Rose Family Murders - Lucas, Ohio
Posted by: Mr. 0
N 40° 38.996 W 082° 23.669
17T E 382101 N 4500832
Quick Description: Ceely Rose murdered her parents and brother in this home. It served as inspiration for part of a book by Louis Bromfield.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 8:47:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM4BD7
There seem to be several stories as to what exactly happened here, but most agree on the major points.
In 1896 Ceely Rose was a young girl who was infatuated with a local man by the name of Guy Berry. Berry didn't feel the same, but he couldn't stop Rose's advances. He eventually told her that they couldn't be together because her family did not approve of him. This wasn't true, but Ceely didn't know that. Enraged, Ceely poisoned some food which she served to her parents and brother. They all ended up dying within just a few days of one another. Ceely was arrested and sent to a mental hospital in Lima, Ohio where she spent the rest of her life.
In 1939 the house and surrounding land was purchased by author Louis Bromfield. Here, he created Malabar Farm. The Rose house is on part of the land still today. The story inspired Bromfield in his writing of the book "Pleasant Valley."
It is rumored that the Rose home, Malabar Farm, and Pleasant Valley Cemetery are all haunted by Ceely's ghost. Ceely was buried at the mental hospital in Lima. Pleasant Valley Cemetery is just across the road from Malabar Farm, and is where Ceely's family, and Guy are buried.
The Rose home is NOT open to the public, and is serving as a private residence today. It can easily be viewed from the road though.