Bill Beaver, Old Nance, and Old Sugarmouth

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Poltergeists and "Witches"

Old Nance was featured in a few old books, such as Spirit of the Mountains, by Emma B. Miles. This little known haunting is remarkably and uncannily similar to the Bell Witch episode on the other side of the state. We’re left wondering how such contrasting public sentiments came from the same era, in the […]

Battling the Clip Wizard, or Mad Shearer

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Poltergeists and "Witches"

The Clip Wizard was a legend out of Middleway, West Virginia. The Middleway area has been known by a variety of names: Smithfield, Wizard Clip, or just Clip. The area gained legendary status due to an Eighteenth Century haunting. Adam Livingston was a Middleway farmer in 1794. A stranger came by his house one evening […]

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 […]

Aunt Tabby and The Oak Level Witch

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

In the early 1900s, a cabin sat near Oak Level (then known as Stebbins), Virginia. The shack was known as “Aunt Tabby Anderson’s Place.” Tabitha Anderson, or “Aunt Tabby,” has gone through a sweeping change in just under a century. It is best to study both versions because they’re staggeringly different. This is also a […]

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