What is now a historical museum, was once the center of a coal mining community in the heart of Whipple, Fayette County. In the late 1800’s, the Whipple Company Store was a one-stop-shop, with everything from food to healthcare.
Life was not easy back then and the stories that have been preserved within this store reflect just that.
Coal was everything during this time; a main source of income for many. In fact, any threat to their way of life met its match, and sometimes in the most brutal ways. Beatings and murders in plain sight, and there was nothing the community could do about it because the coal mining companies controlled everything.
According to local ghost hunter, Chris Colin, people were forced into situations they had no choice but which to agree.
“There were marriages that happened in this town that were not out of love, but convenience. A widow might have to marry a young miner the day after her husband died so she could keep the house and keep the family together and not be thrown out on the street,” Colin said.
Colin has a fascination for these kinds of stories, which feeds the paranormal activity that happens in the Whipple Company Store. He experienced the paranormal activity first hand.
“We were down in the basement and we were talking through a spirit box, and there were voices coming through and kind of communicating with us and then all of a sudden, the elevator upstairs just started moving all by itself. It is a manually operated elevator. When we came upstairs and we asked Joy, we said hey the elevator was moving all by itself, and she came over and said it’s locked you cannot move it,” Colin said.
Another unexplained phenomenon involved a literal hands on experience.
“On his back were two hand prints. Like you cannot make hand prints on your own back, you know, and Joy took his shirt off and showed it to him, and he didn’t go back down into the basement for about a month,” Colin told 59News.
While there were many weird occurrences, there is one that really sticks out. Believe it or not, it involves dried blood coming back to its original state.
“Well sometimes people come in here and it will actually look red and bubbling up and oozing, and look like fresh blood on the ground, and it does not stick to you, you cannot touch it or anything, it is just a visual thing, but it is just one of those weird things that happens in here,” Colin explained.
As time goes on, ghost hunters like Colin, collect more stories and experience more strange events. Colin said he hopes to continue his quest one paranormal activity at a time.
“I have got an open mind when it comes to ghost hunting. I do not know if it is a ghost or what we are catching or energy or something, but something funky is going on and it keeps drawing me back and keeps me looking,” Colin said.