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The Haunted Amusement Park

The site of the Mitchell Clay Indian massacre in the late 1700's.

Mitchell Clay was the first white settler in what is now Mercer County, WV. One day while the men were away hunting, Indians rode down from the ridge and killed and began to scalp one of the boys who was working in the fields. When his sister came to his aid, she too was killed. Another boy was kidnapped. A posse followed but the Indians split into two groups. The men followed them into Boone County and killed several Indians before realizing the Clay boy was not there. After they backtracked and pursued the second band who had fled to Ohio, they arrived only moments after the third child had been burned at the stake.

In the 1970's the land was used as a small amusement park and for music festivals and other outdoor activities. Now it sits deterioriating on the original gravesites, a silent almost mocking momument to this tradegy of long ago. It is rumored that on quiet summer nights you can hear the voices of children. Or maybe it's just the wind.

I have nothing to do with this property except for taking photos of it and relaying the stories I have heard about it and things that I have observed while there. I am not related to anyone who lives or has ever lived here. I have no opinion about the present owner or his use of his property.

Please note. This is privately owned land. You must contact the landowner first to visit.

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Since many people leave comments asking how to get in touch with the owner here is a link.



The Haunted Amusement Park - June 2012
The Haunted Amusement Park - June 2012
July 2009 Visit
July 2009 Visit
Haunted Amusement Park 2008
Haunted Amusement Park 2008
Haunted Amusement Park Visit - October 4, 2006
Haunted Amusement Park Visit - October 4, 2006
The Haunted Amusement Park Revisited
The Haunted Amusement Park Revisited
Historic Marker
Historic Marker
The Entrance
The Entrance
Brick from Maker
Brick from Maker
The Rides
The Rides
Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel 2
Ferris Wheel 2
Ferris Wheel 3
Ferris Wheel 3
Swings
Swings
Bird Nest on the Swings
Bird Nest on the Swings
Looking Across the Lake Pavilion Side
Looking Across the Lake Pavilion Side
Looking Across the Lake Amusement Park Side
Looking Across the Lake Amusement Park Side
The Pavilion
The Pavilion
Inside the Pavilion
Inside the Pavilion
Ticket Booth
Ticket Booth
A Hot Dog Trailer
A Hot Dog Trailer
Swings 2009
Swings 2009
Ferris Wheel 2009
Ferris Wheel 2009