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Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky

William Montell

Publication Year: 2001

" An all-new collection of amazing ghost stories from the author of the bestselling Ghosts across Kentucky . Kentucky has a rich legacy of ghostly visitations. Lynwood Montell has harvested dozens of tales of haunted houses and family ghosts from all over the Bluegrass state. Many of the stories were collected from elders by young people and are recounted exactly as they were gathered. Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky includes chilling tales such as that of the Tan Man of Pike County, who trudges invisibly through a house accompanied by the smell of roses, and the famed Gray Lady of Liberty Hall in Frankfort, a houseguest who never left. Montell tells the story of a stormy night, shortly before Henry Clay’s death, when the ghost of the statesman’s old friend Daniel Boone calls upon him, and then recounts the more modern story of the ghouls that haunt the rehearsal house of the band The Kentucky Headhunters. Included are accounts of haunted libraries, mansions, bedrooms, log cabins, bathrooms, college campuses, apartments, furniture, hotels, and distilleries, as well as reports of eerie visitations from ghostly grandmothers, husbands, daughters, uncles, cousins, babies, slaves, Civil War soldiers, dogs, sheep, and even wildcats. Almost all of Kentucky’s 120 counties are represented. Though the book emphasizes the stories themselves, Montell offers an introduction discussing how local history, local character, and local flavor are communicated across the generations in these colorful stories. William Lynwood Montell, emeritus professor of folk studies at Western Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including Ghosts across Kentucky, Killings, Kentucky Ghosts, Singing the Glory Down , Kentucky Folk Architecture, and Tales from Kentucky Lawyers . He lives in Oakland, Kentucky.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky


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pp. vii

List of Illustrations

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pp. viii

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pp. ix-x

In compiling this collection of ghost stories from 103 counties across the Commonwealth, I was assisted by many people. l owe heartfelt thanks to students of all ages from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities around the state. Special thanks are hereby extended to students, professors, and archivists at Berea College...

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pp. xi-xix

The central purpose of this book is to feature family and house ghosts, thus to have in print numerous narrative accounts that people feel reflect virtually two centuries of fact and fancy concerning themselves and their progenitors. These accounts that focus on the supernatural also describe an abundance of folk values that tend to...

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Part 1: Haunted Houses

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pp. 1-224

We call this old house Halcyon; it's where Joy and I live here in Elkton. The back part of the house was built between 1812 and 1815, and the front was built in 1837. It's been in the family for years and years. My parents and grandparents lived in this house. ...

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Part 2: Family Ghosts

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pp. 225-273

My aunt Ann worked at St. Mary's Hospital for some thirty-three years. During her last year there, my great-uncle Burl had to be hospitalized, and he nearly died before the doctors were able to determine what was ailing him. ...


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pp. 275-285

Index to Stories by County

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pp. 287-291

E-ISBN-13: 9780813170893
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813122274

Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2001