Many of the original Cassadaga spiritualists are buried about a mile up the road in the Lake Helen cemetery. Each Halloween, guards must be posted at the cemetery to ward off outside pranksters and curiosity seekers looking for goblins. One of the big evil attractions at the cemetery has always been the sinister “Devil’s Chair.”
According to the stories, if you sit in this big, brick chair at midnight, the Devil will communicate to you. The Prince of Darkness also enjoys a cold beer once in awhile, for I’m told that if you place an unopened can of beer on the chair it will be empty the next morning. He’s probably a pretty thirsty fellow after working in all that fire and brimstone.
There is a big stone chair in Cassadaga. If you sit in this chair at midnight the Devil will talk to you. I know someone who went there and they said they could hear voices in their head but when they got up out of the chair the voices went away. If you put a can of beer on the grave next to the chair it will be empty in the morning and the top will still be sealed. Now how is that possible? But I know someone who did it and the next morning the can was empty.
Go to the Lake Helen cemetery just down the road two miles from Cassadaga. Up on the hill in the middle of the cemetery you will see a large brick chair with arms. This is the Devil’s Chair and if you sit in it he will appear. We went out there at night but no one would sit in it because we saw some dark figures lurking in the shadows. We did not know if it was just some kids or something else…
This brick inn was built as a stagecoach stop in 1835 by Andrew Mann. A secret chamber in the basement indicates it was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. After 1878, the building became a windmill and later was used as a wagon factory. In the 1920s, the hidden room in the basement was used for the sale and consumption of liquor during Prohibition. After that, the building was converted into apartments. In 1976, the building was completely restored and furnished with antiques. That was when the ghost of a Lady in Red began roaming the halls. With the diverse history of this building, no one has yet hazarded a guess as to who the revenant might be. (The town of Marshall is 20 miles east of Battle Creek near I-94. The 16-room inn is on Fountain Circle Park and overlooks the downtown area. The National House Inn, 102 South Parkview, Marshall, MI 49068. Phone: 616-781-7374.)
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With over 100 jam packed rooms to explore and elaborate tea services and events, the Mansion on O is a hidden treasure
The Mansion on O St, near Dupont Circle in Washington DC, was founded by H.H. Leonards-Spero and opened on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1980. The house itself boasts “over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors” spread throughout four maze-like floors. Part of this elaborate layout is due to the strange design of the mansion, which is not a mansion at all, but actually four row houses opened to one another and turned into one elaborate hotel/museum.
Though a few items are part of the O Mansions “permanent collection,” for the most part every item of which there are many thousands piled throughout the mansion – many of which are acquired from local junk shops and garages sales – in each themed room is for sale, including the thousands of books on the numerous floor to ceiling bookcases.
Because the Mansion also functions as a hotel not all rooms will necessarily be open to the public at the time of your visit, even so, a self-guided tour of the house can still take hours. Each themed room – some themes include a log cabin room, the french renaissance room, and the billiards room – contains hundreds of pieces of art, books, and other “treasures” to examine and ponder. The mansion also includes also a large amount of Beatles and John Lennon memorabilia, including a Sgt. Peppers jukebox in the “Beatles Room.” Perhaps the best room in the hotel is the penthouse which has a somewhat seventies theme and features a large wooden hot tub.
The O Mansion is also features concerts, brunches, lunches, dinners and events, though their most popular events are their Teas, all of which must be booked online. The O Mansion is open to the public on Sunday, Monday, and holidays.
A wealth of local folk art, unusual collections, antiques and curios, without ever leaving your car.
n the tiny town of Seale, Alabama, there is a roadside attraction that doesn’t require getting out of your car. It’s not for burgers and fries, there is no ATM machine, and you can’t drop off your dry cleaning. It is a drive-thru, but not the usual kind. It’s billed as the world’s first drive-thru art and antique gallery.
Created by artist and collector Butch Anthony in 2014, it’s an off-shoot of his Museum of Wonder, and was built with the intention of helping to control the crowds who show up at the museum. As an unincorporated town of just a few hundred people, having even one such destination would be a gem, but having two near each other is a wealth of local folk art, unusual collections, antiques, and curios.
The Drive-Thru is right on Highway 169, at the intersection of US 431. It’s made from stacked shipping containers, with windows cut into the sides to reveal a myriad of items collected or created by Anthony. There’s the two-headed ducklings, a large gallstone attached to poems (art he calls “intertwangleism”), drawings of skeletons and bones superimposed on old photographic portraits, and found-object art mixed with taxidermy animals. It’s a short drive to get through the whole collection, but each piece will make you hit the brakes. So take as much time as you need.
The Great Blue Hole, located just 100 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of Belize, is an underwater sinkhole that researchers believe is the largest of its kind.
Circular in shape and characterized by its rich, blue color, it is over 300 meters (984 ft) across and 125 meters (410 ft) deep. It lies in the center of an atoll called Lighthouse Reef, where an island of coral encircles the shallow, light turquoise-colored waters of a lagoon. Water levels there are so shallow that parts of the ring surrounding the dark blue sinkhole are even known to crest the surface at low tide.
The sinkhole originally formed as a limestone cave during the last glacial period, a time when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise, the cave system flooded and eventually collapsed, creating a “vertical cave” in the ocean. As such, the site is popular among divers, who flock to the area to see the geological formations that now lie in the ocean’s depths.
One such diver was undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, who made the site famous in 1971 by declaring it one of the top ten best diving places in the world. At the time, Cousteau, sailing on his ship Calypso, investigated the sinkhole’s depths and confirmed that it had, indeed, originated from a limestone cave formation. Huge stalactites and stalagmites were also found below the surface, some even reaching 9-12 meters (30-40 ft) in length.
These geological formations can still be viewed by divers today. It is said that the deeper one goes, the water becomes more clear and the formations, more complex. The Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The Bell family lived in a farm house in Tennessee, close to the Kentucky border. The residents were John Bell, his wife Lucy, their daughter Betsy and their two sons. At the time their other two children did not live there because they had married and moved out. The start of the paranormal activity started in 1817 when John Bell saw an apparition that looked like a dog in his cornfield. Not knowing it was an apparition he shot at it and watched it vanish before his eyes. He also saw another ghostly creature and is also vanished when it was shot at.
Not long after the creepy apparitions, the Bell house endured continues rapping's and scrapings on the outside of the doors, walls and windows like it was attempting to get inside. Eventually it succeeded. It chewed on the bedposts, kicked the ceiling, knocked over some furniture, and pulled ghostly, invisible chains across the floor. After a year the home was filled with strange, unwanted noises. Soon the ghostly visitor became violent, hitting and slapping visitors of the Bell home for no good reason. The Bell children were also struck by the entity and it pulled their hair when they tried to sleep at night. The ghostly entity also hailed rocks and sticks like typical poltergeists do.
The only daughter Betsy Bell began to have convulsions and would pass out at times as the intensity of the poltergeist activity grew. At first it could not talk. Then it was able to make whistling noises. Then it became able to whisper until after awhile it found the ability to talk clearly. Eventually the evil witch's' voice could be heard through the whole house. In time the ghostly visitor referred to itself as a witch and said it would plague John Bell forever. The witch would beat John and once she beat him so bad he could not talk because his jaw and tongue was too swollen. The actual identity of the spirit was never made clear but the family started to refer to it as Kate after hearing it say " I am nothing more or less than old Kate Batts, witch."
Before John Bell married Lucy, He was in love with a Kate Batts when he lived in Halifax, North Carolina. John once proposed to her but never went through with marrying her. In the end of the 1770's Kates' lifeless corpse was found next to a well near her home. The cause of death was never discovered. John Bell tied the knot with Lucy right after Kates' funeral, getting over her death unusually easy. Some people believe that Mr.Bell had murdered Batts because he realized he could not spend the rest of his life with such a crazy, moody, and unpleasant woman. Perhaps she just sought revenge against John because he ruined her happiness by not marrying her.
The word got around about the Bell witch and soon, people began making visits to the Bell home to see if the rumors were true. What the received when the got there was a lot of punches and kicks by the ghostly witch. The Bells family minister, James Johnson, performed an exorcism on the home but it did little good. Members of the parish would stay at the Bell home to record any paranormal activity but this only intensified the poltergeists efforts. After awhile most members of the parish refused to set foot in the ghostly dwelling. Once President Andrew Jackson(actually General at the time) went to the Bell house with an exorcist to face the crazy spirit. They took off when the poltergeist threw the family dishes and furniture at him.
After about three years of torture and abuse dished out by the heartless spirit, John was so messed up and unhealthy that he could not leave his bed for months. He was even twitching uncontrollably. The ghostly witch grew from abuse and hatred, to attempted murderer when it replaced Johns Tonic with poison. This attempt had failed. However, on December 19, 1820 the poor, abused John Bell was discovered in a coma. One of his sons rushed to check the medicine cabinet (probably because of the previous incident) and saw only a vial of dark liquid which was only a third full. The twisted poltergeist admitted she gave him a good amount of it when John was sleeping and said he will never awaken again. John Bell died the next day. The dark liquid was indeed poison because it was tested on a cat and the animal died instantly.
A month after Bells funeral the Bell witch left and did not return until 1828. It did its usual stuff for a couple of weeks to Lucy Bell and two of her boys that still lived there. Before it left this time it said it would return every 107 years. It's not surprising that the ghostly lier never showed up in 1935. It actually appeared a couple of different times earlier. Even though the Bell home was burnt down, the area is still full of paranormal activity. There is even a Bell Witch cave that the vicious spirit might dwell.
There are many different versions of the Bell Witch story. I also have read that Kate Batts was angry with John Bell over a business deal she had made with him. I have also read somewhere that John Bell was cursed by the poltergeist because he shot an employee of his to death. Despite the different variations of the story, the fact that the poltergeist was unusually powerful, could not be forced out of the home, and hated and destroyed John Bell seems to be universal. Just to know that a poltergeist or a ghost can obtain that much power, even on just rare occasions is a scary thought. That's one of the reasons why I believe that this story should be read by anyone who is interested in poltergeists.
The Bell Witch cave is on the property where the Bell farm used to be. It is almost 500 ft long. Tours are given during the summer and October and is now privately owned. The Bell Witch is believed to have fled to the cave after the Bell home was destroyed. I don't find it too hard to believe because many ghosts(assuming that it was a ghost and not a poltergeist)stick to a certain area for centuries. Another reason is because she claims to return again and the cave is a good place she can scare the heck out of people. The Bell Witch cave is located off of Highway 41 and is North in Adams Tennessee. I read that admission is 7 bucks and that you should call ahead before heading out there.
The Jersey Devil, the supposed mythical creature of the New Jersey Pinelands, has haunted New Jersey and the surrounding areas for the past 260 years. This entity has been seen by over 2,000 witnesses over this period. It has terrorized towns and caused factories and schools to close down, yet many people believe that the Jersey Devil is a legend, a mythical beast, that originated from the folklore of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Others disagree with this point of view. The following text will show there is evidence to support the existence of an animal or supernatural bring known as the Jersey Devil. The evidence consists of the stories of the Jersey Devil's origin, the sightings of it, and finally, the theories on it.
There are many different versions of the birth of the Jersey Devil. One of the most popular legends says a Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point, NJ made a wish that if she ever had another child, she want it to be a devil. Her next child was born misshapen and deformed. She sheltered it in the house, so the curious couldn't see him. On stormy night, the child flapped it's arms, which turned into wings, and escaped out the chimney and was never seen by the family again. A Mrs. Bowen of Leeds point said, "The Jersey Devil was born in the Shrouds house at Leeds Point." 1 Another story that also placed the birth at Leeds Point said that a young girl fell in love with a British soldier during the Revolutionary War. The people of Leeds Point cursed her. When she gave birth, she had a devil. Some people believe the birth of the devil was punishment for the mistreatment of a minister by the Leeds folk.