After the release of the first Hunger Games movie, thousands of people traveled to Henry River Mill Village to get a glimpse at the real ghost town behind District 12. While Henry River attracted travelers and tourists, many locals have stayed far away from the eerie ghost town, and even after the Hunger Games, still choose to do so.
At the start of the industrial revolution, mill towns sprung up everywhere across the state, many in the western region. One of those in particular was Henry River.
The mill opened in 1905, and over time, more than 20 buildings developed to support the residents, the majority of whom worked at the mill. In 1973, the mill shut down, and it wasn't until 1987 that the last resident left and the town was left abandoned.
Until the village was put in the limelight by The Hunger Games, it remained abandoned, with many people visiting to get their own experience. Strangely enough, the entire town was owned by the late Wade Shepard, (although after the movie he put it up for sale for $1.4 million).
It really wasn't until Henry River became District 12 that people came forward about their paranormal experiences in the town. Strangely enough...all the stories were similar, although the storytellers were complete strangers.
The majority of the stories occur late at night. The main one that circulates around involves visitors having something thrown at them from the first house they pass when entering the village. It's usually a small object, like a rock or stick, but nevertheless, the house has been locked up since the residents left...so who is throwing things?
Another, and almost more terrifying story involves a dirt path in the town. If you walk down the asphalt road through the town, on the right side you will find a dirt path that leads down to the dam and riverside. Those who have walked down the road have heard several men talking to each other. While the conversation is indistinct, it's still audible. Sources claim it's the three original mill owners speaking to each other. While many would run, others have stayed to address the paranormal. Some people have even called the police about this occurrence.
There's something certainly terrifying about any abandoned town. The energy left by the inhabitants, and maybe the souls of some who never truly left. No photographic evidence has been captured here, but a walk through Henry River on a dark night is something few would agree to do.
There’s something certainly terrifying about Henry River, especially after reading these stories. Have you had any of your own experiences here or heard stories?