Prospect Place (Ghost Adventures)
|Prospect Place, also known as Trinway
Mansion and Prospect Place Mansion, is a 29-room mansion built by
abolitionist George Willison Adams (G. W. Adams) in Trinway, Ohio, just
north of Dresden in 1856.
Today, it is the home of the
non-profit G. W. Adams Educational Center, Inc. The mansion is listed on
the National Register of Historic Places and the Ohio Underground
Railroad Association's list of Underground Railroad sites.
home featured many new and, for the time, revolutionary innovations. It
had indoor plumbing which included a copper tank cistern on the second
floor which pressurized water throughout the house.
Two coal stoves had
copper tanks (under pressure from the cistern system) which heated water
and allowed the home to have both hot and cold running water service.
is the second house to stand on the same foundation. The first house
was destroyed by an arson-related fire shortly after its completion. The
mansion was rebuilt after the fire, with modern fire stopping added to
The interior walls of the current house are solid brick, and
there is a two-inch layer of mortar between the first and second floors
of the house to block fire.Prospect Place also featured a unique
refrigeration system to cool milk, cheese, butter, etc.
A primitive form
of "air conditioning" was created by bringing cool basement air into
the living quarters during the summer months via ducts in the outside
The Underground Railroad operation conducted by G. W.
Adams and his brother, Edward, was a huge undertaking. The brothers
operated a flouring mill on the Ohio and Erie Canal and owned
warehouses, a boat yard and cooper shops in Dresden, Ohio.
When men from
the Adams company would take flour to New Orleans, Louisiana, they
would return with refugees (runaway slaves) beneath the decks of their
This mansion, owned by a wealthy abolitionist, was once a stop on the
underground railroad. A gateway to freedom for hundreds of slaves, it
was also the last stop for many who arrived in terrible physical
condition and died there.