7 Haunted Places in West Virginia

A ghostly cow, a dancing child, shadowy beings in the night. Wild and wonderful West Virginia is home to several terrifying spirits. Here are seven places to find them.

West Virginia Penitentiary – Moundsville

The West Virginia Penitentiary is more than 140 years old and once housed 2,400 violent criminals. 85 executions took place on the property, along with suicides, murder, and rape. According to visitors, the prison’s paranormal hot spots include the chapel, the shower cages, death row, a recreational area known as the Sugar Shack, and the site of former hangings. Ghost hunters have also spotted faces in long-abandoned cells and shadowy figures in hallways.

Lowe Hotel – Point Pleasant

Legend has it a number of spirits call the historic Lowe Hotel home. The most famous is a beautiful young woman who dances on the mezzanine between the first and second floors. Other ghosts include a tricycle-riding child on the second floor, a maid and sea captain on the third, and ghostly string quartet in the fourth floor ballroom. Point Pleasant is also home to the infamous Mothman.

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Ghost Photo: Apparition in Harpers Ferry

“My wife and I visited Harpers Ferry, WV in August, 2014. The Turner house, which dates back to the late 1700s, is run by the National Park Service.  The rooms upstairs are set in 19th-century furnishings and can be viewed from the hallway. I snapped several pictures of the rooms. When I returned home, I processed the pictures and noticed the sleeved arm of a female figure reaching for an apron hanging on the back of a chair in one picture.

I have no explanation for this. There was NO ONE on the second floor but me at the time, and there were no mannequins in the rooms. I did some research online and found that even in the 1800s, there were ghost stories about the place.”

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