West Virginia has its share of mysteries that need solved. Whether these mysteries or oddities are man-made or natural, they are waiting to be explored.
1. Grave of Mike Fink
Near the little village of Chloe, you will find a roadside marker that directs visitors to the grave of a legendary mountain man named Mike Fink. Over a hundred years ago Mike Fink and an Indian fought and killed each other. They are buried side by side. Recently the old gravestone was replaced by a new one. Legend has it if you visit Mike’s grave and ask, “Whatcha doin’ Mike Fink?” he will respond by saying, “Nothing!”
2. Mothman Museum
The Mothman Museum, located in Point Pleasant, is entirely dedicated to the legend of the Mothman, a mysterious winged creature that was first sighted in 1966.
3. Aaron Burr's Death Mask.
7. Aaron Burr’s death mask is on display in a museum on Blennerhassett Island. Burr died in 1836. He had a bizarre visitor who was obsessed with him. The individual’s unnatural fascination with Burr led them to visit his body with materials to make a plaster death mask.
4. Grave Creek Mound
Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville is a 2000 year old Adena burial ground created by Indians.
5. Hank Williams Memorial
Back in 1953 on New Year’s Day, a Cadillac pulled into a gas station in the town of Oak Hill. In the back seat of the Cadillac, Hank Williams laid dead. He had died after crossing the West Virginia border and his driver did not know he had passed. Years later, fans decided that wanted to mark the spot for posterity.
6. Mummies of the Insane
A West Virginia farmer was obsessed with mummification, When he felt he had perfected a technique he went to an insane asylum and was given the bodies of two newly deceased patients. After creating the mummies, they were put on display for a while in the Smithsonian and then they traveled with the Barnum Circus. Today they are housed in a museum in Philippi.
7. Unger Statues
When you drive through the small town of Unger you are greeted by a unusual sight: giant statues. A statue collector named George Farnham displays his gigantic statues in his own “Statue Park.”
8. Water Monster's Daughter Boulder
The Water Monster's Daughter is a large boulder located in Hurricane. The rock has carvings on it that appear to be a deformed young girl. The carvings are difficult to see today because of natural wearing on the rock. It was first discovered in the 1940s and locals believe it was carved by Indians. The real origin or meaning is not known.