Golden Lamb named "most haunted restaurant" in Ohio

October 15, 2019  |  golden lamb, in the news
Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio by photographer Matt Kirby
Photo Credit: Matt Kirby

By Layla Khoury-Hanold, Food Network

"Jonas Seaman founded The Golden Lamb in 1803 in the newly settled town Lebanon with a $4 license to operate a "House of Public Entertainment." He couldn’t have fathomed that two centuries later it’d remain a community gathering place that’s earned the nickname "Lebanon’s Living Room." But living locals aren’t the only fans; several spirits are still said to roam the rooms of the restaurant and hotel. There’s Clement L. Vallandingham, a renowned U.S. congressman from Ohio, who accidentally shot himself in the room that now bears his name; Ohio Supreme Court Justice Charles R. Sherman, who suddenly died at the Inn at the age of 41; and a little girl who is believed to be either the spirit of Sarah Stubbs, who lived at the Golden Lamb as a child, or Eliza Clay, the daughter of politician Henry Clay, who fell ill and perished here. The Golden Lamb’s signature dishes are just as storied. Try the locally famous Sauerkraut Balls, a nod to the region’s German heritage in which pork and beef are combined with savory kraut, seasoned with a proprietary blend and roasted, then served with cocktail sauce and house mustard for dipping. Be sure to save room for a slice of Sister Lizzie’s Shaker Sugar Pie, a buttery-brown-sugar-nutmeg number that’s been served here since 1927."

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