EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSome Say Historic Buildings Home To Spirits, Ghosts And The Unexplained
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 31, 2013 7:53 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 8:57 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Do you believe in ghosts? Some people in Charleston believe there are some real haunted buildings in the city.
"It's really interesting," said Dan Kehde of the West Virginia State University Capitol Center. "It gets kind of freaky sometimes."
Kehde said something strange is going on at the Capitol Center on Summers Street in Charleston.
"I was on the front of the platform, and it walked up on to the platform and I felt the footsteps on the platform," he said. "I absolutely, positively knew there was somebody there. There wasn't."
The theater was built in 1912 and holds a lot of history. But some people said it holds a lot of something else. Something Kehde said he can't explain.
"You hear people coming up and there's nobody there," Kehde said. "You hear people behind the curtains and we pull the curtains and nobody's there."
Kehde isn't the only one who has experienced the spirits in the theater. He said there are at least two ghosts who roam the building. One is a little girl who runs around in the balcony. He brings some of this students up to the balcony and any time they see her, he tells them to not say a word, just point.
"We'll sit there and everyone will point that way and then everyone will point that way," he said.
Kehde said a second spirit isn't so friendly.
"You get this feeling that it's really pretty hostile," he said. "And you get the feeling that there's somebody standing behind you and watching you. And it's not even necessarily when we are alone."
The theater isn't the only building in Charleston that some believe is home to paranormal activity. Workers in the Woolworth Building on Capitol Street believe it's haunted. A fire in the building back in 1949 killed seven firefighters and people have said they see those men walking the hallways on the fifth floor.
When construction crews were rebuilding the structure, a man died in the elevator. Some people say a lot of unexplained activity happens in that area.
"If somebody gets off the elevator on the first floor and you get o,n it takes you to the basement, automatically, even if it's locked," said Sara Davidson, an employee who works in the Woolworth Building. "So that's the one thing that's weird, kind of creepy."
Whether you do or don't believe in ghosts, some say what happens just can't be explained.
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