West Virginia’s Lake Shawnee Amusement Park permanently closed its doors 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. 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. Because of all the tragedy surrounding the park, its doors were closed for good. I hope that you enjoy some my photos of this rare look into the abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in Rock, West Virginia. @stevegonsalvesofficial@davetango@itsabandoned
I had an absolute blast hangin with @stevegonsalvesofficial and @davetango at the abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in Rock, West Virginia this past weekend! It was also a pleasure meeting Chris, Brannon and Mike from Tennesee Wraith Chasers. I always wanted to explore this place which is a rare occasion to have access to it, but to be able to do it with these fellas was absolutely incredible! Thank you Steve and to everyone for your hospitality, the awesome stories and of course the laughs!
After a short hiatus I'm back investigating, this time at the Needles Eye in Wentworth, Rotherham in the United Kingdom.
Needle's Eye is one of several follies in and around Wentworth Woodhouse park; the others include Hoober Stand and Keppel's Column.
It was constructed approximately in the mid-late 18th century and believed to have been made in order to win a wager, where the second Marquis of Rockingham claimed he was able to "drive a coach and horses through an eye of a needle". John Carr designed Needle's Eye alongside some other follies in the area.
Musket holes can be seen on one side of the structure, most of which are approximately head height; this suggests execution by firing squad has taken place at the building.