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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.

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...

Tale of Rich Mountain ghosts recalls early Civil War battle

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...

Ghosts of Sliding Hill not forgotten by older generation

W.Va. Route 62 follows the flank of Sliding Hill between New Haven and Hartford City.
HARTFORD CITY, W.Va. — Old-timers still tell of the ghosts that are said to haunt Sliding Hill in Mason County, though only the very...

Do three legendary monsters inhabit the Monongahela River?

Ripples appear on the surface of the Monongahela River in Marion County, West Virginia.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Far from the city lights that shimmer about its mouth at the Golden Triangle, the Monongahela River rises 200 miles away...

Legend of beast resurfaces near Fireco, West Virginia

Fireco, West Virginia, in Raleigh County, as it appeared in the 1960s.
BECKLEY, W.Va. — In almost every respect, the coal camp at Fireco was the end of the line. Only one small coal camp, Willibet,...

Horse Creek Ghost said to foretell the demise of presidents

Since the death of Lincoln, the Horse Creek Ghost has been said to appear in a hollow of that name in southern West Virginia.
PAX, W.Va.—Of the many kinds of ghosts said to haunt the hills of West Virginia, among the most disturbing may be those which are...

Notorious bank robber "Pretty Boy Floyd" hid in West Virginia

Pretty Boy Floyd once hid out in West Virginia, where he changed the life of a young policeman.
SAINT MARYS, W.Va. — As U.S. states go, West Virginia has always been a reasonably peaceful place. Violence erupts on occasion, though one might...

Roadside ghosts account for most popular W.Va. ghost stories

Roadside ghosts account for many of most popular WV ghost stories
PAX, W.Va. — Tales of roadside ghosts account for many of the most popular ghost stories in West Virginia, according to the publisher of...


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