Maumee Bay Brewing Company in Toledo, Ohio is located in the oldest building in downtown Toledo. In 1965, an addition which was added and was built on top of the bones of an Indian warrior chief, who’s grave was inadvertently dug up by a construction crew. They simply reburied the bones and went about their business. When current owners bought the building, they tore down the addition to make way for a new renovation project, the bones were again discovered. They called in the local Indian authorities who did a sage and tobacco ceremony to calm the spirit.
This building was the dream child of an enterprising sea captain, who built this high class hotel for the elite and business classes, putting his heart and soul into this enterprise. Guess who was delighted in the renewal and renovation of his building in the 1990s?
During the Spanish American War, wounded soldiers were brought by train and either recuperated or died in the Oliver House Hotel’s second floor rooms, which were turned into a hospital of sorts. The basement may have been the make-shift morgue.
For a short period of time, perhaps during The Great Depression, the hotel had hit rock bottom, becoming a flop house which had plenty of drama, perhaps including a murder or two. which also happens to be situated on a Native American burial ground. The building was also used as a hospital and morgue during the Spanish-American war, providing plenty of ghost-worthy drama.
The entities first became really active when they were renovating and restoring the building building. The entities made their presences known to the living.
The entity known as the Captain — Is described as a benign, jovial spirit who is happy with the results of the renovation, and probably enjoyed a good beer while alive.
A psychic who had an office in the building, would have to go down the staircase to the dark, creepy basement to use the bathroom. One day, he saw the transparent, stocky entity of the Captain in the hallway near the stairwell (now an elevator shaft), who seemed pleasantly surprised that the psychic could see him. After that, the psychic felt a protecting presence whenever he had to use the facilities.
The Private Dining Room — Formerly the lobby of The Oliver House. The good-natured Captain likes to hang out in the old lobby area, checking out his guests and the servers, who work in this area.
The floor boards creak under the weight of an unseen presence.
Doors open and close by themselves. They also become stuck for no apparent reason.
People get chills and feel cold spots in this room.
People feel an unseen presence watching them.
The Pool Room — Located in the Basement.
During the first few years that the Appolds opened up the pub-restaurant, their daughter and son-in-law helped to run the business. When the daughter was in the private dining room, she heard a cheery disembodied voice calling her name, coming from the half-finished pool room, located directly below the private dining room area.
The living have reported seeing the Captain, dressed in his full uniform, enjoying the game of pool being played.
Other Entities in the Building
The Staircase: Traditionally, a favorite way to get chuckles at the expense of the living!
The entity of a lady — She could be from any period of time, but most likely during the building’s earlier history because she was wearing mid to late 19th century/early 20th century attire.
Dressed in a long green dress, she was seen coming down the steps of the second floor staircase, scaring a delivery boy’s socks off!
Foot steps of an unseen male presence — Perhaps this is an entity of a soldier who had died in the building.
A brick layer, while working on the building during the 1990s renovation effort, fixed up an apartment in one of the units, where he could stay during this work endeavor. When going up the various staircases to get to his room one evening, he heard the heavy foot steps of an unseen male presence following up after him, which would stop when he stopped and continued when he did. He made a hasty bee-line into the apartment. Perhaps this is an entity of a soldier who had died in the building, checking him out, in need of some chuckles!
Psychic Chris Woodward felt a lot of uneasy, unhappy energy here, left over from some traumatic experiences of the past, which could have come from disgruntled Indian spirits, soldiers, or the flop house experiences.
The above information was from Haunts of America – http://hauntsofamerica.blogspot.com/
Maumee Bay Brewing
Established in 1995 the Maumee Bay Brewing Co. operates out of the Historic Oliver House creating delightfully drinkable ales, lagers, porters, stouts and the like. Though potentially best known for brewing Toledo’s own Buckeye Beer, Maumee Bay Brewing Co. is always concocting new surprises in the brew house across the street from the main complex. Our Brewers thrive on the history that is ever present in the Warehouse District while still incorporating innovative ideas to craft well balanced recipes and produce all of your favorite brews.
The Historic Oliver House is also home to The Maumee Bay Brew Pub, Rockwell’s Steakhouse, The Rockwell’s Lounge, The Café, and Mutz Sports Bar. Whether you are hungry for pub grub, a lite-fare lunch, or the best steak in Toledo, we have the perfect beer to pair with your meal.
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
27 Broadway St
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone: (419) 243-1302