Lake Shawnee Amusement Park -
UPDATE: Open October 25th – October 31, tours begin at dusk. Bring your own flashlight! For more information call 304-487-1819 or 304-921-1580.
This abandoned amusement park is pretty overgrown these days. It shut down in 1966 and has been derelict ever since. Lake Shawnee was the site of both a Native American burial ground and the massacre of the Clay family.
The Clay family were settlers who were attacked by Native Americans. Two of their children were killed in the attack and the third was burned at the stake.
The land was later bought in the 1920s and developed into an amusement park...how lovely.
Several tragic accidents happened at the park when it was in operation. A little girl died on the mechanical swings, when a truck backed out from a stand and struck and killed her. The second accident was a boy drowned in the lake. After this the park was closed down.
It's believed you can still hear children laughing, and some people claim they see a swing moving all by itself.
This location was featured on the Travel Channel’s Most Terrifying Places in America, the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab, and ABC’s Ten Most Haunted Places in the World. Digital cameras and audio recorders are welcome. You must bring a flashlight.
"Lake Shawnee is a closed amusement park with some attractions still visible. It was constructed on the site where some early settlers were killed by Indians. Supposedly, several people died at the park over the years also. Around 2004, a television show filmed an episode of "Scariest Places On Earth" at the site and re-ignited interest. Today, catfish tournaments are held at the site weekly. Otherwise, do not trespass. A monument to the early settlers is visible from the road as are several old rusting amusement rides."