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Lore and Legend

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.

Meet the top five monsters from the West Virginia hills

Mothman by Ted Fauster
In the late 1990s, I was asked to pen a book of West Virginia folklore. I opted instead to create my own tales based...

Account claims lost Swift silver mine delved near Big Sandy

The legendary lost silver mine of Johnathan Swift may have been delved near the forks of the Big Sandy River.
One of the most appealing of all Appalachian legends is that of the tale of the Lost Silver Mine of Johnathan Swift. Almost 200...

1911 horror in central W.Va. allegedly witnessed through ESP

One of the most publicized cases of extrasensory perception (ESP) reported in West Virginia involved the deaths of a mother and six children in...

'Old Woman Run' at Sutton, W.Va., named after a bear

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

West Virginia ground-zero for UFO research, encounters

The Byrd Telescope glows red in the darkness at Green Bank.
A renowned paranormal investigator says West Virginia has a remarkable association with UFO activity because of its role in the search for extraterrestrial life...

Couple claim to photograph bigfoot near New River Gorge

Does this cell-phone photo show a bigfoot in the woods near Danese, West Virginia, east of the New River Gorge?
A husband and wife living in a remote corner of Fayette County in southern West Virginia claim to have encountered and photographed a bigfoot...

LOVE-HATE tattoos have terrifying origin in West Virginia

Robert Mitchem displays LOVE-HATE tattoos in "The Night of the Hunter."
The iconic LOVE-HATE tattoos that adorn many thuggish fists in the U.S. are tied to one of the most horrific events 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.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it's a fact that a ghost enters into the lawbooks in West Virginia. The account of the...

Tale of the Screaming Lady based on real historical horror

A country road leads past the haunt of the Screaming Lady of Mason County.
Some of the most chilling tales of hauntings in West Virginia are based on real events, and one of the most horrific is that...

Did one of earliest UFO reports originate over New River Gorge?

The night's sky above the Bechtel Summit Reserve has traditionally been among the darkest in the region.
The details are obscure, but it's possible that one of the first UFO sightings reported in the U.S. originated in West Virginia over the...

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.
Of the many kinds of ghosts said to haunt to the hills of West Virginia, among the most disturbing may be those which are...

Strange tale of Shades-of-Death Creek may have biblical origin

An old homestead stands on the edge of pastures south of Shades of Death Creek.
How did Shades-of-Death Creek in West Virginia gain such a strange name? That mystery has long been a subject of speculation in the highlands...

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