West Virginia’s abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park shut down back in 1966 and has laid in ruins ever since. Many believe Lake Shawnee to be horribly cursed. The park was built upon the site of a desecrated Native American burial ground, and was the location of a brutal massacre of settlers. This week it opens for tours.

An archaeological dig has revealed a Native American burial ground containing the bodies of 13 people, mostly children. In the 18th century, the area’s first European settlers arrived, the Clay family. The settlers were attacked by Native Americans, two of their children died in the attack, and a third was later burnt at the stake. In the 1920s the land was purchased and transformed into an amusement park. Over the years, several tragic accidents happened at the park, including the death of a little girl on the mechanical swings and a drowning death in Lake Shawnee. The park was then closed. Some paranormal investigators have visited the site and claim to hear children laughing and the swings moving all by themselves. Because surely wind couldn’t make swings move like that.

Here's Lake Shawnee featured in a creepy documentary from the show "Scariest Places on Earth":

Fancy a trip to a cursed abandoned amusement park? Well, you’re in luck. This October there will be creepy spooky tours beginning at dusk from 8PM to 1AM, every Friday and Saturday. Cameras and audio recorders are allowed, and flashlights are a must. It costs $15 if you book your tickets online or $20 if you book there.

The attraction with a mixture of historical events and frightening haunted park experiences. May not be suitable for children under 12 Parental Discretion is advised.

[Visit WV]

America's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park to Open for One Week Only

America's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park to Open for One Week Only

Photo via WV Gazette

America's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park to Open for One Week Only

Photo via Robert A Hogue

America's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park to Open for One Week Only

Photo via Dean Jeffrey

America's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park to Open for One Week Only

Photo via Dean Jeffrey

 

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