The Ghosts of Ellis Island

When we hear the phrase “Ellis Island” we think of the historic gateway to America, the grand entrance for so many immigrants who wanted a life in the new world. What we aren’t familiar with is the colorful history of this iconic location in New York Harbor. Origins It was “Oyster Island” because the waters held countless oysters, a favorite of the Dutch settlers.

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The Infamous Ordeal of Touch

It’s an ancient practice with roots so far back, no singular origin is known. It was practiced across civilized nations as far back as Richard the Lionhearted. Many Arabic documents make mention of a similar ritual as far back as 800 A.

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Lord William Soulis, the Black Parliament, and the Hermitage

Lord William Soulis (d. 1320 or 1321) is remembered as a cruel Scottish landowner. History states he was the grandson of Nicholas de Soulis, one of the original 13 who claimed the Scottish crown.

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Old Hell’s Cabin

Old Hell’s cabin was located in Pocahontas, Virginia. This town sits in Tazewell County. There’s an area around Pocahontas called Sinking Creek and once, a log cabin there was known simply as, “Old Hell’s Cabin.

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The Witch Bride

A wealthy bachelor named McKim owned a gristmill and much prosperous farming land in Virginia. His wealth made him very influential and citizens from the town all respected him. He was generous and kind, hosting many dinners and society events at his home.

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The Fine Art of Murder

Many find it difficult to believe society’s fascination of the “murder mystery” is actually centuries old. Long before Agatha Christie or even Edgar Allan Poe, people were compelled to follow the latest murders or the most difficult mysteries. In Nineteenth Century London, many social groups regularly gathered to discuss popular murders.

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