Irish Mountain Catholic Church Sign

Irish Mountain Catholic Church Sign

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tinker bell

Snowshoe, WV

#1 Jul 29, 2010
can you go to sandstone and go up that way to the chruch? I want to take my sister up that way and show her.
Irish Mtn Church Direct

Fayetteville, WV

#2 Jul 30, 2010
We came off 64 E at the Bragg Rd exit. Church is on the mountain left side, no parking area, however, you can park off the roadway to the left side at the base of the steps that go up the hillside to the church area, road was rough.
Irish Mtn Church:
The route to the church was long in poor condition but is now a well-maintained gravel road. To reach Saint Colman's from Interstate 64 at Bragg (exit 133), follow Pluto Road (CR 27) south approximately one half-mile to the junction of Irish Mountain Road (CR 26), on the left; follow Irish Mountain Road, a gravel road, approximately two miles, through Dillon, WV, to the church, located on the left. The road continues down the flank of the New River Gorge to Sandstone Falls.
According to the Irish traditions that the region's settlers retained, Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh preferred a solitary life in the forest. How appropriate that this small Roman Catholic church stands alone in the woods of southern West Virginia in the wilds to the east of Beckley, WV. Designated as a national historic site in 1984, the church is the only obvious remnant of a farming village of 15-to-20 families that settled on Irish Mountain in 1855. Michael Pauley may have best-described the settlement when nominating the site to the National Register of Historic Places: "Located in an extremely isolated area, this community of Irish farmers became virtually self-sufficient and formed a distinctive ethnic group. The only aspect of their lives, however, in which they did not feel self-sufficient was in their lack of a place of spiritual solace."
Irish Mountain History:
In 1876, Maurice Sullivan, founder of the Irish Mountain community, deeded an acre for a church and cemetery on the summit of Sullivan Knob. Within two years a sturdy chapel of hewn logs was raised on its consecrated ground. In 1904, Father J.J. Swint ( http://www.dwc.org/ )-- a carpenter who later became the Bishop of Wheeling -- fashioned its existing altar and some of its benches. In 1928, the church was clapboarded and painted white -- the condition in which it stands today.
Saint Colman Cemetery:
The cemetery behind the church is filled with neat rows of tombstones, many of which attend the last resting places of souls born on the Emerald Isle. The cemetery also contains a "Lost Corner," according to Pauley -- an area of unconsecrated ground containing graves of infants and others who died without baptism.
Irish Mountain, in eastern Raleigh County, was named for Irish settlers who began farming its level crest in the 1850s. Saint Colman's Roman Catholic Church, a national historic site, is located on the verge of the mountain along the New River Gorge. Dillon, WV, is located on Irish Mountain.
Saint Colman Roman Catholic Church, on Irish Mountain, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
tinker bell wrote:
can you go to sandstone and go up that way to the chruch? I want to take my sister up that way and show her.
Princess

Mount Hope, WV

#3 Nov 7, 2010
Irish Mtn Church Direct wrote:
We came off 64 E at the Bragg Rd exit. Church is on the mountain left side, no parking area, however, you can park off the roadway to the left side at the base of the steps that go up the hillside to the church area, road was rough.
Irish Mtn Church:
The route to the church was long in poor condition but is now a well-maintained gravel road. To reach Saint Colman's from Interstate 64 at Bragg (exit 133), follow Pluto Road (CR 27) south approximately one half-mile to the junction of Irish Mountain Road (CR 26), on the left; follow Irish Mountain Road, a gravel road, approximately two miles, through Dillon, WV, to the church, located on the left. The road continues down the flank of the New River Gorge to Sandstone Falls.
According to the Irish traditions that the region's settlers retained, Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh preferred a solitary life in the forest. How appropriate that this small Roman Catholic church stands alone in the woods of southern West Virginia in the wilds to the east of Beckley, WV. Designated as a national historic site in 1984, the church is the only obvious remnant of a farming village of 15-to-20 families that settled on Irish Mountain in 1855. Michael Pauley may have best-described the settlement when nominating the site to the National Register of Historic Places: "Located in an extremely isolated area, this community of Irish farmers became virtually self-sufficient and formed a distinctive ethnic group. The only aspect of their lives, however, in which they did not feel self-sufficient was in their lack of a place of spiritual solace."
Irish Mountain History:
In 1876, Maurice Sullivan, founder of the Irish Mountain community, deeded an acre for a church and cemetery on the summit of Sullivan Knob. Within two years a sturdy chapel of hewn logs was raised on its consecrated ground. In 1904, Father J.J. Swint ( http://www.dwc.org/ )-- a carpenter who later became the Bishop of Wheeling -- fashioned its existing altar and some of its benches. In 1928, the church was clapboarded and painted white -- the condition in which it stands today.
Saint Colman Cemetery:
The cemetery behind the church is filled with neat rows of tombstones, many of which attend the last resting places of souls born on the Emerald Isle. The cemetery also contains a "Lost Corner," according to Pauley -- an area of unconsecrated ground containing graves of infants and others who died without baptism.
Irish Mountain, in eastern Raleigh County, was named for Irish settlers who began farming its level crest in the 1850s. Saint Colman's Roman Catholic Church, a national historic site, is located on the verge of the mountain along the New River Gorge. Dillon, WV, is located on Irish Mountain.
Saint Colman Roman Catholic Church, on Irish Mountain, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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What makes this place haunted??
Princess

Mount Hope, WV

#4 Nov 7, 2010
I was wondering what makes this Irish Mountain Catholic Church haunted? Does anyone know? HELP!!
TheTruth

Tarboro, NC

#5 Nov 24, 2010
some of the most malevolent spirits me and my team have ever encountered occured at this location. seriously...there is something going on in the old Saint Colman Catholic Church.
Curious

Oak Hill, WV

#6 Feb 18, 2011
is it true executions were held here??
just 2 cents

Fayetteville, WV

#7 Feb 18, 2011
It is probably haunted because of the "unconsecrated" corner of the cemetery mentioned in the 2nd post above. What kind of humans could really think God would condemn a baby to hell because it had not gone through a ceremonial baptism? Yeah, I'd believe those same humans left some bad mojo hanging around.
i know

Snowshoe, WV

#8 Feb 21, 2011
the frist time we went up thier I took my truck all the way to the church we went inside we DON'T hear a thing. But the next evening I took my son up thier and we parked at the bottom and he walked up to the church and we heard people talking that time they sounded mad because we was thier we have not been back yet and don't know if we will go back. good luck.
Tyl

Oak Hill, WV

#9 Jun 28, 2011
TheTruth wrote:
some of the most malevolent spirits me and my team have ever encountered occured at this location. seriously...there is something going on in the old Saint Colman Catholic Church.
Just wondering, what happened? Do you have anything on DVR? EMF meters spiking? Temp. changes? Let me know.. Im really interested in this place..
Yeah

Oak Hill, WV

#10 Sep 16, 2011
We took pictures and there was some weird things in the pictures..
JMC

Beckley, WV

#11 Oct 17, 2013
Does anyone know why the church closed in 1961 because i cant find any history of around that time
Martin Ray Billy

Fayetteville, WV

#12 Oct 23, 2013
i am billy ray and i am roman jewish man cause i drink and ride my bike fast
just me

Marshall, VA

#13 Nov 7, 2013
I have saw a priest on the steps while driving away.
Martin Ray Billy

Fayetteville, WV

#14 Nov 8, 2013
i ride my scotter fast to church and preast say prayer for me cause i ride fast.
True

Oak Hill, WV

#15 Nov 23, 2013
My husband have been there twice in the last year. The first time we went we had set a tape recorder out in the cemetery and we picked up two different voices. The third voice was picked up as we started to leave, that was the moment I was pulled backwards almost falling by something we could not see. We waited months to go back, we went last month, we didn't hear anything on the recorder this time but in some of the pictures we have some odd things, the first time we took pictures from the outside looking in the church, it showed in one photo what seemed to be a little boy dressed in the old fashioned clothing. We are planning going back a third time, we usually go after dark, which seems things happen more. Also we were told last year by the last living relative that there below the house actually stands the very first homestead.He told us that we could walk down there anytime and see it, but you would have to get permission to do that. i don't know who to contact now, because I think he passed away sometime this year. it is a beautiful place and church. they hold a annual dinner every year there.
Irish Mountain

Spring Grove, PA

#16 Dec 18, 2016
What ever happen to the book you could sign?
Christine

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Dec 21, 2016
True wrote:
My husband have been there twice in the last year. The first time we went we had set a tape recorder out in the cemetery and we picked up two different voices. The third voice was picked up as we started to leave, that was the moment I was pulled backwards almost falling by something we could not see. We waited months to go back, we went last month, we didn't hear anything on the recorder this time but in some of the pictures we have some odd things, the first time we took pictures from the outside looking in the church, it showed in one photo what seemed to be a little boy dressed in the old fashioned clothing. We are planning going back a third time, we usually go after dark, which seems things happen more. Also we were told last year by the last living relative that there below the house actually stands the very first homestead.He told us that we could walk down there anytime and see it, but you would have to get permission to do that. i don't know who to contact now, because I think he passed away sometime this year. it is a beautiful place and church. they hold a annual dinner every year there.
My camera kept dying but I have a spirit box and it was going crazy in the graveyard part. I couldn't keep anything charged everything kept dying
Irish Mountain

Burbank, CA

#18 Dec 22, 2016
What ever happen to the book you could sign I really want to know I know people who signed it

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