Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Witchy Tale

The Spread Eagle Ghost Walk was a lot of fun for my crew and I because we are usually the ones who give the tours. It was great to be on the other end for a change. My favorite story was that of Christina Sloan. She was 22 years old when she died, and there is no record of what she died of that any one can find. Coincidentally, around the same time, there was a woman who was accused of being a witch in the area. She was accused by the minister of a church, one member of the church, and 2 immigrant workers. However, she was given no trial.
One night her accusers went to her home and dragged her into the night where she was hanged, and then burned. Finally, she was buried in the older part of the town cemetery. Before she was killed she swore that one day she would rise from the grave and destroy the town of Hanoverton. A few days after her death, these chains were put around the grave area. No one knows who put them up.

There are eyes on the little talismans. Some are right side up and others upside down. Legend says that if the chains ever come down from around this family plot, the witch will be freed to exact her revenge on the town and the relatives of her accusers.
I loved this story! Complete with chains, it is the best I have heard from the Columbiana County area. Is Christina Sloan the Witch in question? No one knows for sure. Her grave is the one that is pointed out. Usually the ones accused of witch craft that were executed were not buried on Hallowed ground, nor were they given tomb stones. Still, the story captured my imagination like no other has. I look forward to several investigations in the Hanoverton area next year.
And still to come, the story of Oliveena.

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