The Legend says that A man chopped up his entire family with an axe because of his suspicions of his wife and a farm hand. A few years later a car with a young couple in it got stuck in the mud. The boy went for help and told his girlfriend to stay in the car. A while later the girl heard someone outside the car saying, “Get out.” She stepped out in the pouring rain and saw her boyfriend hanging by his ankles with his throat slit. She tried to run for help, but a figure with an axe in his hand grabbed her.
Archive for August, 2009
There are many hauntings and legends in the Horseback Knob area. The ghost of a baby can sometimes be seen and heard. Pioneers traveling through the area buried the infant after it died. It’s single tombstone still stands in the middle of the woods. There is a legend about some lost silver in the region as well. Apparently either Indians or French explorers buried a hoard of silver in the area. Virginian adventurers came across the silver and took it with them until the Shawnee turned against them.
In their hastiness to get away, they hid the silver and ran away, planning to return for it after the threat was over. Their silver has never been discovered. It is supposedly cursed and those who go after it are often dealt death and destruction. In the 1840s, a woman named Sallie Mae was gruesomely strangled. Her killer has never been found and she is said to haunt the area, seeking revenge. Lastly, in 1940 a man jumped off the side of a cliff to his death. He proclaimed that he was going to sacrifice himself so that the near Armageddon would not occur. Some have claimed to see him taking the plunge for the sake of the world.
The distinctive smell of pipe tobacco can sometimes be smelled in the classroom of a former teacher who died suddenly of a heart attack. He was an avid pipe smoker. The auditorium is also said to be haunted. Fergus, the oldest son of the man who once owned the land where the school now stands, wanted to be an actor his whole life. His father did not agree with this and wanted Fergus to inherit the land to farm on.
After running away to New York and being brought back by detectives that his father hired, Fergus knew he'd never make it to the stage and took his own life. Footsteps can be heard on the stage and electronic equipment malfunctions. These ghostly occurrences are credited to Fergus, who finally made it on stage.