The Tall Soldier of Indian Creek

A mysterious figure once haunted Indian Creek, in Wise County, Virginia.  The phantom stood over seven feet tall and haunted everyone who passed his grave. The phantom has long been forgotten, but his story remains as compelling as it was a century ago.   Origins Union forces camped at the old Poindexter Place on Indian […]

The Screaming Ghost of Powell’s River

The Powell River meanders through Wise and Lee Counties for around 80 miles, before it crosses into Tennessee. The headwaters of the Powell, in Wise County, are known for excellent fishing and swimming. Long ago, one legend often kept locals away. Eustace and Cornetta Adams lived near the “swimming hole” in the 1870s. The young […]

The Nocturnal Wayfarer

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Haunted Hotels

Col. John Murphy was a Civil War veteran when he became one of most notable hotel magnates in Richmond, Virginia. Few people knew the successful businessman was involved in a ghostly tale of his own. A well-dressed young man named Jones visited the Murphy Hotel in 1893. He had worked as a missionary among the […]

The Featherbed Ghost

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Haunted Houses

Dances were a common fixture of Appalachian life well into the early Dances were a common fixture of Appalachian life well into the early Twentieth Century. They were a form of entertainment, as well as a public forum to discuss community events and efforts. Everyone danced, feasted, and sang until well after midnight. Entire families […]

The Sybert Witch and a Bouncing Bed

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Poltergeists and "Witches"

Reports flooded national headlines in December of 1938. The Sybert family lived along Wallen’s Creek in Powell Mountain. Their 3-room cabin was located in Lee County, Virginia. Their situation even baffled two esteemed psychologists from the University of Tennessee. The family reported scratching noises had started the previous month. The noise escalated into a bumping […]

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. The parties he threw were lavish and enjoyed by all. McKim was […]

Waverley Hills Sanatorium

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Haunted Hospitals

Does it really have a “body chute?” Did 100,000 people die in this hospital? Questions are plentiful when it comes to the Waverley Hills Sanatorium, but the urban legends are more colorful than the history. Many paranormal shows on television have covered the infamous Waverly Hills. It has been featured 3 times on Syfy’s Ghost […]

Brown Mountain Lights: Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

The Brown Mountain Lights in North Carolina have fascinated visitors for decades. The history of the lights can be traced, through the Cherokee, as far back as 1200 A.D. They have been described as everything from Native American maidens searching for their husbands who had died in battle to wives of Civil War soldiers searching […]

The Haunted Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Haunted Hospitals

I thought this would be an interesting addition to the blog: The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum has been deemed as the most haunted hospital in America. This particular hospital has also been referred to as “Weston State Hospital” in the past. Located in the vast country area of Weston, West Virginia this structure housed individuals who […]

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