Haunted Places Near Zalma

Haunted Places Near Zalma

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The Hunter

United States

#1 Jan 2, 2009
Does anyone know of any haunted places in or near Zalma? I read on here something about the McMinn House, that sounds really interesting, and heard somewhere that Sherman Lake was apparently haunted as well. If anybody knows of anywhere else, let me know. Thanks!

Since: Jan 09

Where do you think?

#2 Jan 7, 2009
Sherman's Lake is haunted?!? What did you hear about it? We were always scared of it, but only because it looked so much like the camp from the Friday the 13th movies. If there was ever a haunted house, the McMinn place is it. Believe me, I've had family who lived there and it is most definitely haunted. There's also an old abandoned house (shack?) somewhere down the gravel that goes to Sweetgum, and I believe it to be haunted as well, but I wouldn't be able to tell you how to get there, I just remember it when I see it. Why the interest, if you don't mind me asking?
The Hunter

United States

#3 Jan 7, 2009
Just an avid ghost hunter here looking for a few hot spots to see what I can find. Couldn't agree with you more, ZalmanianGirl. I've heard so many stories about that McMinn house. Saw some comments on here in another post about how there's supposedly a cemetery in the woods where the slaves are buried and that people have seen shadowy figures and dark lights in the woods. Talked to Bob and Opal Hovis, who live not far from the McMinn place, and they, too, said it was haunted. Said their daughter Betsy stayed the night in it and nothing strange happened but that a guy named Lee Wilfong lived in it for a while and the lights would just come on by themselves every night around midnight like clockwork. Freaky stuff! As for Sherman's Lake, I was told a long time ago that if you listen very carefully at night you can hear the slaves singing. Probably a bunch of baloney but I am still convinced and intrigued by the McMinn house. What did your family say about the McMinn House, ZalmanianGirl? I would like to know. Thanks!

Since: Jan 09

Where do you think?

#4 Jan 8, 2009
I was very young when my relative lived there, which was the last time I've been in it, and don't remember a lot. I do remember hearing (and hearing talked about) a lot of unexplainable noises. Specifically, the sound of chains...rattling is I guess the best word...in places where there were no chains, and in places where there were chains, but definitely nothing to make them move. I don't remember if anyone ever saw any figures, but I'll ask my family what they remember of it. Have you looked at the books about Zalma that Linda Pape has made? They would probably have some insight, not really on haunted places in the area but on the more historical houses and places around. Probably wouldn't be a bad starting point. I didn't know we had any ghost hunters in the area, let alone avid ones! Are you taking your cues from TAPS or just looking around :-)?
zalmalifer

Phoenix, AZ

#5 Jan 8, 2009
Don't know if you could get in it or not, but the old Ladd place on Couty Road 604, off W highway I swear is haunted. Nothing ever really happened while we stayed there, just always had an uneasy feeling! My cousin moved out in the middle of the night because they seen a figure in their room! It has since been remodeled, was owned by heitmeier's

Since: Jan 09

Where do you think?

#6 Jan 9, 2009
I wonder about Jim Abernathy's house. I've never been inside it, but I bet it stands a pretty fair chance of being haunted. What do you think?
The Hunter

United States

#7 Jan 10, 2009
Zalmalifer, how far down that gravel road is the Ladd place? Is it just a house or does it sit on a farm and is there any history associated with it? To ZalmanianGirl, not too sure where Jim Abernathy's house is but what gives you the impression that it's haunted? Have you heard reports from anyone? Not trying to sound rude just asking. Thanks for you guys' help! I'll look into these places and see what I find (or don't find).
The Hunter

United States

#8 Jan 10, 2009
Oh, ZalmanianGirl, this shack down the gravel road that leads to Sweetgum, you wouldn't by chance be referring to that one house that sits on Milford Sturgeon's old property would you? If so, I think it's impossible to get back there because Mr. and Mrs. Sturgeon sold it to the state and they have that road blocked off now. I've been inside this house though and I did hear some strange noises but can't really confirm it as paranormal.

Since: Jan 09

Where do you think?

#9 Jan 10, 2009
Jim Abernathy's house is acutally in town. If you're driving by the milldam going towards the school, you turn right just past Dorma Sturgeon's house (big old blue and white house with the almost wrap-around front porch) and it's down that road. It's one of the older (if not oldest) houses in town, and I have no idea what makes me think it's haunted, other than its age. It just seems to feel like one of those places. Regardnig the shack, the house on Milford Sturgeon's property isn't what I'm talking about. The one I'm talking about sits really close to the road, and is literally a shack by today's standards. I went into it with a friend once, and within a few minutes of being in side she became incredibly nauseous and panicked. All the color went out of her face and she looked and felt like she was going to pass out or throw up. We got her outside, and as soon as she stepped off the little porch (which I think has fallen off now) she was immediately fine. She looked absolutely normal, her color was back, and she felt fine. As for me and the other person there, while we were inside it constantly sounded like someone was whispering. We kept looking at each other and asking 'what?', but we hadn't said anything.
zalmalifer

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Jan 10, 2009
The Hunter wrote:
Zalmalifer, how far down that gravel road is the Ladd place? Is it just a house or does it sit on a farm and is there any history associated with it? To ZalmanianGirl, not too sure where Jim Abernathy's house is but what gives you the impression that it's haunted? Have you heard reports from anyone? Not trying to sound rude just asking. Thanks for you guys' help! I'll look into these places and see what I find (or don't find).
The old Ladd place is all the way to the end of that road, past Ivan Hinkle's place. You can see the house from the County road, it sits on the hill. As far as history goes, it was built back in the late 1800's, below the house on the south side are mounds in the middle of the field. There has been a lot of speculation, but most agree that they are indian mounds.??? Like I said, nothing strage ever happened while we lived there, just had that feeling. If you set on the front porch with your back to the hallway that lead to the kitchen, it wouldn't be long until the goosebumps covered you from fead to toe, and the hair on your neck and arms was standing up. My cousin Anthony did actually have an experience in the house, and moved out that night.
The Hunter

United States

#11 Jan 10, 2009
ZalmanianGirl and zalmalifer, thank you for your input. What was your cousin's experience in this house that caused him to move out, lifer? It sounds kind of like the Amityville Horror house being set on top of an Indian burial ground. You are probably right as Zalma does have a significant Native American history; in fact, the word Zalma actually is derived from a Native American word meaning "the end." Is the house and/or property owned by anyone?(Don't wanna go trespassing on private property is why I ask) and to ZalmanianGirl, I'm now familiar of the house to which you are referring. I believe Jim still lives there if I'm not mistaken? As for the shack, there seems to be several of them along that county road that leads out to Sweetgum haha. I'll be sure to try to find it and go inside sometime and see if I have any experiences. Thank you both again for your help and happy hunting :)
zalmalifer

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Jan 10, 2009
I believe Heitmeir's owns it. Not exactly sure what the experience was, I believe he saw an entity.
zalmanaic

United States

#13 Jan 12, 2009
no place is haunted around zalma
zalmagirl

United States

#14 Jan 12, 2009
Jim Abernathy's house is not haunted. Yes he still lives in it too. I know because I am family. I know for a fact there is nothing scary or freaky there. It is just a really old house.
zalmagirl

United States

#15 Jan 14, 2009
I must clear up my last post. I talked to my Mother about it and she told me a story. Apparently, Jim's house is possible haunted. There was someone who died there, but that was so long ago. I guess the only way to know is to check it out--but he does still live there. Sorry for all the confusion!

Since: Nov 08

Zalma,Mo.

#16 Jan 19, 2009
Hello there Hunter. I too enjoy the paranormal. I can tell you for a fact the Mcminn house is haunted I have personally seen many things I cant explain. I have seen figures,shadows and the lights turning off and on. I have been meaning to return with my new digital camera my old one was lost. I had a few low quality pics of shadows in the woods across from the house and around the caretakers trailer. I am very interested in the two buildings next to the house I was told the long building was slave quarters and the smaller one was a schoolhouse. Do keep posting I am always looking for new places.

Since: Nov 08

Zalma,Mo.

#17 Jan 19, 2009
I do have a few pics of the Mcminn house in daylight posted to the Marble Hill page and on my profile.
The Hunter

United States

#18 Jan 19, 2009
Hello History Guy, I believe we have chatted before. My other pseudonym on here was "Casper." I would love to see the pictures you have of these shadows. Some friends and I have went out there a couple of times but we haven't seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. You mentioned the caretaker's trailer, who is the caretaker and where is this trailer by chance? I've heard different people mentioned as to who owns the house. I would like to go inside and possibly spend the night to see if anything strange happens, do you think that would be a possibility? I heard that one guy moved out after the lights just went on and off by themselves. I would like to return with a more experienced individual like yourself and hopefully encounter some unusual sights/sounds if possible.
prissymissy

United States

#19 Jan 20, 2009
I too like the paranormal , love watching taps huge fan if anyone has any ghost stories would love to hear about them.
The Hunter

United States

#20 Jan 21, 2009
So let's analyze this list of the possibly haunted places in and around Zalma:

1) The McMinn House, an old slave plantation farm located on County Road 738 near Gipsy.
2) Sherman's Lake, a lake, which I have pinpointed is located on County Road 710 going back towards April Hills.
3) An old, abandoned shack on a county road near Sweetgum.
4) The Old Ladd Place, a house allegedly sitting on the property of a Native American burial ground, located on County Road 604 off Highway W heading towards Greenbrier.
5) Jim Abernathy's house, located on Mill Street in Zalma, allegedly a house where someone died.

If anyone would like to add to or clarify the list, please feel free to do so. Let's keep this topic "alive." =]

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