Nestled in rural West Virginia lies an abandoned and derelict theme park that holds a number of chilling secrets.
Between 1926 and 1966, six children mysteriously died at Lake Shawnee Amusement Park — an attraction built on the site of a former burial ground.
To the unwary eye, the theme park was like any other, as families flocked from out of town for days of fun.
It was incredibly popular with miners living in the Princeton area in the 20’s.
Children could have fun with swings, Ferris wheel, water slides and diving boards.
But the park was doomed after several freak accidents happened.
A little boy drowned while swimming in a pool after his mother dropped him off.
She later returned to the pool but was unable to locate her son, according to an article on Lost Amusement Parks.
The mother combed the entire park as he desperately tried to find the boy, but his body was found floating in the pool.
Park chiefs at the time then filled the pool with sand to avoid a repeat of the incident.
An 11-year-old boy drowned in a pool after one of his arms was caught in the drains, The Mirror revealed.
A three-year-old girl was crushed by a lift and another child was tragically killed after being run over by a reversing truck while playing on the swing.
The truck was delivering soda to one of the refreshment stands before the accident happened.
A series of chilling images show wooden ticket booths rotting and attractions rusting.
The history behind the site was not discovered until years after the park closed.
The land was purchased by Gaylord White in 1985, who had plans to reopen the venue.
It reopened in 1987 before an archaeological dig at the amusement park resulted in the discovery of 13 bodies, mostly children.
Chris White, who now manages the property, told The Register-Herald: “We found arrowheads, pottery and pots.
“So we stopped. We said, ‘That’s pretty interesting. Let’s get someone over here and see what we can do.”
“They stopped digging when they started finding children’s graves.”
By 1783, a Native American tribe lived in the Mercer County area where there had been a burial ground.
But the horror went deeper when he later found out the gruesome truth about the site.
When the first European settlers arrived in the area, it sparked a fierce turf war with the Native Americans.
The chief of the tribe, Mitchell Clay, was out hunting when his youngest son, Bartley, was reportedly killed by a group of Native Americans.
During the fight, his daughter Tabitha was stabbed to death before his eldest son Ezekial was kidnapped and burned at the stake.
After burying his children, Clay retaliated by murdering several Native Americans.
The history surrounding Lake Shawnee Amusement Park has become the subject of several documentaries.
The Travel Channel described the area as one of the “Most Terrifying Places in America.”
And it was the subject of an episode of the former crime series Scariest Places on Earth.
The film crew was reportedly so terrified that they refused to go to the park at night because of his “intense energy.”
It also appeared on the History Channel program The UnXplained and Jack Osbourne’s Portals to Hell.
But paranormal enthusiasts are intrigued by the park’s chilling backstory.
White told the Register-Herald: “Everyone wants to know if Lake Shawnee is haunted.”
And fans flock to the area to tour the abandoned park.
Meanwhile, The Sun revealed how six thrill seekers were killed at Action Park in New Jersey.
And we remembered how a catastrophic fire in 1984 killed eight teenagers at the Six Flags Great Adventure.
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