|Blue Ridge Mountains|
Here is an Appalachian ghost story. Various versions are shared depending upon whether it is told in Virginia, Tennessee, or Kentucky.
Sadly, Octavia Spencer died of a mysterious illness, after giving birth, in the 1890s.
Her son died within days of being born, and Octavia went into a deep depression. Her family and friends were unable to help her, so a doctor was called in.
By the time this man arrived, he found Octavio in a dream-like state, similar to a coma. Frustrated the doctor was unable to determine what was happening.
Within hours his patient appeared to stop breathing, and the mourning family following the hill custom quickly arranged to bury Octavia that same day, on the top of the mountain.
Several days later, the doctor found himself treating several patients that exhibited the same symptoms as Octavia’s.
They all had lapsed into a deep dream-like state. Their breathing turned shallow as well.
But within a day they all began to wake up. In shock, it dawned on the doctor that he had made a terrible mistake. He immediately demanded that Octavia’s body be exhumed.
When her coffin was opened, it became apparent that she had died of asphyxiation.
To everyone’s horror, there were signs Octavia had struggled before her death. They found scratch marks on the lid. She had tried to escape.
Her body was then reburied in the family plot in Pikeville, Kentucky.
For over a century, witnesses have claimed there is unusual activity near Octavia’s grave.
Many locals have reported hearing hysterical cries at night. Others who are brave enough to go near her grave state they have heard scratching sounds on the old, rustic, wood cross that marks the spot.