Red Brick Tavern

Lafayette, Ohio

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The Red Brick Tavern is located at 1700 Cumberland Street (US-40) in Lafayette, Ohio.

The Red Brick Tavern was built in 1836. It was used as a restaurant and hotel until 1859. After that it was a private residence, and today it is a restaurant. Six United States presidents visted the restaurant: John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Warren G. Harding.

In addition to being a great restaurant, the Red Brick Tavern is also supposedly haunted. Legend has it that the ghost is a woman who lived in the 1800's, shortly after the tavern opened. She killed herself on the second floor when she found out that the man she was engaged to was in love with someone else, and was going to leave her. Today her spirit is seen and heard wandering around the tavern. Many people have also claimed to see her looking out the upstairs windows.

Many thanks to my mom for having lunch with me at the tavern!

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