Meade County, Kentucky was home to some of the first peoples of the Americas. Since around 10,000 BC the Paleoindians inhabited the region. With a history this long and rich, stories are bound to appear.
Read on, if you dare.
Stories to chill and thrill you
Indian Dance, once a sacred Native American place. Now lost to time
Frank Morris, wrote in the April 17, 1996 edition of the Meade County Messenger about a special place that he visited near Battletown called “Indian Dance”.
Julia Higbee, the serial killer of Meade County
In 1890, Mrs. Jessie Higbee, a neatly dressed and prepossessing young country woman, was placed in jail. Against her name on the slate was written the common-place charge of lunacy, but behind that is the accusation of a crime so horrible as it was incredible.
The ax murderer of Paradise Bottom
In the late 1890s, a man named Buck Padgett lived in Paradise Bottom. He thought that his wife was bewitching him and took it upon himself to put a stop to it…with an ax.
Revenge leads to murder at the Ashcraft Hotel
This is the story of how Stanley Young swore revenge on his Uncle William for the murder of his father. Marsh’s untimely end still haunts downtown Brandenburg to this day.
The Headless Horseman of Garnettsville
A ghost town is now the site of one of a familiar legend but in an unfamiliar setting. One two men stood in a duel, one never realized he lost.
The Railroad Flagman’s Death
There’s a tale about a flagman on a railroad who simply lost his head while in Meade County!
The Phantom Road Wagon
This story first appeared in Ghosts Across Kentucky.
The Battletown Witch Festival
The skulls of Peckinpaugh’s Landing. Meade County’s own ancient giants
Before the 1840s, human bones of immense size were found. One skull it was said, was large enough to completely encase the skull of an ordinary man! In 1871, near Peckinpaugh’s Landing, a rather large cave was found, along with a pile of human bones.
The Brandenburg Stone: proof of Vikings or hoax?
Found in a field near Paradise Bottom in 1912 by Craig Crecelius. This stone is surrounded by mystery and questions who were the first non-native explorers to our area?
Leah Smock, Meade County’s most famous ghost
The most infamous folklore in Meade County comes from the small town of Battletown, Ky., where a young woman was burned alive in a smokehouse in the 19th century after locals accused her of being a witch.
Those that were once washed away try to find themselves again along the Riverfront
From time to time bodies of people who fell in the river and drowned were found washed onshore in Brandenburg. Sometimes they still roam looking for graves lost long ago.
A History of UFO’s in Meade County
Fire in the Sky has always been commonplace in Meade. Here are some famous and infamous stories of the terror that comes from the sky.
The Ghosts of Doe Run Inn
Decorated with over three centuries the Doe Run Inn is packed with plenty of history, and plenty of ghosts.
The Woman in the Pink Nightgown
This story is a first-hand account of a woman not ready to leave or just ready to tell what happened to her.