Lake Shawnee Amusement Park is a place I’ve always heard of but never known much about. Located in Rock, WV, this park was opened to the public in 1925, but no one knew of it’s dark past.
In 1783, the Clay family decided they were going to settle in what is now known as Mercer county, against the wishes of the Native Americans living there. This started a rival, resulting in all of the Clay children being brutally murdered. Mr. Clay, in turn, took the lives of several Native Americans, as well, therefore cursing him and the land. The land was also used as a burial ground, as 13 bodies buried with Native American artifacts were found, but it is believed over 3,000 people were laid to rest there.
Not knowing of past events, Conley T. Snidow purchased the land in 1920 and built Lake Shawnee on top of it, hiding the bloodshed with carnival rides and a dance hall. The happy events didn’t last long.
Apparently, in the 40-odd years the amusement park was open, six people died on the grounds, including a little girl on the swings and a little boy drowning in the pond. Their ghosts are reportedly still seen around the abandoned location.
The park was abandoned in 1966, and has been a haunted landmark in West Virginia ever since. It was named one of the most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel, and ABC has declared it one of the 10 Most Haunted Places in the World. It was so spooky that while filming ABC’s Scariest Places on Earth, the crew and one of the psychics refused to go on the property at night, claiming there was a weird energy surrounding it and even saying they heard chanting and distant drums.
What do you guys think? Is Lake Shawnee Amusement Park haunted? Let me know in the comments!
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