Let’s Get Spooky: Local Haunts

In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve decided to go “off-brand” for today’s post, and write about a topic that is incredibly fascinating to me: hauntings. Call me strange, but I love listening to ghost stories, and learning about the history of so-called haunted places. Now, I’ve never actually gone “ghost hunting” — I don’t think I have the guts for that — but I have had a number of strange experiences in my life that have made me a believer (but that’s a story for another day!).

Being the history nerd that I am,  I’ve recently been doing a bit of research on my town’s history out of pure curiosity. Its roots date back to 1764 when Fort Sinclair — a fort and trading post — was resurrected, so it is teeming with history waiting to be explored. In doing this research, I stumbled upon some information regarding my first supposedly haunted location that I had no idea about. Let’s dive in, shall we?

The Haunted Inn

I just recently found out that an Inn less than five minutes away from my house is ~supposedly~ haunted (not disclosing the name at this time)! Built in the early 1800s, the Inn served as a boarding house to farmers. Later on, it was redeveloped into an inn, and today it runs as an Irish pub and inn. While there is no specific story to preface the paranormal activity that occurs today, rumor has it that one of the ghosts likes to photo bomb guests all throughout the establishment. Other activity the Inn sites includes the apparition of a woman in white on the stairs and in the upstairs hallway, shadow figures in two rooms specifically, and the sounds of children laughing. Full disclaimer that I have not experienced any of these myself, but you bet that I’m going to keep my eyes peeled from here on out!

The Legend of Morrow Road

Okay, so I’ve known about the legend of Morrow Road since I was about five or six years old. While it is based a few towns over, the legend is notorious in our area. There were rumors of a movie being filmed based on the story a few years ago; however, nothing ever came into fruition. There are several versions of the story that I’ve heard over the years, so I’ll give you guys the one I’ve heard of most often.

Legend has it that a young woman had a child out of wedlock, and dropped her baby off on the side of the road because she no longer wanted it. Feeling guilty on her way home, she decided to turn around and go back for her child; however, upon her return, the baby was gone. She stayed to search for the baby, but died in the process. Today she haunts the area near the bridge still searching for her baby. If you park your car on the bridge at night, turn it off and honk the horn three times you’re supposed to see the woman and hear the baby cry. Other versions of the story say that you’re supposed to see her with blood on her hands and she leaves bloody hand prints on your car windows while screaming “where’s my baby?”, but I think that’s a little far-fetched.

I’ve been down the road numerous times, but have yet to see or hear anything. Several friends and relatives claim that they’ve seen something in the woods, heard the baby cry or have seen the lady. Maybe I’m not doing all the steps properly, or maybe I’m just one of the lucky ones not scarred from the experience, but I’m definitely willing to try it again!

Do you believe in ghosts or have any ghost stories you’d like to share? Leave me a comment below, I’d love it hear it!

-K.

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