Stories abound about ghosts of entertainers who return to the theaters where they once achieved fame and glory.
Broadway in particular boasts its share of spectral celebs and famous faces from beyond.
Main Street, Middletown, Ohio, can do the same.
The city’s famed Sorg Opera House on Main Street reportedly has had its share of ghostly visits -- by none other than its famous namesake, Middletown industrialist, multimillionaire and former Congressman Paul J. Sorg (1840-1902).
While Sorg may not have been a celebrity like those on Broadway, he certainly attained that status in business and government circles here and around the country.
According to the 1991 “Haunted Ohio -- Ghostly Tales from the Buckeye State” by Chris Woodyard, “Many people -- janitors, caretakers, actors, and stagehands -- have seen the ghostly figure in 1890s evening dress” at the site.
“Those who have gotten a glimpse of the face say that it matches the portraits of Sorg in the theatre’s lobby, down to the mustache. Whenever anyone approaches the figure to ask what it wants, it just disappears,” Woodyard continued.
Others reported hearing footsteps in the stage area, he wrote.
If Spectral Sorg really did visit the theater that bears his name he would have been in familiar territory. His former, castle-like mansion is just down the street.
Apparently, even for a ghost, there’s no place like home.
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