Mysteries

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The Beale Treasure – millions in gold buried on a farm in Bedford

 Ok all of your treasure hunters out there. Tell me what you know. Word on the street is that Thomas Jefferson Beale and a team of 30 men unexpectedly discovered a mother lode of gold and silver in Colorado. Sometime between 1819 and 1821, Beale buried the treasure, estimated to be worth millions, in Bedford County at what is now the site of Johnson’s Orchard and Peaks of Otter Winery. After burying the treasure, Beale and his party set out on another expedition. Knowing their trip would be dangerous, Beale left three coded messages in a locked box with Robert Morriss of Lynchburg.   Beale promised to mail Morriss a key that he could use to decipher the codes should 10 years pass with no word from Beale or his men. The first code contained the treasure’s exact location, a second code described the contents and the third named the members of Beale’s 30-man party along with their next of kin. 10 years came and went and neither Beale nor the key ever arrived. To date, only the second cipher has been broken and the treasure’s whereabouts remain a mystery. 

The Birds

 Back in January 2012, Lagrange came close to making a sequel to the original film, “The Birds”, minus all the killing. Thousands of Blackbirds decided to call the small town home causing excessive poo issues to the point people carried umbrellas for protection. The town tried everything from air cannons to loud music to scare the flock, but they kept returning. Lagrange still has a lot of birds, but residents no longer have to carry umbrellas to protect them from poo. 

Unexplained lights

 The people of Estill County and Cobb Hill have reported unexplained lights that float or dart. These luminous orbs appear with no known light source, nor is there any evidence of a source after they disappear. The only proof is the word of locals who have seen them and the occasional video. 

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Buried Alive

Buried alive: The double death of Octavia Smith Hatcher.


James Hatcher was a happily married, wealthy gent who lived in Pikeville Kentucky. He was involved in timber, coal mining and owned the first hotel in the community. Hatcher wed local lovely Octavia Smith in 1889, and she bore him one son. Unfortunately, the 1890s had a relatively high infant mortality rate. Also, many of the diseases for which we now have vaccines, like measles and small pox, were deadly. Octavia and James' son fell gravely ill not long after birth and the small child died in January of 1891.

The death of her son put Octavia into a deep, dark depression and she fell physically ill. She eventually slipped into a coma and, on May 2nd, 1891, the new bride was pronounced dead. James was devastated, and he buried his bride.

Soon thereafter, others in the town suffered the same mysterious illness. These recent sufferers woke back up, however. This gave James hope and he quickly organized an exhumation of Octavia's coffin. Sadly, he was too late and his bride was truly dead this time — although it was obvious from the scratching and clawing at the coffin lid that she'd awoken to the terror of being buried alive. It's said she had a look of absolute terror on her face, as if she had been frozen in fear. James Hatcher had to mourn, and bury, his bride twice.  


A twisted tale: The witches' tree of Old Louisville

Old Louisville is the largest, most well-preserved Victorian community in the world. It also has a long, dark history of hauntings and strange happenings. During the late 1800s, for example, it was widely known that a coven of witches had a favorite maple tree near the corner of 6th Street and Park where they'd gather to perform ceremonies and pay homage to their nature gods. In 1889, lore has it that a local planning committee decided to cut down the tree for a May Day pole. The witches were warned of the plans and confronted the committee, but the business folks would not back down and cut down the tree anyway.

As you can imagine, this didn't bode well with the witches. Legend says that they cast a special curse in retaliation. Eleven months later, on March 27th, 1890, Louisville was hit with one of the most severe storms in its history. Many believed the witches had called forth a Storm Demon, which brought with it thunder, lightning and devastating tornados. Witnesses say lightning struck the spot where the maple tree once grew and, not long after, another tree started growing in its place.

A misshapen, lumpy, bumpy, deformed tree still stands close to 6th and Park. Pentagrams, crosses, dolls and other tokens and blessings hang from its branches. Items are placed there in some cases to honor the witches, and in others too ward them off. Local witches are still said to frequent the area, and Old Louisville is also said to be among the most haunted neighborhoods in the country.

Valley Hill in Springfield Kentucky

Lights that cause some to have visions. This is still unsolved but has been investigated many times by paranormal investigators and Unsolved Mysteries.

 

A quiet spot near Springfield, Kentucky, has been in the news off and on for the last 10 years. It's because of what some claim are miracles that happen in an area known as "Valley Hill." Is it a religious experience or a hoax? It depends on who you ask.

Valley Hill sits along a bubbling brook in Washington County. The splashing water and tall trees under a blue sky make it a very peaceful place.

But it's not just the peace and quiet that brings people there. They come hoping to see a miracle.

 Nowadays it's very quiet and peaceful at Valley Hill. But there was a time that it was packed with people after something unusual happened in April of 1995. Seven young girls and their Catholic education teacher who reported seeing spots of gold and even getting pictures of angels and the virgin Mary. 

 

The woman who owns the land, Iona Wright, says the miracles are most likely to be seen the 2nd and 23rd of every month. Regardless of what people see or don't see, it's a quiet retreat in a very busy world.

Valley Hill Fields is located on Bloomfield Road near Springfield, Ky., north of Hwy. 55 and south of Hwy. 458.

Middlesboro KY

Middlesboro KY is a small community that seems to sit in the middle of a giant meteor impact crater. Some retired coal miners tell of the time a large chunk of iron was found in the mines and about how the government took it away. I could not find out much about this incident but go and visit Middlesboro and see what you think. 

Thornton, KY

South Eastern KY has a very wide mix of people from several different countries around the world. In September of 1988 an incident occurred at the Thornton Cemetery  where the ground started shaking. If you live in South Eastern KY at that time you know the ground always shaked and moved when the underground coal mines were blasting. This was a common event so no one paid any attention to it. Until some people noticed that a dull green light was coming from the cemetery and the ground was still shaking and moving. A group of teenagers was seen running from the cemetery and one (name withheld) told how one of the kids had taken a book from his family that was supposed to be a spell book that had been in their family for many 100s of years. They had brought it to America when they immigrated in the early 1800s. After reading out loud from the book, cracks formed in the ground and a dull green light started shining up from the ground. The kids got scared and started running but they dropped the book. People were afraid to go into the cemetery until the next morning in daylight. People did find cracks in the ground but the book  was not there. Some of the people who lived in the area then are still hesitant about talking of the events of that night. 

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Blue Men of Kentucky

 

Combs was one of many of the so-called “blue men” of Kentucky, originally stemming from the French Fugate family which produced several generations of men possessing skin with a strange, pale blue coloration throughout the 1800s.

The earliest known member of the family, Martin Fugate, had been a French orphan who settled in the Appalachian mountains of rural Kentucky near Troublesome Creek, where he met and was married to Elizabeth Smith. Fugate had arrived to claim a land grant, and Elizabeth’s pale complexion and red hair, along with Fugate’s own genetic recessive traits combined to produce progeny with a rare condition known today as methaemoglobinaemia (or more commonly “met-H”), a condition that causes a reduced ability to carry oxygenated blood throughout the body, resulting in the bluish coloration to the skin.

Little People of KY

Cherokee oral history talks about the Little People of KY. They were mainly in the Hills of Eastern and South Eastern KY.  Listening to several accounts of sightings, there seem to be 2 distinct types of Little People. Both types were about 2 feet tall, very friendly and interacted with all the people of the areas.  Trading and visiting. All accounts reported two things, they are friendly people that liked to play jokes and that they could turn invisible for shot periods of times!  Their homes were actually accessed by holes in the sides of hills or steep sides near ponds or rivers. No one was ever allowed in their homes so they did not know where the entrances lead. All reports described them as wearing clothes, shoes, hats and jewelry. According to the reports, the Little People are still here but do not interact with modern people as they were a lover of nature and not machines.. 

Boat Land Faries

In the early 1900 and up until around 1940, many families passed around their family history which included having Faries living on their lands. One thing that remained common in all the history was that the Faries were only about 6 to 7 inches tall and used machines!  The machine part is consistant in all the retelling of the histories from different families. They did not have wings but they were very fast moving on the ground. They used boats and had small towns and villages set up near water sources. The people in the area did not mind the Faries living on the land with them and they all got along peacefully. No reports have been made since the 1940s and the Families that talked about the Faries have stopped talking abotu them. They have asked to remain anonymous so there names are not stated. 

Portal to Hell

Bobby Mackey’s Music World has been the subject of many TV shows and books and still remains a place where you can get a drink, Line dance and see a ghost!  

Gates of Hell

Grand View Cemetary in Elizabetown, KY. The cemetery located where St. John Road dead ends… but many residents consider it appropriate to be called the Gates of Hell. There are some graves from the 1700s and 1800s that have not been identified. They are somewhat overgrown. The gates are bent and the sounds of screams, along with shadow people and electrical problems have been reported. Mind you, some young townies come here to party on occasion. 

Glowing Tombstone

Glowing Tombstone: In Benton a Man and Woman lived in a house near a cemetery (name withheld). One night a  Cult (name that was used) were in the cemetery performing some kind of ritual. The man went to check out what was going on, since it was right beside his property. The man did not return. The woman that lived there went walking to the cemetery after the cult had left and found her husband hanging from a tree. The barn on their prop[erty is still there but the house is gone. Anytime someone tries to build a house on that property the house will fall down during construction. The man is burried in the cemetery and at nights when the tombstone glows, some say it is the man waiting in the cmemtery for the culitist to come back so he can extract his revenge.