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The Braxton County Monster
The legend goes that on September 12, 1952 the United States
Government was shocked when a damaged UFO penetrated this country’
s airspace and crash-landed on a farm in the small town of Flatwoods,
West Virginia among the Allegheny Mountains. Moments later, a group of
curious local townspeople set out to investigate the scene. Upon
inspection of the woods and crash area, these unsuspecting locals were
confronted by a nightmarish being that would change their lives forever.
This is not a ghost story but it is worth a mention
This cemetery is located in one of West Virginia's oldest college towns. The cemetery itself has an eerie presence. Surrounded by 2 foot thick 5 foot tall limestone wall, you feel as if you are trapped by the cemetery. Graves here date back to the late 1700's, including a grave which holds two of the first missionaries in West Virginia
The Wellsburg Inn
This cemetery in Wellsburg has had numerous reports of paranormal activity. Some of the graves date back to the 1700's.
Located atop a hill overlooking the Ohio River Valley, the Vancroft Mansion is a beautiful structure. With a rich history, the mansion is a staple of Brooke County. However, this beautiful mansion did not bring out the beauty in the people that lived in it. A woman was hung in the stables after her husband discovered that she was having an affair. It is said that the woman haunts the home she once lived in.
Barboursville- Swan Cemetery
Reports of strong feelings of not being alone and numerous anomalies
showing up on film.
Western Regional Jail
The jail is relatively new, opened in 2003, but since its opening numerous
employees have encountered unexplained phenomena inside and out.
One of the most common occurrences is opening doors, Don't worry not
the cell doors. As a side note the state relocated a small family cemetery
to make room for the regional jail.
5th Street Hill
For more than 50 years, there has been a story in circulation that late at
night when it is raining, a young woman stands at the top of the hill and
thumbs a ride from passing motorists. Since her appearance usually
occurs after midnight and because it is raining, she always gets a ride.
After several minutes inside the car, she vanishes into thin air. The story
goes that in the late 40's a Huntington couple took their daughter and her
fiancée to Wayne to be married. It was in the early spring, just the season
for marriages, and the wedding went off without a hitch. However, on their
way back, rain started coming down in a slow drizzle, the kind that makes
roads slick. At the foot of the hill, just before coming to the bridge at the
corner of Fifth Street and the boulevard, the car overturned and the bride
was killed. Ever since then, but especially in the early spring and only
when it's raining, the bride reappears on the hill. Standing at the top and
wearing her white dress, she thumbs a ride from passing motorists.
(West End)926 5th Ave
Numerous incidents have been reported here by the staff. A womans voice
is said to be heard whispering, the slamming doors, footsteps, being
touched by someone unseen, and photographic evidence of some
paranormal activity there has been documented.
Theater(925 4th Ave)
An over whelming feeling of a presence on the stairway to the ladies
room. As soon as you enter the stairway, you can feel it's presence. It
follows you to the powder room, but it leaves you as you enter the stalls.
River Park Hospital
The ghost of a nurse, seemingly still going about her duties, has been
seen for many years by the living staff of this one-time disabled children's
Green Bottom Cemetery
The cemetery is known for heavy fog,cold spots, Evp's and reportedly
even full bodied apparitions have been encountered
Mountaineer Opry House
It has been reported that when you are on stage you can some times hear
strange things and some times a banjo from the rehearsal room even when no ones there
Local residents tell many tales of ghostly happenings on Twistabout
Ridge. One of the stories involves a family who moved to the area many
years ago. A man came with his pregnant wife and a young girl who was
also pregnant. The wife became ill so he hired another young girl to care
for her. It was rumored, after the second girl became pregnant, that the
man had fathered all three of the babies. The wife mysteriously died, and
locals believed she had been poisoned because they couldn't keep her
tongue in her mouth after she died. After her death, the man married the
last of two girls who came to live with them. She soon became pregnant
again and not only lost that baby, but every baby she became pregnant
with after that. There was a cemetery on a knoll surrounded by pine trees
where all the little babies were buried. It was said that anyone who came
to stay in the house after that would see an apparition of a woman with
her tongue hanging out of her mouth. Supposedly, the cemetery where all
the little babies are buried is haunted. On the same ridge, there was a log
cabin where a woman lived. She was stoned to death by her neighbors,
who left her lying under the stones after they killed her. After that, anyone
who lived in the cabin couldn't keep the front door closed and they could
hear the sounds of someone screaming and running around the cabin.
There is also a haunted mud hole at Twistabout. There was an old tree
next to the mud hole that was once used for a hanging. Witnesses have
seen a floating dog on the same road as the mud hole, and a ball of light
coming from the hole. People have also heard huge objects falling to the
ground near the tree, but never find anything.
Babcock State Park (Cabin
In the mid 90's a woman was murdered by her husband, who was a Nitro
preacher, because he was gay and didn't want he or the church
congregation to find out. Since her murder strange occurrences have
happened throughout the park but mainly in and around cabin #13.
Glen Farris Inn
The Glen Farris Inn has stood on the banks of the Kanawha River
overlooking Kanawha Falls for well over 150 years. It has been reported
that some of those who have visited the property over the years have not
left even after death. For example many of the ghosts seem to be tied to
the Civil War. Many people have reported the apparitions of confederate
soldiers and a woman in white who stares out over the river.
Plum Orchard Lake and WMA
A ghost known as the "beech bottom lady" walks through late at night in
search of her husband who is thought to have drowned in the lake.
Various spiritual encounters have occurred in this all girls facility. On the
new side of the dorm, especially the 2nd floor, noises of footsteps can be
heard following you late at night. Curtains will blow and doors will slam
shut -- and the windows aren't even open. One evening the power went
out and a resident (for a split second) saw a fireman standing in the
hallway. In the year 2000, the 2nd floor of Ratliff caught on fire.
Train Tracks (between Weirwood and Pax)
If you walk from Weirwood to the Pax City Hall at night lights start to follow
you. After that when you start running it gets in front of you and is in front
of you until you reach the bridge. Then it turns into a headless man. It is
believed to be a man that got his head cut off by the train. He follows you
until you get to the bridge. Then he jumps off to the stream below.
A ghost of a woman by the name of Lonell can still be seen today
wondering the Cemetery during dusk hours in the shape of a blue sphere.
Witchy Hollow Lick Fork Road
While driving down Lick Fork road drivers will see an old car with bright
headlights coming at them, but as soon as the old car looks like it is going
to crash into their vehicle, the car will suddenly disappear
Glenville State College
Reports of noises such as furniture moving about, balls being dropped,
and marbles rolling around are heard on the ceilings in all of the dorm
rooms, these noises occur whether someone is living in the room above
or not. Dark shadow figures are seen walking through the main lobby.
Glenville State College
Clark and Louis Bennett Hall
The story goes that there is a ghost by the name of "Sis Lynn" is known to
walk the halls and even visit some residents in Louis Bennett Hall. She
also has been seen walking across the grounds between Clark Hall and
Louis Bennett Hall. Sis Lynn's grave is located less than 30 yards behind
Van Meter's Farm
George Van Meter's small farm was located in Dorcas Hollow, just five
miles from where Petersburg is now located. Van Meter was a carpenter
who had come to America from Germany. On July 4 while working with his
son on the farm they were attacked by a band of Huron Indians. George
told his son to run and protect the family and get them to a nearby
settlement. George held the Indians off long enough so that his son could
safely deliver the rest of the family to the settlement. When men from the
settlement returned to help Van Meter they found his headless body .
Since then people have reported seeing the headless ghost of Van Meter
apparently searching for his lost head.
Sam Black Church Grave site of Zona Heaster Shue
The ghost of Zona Heaster Shue appeared to her mother about two
weeks after her death to show her the truth of her untimely death. Zona's
husband was abusive and had pushed her down the stairs in a fit of rage.
He told authorities that she had just fallen. However, Zona's mother never
trusted her son-in-law and didn't believe his story, so she prayed that
Zona would return to her and enlighten her with the truth. Zona heeded
her mother's request and showed her mother what had really happened,
and this manifestation brought about the arrest and conviction of the
John Second North House
Legend has it that a young lady was sent to live with her aunt and uncle to
keep her away from a soldier with whom she had fallen in love. She spent
much time in her room, sinking into a depression. During a Christmas visit
to her parent's house, she met her true love and he vowed to come to
Lewisburg to visit her. He kept his promise, but was only allowed to speak
to her from the corner of the street next to the house. After his departure,
he paid children to deliver spring flowers to her each day. He was never
able to visit again, and in despair, the young woman hanged herself in the
only closet in the house. Since then, owners of the house report smelling
flowers, even in the winter, and seeing a female apparition. One owner
grew tired of hearing the sounds coming from the closet, so he boarded it
up, even though it was the only closet in the house. It is also said that
around that same time a soldier, who was on his second visit to
Lewisburg, was shot in the stomach and died within sight of the John
North Second House.
Greenbrier County Courthouse
This court house has stood for many years, the court house and once
town jail are linked together. Many people from murderers, to rapists,
were tried in this place and sentenced to life. At night time you can hear
horrifying moans coming from inside and out side of the court house. On
one occasion there was a report of two teenagers that got chased down
the street by a man with a knife. They said it was real misty looking but
you could still make out that it was a man with a knife
This AAA 5 diamond hotel has been a rendezvous for the elite and
political figures for many years. The hotel is said to have a few ghosts
who have chosen to remain in he luxurious confines of the hotel.
Legend has it that a woman by the name of Kate and her husband who
were awakened in the middle of the night by hollering and shouting, she
apparently went running with her child for safety while her husband stood
ground to fight. The Indians however killed him and went chasing after
Kate. She ran and ran but they eventually caught her and scalped her
and her baby. Kate's mountain is located off Route 60 beside the
Greenbrier Harper's entrance ,it is a paved road that turn gravel about a
half mile up, it is here that many people report telling there friends and
family of all the ghostly encounters. Sightings of a headless woman
walking round in the middle of the night, at the highest peek of the
mountain, weird lights hovering just above the tree tops, an unidentified
hum that comes from beneath the ground, and car lights, windshield
wipers radios seem to come on at will are some of the reported
unexplained activity in the area.
Peterkin Retreat Gravity Hall
Back in the early 70's, a black preacher died of a heart attack in his room
while getting up to use the bathroom. His wife didn't discover this until the
morning. Ever since then, the piano upstairs plays music. As soon as you
open the door to walk up the stairway, you can hear the stairs creaking as
he comes down to greet you. When you walk up the stairs, you can hear
him following you. You can hear talking behind several of the closed
doors. Cold spots can be felt. Doors sometimes open and shut. You can
feel his presence behind you as he watches you go about your business.
Guests have reported odd happenings, but they do not fear him. If you
ask him nicely to leave you alone, he will go about his business
Weirton Steel Mill
The steel industry has claimed many lives over the years, many of which
by extremely traumatic means. Today some of those workers still roam
the plants looking for justice. Phantom lights as well as disembodied
moans have been reported
Since the 1800's an orange red light has been seen from the road. It is
said to be a loyal slave who died of exposure while looking for his missing
master Charles Jones.
The Gamble Mansion in Moorefield has a history of slavery. Willow trees
in the front yard still display the marks of where slaves were chained to
the trees and beaten savagely. The house, however, is haunted by the
spirits of children. Reportedly, the master of Gamble House's daughter
had a child by a slave. In hopes of avoiding a scandal, her father killed
the child and burned it's body in the fireplace. The disembodied cries of
babies can be heard crying throughout the house.
The apparitions of three men crossing the road in robes the front one was
carrying a torch the other two men had their arms in their robes.
On foggy full moon nights, a woman is seen walking along Rt. 50 in a red
hooded coat, the hood over her head. If you pull over to offer assistance,
she will come to your window, however she has no face.
There was a train-wreck in Flinderation Rail-Road tunnel because some
men were doing some work on the railroad and did not realize a train was
coming, especially not as fast as it was. One of the men could not get into
one of the cubbyholes in time, and the train caught him, causing it to
derail. The railroad through this tunnel was shut down because people
could hear train whistles and see the lights of an invisible train coming
towards them. Then, the KKK also took victims there to do lynching and
such. This tunnel has a lot of hidden history. Today, it is part of the
Rail-Trail, but the train whistle can still be heard along with other various
sounds: screaming, metal scraping on metal, sobbing.
Site of the Fost-Greene Murders
Witnesses report hearing children's screams, and sometimes late in the
evening, you can see a small girl running through the field. Over the
decades since these murders played out it in real life it seems to keep
playing out long after.
Harpers Ferry National Park
John Brown has been seen with his black dog walking down the street.
Reportedly, people have asked him to pose for a picture because he
looks so real.
Harpers Ferry Hilltop Hotel
Apparitions of soldiers marching through rooms and around the outside of
the hotel have been reported by guests and staff
The town of Harpers Ferry
Home to several ghosts. Many are linked to the Civil War, but there also
seem to be many that are just townspeople returning home.
The Historic Chapel of St. Peters
Many people have seen the priest standing outside of the church and
several people have heard the screams of the wounded soldiers. St Peter’
s is a mission chapel belonging to the parish of St. James, in Charles
Town, in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (Roman Catholic). They
have services there every Sunday, year round. In the months of May
through November there are docents there on the weekends to welcome
visitors to the church.
A homecoming queen who slipped in the shower and died from a head
wound still walks the halls here. She usually walks across the football field
at midnight on the anniversary of her death, and she has been seen in
the third floor bathroom where she fell.
A ghost of a small boy messes with TV and electronic equipment. A ghost
named George has been heard and seen in the basement of this building.
Legend has it that he fell and hit one of the boulders that the building was
built on during construction of the structure.
This building used as a Civil War hospital and many civil war ghosts are
seen, also a nursing student who was supposedly failing, hung herself in
the attic (which is now locked), the staff says the attic was kept locked
because the college was afraid that the students would hurt themselves
on loose floorboards and/or damage the area, and as a fire problem since
students would go up there and smoke.
Shaw hall is located behind Miller Hall. Rumor has it there was a small
cemetery there that ran along the edge of the school property and
houses that back to it. There is a woman in a long white nightgown with
long, curly red hair that stands at the windows at the ends of the dorm
floors. She just stands there, if you try to get close, she will disappear. No
one knows who she is or why she would be in the dorm. The rumor was
that she was buried in that cemetery and there were no sightings of her
until the baseball field or both dorms were built. Somehow the
construction disturbed her, for whatever reason.
Alum Creek Baptist Cemetery
This cemetery sits on the hill behind the Alum Creek Missionary Baptist
Church. On several occasions visitors to the cemetery have reported and
elderly man who appears to be confused wandering around the cemetery.
When they approach him he disappears in thin air
The Hale House is a historical house near Cabin Creek, West Virginia.
The legend of the house is that a woman lived there with her abusive
husband and his uncle. One night, someone killed the husband. There
was an investigation, but no one was ever convicted for the crime. The
man still roams the house and grounds seeking justice for his murder.
Capital High School Theater
The theater of Capital High School is haunted by an unknown specter.
Students and faculty alike have reported feeling a "presence", often while
working late to prepare for school productions. The most common
haunting is the mysterious dimming of lights, even when the sound booth
is locked and no one is in there.? No one knows for sure who or what
haunts the theater; however, many have claimed that they do not feel
threatened by the occurrences.
This theatre was built in 1909 on the site of the old Welch Mansion that
had stood there since 1798. The theatre still houses some of the family
that once lived in the mansion. Capital Plaza is now a venue for artists
such as Tori Amos, R.E.M., and other well-known musicians. The former
theatre where "Mountain Stage" was recorded, is a place that gives
people chills when they enter the area. The most prolific ghost here is that
of John Welch. He was the son of the man who built the house and heir to
the Welch fortune. John is very sneaky and likes to play around with
peoples' minds. He is quite protective of the place and of the actors who
frequent the stage. Another ghost, not quite as active, is known as Molly
Welch. She was John's youngest daughter who died of pneumonia in
1840 around the age of eight. She is very shy, but sometimes when an
actor is standing on stage, she can be seen sitting in the front row of the
The spirit of a woman has been seen in the halls and rotunda on several
occasions. Also the spirit of a maintenance man who died of a heart
attack many years ago appears to continue his work long after death
Mansion &Carriage Trail
Originally built by the later, Gov. MacCorkle in the mid 1800's it sits on the
crest of a hill above downtown. Gov. MacCorkle has been seen by
numerous visitors and staff in and around the museum. Home to the
graves of two unidentified young women found murdered on the grounds
who are rumored to still seek justice for their murder to this day. The old
carriage trail is barely noticeable from the train platform, but driving up the
hill on the right side of the forked road motorists can see a clear wide
carriage road leading to what is now Sunrise Museum. Vagrants and
homeless people are said to spend some nights near the bottom of the
trail waiting for a train to hop, and high school students sometimes wander
the trail at the top of the trail behind the museum. No one ventures past
the desecrated statue of a Our Lady. A dark spot exists in summer and
winter at the second curve from the top of the trail
For many years this beautiful cemetery has sat on a hill overlooking the
city's downtown and East End. There have been many reports of
paranormal activity here including ectoplasm and EVPs.
C & O Train Depot
On the bank of the Kanawha River, at the train depot, just at the bottom of
the exclusive South Hills mountain drive, the Charleston Train Depot rivals
any 19th century European Town Center. At the depot, flanked by the
river on one side and a winding suburban mountain road also exists a
carriage trail which led, in days gone by, to the Governors Mansion. The
depot has a restaurant and a scenic view.
Students have reported strange sounds, sightings, and feelings of
uneasiness **Has recently been torn down**
University of Charleston Geary S. U.
Feelings of not being alone strange noises and shadows have been
reported by support staff, faculty , and students. One report is of a long
term employee who did not die at the school but has appeared every
since her death
University of Charleston Riggleman Hall
Feelings of not being alone strange noises and shadows have been
reported by support staff, faculty , and students. One report is of a
female student who committed suicide after discovering she was pregnant
Watt Powell Park
Watt Powell Park was built in 1948 to replace a wooden ballpark that had
twice burned (1939 & 1944). It is named for Watt Powell who financed part
of the construction for the park. There have been several accounts of a
phantom in the stands. Some claim it is an elderly man who lived near by
and attended nearly all of the home games who passed away in the late
90's. The Charleston Alley Cats of the Sally League moved downtown to
Appalachian Power Field while Watt Powell was sold for redevelopment
and natural gas rights. It is scheduled to be torn down
(THIS SITE HAS BEEN TORN DOWN)
Located in the East End of downtown Charleston this former hospital has been used as a rehabilitation center, nursing home, and hospital. It has been abandoned
for many years and has been rumored to be home to many spirits.
205 CapitolStreet. (Formerly Woolworth's)
Seven firemen were killed in the March 4, 1949, fire at Woolworth's Five
and Dime on Capitol Street, the most firefighter deaths in one blaze in
state history. The fire began in the early morning hours in the basement
of the building. At around 5 am a policeman noticed the fire and called it
in. Firefighters from the Central Station were on scenes minutes later and
found the basement completely engulfed and the first floor nearly fifty
percent engulfed. They formed a plan of attack that included cutting a
hole in the floor to spray water on the inferno in the basement. The plan
was working well until the wooden floor supports gave way causing the
firefighters to plunge into the basement. Of those who fell seven died that
day and it is said that you can still see some of the firefighters walking the
halls of the building.
Charleston Gazette "Looking Back - March 4, 1949"
Charleston Daily Mail "50 years after the fire"
This former college is famous for sighting of the "lady in pink" She has
been seen here in the home as well as in the cemetery where her baby is
Saint Albans Under the
In 2001 a vagrant man got drunk and somehow ended up burning to
death underneath the bridge on the Saint Albans side. Since that day in
early January he has been seen wondering around that area.
Thomas Memorial Hospital
Staff and patients have reported a mysterious blue light that seems to
float through the hallways immediately preceding the death of a patient.
This phenomena has been verified by several employees.
Route 19- between
Clarksburg & Jane Lew
An apparition of a teenage boy dressed in black has been seen crossing
the highway. Rumor is this boy committed suicide, by stepping out on the
road in front of an eighteen wheeler. He is spotted any time during the
evening, and will stand in the middle of the lane until you drive by. He
stares at you with a helpless look on his face. Rumors are to be said that
he was abused by his father.
Weston State Hospital
Just like all mental institutions Weston State Hospital has it's share of
ghost stories. The souls of the long departed, unfortunate residents are
said to still roam this massive building.
This area was owned by a wealthy lady from the early 1920's until the late
1980's. She lived there her whole life. When she passed on, her ashes
were buried beside a cabin on the mountainside. People have said that
they have seen her walking the dirt road wearing a hat and long summer
There is the presence of a strange woman. She comes up behind you
and blows on your ears. Sometimes she will even whisper a request. You
can hear giggling and crying. Sometimes, they can even be seen.
Piney Bottom is the location for numerous sightings of a headless man
dressed in black walking the area. One account happened many years
ago. At the first creek crossing there used to be a thing that jumped on
the back of horses as people rode threw. It would ride with the unlucky
traveler until the horse reached the other creek crossing. It would then
jump off the horse.
Spry Cemetery @ Dry Branch Hollow
A woman by the name of Dixie V. Counts is buried in this cemetery beside
her still born infant. The baby's name is Charlie and he died along with his
mother during labor. On a full moon, the dates of their death can be
clearly seen and Dixie can be seen rocking her baby. The both of them
appear in white gowns and seem to be crying. There is also a legend
about the devil appearing to a man on the foot bridge of this cemetery
during the 1950's. The devil challenged the man to a fight because he
was mean to his family and neighbors. The man had even claimed just the
day before that he was mean enough to whip the devil himself. When he
said to the devil, "Come over here to the road, and I will fight you," the
devil replied, "You know who I am and I cannot cross running water." With
wicked laughter, he disappeared. The next day, a boy was walking with
the man who had been challenged by the devil. He went to the bridge and
found cloven goat hoof prints branded into the wood of the bridge.
Chapmanville High School
In the band room office of Chapmanville High the ceiling has always
leaked. Maintenance workers have replaced ceiling tiles, pipes, and
repeatedly checked the roof above for leaks, but the ceiling continues to
leak. PVC pipes have replaced metal piping, yet the water leaking is a
reddish hue. Stories have been told that previous to the school's
construction, the bottom which it occupies was a swampy area, and it has
been said that a murder occurred there on the spot that is now the office
of the band room
Ethel 1915 Abandoned Mine
A once profitable mine located on a mountainside in a small community
known as Ethel. Eerie presences are known to be seen near the mine
opening. Footsteps could clearly be heard echoing from deep within the
cavern. A small light waving from within it's depths slowly passing back
Logan - 22 Mine Road - The ghost of Mame Thurman, a lady killed on
June 22,1932 by a still unknown killer, has been seen walking the woods
where she was killed. Mamie Thurman
The local legend goes that every 13 years on Halloween you can here two
boys screaming and hear a vinegar barrel hitting the lake and the first
person they see they haunt for 13 years
The Witch's Grave on Highland
They say a long time ago there was a witch and a warlock buried in the
church cemetery and the tombs are turned upside down. They say if you
go up there late at night you will see glowing in the woods and here
strange noises. Many sightings of the witches have been seen.
Citgo - Dallas Pike
Workers claim to have seen black shadows on the cameras, gas pumps
going off without the handle being lifted, and a dot that dances around on
the outside camera
Virginia State Penitentiary
West Virginia's most famous haunted site. This facility was once one of
the most violent jails that ever existed. It was condemned and shut down
in 1995, and now claims to be the most paranormal site on the East
Coast. This place is haunted by former inmates, and in this place you can
see lights going off, and sometimes you can hear laughing, and as well as
iron doors shutting, by themselves. Witnesses have reported hearing
footsteps walking up stairs in areas without stairs, the appearance of
mysterious formations, and many other horrifying experiences. The spirits
are believed to be those of past prisoners. It was a common belief among
prisoners that if you died behind bars you could never leave.
Mai Moore House
The remains of the Mai Moore House sit perched on a cliff overlooking the
Ohio River as they have for nearly two hundred years. Today there is not
much left of the home and what is has been overtaken by the woods and
briers. Although we captured no paranormal activity, we definitely
experienced some unusual things and feeling at the ruins of the
plantation. The entire area has an odd feeling about it and we seemed to
have footsteps following us around the home and down the hill.
Bruce Chapel is a small abandoned rural church in Gallopolis Ferry, WV.
We made to stops at the church during our search for the Mai Moore
Mansion. The church has a graveyard with graves dating back to the
early eighteen hundreds.
There was a woman in a white dress that got thrown in the well by her
husband. Now she haunts the place. There was also a black guy who
hung himself in the closet upstairs. If you go in the basement you can see
blood on the walls you can also get lost down there. If you go in there at
night you will hear the woman screaming and you will hear the black guy
upstairs hang himself. Also reportedly there was a death of a little girl on
the property as well as a cemetery with over two hundred graves that was
buried underneath the railroad tracks. This house is privately owned and
not abandoned, please do not trespass.
Home of Confederate General Albert G. Jenkins, State run and open to
the public. Paranormal activity common throughout the house, including
sightings of figures and swirling gray mist, feelings of not being alone or of
being watched, loud footsteps, depressions as if a body was lying on
unused furniture and possibly related encounters near grounds. Multiple
witnesses, numbering in the dozens.
Home of General John McCausland, 1836-1927, one of the last officers of
the general staff of the Confederate Army. He served in Pennsylvania, the
Virginias, and Maryland. He led Lomax's cavalry against Sheridan in
Valley Campaign. A sense of being watched and phantom footsteps that
follow you everywhere have been reported here.
Established in 1919 by an act of the Legislature. Opened for colored
patients in 1926 and integrated in 1954. In 1957, the Hospital acquired
the former Boys Industrial School. A rehabilitation center has since been
added to the hospital. Lakin has 3 floors, you can feel something as soon
as you enter. At times you can see a patch of a bluish fog around the
place. You can hear footsteps on the second and third floors. Doors
slamming with no explanation and even being touch by something. You
always have the feeling of something is watching you. It has many cold
spots throughout the building. The building has had many uses including
a juvenile detention center and mental institution. It was well known as
one of the worst mental institutions in the state. This property is owned by
the state of West Virginia and the new hospital is located right across the
road. The sheriff will be called and you will be arrested if you are caught
Guests who stay at the 100-year-old Lowe Hotel in downtown Pt. Pleasant
report numerous unexplained spirits.
Called T.N.T. Area because the U.S. Military used to make explosives
there during World War II. There are over 100 igloos in the area, where
they stored the T.N.T. This is the place where sightings of the Mothman
have occurred. The first sighting was here at the old North Power Plant,
There are several hauntings and ghosts in this hollow. One, in particular,
is the strange appearance of an extremely large "dog-like" creature that
many of the hunters and ATV riders in the area have seen. Chickens,
cats, and other dogs always turn up missing from their homes. Some say
that they have seen the creature more than once and have also seen the
creature stand up on two legs and run off into the woods. Some hunters
say that they have been stalked by the creature while hunting. One lady
explained that she noticed the creature outside her mobile home. Once
the creature noticed her looking, it made its way to the window. The lady
quickly ran through the home locking doors and turning off lights. She
said that the "thing" banged and scratched on her home all night
A young woman reportedly hung her self in the girls bathroom at the gym.
You can got to the bathroom and hear things. You can go to the area
leading up to the stage, and turn off the lights and you can feel something
Here on the steps of the McDowell County Courthouse, fifteen to twenty
Baldwin-Felts Detectives ambushed and killed Sid Hatfield in retaliation for
the Matewan Massacre fifteen months earlier. Occasionally a man fitting
Sid's description is seen walking the steps here.
Yukon #2 Mine
Another abandoned coal mine. Used to be a profitable coal mines but due
to the large losses of life it was closed. Now the ghosts haunt the place
A young girl is known to haunt the old hallways and basement of the hall.
On several occasions students have reported dozing off and opening
there eyes to see the young girl right in front of them.
Different sightings has been reported about seeing children running down
the halls although this school has been closed down quite some time now.
There has been a few people killed at Wade including a women getting
decapitated and three kids falling over dead for no apparent reason.
There are several ghosts that supposedly linger on in this graveyard
Reportedly the spirits will even l tell you to leave.
The amusement park was in operation from the 1920s to the 1960s.
During that time there were two accidental deaths of children. Also the
first settler of Mercer county built his homestead on the same land and his
family was brutally murdered about 130 years before the opening of the
amusement park. The group has been rumored to be an old Indian burial
The streets of
On May 19, 1920, thirteen detectives, including Baldwin-Felts president
Thomas Felts, younger brothers Albert and Lee, arrived in Matewan to
evict miners and their families from their homes in the Stone Mountain
Mine camp. Nothing angered miners more than "thugs" forcing women
and little children from their homes at gunpoint. Word of the evictions
spread like wildfire. Angry miners from Matewan and the surrounding area
grabbed guns and rushed to the town as the detectives evicted six more
families in dismal rainy weather. When the detectives returned to Matewan
that afternoon, having finished their jobs, Hatfield, surrounded by armed
miners, tried to arrest Al Felts for conducting the evictions without proper
Matewan authority. As he and Mayor Testerman glared at Al Felts and the
other detectives outside the railroad depot, someone fired a shot, and the
battle was on. It lasted about a minute, but hundreds of shots were fired.
Al Felts and Testerman fell in the first volley. When it was over, seven
detectives, including both Al and Lee Felts, Mayor Testerman, and two
miners were dead or dying. Some of those unfortunate souls who lost
their lives that day are still seen wandering the streets here.
West Run Rd.
Cemetery and woods are believed to be haunted. If you travel the road
late at night you will notice that the hundred crosses sitting on the hill are
illuminated and eerie. In fact, local witches have their Sabbaths up on this
hill on their holy days.
Beta Theta Pi
Residents of the fraternity have reported clanging of chains in a lower
room of the house. It was believed to be the ghost of the late butler of the
house in the 1940s . Now it is believed to be the spirit of an old homeless
person they let live in the basement of the house in the 80's. He killed
himself in the area where the noises are known to come from.
On the 10th floor of the old section of the library one gets the distinct
feeling of being watched also the elevator opens and people are heard
entering and exiting without being seen. The side desk areas also seem
to be heavily occupied as writing can be heard from empty desks.
Apparitions have also been seen.? In the new section one gets the same
sensations occasionally as if coming from the older building.
The woman for whom the building is named has been seen on numerous
occasions in and around the building. Also a picture of inexplicably
moves about the building.
In the early 1970's, two college students were hitchhiking for a ride back
to their dorms on Evansdale Campus. Apparently, they were picked up in
the downtown area and not found again for months. Their decapitated
bodies were later discovered near the lake, but the heads were no where
to be found. The murderer and the case still remain a mystery today. It is
believed however, that the two girls roam the woods near the lake,
searching for their heads. Many car accidents have been reported on
Route 857 North because of blurry apparitions of two girls running back
and forth through the woods, distracting late night traffic.
The public library employees have reported a ghost. Especially when
working late in the evening. Mainly the ghost is only heard but on a few
occasions an apparition has been seen
There is a very old graveyard in an old hollow known as Gobblers Knob. A
man in the back corner of the yard in a heavy blue coat with a rifle has
been reported here n multiple occasions.
Office is a separate house from school, there are strange banging noises
and bizarre animal like creatures that appear, also doors swing open on
Reportedly many spirits linger here at this former grand plantation known
today to the locals as the “Mann House”. The most commonly reported
strange occurrences are the phantom cries of an infant, a confederate
soldier pacing up and down the staircase, a blue glow emanating from a
window as if a light is on, and objects moving on their own. “I once had a
Christmas ball roll up onto my foot. Also one night I saw the apparition of
a young boy in well worn clothing with shoes on that were far too big.”
This is a private residence and the current residents claim to be
experiencing no strange activity of any kind.
In a beautiful valley in Monroe County just shy of the Virginia border, lies
Old Sweet Springs, one of the most famous of the spring resorts.
Founded by William Lewis in 1790, it still stands with its 300-foot-long
brick building, spacious white columned porticoes, bath house, brick
cottages, and shaded lawn. It carries with it a proud history, and
generations of significance. This resort has sat empty for nearly a
decade. Once a premier hotel and resort it later became a mental
institution and a state run nursing home. Needless to say the building has
seen its share of tragedy in the last 211 years. While we were asking
around we heard stories of rape, murder, and brutal treatment some of
There is an old brick house way back in the woods where an elderly
couple once lived. The home burned at an unknown time but the chimney
still stands to this day and people say the old man's spirit lingers.
A young girl known as Sally to the many that have seen her haunts the
FoodLion in Summersville .She is a young girl around the age of 8, that
knocks stuff off the shelves and then returns them to there original spot.
However, when Sally gets upset she is said to pick up wooden crates and
smash them to the ground. After, months of research the management
was told by the former owners that Sally was buried underneath the
Roney's Point is somewhat of a gathering place for college and high
school students. The TB center was also used as a state insane asylum.
The structure was being used up until around 1976, when half of the
center burned down. People have reported strange occurrences inside
Near the PA border, people have heard blasts like that of cannons in the
woods near the road.
This is the site of the brutal murder of a child by its mother That
supposedly was the site of a grizzly killing. It is said that a long time ago in
this 2 story house a mother murdered her newborn baby by throwing it
into the fireplace to burn to death. It is said that sometimes while walking
down this dark, country road, past where the house used to be, you can
hear a baby crying. This spot is just off the road, about a half mile up from
Warwood, across a bridge. The original house has long been gone and
this was once the site of a landfill. Now there is a newer home on that very
Old train tunnel, that is said to be haunted by a man from the early 1900's
who was killed by a train. Also said to be built underneath a cemetery so
the people buried there are said to be unhappy because their eternal rest
has been disturbed. Even in broad daylight, the tunnel is pitch black.
Main Street Bridge is allegedly haunted by two different ghosts. One
ghost is a gentleman who, after getting down from his wagon to repair a
hitch that came undone, was trampled to death by his own team of
horses. He has been seen on the bridge, asking the whereabouts of his
horses. The other bridge ghost is of a local businessman. During the
construction of the bridge, he was inspecting the safety of the workplace.
When he learned one of the temporary bridges was unsafe, he crossed it
himself to make sure the workers weren't in danger, and was washed
away in floodwaters when the bridge collapsed. His body was never found.
The old fire department is rented out. If your ever in there you can feel
someone tap you on the shoulder, doors being shut, people walking
across the floor and the sound of someone on a respirator.
It is said the ghost of the previous "lady of the house" is a common visitor.
She has been spotted in different rooms by the cleaning staff during the
last several years. They report hearing music and dancing on the second
This is a cemetery in the East Wheeling / Fulton area of Wheeling. It is
right next to an old World War 2 materials factory. There have been
numerous reports of paranormal activity. It is sometimes just referred to
as foundry cemetery.
Tour guides and tourists have reported seeing small balls of light bounce
along the floor and walls of the caverns. If the balls are approached, they
move away. Also, a "ghost tour" sometimes follows unsuspecting
individuals through the cave. Other strange things, such as doors
slamming as tours approach, and lights flickering off and on are regular
The story goes that over 100 years ago a woman buried her child in a
glass tomb so that she could always see her child again. She would return
to it daily to take toys and talk to her son. As the years went on the
woman spent increasingly more and more time at the tomb. This is where
the stories varies because by some accounts she died peacefully at home
while in other she died of exposure at the tomb late one night. However
the legends all agree that she still visits the tomb to this day.
Nearly 1000 African-American women and men spent their last days
suffering with Tuberculosis at this isolated location in Pocahontas County
and nearly 300 of them are permanently laid to rest here. This is a very
isolated and active paranormal location. In the mid 1990's the location
was renovated and turned into a correctional facility and is not available
for the public to visit
Visitors to nearby Watoga State Park report seeing an exceptionally tall
bald-headed man suddenly spring up along the fence row next to a
cornfield. The tall, glowing figure appears on especially foggy nights
about midnight and stares intensely, moving only his head and not his
body as cars pass. The man doesn't stand up, as one would from a lying
position, but rather springs straight up, without bending his knees in a
perfect arch. The figure is at least 6-1/2 feet tall, bald and has an eerie
halo-like glow around his entire body that almost illuminates the fog.
There is an old graveyard that dates back at least one hundred years.
Apparitions of a little girl have been reported.
The front part of the hospital, the old section, is said to be the home of
the spirits of both male and female patients. The second floor purportedly
has a lot of activity because it was the surgery ward for TB patients. When
you look at the building you feel that there are many eyes on you. Many
members of the nursing staff can tell you about getting locked in rooms,
furniture moving around room, seeing previously deceased nurses and
patients wondering the halls. There are tunnels under the whole property
and all buildings on the property are haunted to some extent.
First Confederate victory in Kanawha Valley fought here July 17, 1861.
Charge of the Rangers under Captain (later General) Jenkins won the
day. Those who have visited the battlefield at night have reported strange
lights and noises.
A two story home in a little town named Eleanor. It sat on about an acre
with huge elm trees and a big area for a garden. The house was white
with dark green trim. Two stories with four bedrooms upstairs and a
bathroom. From within this house you could see ghostly appearances,
hear ghostly sounds, and smell the worst smells. On most occasions you
could hear the sound of a rocking chair as if it was rocking in the living
room, when there was no rocking chair there. You could see shadows
coming down the stairs in the appearance of a woman. Often you could
see bright orbs and flits of lights in and over the garden at night. Now this
house is an Office Complex.
It used to be a Hospital during the Civil War. There was a young woman
named Hannah who worked as a nurse. There were some slaves one day
that were locked up in the room. Then Hannah was killed. She moans and
you can hear footsteps up and down the halls.
Personnel and artists at the theater say they have been haunted for
years by the appearance of a gray gentleman ghost, accompanied by
mysterious music and children’s laughter. No one is sure who the
gentleman ghost is or why he roams the theater, but many say it is linked
to an accident that took place during the construction and grand opening
of the building. Of course, one must also keep in mind the role the
Beckley area played in the Civil War. There was a Union hospital and
cemetery in the area that served many injured soldiers, some of whom
died during their stays.
People have been seeing a spooky figure in the Raleigh courtroom, they
say the ghost looks to be a female in a red dress. Nobody really has any
clue who she is or why she would be haunting there.
Trap Hill Fire
Some fireman have reported the spirit of an old fireman who died in a fire
there still travels with the crew to fires and walks the halls at night.
The ghost light originated during the Civil War, in an area that was made
up of Confederate supporters. Samuel Richmond, whose house was
nearby and was a known Union supporter, ran a canoe service that would
take people from one side of the New River to the other. During one of his
ferry trips, Samuel was shot by a Confederate sympathizer and just barely
managed to paddle back to his home before he died. Visitors say you can
see his “spirit” still making the journey from one side of the river to the
other. This is really unusual in that Ghost Lights usually travel over land,
Also known as Graceland-Halliehurst Mansion, local legends said the
main haunt was a slave who was beaten to death an buried in the
basement. (Which was and probably still is a dirt floor)Noises, feelings of
being watched and followed. This house is so haunted that a local prom
was shut down.
Sounds Daughter of the late Stephen Benton Elkins is seen in her
bedroom on the second floor which hosts the Admissions Office.? During
nights when students visit, Hallie would sneak up on these students, and
run up and down the stairs.? Reports have been told by counselors as
well as security.
Middle / High
A teacher and her 2nd period class heard knocking and voices in the
walls they thought it was odd because nobody was on either side of the
walls, it was all 4 walls at one time, and way too loud to be another class.
One of several old train tunnels that runs through North End. It is said that
during one of the world wars, a woman was on her way to be married,
dressed in her wedding gown. She fell off the platform as a train was
coming and was killed. As you approach the entrance of the tunnel, there
is a very distinct drop in temperature and gusts of wind. EFS reads
'Danger' as you reach the middle of the tunnel, and wind often tends to
pick up. Also, throughout the tunnel, the small archways on either side
appear to be illuminated, even when all flashlights, etc. are removed from
In the lower level of the hospital, the mental ward, you can see figures
walking, hear moaning, and chains rattling, and some even say you can
feel the pain of all the dead when you are in the rooms. It is said that the
doctors buried the patients in the dirt floor, and kept using the rooms, and
when you enter the rooms, you can feel people breathing on your neck
A cold presence was witnessed to pass over in a mist and seem to sit in a
pew near them. Some have also reported that they saw a priest late at
night in front of the church that was there one second and gone the next
Everyone has heard the legend of the race between John Henry and the
steam powered drill. Big Bend Tunnel happens to be the real location of
this story. Although it is unknown just how much of that story is fact and
fiction, it is known that the ghost of John Henry haunts this tunnel where
he died following the race.
During the days of slavery, this hill was part of the Underground Railroad.
Although it was a steep, treacherous hill covered with loose rock, it was a
small obstacle on the path to freedom. During one of these flights to
freedom, a young girl was headed toward a house at the base of Darkish
Knob, where she could sleep for the night and continue over the mountain
early the next morning. The house was hard to find at night and she
passed it, only to find out several men who were hired to bring her back
were chasing her. She urged her horse up the mountain in the pitch-black
night, with no light to guide their way. They made it to the top but as she
turned around to see where the men were, her horse lost its footing and
they both plunged to their deaths down the other side of the hill. It is said
today, that on the eve of her fall, you can hear her screaming as she
plunges down the hill
The main street of this once bustling mining town is today filled with shops
and bars mostly to cater to the skiers from nearby Canaan Valley. A
phantom miner seemingly unaware of the changes over the past one
hundred or so years has appeared on several occasions to tourists and
asked them, "When will the train to the mine will be passing through?"
The Wells Inn
Guests and staff report the sounds of writing in his former 2nd floor office
and apartment, footsteps down the halls and through its obscure
passages, occasionally a door that opens or closes, and a chill presence.
When you go under a train bridge in a very sharp turn, it is very dark
there and gives off a very weird vibe. Many people have died in that turn
because you cannot see the turn until you are right up on it. What seems
to be ectoplasm has been seen many times in the road. It appears to be
a thin strip of fog, but there is no other fog anywhere else in the area.
This house is supposedly haunted the spirits of Civil War soldiers and
slaves from the days of the Underground Railroad. This house is rumored
to have been the last stop for hundreds of slaves before they crossed into
Ohio to freedom. It has been reported that you can hear chains rattling at
night and can hear soldiers talking and even playing cards. Doors close
by themselves and light go on and off.
Legend of the
Marrtown is a small farming community that was settled by Scottish
Immigrants in the mid 1800s. They came from an area of Scotland that
believed in many supernatural creatures, including witches, ghosts, elves,
fairies and not the least of them, the Banshee. The Banshee is an
Irish/Scottish death fairy who attaches herself to Scottish and Irish clans.
She sometimes rides a white horse and hangs out at waterways washing
out the grave clothes of her dead. She is dressed in a death shroud and
other tattered rag and her eyes are blood red from crying for her Scottish
dead. Thomas and Mary Marr survived the Civil War, but they lost a lot of
property. Thomas went to work on the toll bridge in Parkersburg that went
over the little Kanawha River. He would always see a figure on a white
horse whenever he came home very early in the morning. On February
5th, 1873, Mary awakened with a feeling of dread. She got up and look
out the window and saw someone very old riding a white horse who was
coming up to her front stoop. She went outside and saw it was an old
woman whose eyes had an eerie glow. Finally, the old woman screamed,
"Mary Marr, Thomas Marr has just died. Say your prayers, Lady. I bid you
well." Woman and horse instantly disappeared. Within the hour, a man
who worked with Thomas came to deliver the dreaded news. In fact,
Thomas Marr did die -- he died in the icy waters of the little Kanawha
River. Some say it was an assailants bullet that brought him down, Others
say it was the keening cry of his Scottish Banshee that wailed and startled
him into falling and meeting his death in the river below. Many still claim
the Scottish Banshee still rides her horse on clear night and she still
brings death to those of Irish or Scottish blood. Even to this day, the Marr
family is still visited by the Banshee's presence. It would be wise to stay
away from Marrtown on cold, lonely, moonless nights.
This bookstore occupies the former Carnegie Library in downtown
Parkersburg. We have been unable to uncover why it is haunted or
history of why it is supposedly haunted but after speaking with someone
who works there people often report seeing "a shadowy figure" in the
upstairs history section during the evening hours.
The legend has it that there were 3 men camping on the island. It was
about two in the morning when on of the men woke up to the smell of
perfume. He woke up the other two men smelling to same smell. They
looked around and didn't see anything. They looked to their left one more
time and saw Margret Blennerhassett with her infant that was buried on
the island as were her other 6 year old daughter. The legend says that at
night Margret and her kids walk the island.
During the Civil War, a makeshift tent city was built on top of Quincy Hill.
The tent city was built because the railroad had no way to transport
wounded soldiers across the river into Ohio. Hospitals in Parkersburg
couldn't accommodate all the soldiers. If soldiers' wounds were not critical,
or they were simply ill, they were kept at the tent city until room was
available at a hospital. However, due to the quick spread of diseases,
many men died in agony at the tents. Some even tried to crawl down the
hill into town to the nearest hospital. It is the spirits of these men that
allegedly haunt the area. Residents in homes built near Quincy Hill report
ghostly sightings, strange occurrences and mysterious cries and moans.
"The Blennerhassett opened its doors in 1889 and began serving guests
with an unmatched style and elegance. Designed and built by William
Chancellor, a prominent Parkersburg businessman, the hotel was a grand
showplace that radiated the captivating atmosphere of the gaslight era. "
The ghost of William Chancellor is said to still walk the halls of his beloved
hotel and he is often accompanied by the strong smell of cigar smoke.
Also the sounds of a young man running through the halls and piano
music that seemingly comes from nowhere has been reported.
***THIS SITE HAS BEEN TORN DOWN*** This abandoned catholic school
had many legends and ghost stories associated with it. The building had
flashing lights and people walking the halls. Legend has it a young boy
stole a gold cross from the priest then the boy died soon after. The cross
is supposed to still be there. Also many nuns died there and are buried
beneath the school in stoned-up walls. We have had reports of the
grounds still being haunted.
In the 4-South section of the hospital there has been reports of a ghost
on the night shift. Mostly just trash cans being turned over(the most
common report) but once or twice a month there may be a scream coming
from one of the rooms.
A spiritually active graveyard whose first burial was in 1801, there are a
number of haunts that go on, including spirits around the Weeping
Woman statue.. Ghost orbs and other anomalies are photographed in
Riverview routinely. Sometimes a woman is heard talking, she will often
call your name. The ghost of a sea captain is seen crouching over his
grave, wearing a formal black coat.
It is said that a cheer leader fell in the school an died. At night she haunts
the school. Some say you can see lights, movements and you can hear
and see something like ghost.
It is said that a janitor got stuck in the boiler room of the school and he got
burned alive now he haunts it at nights. When someone goes by the
boiler room at night you can sometimes here him screaming for help.
At the bottom of the mountain on a full moon night just as you start up the
first steep hill you can hear old man Burg Hammon playing his fiddle.
Many years ago Burg Hammon was a peddler of different things mostly
musical instruments. It was said that he drove his horse and buggy over
the mountain there and died. All you have to do is say, "BURG HAMMON
let us hear your pretty music!", and he will play for you.