Legends & Lore of Little Beaver Creek
On episode 14 of the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast recorded and broadcast live at the 2019 Darlington Days Community Celebration, guest host and noted paranormal investigator Tony Lavorgne talks with Darlington native Michael Kishbucher about his latest book Legends & Lore of Little Beaver Creek, an entertaining and factual investigation exploring the origins and history of a variety of local tales including the legends of Esther Hale, White Lady of Sprucevale, Gretchen’s Lock, Indian Rock, and the Pig Lady of Cannelton.
On episode 14 of the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast recorded and broadcast live at the 2019 Darlington Days Community Celebration, guest host and noted paranormal investigator Tony Lavorgne talks with Darlington native Michael Kishbucher about his latest book Legends & Lore of Little Beaver Creek, an entertaining and factual investigation exploring the origins and history of a variety of local tales including the legends of Esther Hale, White Lady of Sprucevale, Gretchen's Lock, Indian Rock, and the Pig Lady of Cannelton.
This episode was recorded June 1, 2019 in Darlington, Pa. Host: Tony Lavorgne. Guest: Michael Kishbucher. Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Michael Musco (“Plucky Sky”). Other sounds: Riot (“Level Plane”), Dan Phillipson (“Lights In The Sky”). Other sounds (available at Bensound.com): “Memories.” ©Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.
Michael Kishbucher is a Virginia-based author who grew up in Darlington Township and Negley, Ohio. He has a life-long fascination with local folklore, legends, and ghost tales. Of particular interest to Michael are the writings of Ira Mansfield, noted 19th century local historian, folklorist, photographer, politician, and industrialist from northern Beaver County.
Michael is a veteran of the US Air Force (retired), with decades of experience as a Department of Defense intelligence analyst. He lives near the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia with his wife and two daughters.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A dark and bloody past lurks beneath the folklore of the Little Beaver Creek watershed in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The first American frontiersmen hesitantly settled this region in the late 1700s following more than forty years of warfare. Fables like Barbara Davidson, the Pig Lady of Cannelton, sprang from this long, horrific conflict. The legends of Esther Hale, the White Lady of Sprucevale, and Gretchen's Lock rose shortly thereafter, whereas the age of the Indian Rock petroglyph remains hotly debated.
Today, most locals know these stories. But few know the purpose of Indian Rock or why Barbara's restless spirit sometimes appears with a pig's head. Using methods honed over twenty years of service as a Department of Defense intelligence analyst, author Michael Kishbucher uncovers the history and potential origins of these and other tales.
Specializing in obscure paranormal and anthropological topics, Tony Lavorgne is an accomplished researcher, author, and public speaker on the subject of local legends and lore throughout Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio. He is a contributing writer to Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania: Ghosts, Monsters and Miracles and co-author of Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania.
Tony is the host of Tony Lavorgne’s Legends & Lore Podcast, exploring the history and tales of ghost stories, mysterious crimes & murders, UFOs, witchcraft, and other occult happenings still thriving in the Greater Ohio Valley region of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio--and beyond. The podcast is produced by the Social Voice Project - an innovative public interest media company specializing in public history.
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