Haunted Appalachia: Star light, star bright — UFOs in the Mountain State
With the arrival of warmer weather, we find ourselves invariably spending more time outside. Here in the country, with no city lights to water down the starlight, the stars glisten and twinkle on clear nights. Occasional falling stars, a gliding satellite, and a glimpse of the Milky Way always make for interesting sky watching. And thenthere is always the unexpected event, the unidentifiable sighting.
UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects have been spotted and documented throughout the ages and across the entire world. It is more common than you can imagine unless, of course, you are one of the hundreds who have already seen “one”.
Webster Springs, West Virginia in 1976 finds us with one such event. A nurse at the local hospital clocks out and is driving home with her son when they cross the Twin Bridges near Bergoo. As they are driving they spot something unusual. They both see a three-sided craft within close range of their car. They stop the car, incredulous to what they see when they are both overcome by a terrible odor. They finish their trip home unharmed, but puzzled by what occurred.
Quiet Dell, West Virginia on April 8, 1994: In this area of Harrison County, a Suds Run road traveler spots a circular object in the sky which has dome-shaped windows in the center. It makes no sound. It hovered above the trees then came back down close to the ground not making a sound. The people in the vehicle noticed their car radio screeching loudly and the car almost stalled and the dash lights dimmed. The next day, the car was fine but I bet the witnesses were still shaky!
1965 finds us in the Valley Head area of Randolph County. A group of children were outside in the evening playing hide-and-seek. An 11-year-old boy ran around the side of a hill by himself and saw something unexpected. It was hovering about 50 feet above the trees and was disc-shaped. The youngster estimated the object to be about 15 to 20 feet in diameter. It shot across the night sky, over Point Mountain and towards the town of Webster Springs. This young boy is now a full-grown man and remembers this event with great detail as if it happened yesterday.
On Feb. 20, 1994 in Morgantown, something unusual is in the sky. One couple was heading up University Avenue towards the Ramada Inn. They see what looks like an aircraft with a very bright beam of light aiming towards the ground. The pause and watch, thinking a criminal is being spotlighted from a helicopter. The beam snaps on an off and it was then that the onlookers noticed it was not a helicopter but a triangular craft which made no sound at all and hovered ominously as they watched. Before it sped off in the clouds towards Fairmont, the couple in the car noticed it was whitish gray in color and looked as if it were metal of some sort. Several other onlookers witnessed this event as well.
Opinions vary on the subject of UFOs and what they are. Some say these are religious signs we need to heed, others claim them to be Extra Terrestrial beings, optical illusions or even time travelers. The people who have seen these UFOs come from various backgrounds, religions, cultures and professions. Who are we to pass judgment on what they believe they have seen?
Ohand the little boy in Valley Head who was playing hide and go seek, is now married to my sister.
Truth is stranger than fiction!
Sherri Brake is a paranormal researcher, author and Haunted Heartland Tour owner. You may email her at SherriBrake@gmail.com or visit her website at www.HauntedHistory.net