Event Start Time: 8:30pm
Event Finish Time: 10:00am
Welcome to the Haunted Abandoned Amusement Park. We have exclusive overnight access to this very haunted location. This abandoned amusement park was built on an American Indian Burial ground and we have over 80 Acres to investigate!
Sleeping Over Here IS permitted - NO additional charge! Just bring your camping gear.
The skeletal remains of the haunted Lake Shawnee Amusement Park create an eerie atmosphere which is appropriate given the park’s history of violence and death. The rumored cursed lands sit on an Indian Village and burial site. Other rumors have claimed to hold over 2800 bodies.
Built on the site of the Clay family massacre, which saw local Native Americans kidnap and kill members of a settling family, the amusement park was opened in 1926 to cater to the families of nearby coal workers. After the death of two children on the park grounds, the fun fair finally closed in 1966, leaving behind many of its rickety wood and steel rides.
The rusting ferris wheel and children’s swing stand like dead trees among the unkempt wildlife. The grounds have changed hands over the years, but the land remains abandoned while the overgrown rides accumulate stories of hauntings and vengeful ghosts.
The haunted history is true and the paranormal captured and experienced here will leave you wanting more.
Are you brave enough to wonder through the grounds of this haunted abandoned Amusement Park?
The Bloody History of Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
When the park opened in the 1920s, its owner knew nothing of its bloody past.
The Ferris wheel has rusted over and the chair swing ride no longer spins. Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in West Virginia has been eerily abandoned for decades.
Many amusement parks come and go, but the tale of Lake Shawnee Amusement Park runs a bit deeper—and a bit darker. In the 18th century, the land was home to the Clay family, who were early settlers in the region. In the 1920s, it was purchased by a man named Conley T. Snidow, who turned it into an amusement park, which became a popular attraction for coal mining families in the area.
What Snidow didn’t know is that his park had been built on a Native American burial ground. It was also the site of the massacre of the Clay family children.
The amusement park drew crowds, and the sound of children’s laughter filled the air every summer, until a very mysterious death occurred. A mother left her son at the park in the morning and planned to return later on to pick him up. However, when she returned, he was nowhere to be found. After a search of the grounds, his body was found floating in the swimming pool, drowned.
The pool was quickly and quietly filled up with sand. No one spoke of the death. But another one would soon transpire.
While on the swing ride, a young girl died when a delivery truck backed up into the contraption.
Unable to shake its growing reputation, the park eventually closed in 1966. The rides sat, deserted. Slowly they were enveloped in vines, and untamed grasses grew wild. Time forgot Lake Shawnee Amusement Park.
Then in 1985, a man named Gaylord White bought the land. He decided to reopen the park and return it to its glory days. It only lasted three years though, as it became quite apparent that the energy in the area was nothing short of paranormal.
White reported sightings of the young girl who died on the swing ride. She’d walk the grounds in a ruffled pink dress, covered in blood. He also claimed to have heard the sounds of Native American chants echoing through the trees.
The search for the land’s secret history ensued. It was eventually discovered that it was the site of a large Native American settlement and burial ground that thrived far before European settlers. As many as 3,000 Native Americans are thought to have been buried under the park.
Here, the storyline led back to Mitchell Clay and his family, who arrived in 1775 to set up their farm. In 1783, while Clay and some other men when were out hunting, his children were ambushed by Native Americans.
His son Bartley was killed and scalped, and his daughter Tabitha was also killed as she attempted to save her brother’s life. And, lastly, his son Ezekiel was kidnapped. A search party was sent out for the missing boy, but by the time his whereabouts were discovered, it was too late. The Native Americans had taken him deeper in the forest and burned him at the stake. Clay sought revenge on the Native Americans who had killed his children, and murdered several of them.
Such was the blood-stained plot of land upon which Snidow opened his theme park in the early 20s. What began as a thriving Native American settlement turned into a place of murder and death, haunted by vengeful spirits.
Written By: Steven Casale
Your ghost hunt at Lake Shawnee Amusement Park includes the following:
- Overnight Exclusive Access,
- Over 12 Hours to privately explore this location,
- Brief Location History Tour,
- Access to the most haunted areas of this Abandoned Amusement Park,
- Psychic Medium Vigil* (if psychic present),
- Group Vigils With Experienced Investigators,
- Lone Vigils,
- Overnight Ghost Hunt,
- Sleepover Event,
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Readers,
- Free time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
- Unlimited Refreshments, Including Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Bottled Water and Soda,
- Selection of snacks.