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The Haunting of Sunrise Carriage Trail
Charleston, West Virginia

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 02/08/2011



Sunrise Carriage Trail | Charleston, West Virginia
Governor MacCorkle's Mansion at the top of the Sunrise Carriage Trail.
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About Sunrise Carriage Trail

Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston is the capitol of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers.

Charleston Sunrise Carriage Trail Information:

The Charleston Train Depot is located on the banks of the Kanawha River at the bottom of South Hills Mountain Drive.

The Sunrise is an historic mansion that was built by West Virginia's ninth governor, William MacCorkle. It is a long, three-story, stone mansion. It is located on a bluff overlooking the Kanawha River. The Sunrise used to be the location of the Sunrise Museum, which moved to a different location at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Currently the Sunrise/MacCorkle Mansion is privately owned and not open to the public. The Sunrise Carriage Trail closes at dusk.

Ghosts and the Paranormal on the Sunrise Carriage Trail in Charleston, West Virginia:

People claim to see strange, dark, shadowy “blobs” on the Carriage Trail about halfway up the mountain where the gallows are said to have been located. The gallows were purportedly used to hang Confederate spies.

Visitors to the Carriage Trail also report a feeling of intense fear at the desecrated statue of “Our Lady”. This statue was apparently built to commemorate Governor MacCorkle's daughter who died in a Carriage accident near the statue.

Resources: (2009). The Capitol Plaza Theater. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from

The Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 5, 2011 from virginia.htm

Wikipedia (2011). Charleston, West Virginia. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from,_West_Virginia (2005-2009). Charleston Train Depot and Carriage Trail. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from

Wikipedia (2011). Sunrise (Charleston, West Virginia). Retrieved February 8, 2011 from,_West_Virginia)


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sweetpea Posted: 04/15/2014
I know a little something about Sunrise.I dont know if it would be a "haunting" Maybe a curious,kind adventerous person could check it out.I dont have a car,or I would go myself.I read a book called" Unsolved Murders In WV", back in the 90's. Sometime,way back during a war we had going on.I am not at all good with history,dont know which war.2 women were found shot execution style somewhere in the woods around Sunrise.General MacCorkle was told this information and he went to check it out.The bodies were decomposing but they still had thier hair. One was brunette and the other blonde.Nobody knew who they were,or where they had come from, which side of the war were they on,nothing,exept the hair color and clothes they had on.I read that several guesses were made as what these women were doing.Majority say they were spies(I like to believe they were on our side,whatever side that wouldve been)Sounds good and possible.Travel off the roads whenever possible,follow railroad tracks and streams off water.On foot,that would be the way to travel.Women travel in numbers,at least 2,but the more you have the better off you are.Its a cruel world and especially to us women.Those days was not a favorable time to be female.I aint complaining,I am thinking of these 2un-named,unknown,undescribable,except for the hair color,that was a huge risk for those brave women and it cost them thier lives.General MacCorkle gave them a buriel and had put up a tombstone for the "un named" women.I cant imagine what they may have had to endure before being shot in the back of thier heads.He also had some kind words and I cant remember a single one.Of course,I had been to Sunrise,before I read that book.I have wanted to go,just to"feel" around the grave marker.So,someday I will get there or some one can go check it out,take a picure of the tombstone and put it on this page.Is that asking too much?Its my first time at this site and I'm a liking it,so far.I just wanted to share that.Maybe somebody out there in the www has already seen it and nothing,or maybe they have.
sweetpea Posted: 04/15/2014

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