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GHOST LIGHTS OF WEST VIRGINIA

GHOST LIGHTS OF WEST VIRGINIA

By Sherri Brake

Unexplained sightings of ghostly lights date back to the early settlers in what is now West Virginia. These glowing curiosities puzzled the pioneers causing concerns of the supernatural sort. Some settlers viewed these lights as omens of doom while others saw them as magical entities. In medieval times, it was thought they were the fiery breath of dragons. Ghost Lights are not unique to the Mountain State and have been seen worldwide in various locations. They are typically white, blue, orange or yellow in color and are usually seen at night.

Ghost lights have also been called will o’ the wisps, earth lights, and spook lights. The most popular ghost lights in the United States are the Brown Mountain lights in North Carolina – popular enough to spawn a bluegrass song! There are several Ghost Lights in West Virginia. We will cover two this month.

Sandstone Ghost Light of Raleigh County
This Ghost Light sighting dates back to the Civil War era. Samuel Richmond of Raleigh County was a staunch Union man who ran a ferry service across the New River near Laurel Creek. Samuel was shot by a Confederate sympathizer by the name of Jefferson Bennett in September of 1865. Samuel was shot in his canoe  crossing the New River but managed to paddle back to shore before his life ended. He died from his gunshot wound near his home on the Raleigh County side of the river. Many people have claimed to see what is called the Sandstone Ghost Light at night over the river. Many speculate the light  is the spirit of Samuel Richmond as he makes his night time journey across the river for all eternity.

Cole Mountain Ghost Light of Hardy County
Hardy County West Virginia is no stranger to the unique phenomena of Ghost Lights. Folks who live around Moorefield have whispered of the Ghost Light sightings dating back before the Civil War began. Wealthy land owner and noted hunter Charles Jones lived in the Moorefield area and owned several slaves. When on late night hunts, Charles would often take his most trusted servant with him when coon hunting on Cole Mountain.

On one late night hunt, both master and slave heard the dogs baying as if they had treed a coon. The slave ran ahead of the master to view the dog’s capture and upon his return, found his master gone. The slave searched high and low in the woods to no avail. Search parties in town were formed for Charles Jones. The locals soon gave up but the slave continued his search. Charles was never found but the townspeople would often see the glow of the slave’s yellow lantern light as he went to and fro across Cole Mountain in his search for his master.

The faithful servant continued his night time search till he mysteriously vanished in the woods on the one year anniversary of his master’s disappearance. On occasion, and to this very day, people around Moorefield still report seeing the glowing light on the mountain. Some say it is the light of the slave’s lantern as he continues to search for his owner in the afterlife.

What exactly are Ghost Lights? Scientists offer plausible explanations of swamp gas, ball lightening, and foxfire glow. And then there are those of us who enjoy the old stories and legends handed down through the years. We look across dark rivers and shadowy mountains at night, wondering if we will see something magical!

Sherri Brake lives in Summersville WV . She is an author, paranormal investigator and owns Haunted Heartland Tours rated in the top 10 Best Ghost Tours in America by Haunted America Tours. Visit her website at www.HauntedHistory.net or email her Sherri@HauntedHistory.net



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Haunted Stark County (OH): A Ghoulish History (Haunted America)
By Sherri Brake, Foreword by John B. Kachuba

Ghostly diners, violent crimes of passion, phantoms peering from theatre balconies, canal workers who still walk the tow-paths the haunted history of Stark County includes characters and legends as bizarre as they are terrifying. Take a bone-chilling journey with Sherri Brake, owner of Haunted Heartland Tours, as she recounts tales of superstitious pioneers and the horrors of the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Stroll along silent corridors of an abandoned asylum and linger among graves of Civil War dead- and discover the eerie ends of Stark County's departed souls.

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Built on the site of a Civil War camp ravaged by disease, the Ohio State Reformatory first opened in 1896 to reform young offenders but eventually grew to house the most dangerous criminals. By the time the Mansfield institution closed, the prison was hosting one thousand more prisoners than it was designed to hold in "brutalizing and inhumane conditions." Within the dark corridors made famous as the backdrop for The Shawshank Redemption, ghostly presences linger, from the dungeons of solitary confinement to the West Wing showers, where a bent pipe marks the place where a prisoner hanged himself. Venture behind the walls of this notorious prison with ghost tour guide Sherri Brake to discover the history and spirits that forever haunt these halls' if you dare.

About the Author
Sherri Brake is an author, paranormal investigator, lecturer, instructor, Civil War reenactor and tour guide. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of the paranormal and is a lover of history and folklore. Her company, Haunted Heartland Tours, has been voted into the nation's top ten best ghost tours for the last five years. She continues to seek out new haunted locations to explore and enjoys sharing those places with others. Sherri is the author of Haunted Stark County, Ohio and writes a monthly column entitled "Fireside Folklore" for Two-Lane Livin'. She is a member of various historical societies and heritage organizations and is the mother of two children, Sage and Mason Recco.



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Little is known about why or how hauntings occur. Thousands of hauntings have been systematically investigated by researchers and parapsychologists since the late 19th century. Many explanations have been proposed, but there is no conclusive evidence to support one more strongly than another. Federic W. H. Myers, one of the founders of the Society For Psychical Research (SPR), London, who did extensive research of apparitions in the late 19th century, believed that most hauntings are fragmentary and meaningless, the bits and pieces of an energy residue left by the living after their death. Others who have built on Myers' theory propose that hauntings do not involve ghostly personalities, but are those recordings of energy that take on personalities to percipients who are psychically sensitive. Psychic sensitivity may account for diverse experiences phenomena and another does not.


Elenor Sidgwick, former secretary of the SPR, theorized that hauntings are a form of psychometry. Just as an object appears to absorb and retain the 'vibrations' of it's owner, which manifest as impressions when the object is handled by a medium or psychic, then houses might also retain memories or psychic impressions. A house could incorporate the thoughts, actions and feelings of it's former occupants, which then manifest as a haunting to psychically sensitive.

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There are several important things to consider when embarking on this traditional attempt to reach the “Other Side” – simple signposts on a road less traveled that can mean the difference between success or failure, contact and a waste of time.
First and foremost there must be a defined PURPOSE. This should be established at the start and should be clearly defined so that all participants are absolutely certain that they understand the reason or need for the séance. These reasons could vary – contact with a dead relative, contact with the spirit world for purposes of divination, guidance or comfort – but they should be defined and, most importantly, adhered to throughout the process.

Equally important is the talent and skill of the conducting MEDIUM. This should be a person whose abilities have been proven in prior séances; this can usually be determined by word of mouth recommendations: remember, cost does not always determine quality in this process and some very skilled mediums offer their services for nothing, or next to nothing. Other important qualities to look for are evidence of compassion and sincerity on the part of the conducting medium as these are important to the contact process. In the event that such a qualified medium is not available, a person who displays the highest level of empathy, sensitivity and seriousness can sit in as a reasonable substitute. This must be someone that all agree upon and who has demonstrated at least circumspectly the ability to make contact with the Other Side.

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Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
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Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
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As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.


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