Contributed By Cheryl Deane
Back when I was in Jr. High. My family had moved from Tennessee to Virginia due to my father’s job. This would have been the early ’80s. We moved to Christiansburg, Va. It’s a small town with a big story. Now my parents had me in a private Christian School at the time. So I did not attend the local middle school. But out of all, the places my family have lived. I find it interesting that as soon as we moved there. Other kids were warning me and asking me if I had heard of the Black Sisters.
Apparently, there were three sisters that lived in Christiansburg in the early 1900s. I was told they wore all black hence their nickname. People were very afraid to look at them on the street. There was a book in the local library about them which I could never check out myself because it was always checked out. Their names were Virginia Wardlaw, Caroline Martin, and Mary Snead. They were educators at a female academy that is now where the middle school stands.
They claim in stories about how the janitor of the middle school has to go in at night and turn off lights that come on by themselves. And there are all kinds of stories about odd and unexplained things happening at the middle school over the years.
The Black Sisters were killing people around them for insurance money. And they actually got away with it for a quite a long time. Until they moved out east and from what I understand they drowned a relative for money but did not get away with it.
Now I have read that Virginia was sent back to Christiansburg after she starved herself before being convicted by a judge for her crimes. But that she has an unmarked grave.
I was hanging out with a small group of kids and they took me up to a small mountain late at night. We drove up a gravel road almost to the top. There they proceeded to show me Virginia Wardlaw’s tombstone.
I saw a very old gravestone with her name and in the right bottom corner of the stone. It had a little lightning bolt design with the statement “she is not dead.” Since the kids showed me this I am just amazed no one has ever written about it!
It was the oddest thing I have seen on a tombstone. And I have to admit being up on a dark mountain late at night and reading that sent chills up my spine.
Of course, the group of kids taunted “if you walk backwards around her tombstone three times you are cursed.” So I had to take the challenge. Which later I regretted and actually got a book to cleanse myself of anything evil looming over me.
I was wondering what are your thoughts are on this? And I am really blown away that no one says anything about the tombstone I was shown.
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