West Virginia has many ghost stories, and several of those are based on haunted gravestones. The long dead are said to haunt the cemeteries at night, unable to rest in peace.
Here is a look at 10 gravestones in West Virginia that will haunt your dreams.
1. Witch's Tombstone
This tombstone marks the grave of a witch who went by many names including Zelda, Sarah Jane, Serlinda Jane or simply the Witch of Highland. She is buried in the Highland Cemetery in Mannington. Her tombstone reads Serilda Jane Whetzel. Her death date states May 29, 1909. The gravestone faces away from all of the other graves and has a staircase descending down into a demon's mouth carved on it. Legend has it that if you visit the grave you may see her ghost walking around her final resting place.
2. Weeping Woman
The Weeping Lady is a statue at a graveyard located in Parkersburg. The statue can be found in the Riverview Cemetery. The statue looks over the graves of the Jackson Family relatives of Stonewall Jackson. Legend has it that during a full moon the Weeping Woman stands up and walks around the cemetery weeping over the conflict between the North and South. Several people have claimed that they have seen her move and that she has been photographed with her hands in different positions.
3. Captain Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield
The Hatfield and McCoy tale is the most famous story to come out of West Virginia. The Hatfield Cemetery includes a life size monument of “Devil Anse,” which marks his grave. Legend has it that on foggy nights the specters of “Devil Anse” and his six sons can be seen rising from their graves and marching together to Island Creek. They are said to stop when they reach the river and the ghost of William Garrett arises and baptizes them in the river, washing away their sins.
4. Greenbrier Ghost
Zona Shue, also known as the Greenbrier Ghost, died suddenly back in 1897. After she was buried, people began reporting that they saw her ghost. Legend has it that Zona’s ghost appeared to her mother and confided in her how her husband Erasmus had brutally killed her. Zona’s mother went to the police, but at first they did not believe her. Finally, officials had Zona's body exhumed and the medical examiner found she was covered in bruises and that her neck was broken. Her husband was arrested and convicted. Sometimes late at night Zona can still be found wandering the cemetery.
5. Devil's Baby
Legend has it the Devil’s baby is buried in a cemetery in Ravenswood. The grave has a lamb on top and a photo of a baby with fangs on it. Stories say that if you visit the grave at night, the fangs glow. If you are brave enough to visit the grave at midnight you will hear the baby cry.
6. Kiss Of An Angel
In the Old Stone Church Cemetery located in Lewisburg is a statue known as the Angel of Death. The statue is the marker for a little girl named Maud Montague. Maud died during a pneumonia epidemic. Shortly after the statue was put in place, her young twin cousins came to visit her grave. Before leaving they each kissed the angel's cheek. Soon after they fell ill and by the end of the year both of them had died. Legend has it that anyone who kisses the angel will suffer the same fate.
7. Graves Of The Lost Souls
The cemetery at St. Coleman’s Catholic Church in Summers County has a section in its cemetery where infants and the unbaptized are buried. The section of the cemetery is known as The Lost Souls and it is said that you can hear babies crying at night and that the ghosts of the unbaptized wander the graveyard when the moon is full.
8. Mike Fink's Grave
Near the sleepy village of Chloe you’ll find a sign directing you to the grave of Mike Fink. Fink is a legendary mountain man. Over 100 years ago Mike Fink and an unnamed Indian got into a fight and killed each other. They are buried side by side. Legend has it if you visit the grave and ask “Whatcha doin’ Mike Fink?” He’ll answer by saying “nothing.”
9. God's Acre Cemetery, Bethany
God’s Acre Cemetery was established in 1820 and is said to be haunted by many spirits. The cemetery is surrounded by a four-foot-high stone wall that encloses the entire grounds. The wall, which was built in 1866, is four feet above ground and extends three feet underground. Legend has it that because there are no breaks in the wall, the spirits of those buried there are trapped within the cemetery. Many who have visited say it always has an autumn chill, even in the summer. Those who are brave enough to visit the cemetery at night have reported whispered voices, the feeling of being watched, and quickly moving shadows.
10. Spring Hills Cemetery, Charleston
The Spring Hills Cemetery in Charleston has a high number of children's graves, which is one of the reasons many say it is haunted. Visitors have reported hearing children's laughter, seeing orbs floating above graves and feeling as if they are being followed.
These are just a few of West Virginia’s haunted graves. Are you brave enough to visit them? It could be frighteningly fun!