Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Our Set Up at Chester Flea Market-and Where Ever Else We Go

 Columbiana County has many Legends and Stories and Historical Facts that are unique to this area.   WE have many discovered and posters made of them that you can read about.  They will be set up at every event we have this summer.  We travel to the actual places the events occur to give you a first hand look.  We have videos of some of the characters out there also and hope to make one for every story we find eventually. 
This is a typical example of what our set ups will look like where ever we go this summer.  WE will have posters, equipment, books, and even some live characters from the past. 
Here we are set up at the Chester Flea Market, which sets up the first Sunday of each month in the former Chester High School building.    It is now the Chester Municipal Building.  The cost to set up there is $5 and on this day there were about 20 tables set up.  There were home made crafts, and lots of treasures to look through.  The $5 includes a table if you get there soon enough. 
WE are always looking for new legends to explore and research.  Please check our list of events on the side and see if there is anything that interests you that we are doing.  Come visit us and share your memories or information you might know about Columbiana County!  We have a 22 member crew(like Jackson pictured above) waiting to share the past with you!

Sadie Barcus-A Salineville Legend

 In 1888 near the Town of Salineville, there was a young woman named Sadie.  She loved animals and had several dogs.  She was very shy and the townsfolk thought her a bit odd.  Perhaps too odd because Legend says that one night a group of people from Salineville went to Sadie's little cabin in the woods and accused her of being a witch.  They tied her to her bed and ushered all her dogs in the room with her.  They then locked them in and burned down the cabin down. 
Some say that if you go to the site of her home at midnight you can hear her screaming in agony as the fire engulfed her.  The howls of her dogs accompany her. 
This story is the Legend I first heard about in 2008 in a message on myspace. Since then we have discovered that Sadie or rather Sarah Barcus, really did exist.  She didn't die in 1888 however.  The year was 1947 and she was 93 years old.  It states on her death certificate that she was cremated in a house fire, along with her little terrier dog. 
Somehow, from the real story sprang a legend of a witch and a haunting.  That is how many legends begin. Usually there is some little bit of truth where the Legend begins. 
Sadie's name is also used occasionally in the Maple Farm Murders story from the Salineville area as a hooker who was murdered and thrown into a latrine. I am still looking for an approximate date to look that one up at the library.  It happened in the 70s.  From what I understand, two men were murdered in a drug deal and cut up with a chain saw and thrown into an out house.   No women were involved in that one at all and yet her name is occasionally used in that story.
Sadie was a real person who loved  animals and was well loved in her community.  That needs to be said and remembered.  It is why we use the 1888 version of the story we have heard.  Her real name was Sarah, and that is also why we use Sadie.  We are looking for other stories about Salineville.  Another name given to us, claiming this woman to be a witch is Elizabeth Costello.  Her grave is supposed to have chains around it.  We are looking to find it.  If you know where it might be, please let me know!