Goats and ghosts

Posted October 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

by Forest Harvey

In Keyhoe, Kentucky there was an old Methodist Church sitting on the top of a hill that was later sold to the Church of the Nazarene. It was surrounded by a cemetery .

Ellis Moore who lived in the community had to walk by the church on his way home. A number of nights he heard a rumbling noise under the church which helped him run all of the way home. This was a well known happening as others spoke of it as well.

One night John Cooper, a neighbor, decided to check out the situation and see what the GHOST was. He took his “coal oil” lantern and went outside the church.

The church set on large pillars of stone. When he heard the ghost he looked under the church and to his disbelief a goat had taken residence under the church.

The building was not high enough off the ground for the goat to walk so he had to crawl. When the goat’s horns would hit the sleepers of the floor it would make the noise.

When I was 13 years of age we lived outside of Albany on old Route 90. About one half mile west on a dirt road was an old log house located behind the old Crawford house. It had a ghost inside.

Mr. Tug Booher told me this story and showed me inside, but in the daytime. In the big room of the old log house where the fireplace stood was a big blood stain deep into the grain of the wood punching floor.

Tradition has it that the stain was where a confederate Soldier was killed by a union soldier. (I always thought it was the spirit of a dead confederate soldier). Sometimes at night you could see the light move around the house looking on from the outside.

Did I believe in ghosts at 13 years of age? You’d better believe it. I saw the light.

This house had been vacant for many years. I think, but am not sure, it was the house Glynn Mann helped to tear down and move south.

Mr. Booher lived in a shotgun house close to the Crawford house.

Forest Harvey