Woodgrove Hauntings

Getting into the Halloween spirit, the subject of ghosts is brought up often.  Some Woodgrove staff and students spoke up to share their own ghost stories, while others said that they do not believe in ghosts.

Junior Scott Siker has had his own ghostly encounters, “When I was 10 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.  After using the bathroom, I was walking out and something swiped my face.  I staggered backwards and I tripped.  The ghost then dragged me by my feet down the hallway towards the stairs.  I laid there for a second catching my breath, then I went back to my bed.  The next morning I woke up right by the stairs, the same place the ghost had left me the night before.”

David Noland, English and Drama teacher at Woodgrove High School, shared one of his ghostly encounters as well. “I was in Morgantown in the house my dad helped me buy before he passed away, and it was the night before West Virginia University’s Guard tryouts.  I was stressed out and a lot was happening.  I woke up at around 3:30, and rolled over when I saw my dad.  He was wearing the same clothes that he was buried in; he even was not wearing his glasses because my mother took them before he was buried.  He looked not completely see through, but not completely solid as well.  At first I thought I was imagining things, so I rolled over.  Then I rolled back over and he was still there, and then I rolled back over again.  This happened three times before I actually believed it was him.  I looked at him and said, ‘Dad, you’re freaking me out, but I love the concern.’  After I said that he moved backwards and disappeared.”

Junior Georgia Bloomfield has only had one ghost encounter: “When I was young, and still lived in London, we had a family reunion.  During the family reunion, we decided to go to my grandparent’s favorite bar.  While being there the pub caught on fire.  My grandfather didn’t make it out.  Later in seventh grade, we came back to visit London and we went to the same pub.  We were sitting in a corner booth, and I saw my Grandpa sitting on the same bar stool, wearing the same clothes as the day he died.”

There are many ghost stories from Loudoun County; some are from an old cemetery in Waterford while others were at Short Hill Mountain in Hillsboro.  More can be read in the Hauntings and Happenings of Loudoun by Frank Raflo.