Another ghostly legend of Prospect Place is the sad heartbroken tale of Anna Adams-Cox. As the eldest daughter of George W. Adams, she and her husband William Cox Jr. inherited the house and property after G.W. passed away in 1879. William and Anna enjoyed a lavish lifestyle at the beginning of their time as owners of Prospect Place. The couple was famous for throwing elegant balls and parties with socialites from all over the county attending them.
However, it seems that William enjoyed spending money more than making it, and it wasn’t too long before their small fortune ran out. Broke and wanting to avoid the inevitable embarrassment of his situation, William boarded a train to Colunbus one morning and was never seen or heard from again.
Anna was heartbroken and abandoned with their child, (George). In time, Anna was forced to sell exspensive heirlooms and other household articles to stay financially afloat. Things got so bad that she was forced to sell parts of the mansion’s copper roof to support herself and her son. Anna died in the mansion due to a terrible fall on the ice in 1924. She died destitute and without the knowledge of the whereabouts of her husband.
It is said that Anna roams the hallways of Prospect Place in search of her husband and mourning the loss of her once extravagant life.
Another story tells of a female runaway slave who passed away while finding refuge at Prospect Place. It seems she suffered a serious head wound while trying to escape from the south. Although Prospect Place’s residents tried everything to save her, she was still overcome by her injury.
It’s said that her ghost is a benevolent one that protects Prospect Place from those that would mean to cause harm to or on the property. Otherwise, she is quite friendly and even a bit of a practical joker on visitors and ghost hunters.
Another ghostly apparition was discovered by a local psychic who visited Prospect Place. It seems he was once a servant who worked at the mansion. He has been seen and photographed on the stairwell landing that adjoins the second floor and the ballroom. According to the psychic, the servant was not at all happy about having to climb up and down all the stairs in the mansion.
Prospect Place is a true historical site that was a ray of light in one of our county’s darker times. It was a refuge for the hopeful unfortunates who sought it out and a place of protection against outside intruders who would have kept those dark times going on.