We here at Serpents of Bienville have a lot of different projects currently running. One project that we are particularly excited about is the Alabama Oddities pieces that Amanda is writing for our social media sites. She is doing daily updates, bringing you a new story every morning, of something strange and odd from our Southern home. Not everyone has social media, so we will be doing weekly rundown's of her stories, which we will be publishing every Sunday. We hope you guys enjoy, and remember to follow us on our social media sites to get daily Alabama Oddities stories. Enjoy!
Jenny Gets Her Revenge - Monday October 26th
Jenny Johnston was a loving wife and mother, living in a cabin deep in the woods. Men who were running from the war would hide out in the woods for so long, they would be starving. They felt the finding of her house was a miracle, for her husband would have fresh food prepared at their arrival. The Home Guard caught wind of this and raided Jenny's home. They savagely lynched her husband for aiding deserters. Her eldest son ran to his father's aid, to be shot in the back of the head by this disgusting clan. That day, Jenny vowed to avenge her men by hunting down each of the eight men and ending their ugly lives. She succeeded in killing seven of the eight men, and died at the age of 98. Her soul is said to be unfulfilled because she left one of the murderers behind, so she is known to still haunt her land. If you ever come upon a cabin deep in the Bankhead National Forest, an old woman will beat on your car and scream for you to leave, threatening your life, as you may be mistaken as the last murderer, the one that got away.
Just Below The Surface - Wednesday October 27th
On Burnt Corn Creek Bridge, a woman and her boyfriend were having a nasty argument one dark night. She was so heated that she got out of the car and decided to walk home. As she was crossing the bridge, her boyfriend accelerated the car and drove off. The bridge she was crossing had no rails, and she fell into the creek. She reached for help out of the murky water, but no one came. She drowned that night. Visitors to the area would cross the bridge to feel a cold wind rise in the middle of summer. A green glow would emerge from the water, reaching for the onlookers, only to return to the woods and disappear. If the living stood too close, the woman's apparition would assume they had returned to help her out of the water, and she would grab their arm and pull them down under the water with her. The bridge had to be destroyed because of the amount of people falling into the water and getting hurt, or even meeting the same fate as our ghost. You can still visit the site of the incident, and people say she still glows under the water, waiting for help. Locals vow that the wind is always cold there, and fish avoid the spot completely.
Cosper the Lightning Rod - Thursday October 28th
This man proves that the saying, “lightning never strikes the same place twice” is a bald-headed lie. WIlliam Yeldell Cosper is from Childersburg, Alabama. This man was standing on his porch during a storm, and was struck by lightning. He miraculously lived, but a few years later, he was struck again. He passed away from this strike, and after being buried in the local cemetery for a few years, his body inside his grave was struck by lightning, breaking his gravestone into pieces. His family sprung for a brand new headstone for William, but that one was struck by lightning as well. He is now listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Sweetwater Mansion - Friday October 30th
Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama is said to be one of the most haunted houses in the country. The mansion was designed by General John Brahan, a veteran of the war of 1812. The house was completed in 1835 and strange occurrences began shortly after. There is said to be a "spirit room" in the middle of the house. No door leads to it. The only entrance is a small interior window. It was designed for dark magic practices. An angry spirit is fabled to loom around the living quarters. One of the bedrooms that has always given people a creepy feeling infamous for locking female guests inside dare they enter alone. Employees still report terrifying occurrences all around the property. A confederate soldier is seen staring in the windows with his cold, hollow eyes. One woman walked downstairs to witness the vision of a full casket, lying open on the floor, with a decomposing body inside. This was later said to be the son of General Patton. Vandals have been tearing the place apart for years, and some fine folks had begun renovations in the late 2000's. As they were working, they smelled fire in the kitchen. People ran to the source, yet no fire was found. In the photos they took at that time, the entire kitchen was up in flames. The Sweetwater mansion is definitely not lacking in number of great ghost stories.
Woodhaven Dairy - Saturday October 31st
Nights in the country, in the quiet town of Silverhill, are so dark at times, you can't see the hand held in front of your own face. This is quite a problem when the place you have wandered up to on this dark and muggy country night is completely haunted by two mischievous boys. The darkness may have also been the culprit for the fate they met at the bottom of the well on the back of the Woodhaven Dairy property, unless information of foul play surfaces after all these years. These children are heard running and playing around the dairy at all hours, day and night, and have been known to thunder down the hallways. People have witnessed one of the boys fly down stairs and burst through a window at the bottom floor. The boys move items around the rooms and hide valuables all over the property. But there is one barn they will not enter. Even the undead fear for their souls in the back barn. This barn always has a strong stench of old blood and flesh. The figure that is standing in the middle of that room, when he shows himself, is taller than any man and darker than any night. His eyes glow red with warning, red as the blood that pumps through your chest at racing speed in his presence.
Thomas Bibb Is Not Pleased - Sunday November 1st
Thomas Bibb was a wealthy plantation owner and Alabama's second governor. He was originally buried behind his plantation in Limestone County, the Belle Mina. He did not rest in that place for long, though. His body was exhumed and moved to Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville shortly after his first burial. Thomas Bibb is obviously very upset with having to leave his home and brought to a strange place without his consent. His spirit is often seen by locals and visitors to Maple Hill around dusk, climbing out of his present grave and awaiting his stylish ride. He is said to board a carriage pulled by four black horses. When he is securely inside, the carriage takes off toward his old home and more preferred eternal resting place.