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5 of the Most Haunted in West Virginia USA: Phantoms of the Mountain State!
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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in West Virginia are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Mountain State!

Lowe Hotel

Point Pleasant, WV 

Haunted Lowe Hotel

In 1901 on the banks of the Ohio River, the (then known as) Spencer Hotel was built by the brothers, Homer and Griff Smith. The site is was constructed on is very near the spot of the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant. Congress has decreed this as the First Battle of The American Revolutionary War. In the 1920s, the Spencer Hotel was a lavish entertainment with a renowned as an elegant dance hall. Unfortunately, the stock market crash of 1929 abruptly ended this glittery era. The Smith brothers were forced to sell in that same year to Homer D. Lowe, Sr. Lowe renamed the hotel to honor his family name. The Lowe family has operated the hotel until 1990 when it was sold to its present owners, Ruth and Rush Finley.

There are three main phantoms in the Lowe Hotel that refuse to check out.  To read more details about these and the rest of the hauntings, go to its main ARTICLE. The first phantom lives on the second floor, a beautiful and barefoot woman that is seen dancing on its mezzanine. The apparition has been witnessed by staff and guests. She is believed to be the ghost of Juliette Smith, the daughter of the first owner, Homer Smith. The second spirit is a little girl (about three years old) that has been witnessed riding a tricycle on the hallways. The third spirit is said to be the most active one. He is a bearded-man, in his thirties, bearing a solemn look. He has not been identified, but he bears a strong resemblance to Sid Hatfield of the famous McCoy-Hatfield feuding family’s fame. His apparition lurks the third-floor hallways and rooms. He will appear suddenly, sometimes frightening the guests. Generally speaking, you will experience seeing glowing orbs, feel unexplained sudden cold chills, or sense unseen entities in the halls and rooms. There is also a rocking chair that moves on its own. It is located on the previous' fourth-floor ballroom, now used a storage area. Numerous photographic anomalies of unusual light patterns and orbs have been taken by guests at the Lowe.      

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.      

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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Weston, WV 

Haunted Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Originally called the Weston State Hospital, it was constructed started in 1858, opening in 1864.  Originally, when the asylum was being built, the first completed southern section served in the Civil War's effort. Later this therapeutic plan was expanded to the general public, with plans to serve a capacity of 250 in solitude.  By 1950, the number of patients peaked at 2,600 creating overcrowded conditions. This led to horrific conditions, such as poor sanitation, insufficient furniture, lighting, and heating in much of the complex.  Patients began to starve, literally freeze to death in the winter, and battle each other for food and resources.  Many patients were locked in cages in response to their limited resources in handling their behavior. Sadistic, experimental medical procedures were often performed on patients. To enable these patterns, anyone who complained or acted out was subjected to solitary confinement where they would be chained to the walls of an empty room for months on end.  

Due to its abundant reports of supernatural activity trapped within its thick and soundproofed walls, many would consider the Trans-Allegheny Asylum to be the most haunted in West Virginia, if not the world! There have been many sightings of apparitions, unexplainable voices and sounds. The staff has reported seeing ghosts walking through walls or hearing the squeaky wheels rolling along the tiled hallway.  Both visitors and staff have seen a ball of light moving rapidly down the hallways.  Doors have been observed and heard closing on their own. Others have heard loud bangs coming from the pipes, unsolicited by the living. Objects will often move by themselves.  Expect to hear hysterical and disturbing laughter coming from empty rooms. One unusual story was reported by a doctor, who was followed by a spirit and it still is present in her home. Many phantoms (who we have detailed HERE) have been identified by name, all having specific preferred locations and styles of activity. The Asylum represents a living testimony of the tortuous history that many poor souls endured while institutionalized in these antiquated mental facilities that served with limited knowledge, planning, and resources, although, at some point, they meant well.

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.    

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Blennerhassett Hotel

Parkersburg, WV 

Haunted Blennerhassett Hotel

Opened in 1889, the Blennerhassett Hotel opened for traveling millionaires. It designed and built by Colonel William Nelson Chancellor, then mayor of Parkersburg and businessman. It was named The Blennerhassett in honor of Harmon Blennerhassett, who was an eccentric Irish aristocrat with connections to the Parkersburg area.

The historic Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg is said to be haunted by the ghost of William Chancellor, appearing as an older gentleman in an old fashion three-piece suit and his hair and beard are slicked back. He has also been seen wearing a top hat and carrying a cane. He is most commonly seen in the library and on the second floor. You may also get a whiff of aroma from a cigar near his portrait. Mr. Chancellor was well known to be an avid cigar smoker and always had one in his hand whenever in public. There are other spectral activities that guests have also reported spotting, including ghostly children that appear to be playing tag in the hallways on the second floor. Guests have seen at least one boy and one girl and some staff say they hear someone whistling to get their attention and turn to find no one there. In the kitchen, a young boy is seen and he has been known to pull at the cook’s sleeves or move things around. 

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.  

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William Edgar Haymond House

Sutton, WV 

Haunted William Edgar Haymond House

The historic Victorian Queen Ann style home was built by William Edgar Haymond in 1894. He was a prominent lawyer, and this property served as his home and his first wife, Emma Catherine (mother of his two children) and second wife, Ethel Rhodes. His grandchild, who died at the age of 8, lived in the home at the time of their death.

The first floor disembodied voices of a woman have been caught on a digital recorder. The second floor is much more active. Here it becomes a bit more physical. Folks have been pulled by the arm. You will also hear doors slamming shut and blinds being raised or lowered, by invisible hands. Hearing disembodied footsteps coming down the steps, as well the sounds of the front door lock unlocking. Other reports include the sounds caught on digital recorders, conveying words like "Out", "Exit" and "Terrible". An apparition has also been seen of a woman in white on the stairwell landing between the 1st and 2nd floor. The woman in white is also seen going into the bedroom on the 2nd floor. Reports of a child is seen playing in the basement are recorded as well.

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.      

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West Virginia State Penitentiary (Moundsville Penn)

Moundsville, WV 

Haunted West Virginia Penitentiary - Moundsville Penn

Opening in 1876, The West Virginia Penitentiary it originally was built to only hold 480 inmates, this property swelled to 2400 prisoners by the 1930s. To accommodate this, sometimes as many as three prisoners would be assigned to one of the tiny five by seven cells. Due to this, construction to expand the prison began in 1929. Unfortunately due to the war, there was a shortage of iron and was not completed until 1959. In the late 1800s, Moundsville was selected to perform all executions for the state of West Virginia, electrocuting 9 and hanging 85 men. The executions were accompanied by desperate acts of suicide, murder, and horrific punishments, contributing to the death of hundreds of prisoners.

These are not your typical prison haunts! Many have experienced hearing disembodied voices, seeing black shadows, and even full apparitions. You will hear clanks of cell gates in areas that are isolated from living persons and the moans of those that suffered their living hell within these walls. Several areas in the prison have been labeled as "hot spots" for more concentrated paranormal activity. These include the Chapel, shower cages, Death Row, and the recreational area referred to as the "Sugar Shack." Without a doubt, the North Wagon Gate is known to have one of the most intense reported ghostly activity, for this is where death row inmates were taken to be hung in the years before the facility used the electric chair.  

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.      

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More reads about Haunted West Virginia...

 

The Big Book of West Virginia Ghost Stories (Big Book of Ghost Stories) Paperback – July 17, 2019 by Inc. Visionary Living (Author)     Real West Virginia Hauntings: Volume 1 Paperback – May 10, 2019 by Dave Spinks (Author), Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Foreword)     Paranormal Files West Virginia Paperback – October 11, 2019 by David Weatherly  (Author), Ross Allison  (Author), Dave Spinks (Author)

 
 Most Haunted Places on Earth


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