Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Old House Woods and Ghost Pirates



Whenever Sharon and I take a trip, we usually will look up the urban legends surrounding the area.  Somewhere in the Chesapeake Bay area, there are legends about an old house in the woods and another about the ghost pirates still looking for their buried treasure in the thick forest.  These tales were so intriguing to us that we had to check it out.  (Sharon writes about the stories on her blog: (Pirates and Wraiths in the Woods.)






After hitting the beach with our “pirate” scarves on our heads, we then drove along the marsh lands, and into the woods.  We found the “Old House Woods Rd” sign and drove down the dirt road.  At the end of the road was a gate with “Private Property” on a sign.  We drove back to where the road curves, and stood outside the car while the sun was going down.  It was basically quiet with a few critters making their presence known.  We decided that the pirates were not interested in looking for their treasure that night, so we left.  We did find a couple of abandoned houses we thought could be the old house mentioned in the fables, but we were not sure.  On the way back to our hotel, we were treated to an amazing sunset.








Sunday, July 27, 2014

Haunting: The Murder/Suicide House



Somewhere in Gloucester is an abandoned house that sits at the end of a cul-de-sac known as the murder/suicide house.  It is partially hidden by shrubs and vines and is located at the water's edge.  The house has been empty for over 60 years after a murder-suicide took place inside the now decaying walls.

The story has been told many years about the family who once lived there.  The father was abusive, the mother was weak, and a little girl was often neglected by her parents.  I am not sure why, but for some reason while the father was gone, the mother killed the daughter and then herself.  Some also say it was a place where witches once gathered to unmask evil.  Many say the place is haunted by the mother, daughter and some demon spirits.  I don't know exactly what happened, or if any of the stories are true because I couldn't find much information on the place.

However, Sharon and I had a weird experience on our first visit to the house.  While checking out the woods right next to the house to see where the creek was, we heard some leaves and branches crunching as if heavy feet were walking upon them.  This was followed by a whoop, weird calling, dogs barking, crows cawing loudly, and other questionable sounds.  Many associate this type of activity as a Bigfoot being nearby.  Did we have a Bigfoot encounter?  Was that what made the noises and was walking near the creek?  Did the crows warn them of us being nearby?  Did it make the fake rooster "cocka-doodle-doo"?  We don't know what we experienced, but we did feel like someone was watching us the entire time we were there.  Was is a Sasquatch?  It would be cool if it was, but I am not sure.  Here is the link to Sharon's post of the murder/suicide house and Bigfoot:  http://www.ghosthuntingtheories.com/2014/06/murder-suicide-house-and-bigfoot.html

Friday, July 25, 2014

Abandoned Virginia


All around the state of Virginia are abandoned structures that stand empty and alone.  You find them along the highways or on the back roads.  Some are almost hidden by the vegetation which surrounds it.  I put together a video from the many photos I took on my trip to Virginia.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Little Churches With Eerie Cemeteries


Throughout our trip in Virginia, we ran into lots of little old and/or historic churches with eerie little cemeteries on their properties.  I took many pictures and put them together on a slideshow video.

One church is Vauter's Episcopal Church & Cemetery along Highway 17 between Fredericksburg and Gloucester.  "Vauter’s Episcopal Church, the upper church of St. Anne’s Parish, was built in 1731 on land belonging to Bartholomew Vauter (originally spelled Vawter). One of the county’s oldest structures, it is the eleventh oldest of 48 colonial churches still standing in Virginia. The masonry is among the finest of any colonial church. Bricks, which are laid in a Flemish bond pattern, were probably fired on site and the mortar made from oyster shells." (Source: http://www.us17coastalhighway.com/)

A couple of the other churches are Mount Zion United Methodist Church with its cemetery on a hill, and Smithfield Baptist Church which was built in 1880.  Both churches are located in Gloucester.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Historic Gloucester and The Doug


The Gloucester Museum of History is located on Main Street in historic Gloucester, VA.  The Botetourt Building where the museum is located was built in 1770.  It is a pre-Revolutionary brick tavern, where the county seat (Botetourt Towne) was once housed, and named after Virginia's first governor, Lord Botetourt.  The building was first recognized as John New's Ordinary where many loved to shop.  Inside the building are many exhibits including Gloucester Archaeology, Civil and Revolutionary War displays, the old county store with post office, and memories of the Hotel Botetourt.

Gloucester Museum of History
6539 Main Street
Gloucester, Virginia 23061

We spent four nights in Gloucester because we had lots to see.  We dined at a couple of restaurants we can find around Arizona (Red Robin and Ruby Tuesday), but we also enjoyed a couple of local places located in historic Gloucester.

We found the Courthouse Restaurant (http://www.thecourthouserestaurant.com/) a fantastic place to have breakfast.  As a matter of fact, we had breakfast there a couple of mornings.  The place had a charming look and feel to it.  I ordered the "Doug's Breakfast Bowl" both times.  It had scrambled eggs, with hash browns smothered with sausage gravy.  It was a slice of heavenly delight, and my taste buds were very happy.  They offer homemade rolls with your meal.




On our last night in Gloucester, and after a very full day, we choose Olivia's in the Village for dinner.  (http://oliviasinthevillage.com/)  I ordered a bowl with crab, shrimp, spinach, mozzarella melted in a cheesy cream sauce with a side of coleslaw.  It was very delicious.  Both places had quick and friendly service.




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