Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Gist House, Wellsburg
After W.C. Gist passed away in July of 1959 in an Ohio County convalescent home, the house and the land were willed to the county, and have been in constant operation by the county as a park since then. The Gist Home, however, has served since 1986 as an annual haunted house attraction known as Brooke Hills Spooktacular.
Volunteers working to set up the annual event began to notice that there may be a REAL spook or two residing in the old farm house. Among the legends and sightings include a little girl who is seen upstairs, and who may be the daughter of W.C. Gist, Mr. and Mrs. Gist themselves, a farm hand who likes to roam the entire building, and...an Indian seen in the basement. Sightings of this menagerie of apparitions are said to be quite frequent, but increase during times of construction.
If you'd like to experience these hauntings for yourself, the Gist House now offers pay-to-play ghost hunts for groups each March through November.
Gist House Website