The area surrounding Williams Mill, in Scott County, Virginia, has seen many changes in the past century. Perhaps the most notable is the demolition of several historic houses in the 1970s to make way for new land development. The McClelland house was one such casualty. Unfortunately, the incredible history surrounding this home was also forgotten.
Joe McClelland resided in the home lived in the house when the home’s supernatural activity became widely known, in the 1890s. The home was considered “old” even then, and was known as a former bawdy house.
The home had a history of frequently changing owners. Decades after the home’s original owners lived there, the new owner decided to just rent it. He figured someone, somewhere, should be able to live in the house. Unfortunately, the home amassed an even greater number of renters. They would move in, stay briefly, and suddenly leave.
McClelland knew the house was originally a brothel, but didn’t believe anything was wrong with the house, itself. The cathouse had closed many years earlier, and only a few locals even remembered it. The building needed a little repair work, but nothing that was too difficult for him to manage. He moved in with his family and they began returning the home to a livable state.
They soon realized their home was not like others. Muddy hand and footprints appeared on their sheets as quickly as they changed them, but they weren’t normal prints. They were tiny prints, like those of an infant. The family heard strange noises and infant cries daily. Tiny handprints then began to appear on furniture. There were no infants or small children in the house. Floyd McClelland, Joe’s nephew, visited to help the family work on the house. He was unable to stay. Every time he tried to sleep, the covers were yanked off him and thrown on the floor.
The noises surpassed minor irritations. Sometimes the family heard loud crashing and rumbling. They heard the sound of something large being dragged across the floorboards.
At first, Joe thought the sounds were vermin. He pulled up the floorboards to examine the crawlspace. He noticed several spots where something appeared to be buried. The family dug the up suspicious areas to ensure they weren’t nests for snakes or rodents.
It was worse. They found many tiny human skeletons wrapped in burlap. Every body found had a small hole on the crown of its head. The family assumed the prostitutes killed their babies by shoving something through the crown of their heads.
The bodies weren’t just under the floorboards. A short time later, several fishermen were in the pond beside the house. One of them caught their hook on an object that turned out to be a glass jar containing tiny remains. The jar was weighted with rocks and tossed in the water. Before long, area fishermen found a number of jars in the pond, all with the same gruesome contents.
McClelland’s family continued to suffer from the unusual activity until, finally, his wife grew ill. She died soon after the onset of her symptoms. McClelland saddled his horse that night to inform her father. A growling creature soon arose from the bushes beside the home. It was almost as big as his horse.
He emptied his pistol into the monster, but bullets didn’t sway it. The creature neared and the horse bolted when was within arms-length. Fortunately, it couldn’t keep up with the steed and he soon left it behind.
McClelland moved his family immediately after his wife’s death. He never witnessed the creature again. From all known history, the house remained empty until it’s razing.