Theresa's Haunted History Facebook fan page: I've been taking the daily This Day in History facts from the WV Division of Culture and History and sharing any "haunted" history that may be related. These posts accompany a link to a location on my blog that discusses the topic at hand. Not all days will be represented...just the ones where I can justify a haunted history event! Oh, and as I found out while doing these, there are some dates that have a haunted history connection...but I have yet to fully research and post them, so those will be omitted for right now.
Since Facebook has decided that I have to PAY in order to ensure that all my fans see my posts, I've decided to do monthly re-caps of the This Day in Haunted History Feature...just in case you've missed any. The original text from the Division of Culture and History will be in italics, with my own commentary in normal font. Please enjoy!
(WV Division of Culture and History "On This Day in WV History" master list)
On January 3, 1921, the State Capitol in Charleston was destroyed by fire. Luckily, we got a beautiful, and haunted replacement! WV's State Capitol Building
On January 4, 1808, Harman Blennerhassett was released from prison after being found "not guilty" of
treason for his role in the Aaron Burr conspiracy. However, he'd lose his beautiful island home, which would fall into a state of disrepair. His wife, Margaret, is still seen wandering the grounds of her former home, possibly guarding over the unmarked grave of her young child who was buried on the island. Blennerhassett Island
The Cabell County community of Guyandotte was established on January 5, 1810. I actually have quite a few haunted locations listed for Guyandotte, but I think the cemetery is a good representation. It was there at the founding of Guyandotte, holds many of its early citizens, and has some crazy haunted legends! It's also a favorite stop on our tours! Guyandotte Cemetery
On January 14, 1873, Glenville Normal School opened with T. Marcellus Marshall as acting principal.
It later became Glenville State College. In 1919 "Sis" Linn was murdered, leaving a legacy of ghost stories at the college. Glenville State
This one wasn't on the Division of Culture and History page, but I thought it was still relevant! The Wells Inn turns 118 today, opening its
doors for business on January 15th, 1895. The original proprietor,
Ephraim Wells, is said to haunt the still prosperous inn, moving
objects, messing with the elevator and slamming doors. Wells Inn
On January 18, 1842, the Virginia General Assembly created Wayne County from part of Cabell
County. Today, the county is home to at least TWO haunted cemeteries, one of which was so bad that HPIR was called in to investigate! Wayne County Cemeteries
Confederate General John McCausland of Mason County died on January 21, 1927.
He was the second to last surviving Confederate General
and left a quite unique, and quite haunted home, located on old Rt. 35
between Winfield and Pt. Pleasant.
Visitors have reported footsteps and feelings of not being alone. Some
attribute it to the old house with its unshielded wiring and EMF.
Others claim that it is the spirit of McCausland protecting his home as
he did in life, from the threat of those who didn't take too kindly to
the fact that he never signed an oath of allegiance to the Union! McCausland Manor
On January 28, 1861, at a mass meeting held at
the Greenbrier County Courthouse, Samuel Price was elected delegate to
the Richmond Convention. This same courthouse is still standing, and
is considered by locals to be haunted. Check out the terrifying
experience by two young kids! Greenbrier Courthouse