We used to believe the old lady who had lived there was a witch
When I was a child we lived across the fields from my grandmother, her two unmarried daughters, and a son who lived in a house they believed to be haunted. It was called “the Snavely place” and we used to believe the old lady who had lived there was a witch.
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STORY 1 - Snavely ghost Ruby Murray wrote this story: When I was a child we lived across the fields from my grandmother, her two unmarried daughters, and a son who lived in a house they believed to be haunted.
It was called “the Snavely place” and we used to believe the old lady who had lived there was a witch. She was wealthy and we wondered if she might have money buried under the slabs of stone in the cellar.
Strange knocking noises and sounds of many coins rolling down the stairs were often heard. Lights were seen moving between the house and the barn when no one was there to carry them.
One night I slept with one of my aunts in a downstairs bedroom and in the night she woke me and asked me to go to the kitchen with her to close the windows.
She thought it was going to rain. I wondered why she, a grown woman, couldn’t have gone alone, then I was sure she had heard a noise and was afraid.
My father went to help the neighbor who lived there years later and they heard a rumbling noise coming down the stairs. The neighbor laughed and said, “He can’t come out, the door’s locked!”
They moved away soon after.
The house and barn still stand there, in the northeast corner of Monroe Township. It looks haunted and very lonely.
STORY 2 - Armorsville ghost George Clapper told this story to Howard Raid: George told me spoke about what he had heard in regard to Armorsville, once located in the far northwest corner of Hardin County.
Pointing to the mowed land just south of the house, he said, “I was told that there was a cemetery located there. The stones were removed long ago. No one knows if the graves were moved or not.”
Then with a grin, he said, “In the fall of the year we hear the stair steps to the attic creak as they move in for the winter.”