Today Thurmond is quite literally a ghost town, in the 2010 census the town’s population was only 5. The town has not always been this way, back when coal mining in the
After a nice picnic at a shelter near the
Next we headed back toward Whipple and made a few stops including the old Scarboro Company Store which still stands but it abandoned. We also visited the
Catholic Cemetery in Scarboro where many of the miners are
buried and nearby the cemetery still stands is the ,
although it is in very bad shape. old Catholic Church
Our last stop and our investigation location just down the road took place at the Whipple Company Store. The store was built in 1890 and was the resource that met all of the needs of the coal miners who lived in Whipple at the time. The store today is known as the Whipple Company Store & Appalachian Heritage Museum, they offer tours from May to November including a Haunted History Tour! This building is so full of history and I highly recommend it if you are visiting the southern WV coalfields. HPIR’s investigation here has been newly listed in our top 10 list! Please check out more information about the Whipple Company Store and HPIR’s investigation of Whipple Company Store.
If you are looking to take a trip to the Coalfield of WV looking for history or some ghosts, this website is a great place to start: CoalCamp USA