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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Haunted States

I enjoyed driving through Virginia and West Virginia. There's a lot of history in these two states surrounding the civil war era and a number of places are believed to be haunted as a result.

When we arrived in the town of Beckley, I noticed a number of businesses advertising Ghost Walks. I was only in town one night and unable to attend a tour of this towns most haunted sites. Here are a two well known haunted places in this town:

Beckley Junior High - This was once the site of a Hospital during the Civil War. A young nurse named Hannah was killed in the hospital and is believed to haunt this building. A number of people have heard a women moaning and footsteps up and down the halls of this school.

Soldiers Memorial Theater - This theater was built in 1931 as a memorial to the soldiers of WWI. Today it houses an art gallery and is a performance center. Staff and artists have had a number of experiences with disembodied voices, cold spots, strange noises and other paranormal phenomena in this historical building. A man dressed in gray has also been sighted in the theater by a number of eyewitnesses.

Ghostly Tour in Beckley, WV

For more haunted places in the Virginia's check out Shawdowlands Haunted Places Index

11 comments:

Jeffrey said...

Oooohh! Thanks for the tip! If I'm ever in West Virginia, I will definitely go to Beckley!

Kevin said...

Here in Kingston, Ontario, where I live, we have several ghost walks. I've taken the one that is held on a river boat on a particularly foggy night and it was quite an experience!

Aura said...

Jeffrey, you are welcome. I can't wait to go back there.

Kevin, I have heard of the ones in Burlington and Hamilton. I am planning on going to them this summer. I will have to check out the one in Kingston. Sounds cool. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I used to live in Worthing ton WVa . I went to monongha elementry .. let me tell you it was not a place i would like to spend the night in ..coal towns after a devistating collapse leaves so many things left unsaid so natureally the spirits of brother, husband, & sons are going to echo .even in worthing ton i live on 24 acres of property & at the very top was a grave yard that just was un settling i saw so many thing & heard things too .. all coal towns & older buildings are like that up there so much spiritual residue..

Aura said...

hi anonymous,

thanks for sharing your story, i will be making it a post. creepy

Anonymous said...

The only thing scary about Beckley is that colored guy that always walks around punching & kicking:DDD

Aura said...

LOL! Joking aside, the place does have the history that could be grounds for hauntings.

Anonymous said...

We went on the night ghost tour in Beckley. My daughter captured an interested image in the old theater. It appears to be that of a woman. She also seems to be pointing at something. Very interesting tour.

Aura said...

Care to share this image? Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I look forward to my next trip to Beckley...beautiful people/place.

emma said...

i go to beckley junior high i was pushed down the steps there last year and i was the only one on the steps and when i looked at my back there were bruises where i felt the hands

Anonymous said...

I am here at a hotel in Beckely - American's Best Value Inn. I was sitting on my computer and some of my things are on the other bed. I have not touch anything on that bed this morning and I hear a noise and look over. Part of my computer bag was raising up and then dropped, as if someone was going to look through it. I'm freaked out now.