal toilets. Filthy and smelly, these cells retained traces of the inmates’ lives, with personal belongings, messages, drawings, and carvings on the walls. The electric chair, housed in a separate building, bore witness to the execution of 14 inmates, some of whom were innocent or mentally ill. The wooden chair, stained with blood, emitted a burnt odor, evoking the pain and fear experienced by those who met their end in its embrace.

Exploring other structures, including the chapel, kitchen, bathroom, and warden’s office, revealed further decay, vandalism, and signs of paranormal activity. Cold spots, strange noises, and ghostly apparitions added to the mix of curiosity and fear.

Lessons from the Roseville Prison

After spending hours within the prison confines, I decided to depart before encountering the owner or law enforcement. Crawling back through the fence, I left with a sense of awe and wonder, having delved into one of Ohio’s most untouched and haunted places. The Roseville Prison imparted valuable lessons:

  • It served as a reflection of society, showcasing the spectrum of good and bad, beauty and ugliness, hope and despair.
  • A reminder of the past and present, it illustrated the continuity and change, progress and decline, preservation, and destruction of history and culture.
  • The prison posed a challenge for the future, highlighting the potential and risks, opportunities and threats, responsibilities, and choices tied to actions and decisions.

The Roseville Prison transcended its role as a mere correctional facility; it embodied a story—a narrative with chapters, characters, and themes. A story with lessons relevant to all, an ongoing tale that demanded to be told and heard.


Roseville Prison stands as a testament to an unforgettable journey—an extraordinary and haunting place that revealed its secrets and stories. With a rich history and an air of mystery, it captivated and terrified in equal measure. The prison held profound meaning and significance, inspiring and challenging all who dared to explore its hallowed halls. It stood not just as the most untouched and haunted prison in Ohio but as a story still unfolding—an account I am proud and honored to share.

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