This Creepy Ghost Town In Virginia Is The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes ghost towns so eerie. Is it the slowly disintegrating ruins? The fragments of life that were left behind? The overgrown areas that nature has now reclaimed? In the case of Pocosin Mission, it’s the little that remains of an abandoned community.
Pocosin Mission is slightly different from a true ghost town; it never was prosperous or booming in the traditional sense. But the life forces that once built cabins, fires, and even churches were strong enough to leave an impression on the land — if only in spirit. Deep in the woods of Shenandoah National Park, you will find ruins of a community whose history is just dark enough to keep you up a little later at night.
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It stands to reason that the site of this ghost town will be completely reclaimed by the depths of the Shenandoah forest before long. You’ll want to venture out there before it’s too late. If you’ve already made the trip to Pocosin Mission, be sure to share your experience in the comments below.
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.
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