Right Outside Your DoorSeptember 5th, 2011
I read about the paranormal constantly. My living room holds a bookcase entirely devoted to the subject. In fact, as I glance at it I can’t help but notice one or two of the shelves are sagging in the middle. Perhaps it’s time to buy a second?
Despite my eccentric home library I knew very little about the legends and phenomena experienced in the place I live. When I first decided to pursue this project my biggest fear was finding out there wouldn’t be enough material for a book of this kind.
I knew about Jay Road, The Mary Buth Farm, and the Restat Building. Who hasn’t? Then of course there are Bearwolf sightings and campfire tales of the Goat Man. However, three hauntings and two monsters won’t fill a couple of hundred pages.
Once I began my research I was astounded at not only how much material there was, but also at the variety of material. Since June I’ve learned Washington County boasts:
- haunted highways
- demonic bridges
- ghost trains
- malevolent woods
- bog monster sightings
- bottomless lakes
- stairways to Heaven
- giant Native American skeletons
- miraculous healings
- a one-eyed lake creature
- witch curses
- and more haunted pubs and restaurants than you can imagine
So far I’ve collected information on nearly 50 different locations and/or legends. I’ve been a resident of the county for nearly five years and I had no clue about hardly any of this.
It just goes to show you shouldn’t take your surroundings for granted. You never know what excitement might be waiting—or lurking—right outside your front door.
Until next time,
J. Nathan Couch