Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hometown tales and local Folklore

if you ever go on vacation with me you will be forced to learn the local ghost stories and folklore. If we are lucky there will be a local ghost tour, and if there is we will take it!
I've been lostening to a podcast about the tales of NJ...doesnt do me too much good since i dont live there. but i need your help

What are your local ghost stories and hometown tales?? please share them with me!


Anonymous Cindy said...

Here's my "local" story.
Screaming Mimi Bridge:
A screaming ghost named Mimi is supposed to haunt a bridge in rural Seneca County. Park your car on it and flash your headlights and she'll come after you. She is angry, they say, because she was forced by society to kill her out-of-wedlock baby by throwing it over the edge; the grief drove her insane. This bridge is located in my tiny High School town in Rural Ohio.
Although I never had an encounter with the "Mimi" myself I was there many times as a teen. We used to take halloween hayrides that went over the bridge.

Thursday, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Jen said...

Well, I live in Sleppy Hollow. THE actual town where Washington Irving wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." I'll say that's a whopper of a haunting in itself :)

Thursday, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous lacey said...

Hi Andie~
I live in a small town in rural Oklahoma. Old Indian Territory, complete with an old army fort used before statehood and then later to confine WW II prisoners a few miles away. Lots of ghost stories to be had here, but I'll just share a couple of my own personal ones here.
Our house is a little over 100 years old. We've found lots of curious stuff in the attic, buried in the root cellar, and when we remodeled the kitchen, we found support beams labled, "Ross Lumber, Oklahoma Territory 1877." The house was built by a doctor and the upstairs rooms were his office and 'surgery.'
I am a bit of a night owl, and when my kids were 1 & 3, my DH was working nights. I was on the computer one night, very late, when I heard my 3 yo DS's voice from the top of the stairs call out, "Mommy?" My back was to the stairs and across the room, so I didn't see him, just heard him, but I said, "I'll be right there."

I went to the bottom of the stairs and looked up to see what he needed. No Ian. So I called his name. "Ian?" No answer. So I climbed to the top of the stairs, expecting to see him. Still no Ian. I went into his room, and there he was, in his bed, so soundly asleep that he was snoring. Not more than 2 minutes after I was certain I heard him call my name. When I went to the side of his bed, I noticed that somehow, the sheet had become wrapped around his neck in all his twisting and turning. Three times, like a rope. Any more twisting and turning and he'd probably have cut off his air supply. I gently lifted him up and unwound the sheet and he never knew I was there.

I'm convinced to this day that there was a presence here that alerted me to the danger of him possibly cutting his air supply off.

In January 2005, I was lying in our downstairs bedroom reading about 1 AM, when I heard my daughter's television suddenly come on and just BLASTING the volume, and then just a few seconds later, shut off. Of course, I was thinking, "What the HECK is she doing that for???" I went upstairs to see what was going on, very miffed, only to start smelling a faint whiff of smoke about halfway up the stairs. Both kids were sound asleep. I started sniffing, and sure enough, when I opened the closet in the hall, the smell was very strong. Turns out, a wire had overheated on a support beam and was smouldering in insulation. The fire dept told us that if we hadn't caught it, the attic would have likely gone up in flames and the upstairs where my children sleep shortly thereafter.

I should also note that both my kids have had 3 imaginary friends...that "can't" come downstairs, but I frequently heard them having many, many conversations with them when they were little.
We've also had the required flickering lights, strange noises, doors opening and shutting, and strange shadows out of the corner of our eyes.

I love our little 'haunted' house and am so glad I have someone here who is looking out for the safety of my kids, though I have no idea who it might be or why.

Thursday, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Tyggereye said...

Have you read the book, Weird Florida?? I live
in FL also its a great book with many of the folk tales of the surrounding areas.

My fav area in Fl to go on ghost tours is St. Augustine. St. Augustine is so rich with stories and history. The light house is spooky and amazing.

Thursday, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Sheila said...

I just love podcasts. :)

Thursday, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Chiara said...

I don't know any ghost stories about queens but I swear my Moms house is haunted and it is new.

Friday, July 14, 2006  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Here are two from my hometown. I can't tell a story without a picture so I'll just send a link.

Merrehope has two ghosts.

The other is Stuckey's Bridge. Mr. Stuckey had some sort of boarding house and took in travelers. He killed and robbed them and buried their bodies on the banks of the Chunky River. He was caught and hung from the bridge. Local legend says you can hear splashes as he throws things in the river and you can see a mysterious lantern light move across the bridge.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006  

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