The Haunted Tavern of the River’s Bend

On this ghostly journey through the heart of Appalachia, we recount the spine-tingling tale of two brothers, Jacob and Ritchie Vail, and their fateful encounter with a haunted tavern along the Ohio River. As the brothers seek lodging one night, they stumble upon a mysterious establishment with a dark past and an even darker presence lurking within its walls.

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Sweet dreams, podcast listeners.

Old Richter’s Ghost

In this chilling episode of MountainLore, we delve deep into the eerie tales of western Pennsylvania as we recount a story that’s lingered in the whispers of the hills for over a century. We venture to a forsaken square frame house nestled in the mountains—a house that now stands forlorn, its glory days long past.  

In 1886, this house was abuzz with the life of woodsmen, but among them was an enigmatic old German man named Richter, whose past was as shadowy as the nights that terrorized him. His nightly wails and frantic cries for light painted a haunting picture that the woodsmen learned to endure as part of their stay.   Gather ’round as we unravel the tale of old Richter and his haunted. A tale that ensures the old farmhouse remains not just a structure, but a sentinel of the spectral legends of Appalachia.

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Until our next encounter…  

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The Tragedy of Octavia Hatcher

On May 2, 1891, Octavia Hatcher of Pikeville, Kentucky, died from a strange, new illness.

Well, no she didn’t, but nobody knew that at the time.

You see, that illness caused her to go into a coma so deep that doctors at the time assumed she was dead and pronounced her so. Then she was buried in a cemetery on a hill above Pikeville.

That is when the tragedy of this story begins.

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A Ghostly Run of Likker

Many years ago, it’s said, a moonshiner running his still had a supernatural encounter that changed his life, another bit of MountainLore for you!

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Til next time, sweet dreams, podcast listeners…

Ghostly Redemption: A Coal Miner’s Tale

A tragic accident in the mines brings profound grief and anguish to a coal miner until one day, while working his shift, he finds the peace he had been missing for so long.

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A Ghostly Reckoning

A tragic tale of two young women, best friends, who were divided by their desire for the attentions of a young man. Jealousy turned to murder which itself turned into the ghost story we have for you today.

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The House of the Vanishing Chains

We are back after a couple of weeks of being under the weather, but that time was put to good use in gathering up the story we have for you this week!

A home renovation project a hundred years ago went well, not disturbing the neighbors.

It did, however, disturb someone, or should we say, something else.

What that was and how it turned out is our story. Give us a listen…

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The Haunted Door

Once upon a time an Appalachian preacher had a son who loved to swing back and forth on the front door of his farmhouse.

We’ll tell you the rest in today’s tale.

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The Mysterious Ghost Rider of Southwest Virginia

Today’s story comes from a listener, who remembered the bare bones of this tale but not the entire story. We’ve taken that “ghost” of a story (about a ghost) and put together the tale you’ll hear in this episode.

It’s the story of the mysterious ghost rider of southwest Virginia, another tale from Appalachia.

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The Hand of Justice

The Civil War came to East Tennessee in the form of Confederate raids against the mostly Union sympathizers who lived there. Today’s tale recounts a story told about one such raid which cost the life of a resident of Carter’s Valley.

His spirit demanded justice and got it…through his hand, brutally severed from his body by the Rebel raiders.

Today we tell that tale.

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