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Grandma And Grandpa's House


I spent a good amount of my childhood living with my grandparents in a very rural part of West Virginia. Their house, well, the whole area where they lived, was haunted. There were many times that we'd hear footsteps in a room nobody was in at the time, paper towel rolls unrolling themselves... Things that you normally associate with some place that's haunted. But honestly, especially when you're very young, you really don't think about it too much. It's just the way things are. But one night, at least for me, that all changed.

I was probably about 6 or 7 at the time of this incident. My grandma had some relatives visiting, and I really never liked them. They were loud, obnoxious, and generally unpleasant to be around. I was a quiet kid, and had decided that I needed to get away from all the ruckus going on in the living room, where my grandparents, my brothers, and these boorish relatives were talking. So I left the living room and walked into the kitchen.

Let me explain the layout of the house briefly. My grandparents bought a two room house from my grandma's brother and added on as needed, so the layout wasn't what you'd call a traditional one. When you walked out of the living room you entered a kitchen, which had a bedroom attached to it, and a door leading out to a small utility room used for storage. This room emptied out to the yard, where a small creek babbled away. There were other rooms, but for times sake, I won't describe them.

Anyway, I was going through the kitchen to the aforementioned bedroom (that's where my toys were). When I walked in, the first thing to draw my attention was the HUGE crystal cake plate sitting in the middle of my grandparents big kitchen table. My grandma was quite the cook, and had made this cake from scratch, and it was a beaut! Because of the fact that I was so young, the cake plate was so massive, and the table was so big, there was no way for me to move it. As I entered the room, suddenly the cake plate, without anyone touching it, picked itself up and hurled itself across the room. I stood there, with a mixture of fear and awe, when my grandma came running in along with pretty much everybody else in the living room. She screamed "Why? Why did you do that! I worked so hard to make that cake! Why did you throw it like that!" My grandpa walked in, looked at her, and said "You know that boy didn't do that. And you know what did." I'll never forget the look of fear and sadness on her face, or how her face completely drained of color.

I know it doesn't sound like much, but that was the day I woke up to the fact that there are things in that house that weren't of this world. I started noticing... REALLY noticing what was going on. There are a lot more things about that house I could talk about, and hopefully this site will give me a chance to. I started with this story because of how it woke me up to the strangeness of the things going on there.

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StaceyK (2 stories) (3 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-25)
Very interesting story. It sounds like a poltergeist case... Reminds me a lot of Dobey from Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets 😉
Jubeele (26 stories) (898 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-21)
Hi Southcelt
What a fascinating account. Glad you weren't blamed for something you didn't do. My father's mother used to own an old British colonial-style house in Singapore that was said to be haunted. Tenants wouldn't stay long and tradesmen complained of being "disturbed". They wouldn't speak much of what troubled them. But the house spirits generally left the family alone and I loved spending time in that house as a child.
nursebelieves (3 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-12)
Enjoyed reading a similar experience I had, except mine took place in a psych hospital. Three things in particular... A stack of lab slips & papers came flying across the nurses station, a chair flew up in the air, only to come crashing down upside down & a Christmas tree jumped up, slid across two dining tables & landed on the floor about 15 ft away... Tinsel & balls went flying.
Anno_Domini (3 stories) (167 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-08)
Hi southcelt, looking forward to reading your stories to come.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4458 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-06)
Thank you for submitting this, I enjoyed reading about your experience, waiting for more.


K_marie82 (1 stories) (23 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-06)
Good story I want to hear more about your grandparent's house!
babygoatpuller (4 stories) (432 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-05)
This is a great account southcelt and thank you for not telling us the whole lay-out of the house! 😆 Bless your grandpa's heart for coming in and setting grandma straight. I can only imagine what was going through your mind when that happened. YIKES!

I'm going to add this to my fav's too and I look forward to hearing a lot more from you! 😊
southcelt (1 stories) (2 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-04)
My grandparents knew for a long time that something strange was going on at their house. In fact, that old dirt road they lived down was just... Weird. There are plenty of stories from that place, and I'm going to start putting them on here ASAP. I wish the old house still stood. I went up this summer to show my son where I grew up, and the old house had burned down and the land was grown over. Kinda broke my heart, to be honest.
RedWolf (31 stories) (1292 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-04)
Welcome to Y.G.S.
Thank you for sharing this story, please share more. It's very telling that your grandfather stuck up for you because back in the day people didn't speak of such things. In fact parents and grandparents didn't even want to hear children speak of such things. That is until movies like The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror came out that people of my age group started giving their opinions about the paranormal 🙄.

RCRuskin (9 stories) (823 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-03)
Yay for being sick. (Or not.)

Yes, welcome to YGS, very happy to reread this story. Its one of my favorites. Please share more.

In rereading this story, one line jumped out at me.

"You know that boy didn't do that. And you know what did."

So, this was not the first time something of this sort happened, and it seems your grandparents already knew. If you're like me, your grandparents are no longer around to ask 😢 but hopefully there's someone in your family who keeps track of stories. Please ask them to share more of your grandparents' lives.
noirheart (1 stories) (13 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-03)
Great story! I think it was lovely of grandpa to stick up for you.
Can't wait to hear more.
RANDYM (2 stories) (266 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-02)

Welcome to YGS and thanks for sharing.

These kind of experiences are my favorite kind so let me join
Lady-glow and RCRuskin in requesting you share more.

On a side note, when I was growing up it always seemed like the houses of older relatives had an air of spookyness to them.

Hope to hear more from you soon

lady-glow (16 stories) (3158 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-02)
It seems to me that you were not the only one not enjoying those obnoxious relatives's company.

Thanks for sharing this fascinating experience, I'm looking forwards to read more about the happenings at your Grandparents place.
RCRuskin (9 stories) (823 posts)
7 years ago (2017-09-02)
Curious. And I am now so full of questions, I don't know where to start, so I'll just add your tale to my favorites and come back later when I can think straight. 😁

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