Flashback Friday: Tales of Coles County at Lake Land College


This October, I thought it might be fun to take our readers on a trip down memory lane. I started doing talks on the legends and lore of Illinois in 2007, and since then, I’ve been lucky to have attended many great events, meeting a lot of interesting folks in the process. On February 12, […]

The Weird and Wild Side of Coles County, Part 2


Welcome to Part 2 of “The Weird and Wild Side of Coles County.” As MysteriousHeartland.com and MichaelKleen.com prepare for the upcoming release of the new edition of The Legend of Pemberton Hall, I thought it would be of interest to my readers to share with them the story of how I became fascinated with Coles […]

The Legend of Pemberton Hall, as Told by Michael Kleen


The Legend of Pemberton Hall is among one of the most well known ghost stories in Illinois. Set at Eastern Illinois University, generations of young women who reside in this residence hall have been telling tales of Mary Hawkins and the ghost of an (allegedly) murdered coed. At his presentation at the EIU student union […]

Ghost Towns of Coles County

The new edition of Tales of Coles County will be released in August 2013

Coles County, Illinois, located in the east-central part of the state, has more than its share of strange tales and legends. It is also home to a fair number of ghost towns. Little remains of most of these settlements, but they provide an interesting window into the past. Here are just a few. St. Omer […]

Former Patients Haunt this Old Charleston Hospital

The new edition of Tales of Coles County will be released in August 2013

Located along 18th Street south of Harrison Avenue in Charleston, Illinois, Charleston Community Memorial Hospital opened in February 1953 and operated until 1977. It suffered from a chronic lack of admissions and staff. In May 1977, Mattoon Memorial Hospital and Charleston Community Memorial Hospital completed a nine-year consolidation effort by merging into Sarah Bush Lincoln […]


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