Is this ground cursed, causing inhabitants to loss everything, including their lives? Lake Shawnee, West Virginia, is reported to have been home to a Shawnee Native American tribe. In 1775 Mitchell Clay moved his family onto this land. Some years later, between 1781-1783, native Americans came on the farmstead, killed two children and kidnapped a third.
Bartley Clay was murdered and scalped while he and other children played on a hillside. Tabitha Clay was also killed, simply because she attempted to save her sibling. The men of the family were allegedly out hunting and not at home during the assault. Mitchell hoped that he could plead for his kidnapped son’s life in an effort to get him back alive.
But it was too late, for Ezekiel Clay had already been killed by his captors. Mitchell still made his plea and the chief allowed him to take the body of his dead son home for a proper burial. All three children were buried on the farm.
In 1926 C.T. Snidow acquired the land which was the original Clay homestead. He opened an amusement park on the property with a variety of carnival rides, swimming areas and cabins to rent. The amusement park remained open until 1966. When Gaylord White gained ownership in 1985, he had a plan to reopen the amusement park. For several years he was successful, although, once again the park was closed.
Knowing the history behind the property, White hunted for and located more than a few graves, bones, and relics of the Native Americans. He and his family pondered over selling the property because of the discoveries. They later reconsidered as the property had become well-known. Rumors and stories were related and are still circulating about the ground.
Many folks say that it is especially haunted by all of the deaths that have occurred on the land, as well as the discoveries of the Native American graves. Current Lake Shawnee area residents claim that they have seen a young girl alleged to have died in an accident on the land in 1953, during the time it was an amusement park. Others declare they have seen or snapped pictures of unidentifiable shadows or orbs on the property.
Was the land purchased legally from Native Americans in the late 1700’s? If it was, it is highly unlikely Native Americans would have sold a burial ground where loved ones’ remains were buried, for burial grounds are considered sacred and not to be tread upon by anyone. Did Mitchell Clay know if the land had been obtained either legally or by other means? Could this have been the reason for the brutal massacre?