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Welcome to the Lore and Legend news category at West Virginia Explorer, where you'll find news of the paranormal, supernatural, and uncanny in West Virginia.

Historians seek origin of "The Little Graves" on Barker's Ridge

BASIN, W.Va. — Sharp-eyed motorists traveling the summit of Barkers Ridge in southern West Virginia may have noticed a faded sign that commemorates the...

Lilacs associated with well-known West Virginia ghost story

Lilacs bloom in May in West Virginia, which may be a good time to recall one of West Virginia's best-known ghost stories — that...

Haunting folk song "Shenandoah" rooted in Virginia, West Virginia

Shenandoah River at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
It’s fair to say that almost anyone who has listened to or read the history of American folk songs is familiar with the haunting...

Three facts about West Virginia's Mothman legend few know

The Mothman Statue at Point Pleasant overlooks Main Street in the national historic district.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — America's quintessential Atomic Age monster, Mothman continues to attract attention in the Ohio Valley, so much so that more than...

Bells at Concord University linked to strange phenomenon

Forty-eight bells, include a 2.96-ton bourdon, hang in the bell tower at Concord University.
ATHENS, W.Va. — Farmers in the countryside beyond Concord University sometimes speak of a strange phenomenon in winter. The sound of the school's 48-bell...

West Virginia ghost linked to Country music's "Big Bad John"

Company houses and backyard gardens climb the hillsides at Grant Town in northern West Virginia.
GRANT TOWN, W.Va. — If you've ever had the opportunity to descend into a West Virginia coal mine, you might have come away with...

Tale of lost "Moon Man" lives on in remote Braxton County...

CENTRALIA, W.Va. — The ghost town of Centralia, with no more than a dozen houses and a country store, might seem one of the...

Tale of historic tragedy haunts the hills of Putnam County

Dave Sibray searches cliffs for clues regarding a tragedy that killed two West Virginia hunters in the late 1800s.
LIBERTY, W.Va.—Eighteenmile Creek wanders quietly through the hill country of northern Putnam County, revealing not in the least any potential for tragedy along its...

Tales of 'Turkey Witches' weren't uncommon in early West Virginia

A wary wild turkey peers across a field in West Virginia.
It wasn't all that long ago that country folk in West Virginia might tell tales of a turkey witch. Of all the forms a...

'Old Woman Run' at Sutton bears a unique name origin

A fog settles in the vale of Granny Creek, as seen from Old Woman Run in Braxton County near Sutton, West Virginia.
SUTTON, W.Va. — Sharp-eyed travelers visiting the historic district in downtown Sutton may observe that two streams tumble out of the hills to join...

Could clerk's body remain in watery grave beneath Ohio River?

Could the remains of a ship's clerk linger in the dark beneath the mighty Ohio River?
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Could the body of an unfortunate ship's clerk lie buried in a murky vault beneath the Ohio River? If the full...

Witches perceived as threat to settlers in what's now W.Va.

An evergreen forest in West Virginia.
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — For pioneer families in western Virginia, life was difficult enough without talk of "witches." Any interruption in the business of avoiding...


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