Do you know the history of these 4 haunted West Virginia locations?
It is no secret that West Virginia is home to many spooky places. With a history as unique and deep as the Mountain State’s, there is no shortage of ghost tales and folklore. Many of West Virginia’s cities and landmarks have played prominent roles throughout history and may still be home to some of those original residents – just dying to tell their stories.
At a first glance, Harpers Ferry is a beautiful, historic town tucked away in the mountains at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. It is a picturesque town full of unique shops and restaurants, but the town has a prominent, bloody past. Harpers Ferry was the site of John Brown’s historic raid on the armory – what many believe to be the tipping point in starting the Civil War. The town also played a prominent role throughout the Civil War, so it is no surprise that some have claimed to hear the distant sound of drums and marching. A woman dressed in 18th century garb can be spotted peeking from a window of Harper House. Many have even claimed to see a wounded solder and an old priest at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, which served as a hospital during the Civil War. Visit Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry to experience these supernatural beings first-hand!
Droop Mountain Battlefield
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in Pocahontas County is home to one of the most prominent and historic Civil War battlefields in the state. It was the site of a key Union victory over Brigadier General John Echols’ Confederate troops, and many say that some of the soldiers may have never left. The sounds of galloping horses and the smell of gunpowder still linger on the battlefield from time to time, and some claim to have seen the spirit of a headless Confederate soldier and another soldier sleeping against a tree.
Lewisburg was another prominent location in West Virginia during the Civil War. The Lewisburg Historic District is home to the Old Stone Church which served as a hospital during the Civil War. Many claim that on some nights you can hear the screams of injured soldiers coming from insider. The district is also home to the historic General Lewis Inn, which is believed to be the home of three mischievous, restless spirits. Lewisburg is also home to one of the most unique ghost stories in the world. Zona Shue, also known as the Greenbrier Ghost, was brutally murdered by her husband in the late 1800s. At the time, there were no suspects, but Zona’s mother claims that she was visited by her daughter several weeks after her death, only to be told how she was killed. Authorities re-opened the case and found Zona’s husband guilty of murder. Zona’s mother’s claims were used in court and helped to convict her son-in-law.
Whipple Company Store
The Whipple Company Store in Fayette County is one of the state’s most unique buildings that played a prominent role in the early days of coal mining, selling everything from candy to essential goods, and even caskets. The store served as a hub for most of the coal camp’s needs, and today it is believed that restless spirits roam its halls. If you visit at the right time, you may get to tag along on one of their flashlight tours. You will be taken through the 100-year-old building and get to explore the elevator shaft, ballroom, walk-in safe, hidden floor, embalming room and basement.
No matter where you are in West Virginia, you can discover rich history and heritage. Be careful what you wish for, though. Pieces of the past may come to life when you least expect it.Explore More West Virginia Paranormal
This post was last updated on March 17, 2022