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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 Turkey Witch wasn't uncommon in early West Virginia

A witch or a turkey? Some old-timers in West Virginia believed it could be either.
It wasn't all that long ago that country folk in West Virginia might tell tales of a turkey witch. Of all the forms that a...

Legend of beast resurfaces near Fireco, West Virginia

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

The TNT Area: Mothman's lair attracting fans day and night

Appearing as the Mothman itself, a visitor to Point Pleasant visits the TNT Area at night.
If you're a fan of the Mothman legend and haven't visited its alleged lair, also known as the TNT Area, you owe yourself the...

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...

West Virginia provided ideal refuge for would-be hero

Sibray visits the remote grave of Captain Ralph Stewart near Oceana, West Virginia.
As the legend goes, a band of marauding Shawnee had burned Ralph Stewart's father at the stake, so no one was surprised when at...

Legend of Burnt House lives through strange town name

The legend of the village of Burnt House is linked to one of the state's favorite old ghost stories.
Motorists traveling the old Staunton Turnpike (W.Va. Route 47) between Weston and Parkersburg are sure to have noticed the little village of Burnt House...

Tale of Big John among West Virginia's best known ghost stories

According to some tales, Big Jones body was found at the bottom of a mine shaft.
If you've ever had the opportunity to descend into a West Virginia coal mine, you'll likely come away with a sense of the absolute...

Famous West Virginia goat has likely passed

The Powell Mountain goat grazes on cliffs near Summersville, West Virginia.
Her white coat gleaming against the grey cliffs atop Powell Mountain, a lonely she-goat that became the darling of motorists traveling U.S. 19 has...

Notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd once hid in West Virginia

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

Lore and legend surround site of World Scout Jamboree

Fog rises in early morning at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
This summer, more than 60,000 scouts will attend the World Scout Jamboree in southern West Virginia, filling a virtual-city of 10,000 acres built around...

Paul Bunyan's boot print remains in western West Virginia

The Ohio River wanders uncharacteristically through a series of bends along the western edge of West Virginia.
As to when Paul Bunyon left his mark in West Virginia, none now know, but by the 1970s the tale of Paul Bunyan's brief...

Graveyard of the Ohio now a favorite tourist destination

A kayaker plies the gentle Ohio River near Parkersburg, West Virginia, once the site of the infamous Graveyard of the Ohio.
The Ohio River below Parkersburg, West Virginia, was long ago known as the Graveyard of the Ohio and was considered one of the most...

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