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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.

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...

Remote West Virginia campground includes its own ghost

Might a headless ghost still haunt the forests around Bakers Run Campground?
There are many remote campgrounds in West Virginia, but few are as remote as Baker's Run Campground and boast their own ghost. Only 30 minutes...

Did legendary Mothman first appear at Clendenin cemetery?

Did the legendary Mothman first appear in the trees above a cemetery at Clendenin, West Virginia?
Whether or not you believe in tales of "Mothman," if you live in West Virginia, you're sure to have heard them. In a state...

Strange legend of Strange Creek may never be confirmed

Strange Creek wanders through the forests of central West Virginia to meet the Elk River.
Too much time may have passed to confirm anything of the legend of Strange Creek—long among the most haunting tales in West Virginia history,...

Yankee Sullivan fought 1847 match near Harpers Ferry

Prize-fighter Yankee Sullivan bested Bob Caunt near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The month of May marks the beginning of West Virginia's rainy season, the time of year when storms build quickly over her mountain forests...

Bigfoot rumors boosting travel at central West Virginia lake

David Sibray sports a bigfoot souvenir t-shirt while photographing the Sutton Lake Marina.
It's hardly surprising Sutton Lake is attracting attention among bigfoot hunters. Amid one of the most forested regions in West Virginia, the rumor of...

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