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Taken from first-person accounts and historical documents, this book chronicles more than 300 examples of alien encounters, conspiracy theories, and the influence of extraterrestrials on human events throughout history. Investigating claims of visits from otherworldly creatures, aliens living among us, abductions of humans to alien spacecraft, and accounts of interstellar cooperation since the UFO crash in Roswell, this discussion of the theories and mysteries surrounding aliens is packed with thought-provoking stories and shocking revelations of alien involvement in the lives of Earthling
GhostWalks" cordially invites you and
your family, friends, or tour group to join
us as we explore the mysteries of our mountain
heritage. Together, we will travel back in
time to visit and learn about the "People
Of The Past". As we stroll down Main
Street in each of Appalachia's oldest towns,
you'll enjoy tantalizing mystery, legend,
intrigue, and fun family adventure...
Our "lantern-led" tours will bring
our region's Cherokee Indian, Frontier, Revolutionary
and Civil War history to life for all ages.
Each guide is a highly trained and certified
ghost hunter presenting a unique blend of
science, history, and folklore. Your choice
of "Haunted Historic GhostWalks"
Tennessee's oldest town founded in 1779 where
you'll learn about the former President, Andrew
Jackson's encounter with the infamous "Bell
Witch" of Adams, Tennessee - the subject
matter of the new motion picture currently
in theatres entitled "An American Haunting";
in addition, we offer Historic Erwin and the
Nolichucky Settlement beginning 1760; in Johnson
City we have three tours including the East
Tennessee State University campus, Tipton-Haynes
Historic Site, as well as a hiking adventure
entitled "Legendary Buffalo Mountain";
our Historic Blountville, Rogersville, and
Greeneville Tennessee GhostWalks detail ghostly
true stories from the Civil War. Also available
is our tour of Historic
Abingdon Virginia GhostWalk just
a few minutes drive from Bristol...
One story from our
Abingdon GhostWalk tells the story behind
one of it's most historic structures - The
Preston Home, and it goes as follows:
The building now which now houses The Washington
County News was built in 1902 by David Preston.
Just one year after the house was completed
Louise past away and David soon re-married
raising a son in the large house. After David's
death, his son turned the house over to the
Bristol Herald Courier who opened it as the
new office for one of its subsidiaries known
as The Washington County News.
As it turns out, the reporters inherited
more than just a new field office. On several
occasions while going about their duties they
quickly discovered that they were not alone
in the building. The back office is said to
be a very active room in which reporters working
late have told local town's folk that they
have felt a presence. According to all accounts,
someone is said to lean over and whisper the
experience's name into their ear as if that
someone is standing behind them while they
sit writing at their desks.
Another story involves an incident that happened
very early one Thursday morning. Wednesday
nights are when the cleaning crew comes in
to service the offices. As usual, they swept
and mopped the floor before leaving. When
the employee staff came in the next morning
they found muddy boot prints leading from
the old cellar door. The prints turned from
the cellar door toward the kitchen where they
disappeared. The prints never appeared anywhere
else in the house except on the dirt floor
of the cellar where a set of larger prints
could plainly be seen at the bottom of the
stairs. These larger prints were surrounded
by those made by a much smaller foot like
that of a toddler. The tracks the shoes made
on the dirt floor showed the bottoms of the
shoes to be smooth almost like that of children's
booties. The thing that made this story really
stick out as being honest and not a hoax is
the fact that there are no windows down there
for anyone to enter, or leave and that the
stairs leading down to the cellar from inside
the house are the only way in, or out of the
Other employees have reported noticing the
odor of violet on the main staircase as if
perhaps the odor a woman's perfume. One reporter
was working late one evening alone in the
building - or so she thought - when she heard
the footsteps of someone coming down the stairs.
She rushed out and looked up onto the stairwell,
but what she saw was not exactly what she
expected. There, standing at the top of the
stairs was a young, blond woman wearing a
blue and peach colored dress. She said that
the odd thing about the experience was that
although the dress was not long enough to
cover them she doesn't remember seeing any
One individual hired on as a new reporter
often laughed at the stories he was told,
but revealed a striking incident that he experienced
in the building one evening which caused him
to have a change of heart. He said that while
working late one night on the second floor
he heard a woman's voice whisper his name
into his ear. He reasoned that this was just
his imagination since he had drank so much
coffee and then went on about his business.
Within a few minutes of this, he then heard
a loud crash which sounded like a glass shattering
as it hit the floor, or perhaps a window breaking.
He then got up from his desk and ran over
to the top of the stairs to find out what
had happened. It was then that he saw a shadowy
figure dart between the two front offices
at the bottom of the stairs. Then suddenly,
as he stood there in shock, there was another
thunderous, crashing-noise from downstairs,
which again sounded like glass shattering,
but much louder than before. He hurried down
the stairs to find out what was going on only
to find that everything was still intact and
there was no evidence that any disturbance
had ever taken place. Needless to say, after
his experience, he was an admitted believer
in ghosts and was never again inclined to
find the stories told to him by fellow co-workers
as amusing as he once did.
As an added side note to this story and more
recently, people working in the building late
at night continue to hear loud, crashing-noises.
Many calls to the police for them to come
out and investigate for possible break-in
have been made on several occasions. In-fact,
there have been so many incidents of this,
that at this point, the police will seldom
ever make any effort to respond to calls they
receive from the building since they have
gone out on a number of occasions only to
find little evidence of any intruders with
nothing broken, or out of place.
Washington County News
It was June of 1948 when Sherwood Anderson's,
second son John Sherwood Anderson, started
the Damascus Blade.. He left Marion
TN to restart the Damascus Blade in
Abingdon. From that came the Washington
John Sherwood Anderson was tragically
killed when the truck he was driving
stalled out on the railroad tracks on
Pecan Street. He lived on Oak Hill,
the house 4th on right. He had four
children. One daughter killed herself---buried
in Damascus. A son died in a motorcycle
accident (thought to be intentional)...
Much has changed in the 55 years --
owners, content and coverage area, not
to mention the name.
About a year after the Damascus Blade
hit the streets for a second time, it
became the Washington County News. With
that name change came a change in coverage.
While the paper still covered news in
the Holston District of Washington County
and the adjacent areas, it did not do
Under the name of Washington County
News, the paper has seen ownership changes
and changes in the county. All the while,
the Washington County News has been
a steady editorial voice in the community.
The latest change in ownership came
in 1991, when the Richmond, Va.-based
Media General, Inc., headed by J. Stewart
Bryant III, purchased the publication.
Media General, which has media holdings
throughout the Southeast, also owns
News Channel 11 in Johnson City, the
Bristol Herald Courier and the Smyth
County News & Messenger.
The first issue of the Washington County
News (then the Damascus Blade) brought
the issues of the day to Holston District
residents -- W.C. Mock leaving Damascus
Schools, S.C. Venable elected as Damascus
mayor and the town council hurrying
plans for a municipal building.
Today the Washington County News still
brings the issues of the day to residents.
The only real difference is it can now
bring those issues into your home without
William King Regional Arts Center, an affiliate
of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34 mile National
Recreation Trail for hiking, biking and horseback
Virginia Highlands Festival, Annually the
first two weeks of August. Antiques, juried
arts & crafts, standing exhibits in art,
photography and textiles, and much more continue
daily throughout the festival.
Arts Depot, featuring a gallery and working
White's Mill, the oldest water-powered commercial
grist and flour mill in Southwest Virginia.
Specialty shops, fine art galleries and major
Nearby lakes, rivers and streams afford abundant
opportunities for boating, swimming, hiking,
and some of the state's finest trout fishing.
Adventure Damascus, featuring bike rentals
and shuttle service on the Creeper Trail.
Blue Blaze Bike Service, featuring bike rentals
and shuttle service on the Creeper Trail.
The Carter Family Fold, The original Carter
family music center.
the past two centuries, The
Tavern has served as a tavern,
bank, bakery, general store,
cabinet shop, barber shop, private
residence, post office, antique
shop and restaurant. It even
served as a hospital for wounded
Confederate and Union soldiers
during the Civil War.
The Tavern was acquired from
the Thaddeus Harris Family by
Mary Dudley Porterfield, wife
of the founder of the Barter
Theatre. The Harris Family had
owned The Tavern for more than
The Tavern was restored to its
former glory by a local attorney
Emmit F. Yeary.
it was opened under the management
of Max Hermann who moved to
Abingdon in 1993 after having
served twenty years with the
United States Air Force. Max
is a native German and lives
in Abingdon with his wife Kelly.
Just west of
the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a land
that was once revered by Indians and
jealously sought after by the white
men. Nestled in the foothills of the
Appalachians and secured in the valley
formed by the Holston River is Abingdon,
a town rich in history and tradition.
established in 1778, originally named
Wolf Hill by Daniel Boone in the year
Abingdon is located in Washington County,
Virginia, 189 miles west by south of
Lynchburg. It is the county seat of
is proud of its history and rich heritage.
As you stroll down the shaded brick
sidewalks, it's as if you have stepped
back in time. It's easy to imagine the
frightful night spent by Daniel Boone,
the girlish laughter echoing from the
Martha Washington Inn, and the applause
of an audience of poor farmers at the
Barter Theatre. Abingdon is indeed a
history-filled town and an entertaining
trip through time.
land that the city of Abingdon is situated
on was originally surveyed between the
years 1748 and 1750 by Dr. Thomas Walker
and was part of the Great Road that
Colonel William Byrd III ordered cut
through the wilderness on to Kingsport,
Tennessee. In 1760, famed frontiersman,
Daniel Boone, named the area Wolf Hills,
after experiencing an attack by a pack
of wolves during a hunting expedition.
During Lord Dunmore's War, Black's Fort
was established in 1774 by Joseph Black
to protect local settlers in the region
from Indian attacks.
Come and visit with us and learn more about
the ghosts of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
when you take a haunted vacation!
Discount accommodations for our tours are
provided by several area hotels, inns, bed
and breakfasts, RV Parks, and campgrounds.
Special Discount Vacation Planning Packages
called "Spook and Save" Packages
are available which offer discounts on many
other recreational venues including area caves,
museums, whitewater rafting, and parks. Please
visit the web site at www.AppalachianGhostWalks.com
for more information. You can go directly
to our "Spook and Save Discount Vacation
Planning Package page by going to http://www.AppalachianGhostWalks.com/vacationpackages.html
In closing, allow me to add that if you and
your family are looking for a really FUN weekend,
we can put together "Ghost Hunter Weekend"
Packages which include our "Ghostology"
Basic and Advanced "Ghost Hunting"
101 class, as well as one more of our Haunted
Historic GhostWalks and Tours across the Southern
Appalachian Mountain region. These can include
a stay at a haunted bed and breakfast, presentations
in your home, or at your place of business,
birthday parties, and endless other possibilities...
All of our haunted historic tours operate
year-round subject to availability and advance
reservations are highly recommended. The cost
is just $13 per person for a group of four,
or more people. Please see our web site for
additional details, or call us at (423) 743-WALK
(9255) on all of the great ways we can help
you entertain and thrill your family, or travel
The results of investigations
by the staff of The ARC- Alternate
Realites Center, which took
place between the hours of
6 PM and 3 AM with the property
owner's permission and assistance,
including hundreds of photographs
documenting the presence of
ghosts and spirits on location,
as well as video, audio, and
dowsing results are now available
to purchase online from our
Ghost Hunter Store on DVD.
We offer nine different DVD
presentations where you will
get to experience the mystery
and awe of our investigations.
These include "Haunted
"Haunted Historic Erwin"
- which includes the Heritage
Museum of Unicoi County, "Haunted
Historic ETSU" - East
Tennessee State University,
"Haunted Historic Rogersville",
"Haunted Historic Blountville",
"Haunted Historic Greeneville",
and "Legendary Buffalo
Mountain". From our Virginia
Investigations we have "Historic
Abingdon Virginia". Each
DVD is $10 plus shipping,
or you can buy the set of
all nine discs for just $80
and get one FREE. Shipping
not included. Please visit
our Ghost Hunter Store for
ordering information, or to
place an order.
Local author Donna Akers Warmuth
has just had a new book published, Abingdon,
Virginia Images of America. Abingdon, Virginia
celebrates the town's singular heritage by
offering readers a rare find of almost 200
photographs, showcasing many well-known town
entities, personalities, and businesses from
the past century. These images portray such
structures as the Stonewall Jackson Female
Institute, the Abingdon Academy, the Belmont
Hotel, and the Martha Washington Inn, as well
as the Barter Theater, unique in its exchange
of food and household goods for performances.
Long-gone but rarely forgotten individuals
also can be found in the book, allowing newcomers
the chance to meet the people behind the names
and longtime residents an opportunity to visit
with old friends.
Her other book about Abingdon,
Plumb Full of History A Story of Abingdon,
Virginia, ($9.95) has recently been published
by High Country Publishers. The book is a
fictional story of a grandmother showing her
visiting grandchildren around Abingdon on
Plumb Alley Day in May, while also adding
in history, ghost stories, and legends of
the town. Although written for a 7th grade
reader, the book has been recommended for
both young and older readers by well-known
authors Lee Smith and Sharyn McCrumb.
Legends, Stories and Ghostly
Tales of Abingdon and Washington County Virginia
Learn of the folklore, history
and ghosts of the region with these stories
that make the past come alive. Hangings, hauntings,
preachers, spies, soldiers, elopements, scalpings...it's
all in these tales. Meet the ghosts of the
Martha Washington Inn, the Barter Theatre,
the Virginia Creeper Trail, Emory and Henry
College, Glade Spring, and Saltville. Relive
the pioneer days though tales of Indian attacks,
the Overmountain Men and their amazing journey,
and Daniel Boone's travels.
The readers who is willing to listen to these
tales will be intrigued, surprised, and perhaps
frightened, but will gain a deeper appreciation
for the past.
Abingdon, Virginia: Images of America
This is a collection of historic photographs
and postcards of Abingdon, Virginia. The history
of this unique town is shown through fascinating,
rare images of buildings, churches, schools,
streets, people and businesses. The history
of Abingdon comes alive for the reader.
Plumb Full of History: A Story of Abingdon,
Illustrated by DeAnna Akers Gobble High Country
Publishers, Ltd. Available through bookstores,
on-line retailers, Historical Society of Washington
County, and all over Abingdon.
Abingdon's Plumb Alley Day festival forms
the setting for this story of two children
discovering much more than just the history
of their grandmother's hometown. The engaging
plot and lively characters of this book for
middle grade readers will make the historical
knowledge of Abingdon stick with hardly an
awareness that the reader is learning anything.
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