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Kingsport’s Woman in Black

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The stereotypical “woman in black” has been a ominous figure throughout much of history. The Appalachian regions were no exception.

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The Ghost Bull on Roan Mountain

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The tale of the Ghost Bull on Roan Mountain is relatively contemporary, believed to have been first published during the 1970s. For reference, here is the most common version:

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History / Myths and Legends / People

Any Witch Way?

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Residents of the Appalachian Mountains have a number of unique struggles and adversities not found elsewhere, as it has always been. The prevalence of the stereotype is a major adversary. More stereotypes exist surrounding these mountain ranges than any other region of the United States.

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White-Livered Vixens and Vamps

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The term, “white liver,” has recently found its way into Appalachian discussions. According to legend, if a woman has the dreaded white liver, her sexual appetites are so strong they kill her mate.

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Folklore and Ghost Stories / History / Myths and Legends / Virginia

The Moon Ghost

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The Moon Ghost is a name given to a series of bizarre incidents that took place in the home of Schulyer Moon, of Fluvanna County. The house was once an estate called “Church Hill,” around 12 miles from Charlottesville.

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Two Drops of Blood

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There was once a haunted house in the Big Laurel section of Wise County, Virginia.  No one lived there for any length of time, until a traveling preacher stayed one night and unraveled the mystery.

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Esserville’s Banshee Rock

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A large rock once sat beside the road going between Wise and Norton, near the small coal town Esserville, Virginia. The rock was believed to have its own banshee that foretold death.

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The Tall Soldier of Indian Creek

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A mysterious figure once haunted the Indian Creek area of Wise County, Virginia. The phantom was over seven feet tall and haunted all who passed by his grave.

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The Squeaking Door

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A tale out of Letcher County, Kentucky, is about an unusual haunting. Preacher Wesley “Little Wes” Collins experienced one of the strangest ghosts in Appalachian history.

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Accidents, Mishaps, and Disasters / Folklore and Ghost Stories / History / Myths and Legends / Storytelling

The Infamous Bostian Bridge

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Bostian Bridge is a fixture near Statesville, North Carolina. It is also the scene of one of the most popular phantom trains in the state.

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