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Charleston Ghost Tour Company
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Feb 05, 2022
In Charleston Ghost Stories
Around 1860, Charleston gained two new residents hailing from Germany. The two wealthy brothers, Moses and Philip Frankenberger, would become successful business owners and key figures in Charleston’s past. The duo would encounter their fair share of trouble during the Civil War, when their tongues lashed out against the Confederacy in the anti-Union town of Charleston, Virginia. Philip and Moses were arrested and imprisoned, both men’s properties and money seized. The men would eventually be released and allowed to return to their lives. Moses and Philip would go on to rebuild their wealth by establishing Frankenberger's Men’s Clothing Store, a staple in Charleston that would stand for over 100 years. Philip married Jennie Moses and together they lived in the well-known Frankenberger Mansion still standing at 1111 Virginia Street today. The mansion is now home to West Virginia Radio Corporation. An employee, Noel Richardson, spoke out in 2016 to the local news station, WOWK 13, giving the public a glimpse into the paranormal happenings at the Frankenberger Estate. Richardson shared personal encounters of unexplainable events and occurrences including feuding with a ghostly presence that does not like his or her sanctuary of darkness interrupted by the living flipping lights on and will promptly turn the light switch back to the off position. Richardson, among other locals, associate these happenings with a tale of sex and scandal. Richardson shares the tragic events of a servant girl caught in an affair with Mr. Frankenberger and fired. She finds herself pregnant as a result of the affair. The baby was buried in Frankenberger’s basement, some say the child was placed in a wall. The tale continues with the broken-hearted mother returning to search for her lost baby and to seek forgiveness from the Frankenberger family for her transgressions. No historical documentation has been found to support or discredit this story. Theresa’s Haunted History of the Tr-State has an excellent write up of this on their blog with much more detailed information. The Frankenberger brothers helped lay the foundation for future businesses and residents. They built temples, served on the city council, and petitioned against slavery. Yet, no streets, parks, or bridges hold the Frankenberger name. Most Charlestonians have long forgotten or have never learned about the century old three-story brick building that once clothed men and boys from all around. Is the heartbroken servant desperately looking for her lost child responsible for the events at the Frankenberger Mansion? Could it be the Frankenbergers are still seeking recognition from beyond their graves at Spring Hill Cemetery, causing all the paranormal disturbances? With the help of paranormal investigation teams along with historical research and obtaining appropriate permissions for on-site investigations, answers may one day present themselves.
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Charleston Ghost Tour Company
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Jan 29, 2022
In Non-Paranormal Haunts
Today's non-paranormal haunt is a happy one. The way a good memory sticks with you in the back of your mind and then gently pops up when something reminds you of it. Almost like a moment where your memory sweeps you into the past. Most recently while binging YouTube videos, I came across a blast from my past... An 80's baby growing up in a somewhat overprotective household, little night life was found for a kid living on the border of the city of Charleston. What little activity that did occur was pretty much prohibited for all of us young teens as it was seen as too dangerous for kids of our age. That all changed when a new venue opened in the 1990's. In a world where interactions between teens from different schools was limited to sports that set their roles as opponents, this was a place that encouraged camaraderie. This was a business that gave young musicians a stage to perform on, a place for teens to be teens. Common Grounds Coffee Shop. How my mother was ever convinced to let me join my friends after sunset in downtown Charleston is still beyond me, even to this day. Anyways, she allowed me to go & dropped me off along with two of my friends in front of the crowded entry. We made our way through the crowd until we reached the stage area in the back. It was here I got my first taste of Punk music. If you don't know me well, my love of Punk has stuck with me through the years. I can still play that scene out in my head. So many new friendships and memories were made here. I wish kids had something like Common Grounds these days. Anyone else have haunts of nostalgia? Btw, I'm pretty sure my husband still has some of the local bands' cassette tapes!
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Charleston Ghost Tour Company
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Jan 28, 2022
In Non-Paranormal Haunts
We thought a fun thing to do would be to start a conversation about all of the things that haunt that aren't really paranormal, things that make your skin crawl, your ears & nose burn, regret life choices, or just cringe in general. The first topic up is foods that come back to haunt! As age forces our bodies into new responses and reactions, I've learned that I'm now super sensitive to certain foods. As a lover of all things Appalachian, I can't help myself when it comes to a fresh local pepperoni roll. About 30 minutes later I regret that decision. The heartburn is horrible four hours but I force myself into forgetting all about it until our next encounter. So, my example for today of non-paranormal things that haunt is a WV Pepperoni Roll's revenge instead form of acid reflux. Who else has a food that haunts?
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