While most ghost stories pass down from generation to generation, with each group adding to the story, there are others that seem to simply appear overnight. That is the case with “Homer,” the ghost that frequently makes himself known in the Hayloft Restaurant in Plymouth, Indiana.
The Hayloft Restaurant is located on Old US-30 in Plymouth, Indiana. Plymouth is a fairly small town in northern Indiana with not much surrounding it. Apparently no one told Homer that. Homer is said to be the ghost of a farmer who once owned the land where the Hayloft Restaurant now sits. He is sometimes spotted in the Silo Room, and occasionally in the kitchen. The apparition is almost always seen from the knees up, or the waist up, and his legs are usually not seen. That isn’t to say he doesn’t have legs, but his spirit seems to manifest without them. Homer is also blamed for items disappearing, and later reappearing in new spots.
Homer might be one of the ghosts haunting the Hayloft Restaurant, but there may be more as well. Some visitors have claimed to see an older Indian man standing in the restaurant. Most explain away the man as Homer, though others who claim to have seen Homer, have not mentioned him looking at all Native American. The ghost, or ghosts, have also been blamed for some unusual activities. He is said to knock over chairs in the dining room, and pots in the kitchen. On several occasions as well, visitors have noticed strange smells in the building, including the smell of burning wood.
The Hayloft Restaurant was one of the original buildings of a working farm built in the 1800s. The building was actually used as a barn until the 1970s. It was only when it became a restaurant. Homer, and his ghostly activities were not noticed, or documented until at least 1989, over 100 years after the barn was first built. The Hayloft caught fire a few years ago, but the owners rebuilt and reopened the restaurant. There are some that claim Homer was merely warning the workers and owners of the fire that would one day destroy the building.
I’ve had the chance to visit the Hayloft Restaurant for myself, and while the food is out of this world, Homer never made an appearance. If you’re interested in trying to catch a glimpse of this legless farmer, the Hayloft Restaurant is open for business. They are located in Plymouth, Indiana on Old US-30.