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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.

The full tale of West Virginia's remarkable Greenbrier Ghost

The home of the unfortunate Mary Heaster Shue still stands in the Allegheny foothills near Rainelle, West Virginia.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Whether you believe in ghosts, it's a fact that a ghost enters the lawbooks in West Virginia. The account of the...

Do three legendary monsters inhabit the Monongahela River in W.Va.?

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Far from the city lights that shimmer about its mouth at the Golden Triangle at Pittsburgh, the Monongahela River rises more...

Bizarre tale of the W.Va. woman whose feet never touched the...

CANVAS, W.Va. — Mountainous and often remote, West Virginia may enjoy more than its fair share of strange stories. Still, the tale of the...

Tale of the "Screaming Lady" based on true West Virginia historical...

The skeleton of a woman buried alive in the 1800s may still lie beneath the soil in Mason County.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Some of the most chilling tales of hauntings in West Virginia are based on actual events, and one of the...

Mysterious worm invasion wreaked havoc in Wetzel County in 1918

Wetzel County Worm Invasion
LITTLETON, W.Va. — In the summer of 1918, a procession of billions of ravenous "worms" passed through the hills of eastern Wetzel County, wreaking...

Legendary grave of judge straddled West Virginia-Pennsylvania line

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — Some say that the ghost of Judge John Hoke Reddick still haunts his grave, and that's not hard to believe,...

Tale of Rich Mountain Ghosts recalls early Civil War battle in...

In one of the first engagements of the American Civil War, Union regiments under the overall command of General George B. McClellan attacked and defeated Confederate troops defending a strategic mountain pass on the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike.
RICH MOUNTAIN, W.Va. — Every summer, thousands of Civil War buffs travel to the summit of Rich Mountain near Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph...

The day they knocked a hole in the Cheat River in...

Cheat River, Preston County, Allegheny Highlands Region
MASONTOWN, W.Va. — The strange story of "the day they knocked a hole in the Cheat River" has been passed down for more than...

Tale of historic tragedy haunts the hills of northern 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...

According to legend, Paul Bunyan's boot print remains in West Virginia

COTTAGEVILLE, W.Va. — Tales of legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyon might seem far removed from West Virginia, but it turns out there's a long-established link...

Witches were perceived as real threats by settlers in what's now...

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

Historians seek origin of "The Little Graves" on a West Virginia...

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

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