We don't know about y'all, but 2020 in itself has been quite terrifying. From fighting a global pandemic, to cancelling travel plans, to this year's presidential election - there are literally frights around every corner!
We figured we'd keep up the spooky spirit! We're sharing with you the eeriest locations in Pocahontas County! Whether you visit these spots, or you're just reading from the couch while enjoying candy - the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up! Who knows, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of these famous apparitions that have been seen right here in Pocahontas County, or maybe you already have!
Northern County Haunts:
The Company House That Never Sleeps:
Cass, West Virginia has seen its fair share of ups and downs. From the boom of the logging industry, to its bust, to today - where the town bustles with tourists and you can hear children clamoring as the steam locomotive rolls into town. One thing that's never changed in Cass, is the old railroad tracks that follow the Greenbrier River, the steam locomotives that run along it, and the Cass Company Houses, that have certainly seen their share of tenants and tourists. But, there is one Company House in Cass that's always stirring with activity, even when tourists are away.
Once home to Shirley Adams and her craft shop, this Company House was the site of something much more dire, long before she moved in.
This Company House was once home to a family, who raised a young girl. The young girl met an untimely fate when she fell severely ill. The doctor was stunned by her illness, and unable to diagnose, he had no choice but to let the young girl go on, untreated. Eventually, she passed in that very Company House.
Still to this day this young girl is said to haunt the grounds of Cass. Ms. Adams could tell you many stories about that young girl. Every morning, when Ms. Adams would awake, she would go downstairs to her craft shop to find the stuffed bears scattered all over the floor, where the young girl would play. Never once did she fear what she saw, she only picked them up to return them to the shelves every morning.
Tourists passing through the town, or staying in the Cass Company Houses, have reported hearing screaming from outside and doors mysteriously slamming shut in the middle of the night.
If you're brave, walk through the town of Cass late at night, and you're sure to see some spooks.
The Ghost of Nap Gregory:
Prior to 1751, Nap Gregory held a camp in what is now known as Minnehaha Springs. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Nap Gregory was one of the first known settlers in Minnehaha Springs. Unfortunately, Nap Gregory wasn't the only one living in those woods. One day Nap Gregory was out hunting with his dogs who were following the hot scent of a bear. Not far behind the dogs, he continued to trail them as they led him deeper into the woods. A string of white outlaws were also tracking Nap Gregory and his dogs, not far behind.The white outlaws killed Nap Gregory and his dogs, dumping them in a sinkhole near Minnehaha Springs. The blame was placed on the Indians that were settled in the area, and the white outlaws never once had to pay for the grisly act they committed in those woods.
It's said today, you can still hear the cry of the hounds as they led the chase through the woods. Reports of a ghostly white figure floating in the woods has along been seen as well. Many believe Nap Gregory still haunts the woods of Minnehaha Springs with his hounds, seeking the white outlaws to repent.
The Wife In White:
If you've ever rode across Cheat Mountain, you've probably noticed that it is almost always foggy and dark, no matter what time of day you're out and about. There is an eerie feel that surrounds the mountain, and for good reason.
Years and years ago, a young woman was set to be wed to her beloved. On the night of her wedding, as she was driving with her beloved across the Cheat Mountain bridge, they wrecked, falling into the depths of the river below.
One rainy night, years after the tragedy, a man was driving home across Cheat Mountain. It was a dark and rainy night, and flooding was happening all across the county. Before the man reached the bridge, he noticed a woman, in a white dress, standing in the middle of the road. Worried for her safety, he pulled over. The woman, wet and terrified, told the man her vehicle broke down, and that she needed a ride home. The man, unhesitating, told the woman he'd be more than happy to take her home to safety.
As he began to drive, the woman told him not to cross the bridge, that the flooding had washed out the bridge, leaving a gaping hole in the center. The man was unsure how to get home without crossing the bridge, but the woman proceeded to show him backroads, leading them around the flooding. As they rode heading home, the woman was awfully quiet. Eventually, she called out to have him stop at an old home along the backroad. Before she left the car, she handed him a gold necklace with a locket. She asked him to take it to a specific house, and give it to the lady that resided there. Confused, the man took the necklace in his hand and headed home. A day later, he headed to the house where the woman had asked him to drop off the necklace. After knocking at the door, an older woman answered and asked how she could help him. The man introduced himself and told the woman about his trip home, and how he was given this necklace from a woman who specifically asked for it to be returned to her. The older woman, examining the necklace and locket in her hand, fell to the floor hysterically crying. The man, confused, went to help the woman up from her knees. Once she arose, she told him that her daughter died on her wedding night, and when they retrieved her body from the river, the necklace and locket was never found.
The man swore that the woman in white saved him from crossing the Cheat Mountain bridge that was washed out that night. Still to this day, people report seeing a ghastly white woman in a torn and dirty wedding that walks back and fourth across the bridge.
Central County Scares:
Pocahontas County Courthouse:
The Pocahontas County Courthouse, built in 1894, has its fair share of haunted history.
Long before the courthouse stood where we know it today, the grounds of Marlinton we're known for being blood-soaked. During the French and Indian War, Fort Greenbrier stood where the Pocahontas County Courthouse sits today. It's not impossible to think that the grounds where the courthouse resides could be fueled by paranormal activity. Many folks have reported seeing ghostly apparitions on the steps at night, to unexplained lights and misty figures floating around the yard.
The Haunting of Adam Moore Chalybeate Spring:
Known for its deep historical ties with the Civil War, Jerico Road, just outside of Marlinton, has been the site of many ghostly tales and legends for many years. Now the site of Jerico Bed and Breakfast and Pre-Civil War Cabins, Jerico Road has been the epicenter of various reports from seeing ghostly glows near the Adam Moore Chalybeate spring, to seeing the apparition of a young female spirit. While many are unsure who this female spirit is, or why she continues to haunt the spring, one thing is for certain - Jerico Road is a highly active paranormal hotspot!
The Soldier's Stain:
Most probably don't know - but Huntersville was home to Pocahontas County's first courthouse before it moved to Marlinton in the early 1890s. Huntersville has been known for its many hauntings - from Civil War skirmishes, to the jail that still stands today, Huntersville has seen its fair share of tragedies and hardships. But, there was one incident that left scars for years to come. A man and his young daughter lived in an old house that stood in the middle of the town of Huntersville. One day, while the father was away, his home was raided by a Confederate soldier. The soldier raided his home and took the life of his pride and joy, his own daughter. The soldier continued to raid the home as the lifeless young woman lay dead on the floor. Before the soldier could flee the home, the father returned and to his distraught, found the grisly scene in his home. Without thinking, the father welded a knife and sought his own quick revenge against the soldier, killing him and leaving him lay in the floor. A pool of blood quickly engulfed the soldier as he took his last breath.
To this day, any of the longtime locals of Huntersville swear that the old house was haunted, and it stood empty for years. If you ask those same locals, they'll tell you that the blood stain always remained in the floor of that home.
Once a man decided he'd buy the house, renovate it and try bringing new life to the old home. This man tried for years to cover the blood stain in the center room of that old house where the soldier met his fate. He painted the floors, replaced the flooring, even ripped out the baseboards where the stain remained. No matter what the man did, that deep stain would always reappear, in the same spot.
Eventually the old man moved out, and the home continued to sit vacant for years. One day, the locals in Huntersville watched as the old home was swallowed up in flames. Still to this day, the locals, nor the fire marshal, can explain how or why the fire started in the old home with no electricity, no living tenants and no signs of foul play. They say today, if you walk among the town of Huntersville at night, you'll experience the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and you can see unexplained ghostly glows hovering. It's safe to say, whether you're seeking to hang around the old Huntersville Jail, or walk the grounds of the Civil War soldiers graveyard - Huntersville is a highly active location.
Southern County Spooks:
The Lore of the Lobelia Witch:
If you've ever been out through Lobelia, you have probably felt that eerie since of fear, maybe the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up, or maybe you just have that "weird" feeling you just can't seem to shake. The winding roads that lead you deep into the woods and the old abandon homes that sit with windows covered with boards, and front doors that are dead bolted shut - Lobelia has a long and deep haunted history... A quick Google search on Lobelia will lead you, well nowhere. Isn't that strange? That one of the most haunted hollers in Pocahontas County has no records or reports of anything paranormal. If you ask the locals, they'll tell you - there's something evil in those woods. From being the site of many disappearances, deaths and dark magic, Lobelia has always been one of those places your parents tell you to avoid. Legend has it, Lobelia was home to many of the Appalachian witches, buried deep in those remote woods, dark magic could be practiced unseen. If you ask those who lived in Lobelia back in the 80s and 90s, they'll tell you the stories of sheep, goats and chickens that would go missing. Many times the remains of these animals would be found, days later, deep in the forests, mutilated. Old tales of young, troublemaking teens who used to sneak into many of the old, abandoned farmhouses and practice rituals and dark magic. Many say that some of the drawings and blood stains can still be seen on the floor from these rituals practiced years ago.
Take a drive out Lobelia this Halloween, when the moon is full, and you're certain to see and feel some pretty creepy stuff.
The Headless Confederate Horseman:
On November 6, 1863, one of the bloodiest Civil War battles East of the Mississippi occurred. Union and Confederate soldiers fought for ten days before the grisly clashing of clans ended. A total of nearly 400 men lost their lives that day on top of Droop Mountain, but many of them still haven't left the site of the battle.
In 1920, Edgar Walton and a companion settled for the night at a camp on top of Droop Mountain. Unbeknownst to Edgar and his friend, they were camping in the middle of where the battle carried on. As night began to fall, Edgar was fixing up his campfire and collecting his wood for the night. As the blackness settled in for the night, Edgar went to the edge of the woods to pick up some of his chopped firewood. As he bent down, he picked up a couple pieces of wood, and as he arose he was astonished by what wast standing in front of him. A ghastly figure stood right before his eyes... but, this figure was missing its head!
Since Edgar's report in 1920, there have been hundreds of reports of seeing ghostly figures, glowing lights and even the sounds of cannons firing in the night. The arguably most famous apparition in Pocahontas County is the Headless Confederate Horseman Edgar saw years ago. If you travel out to Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park at night, you're likely to see this same headless horseman along with many other unexplained phenomena.
The Lost Man:
If you've ever ventured out the Cranberry Glades Botanical Boardwalk, or if you've ever hiked through the Cranberry Backcountry, you know just how isolated and remote it is. As apart of the Monongahlea National Forest, which spans nearly one million acres across multiple West Virginia counties, the Cranberry Glades Boardwalk and Backcountry is some of the most pristine woodlands in the Monongahela National Forest, spanning for miles and miles with no towns, no cell service and no sign of man. Legend has it, a young traveler was murdered and left to rot deep in the Cranberry Backcountry. Folks who have camped, or hiked into the backcountry, have reported seeing a dirty and haggard man, covered in blood and soaked in water. Many who see this apparition have left and never returned to the backcountry out of fear. Those who have walked the boardwalk of late evening, have reported hearing the blood-curdling scream of a woman coming from deep within the woods.
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