In 1996, artist, writer and Doddridge county-native Susan Sheppard created the now legendary Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours. She was inspired after attending a New Orleans walking tour. Susan knew the potential that historic Parkersburg held for such a draw...
Between two mysterious rivers, lies a strange land called West Virginia. All manner of magical creatures have materialized throughout its hills and valleys, mountains and rivers, as well. Monsters have appeared and vanished here, but not for long.
Parkersburg, West Virginia is one such city where hauntings abound. It is a place where ghosts are prone to lurk, banshees don't mind keening, mothmen aren't afraid to fly, witches dance in secret and there are graveyards where statues famously get up and walk.
At nighttime the streets of downtown Parkersburg are ghosted in the mists of shadows and eerie, meandering alleyways. Presences are felt from Civil War times when Parkersburg was said to be "the wickedest city along the Ohio River." Many believe it is still the most haunted.
But ghosts aren't the only supernatural creatures that haunt Parkersburg. The small, river city is also the only place on record where the alien Indrid Cold touched down in his spaceship on a foggy November night in 1966. (The story was covered in John Keel's "Mothman Prophecies" and more recently, the movie "Eyes of the Mothman.")
But that's only one of Parkersburg's famous paranormal tales. In addition, we have graveyard ghouls and vexing railroad ghosts. There are houses where ghostly children refuse to leave... a haunted hotel and places poltergeists continue to posses. That doesn't even cover our own haunted island where a woman in white is a ghostly remnant, mourning the life and losses she once had.
After all, Parkersburg has always had exceptional tales of the supernatural. Its popular Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours, led by Susan Sheppard, is voted one of those most well-received in the nation. Likewise, Parkersburg remains a nortorious investigation site for ghost hunters from throughout the nation.
The Blennerhassett Hotel, where the ghost tour starts out, was voted by MSNBC as the 6th most haunted hotel in North America, only beaten out for 5th place by the Stanley, or the famous "Shining Hotel" in Colorado. Paranormal activity is high at the Blennerhassett Hotel and is a great place to sense the spirits.
So, are you ready to explore the unique hauntings and paranormal tales of Parkersburg? All tours meet at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Blennerhassett Hotel at 4th and Market Streets, downtown Parkersburg, WV.
Watch our special ghost tour video for kids!