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Location submitted by: sdonley on 07/28/2019
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THIS LOCATION IS NOT HAUNTED, but is a museum devoted to the Mothman, a local legend, featuring press clippings, documents & memorabilia.

400 Main St
Point Pleasant , WV 25550
Phone: (304) 812-5211
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 38.842591
Lon: -82.138672

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 2
Stories: 1
Claims: 0
Evidence: 0
Resources: 12
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See the largest collection of props and memorabilia from the movie "The Mothman Prophecies"--in the town where the Mothman sightings and encounters actually occurred. Read rare historical documents from the Mothman eyewitnesses themselves, documenting what they experienced that fateful night on November 15, 1966. See rare historical press clippings and photographs of the Silver Bridge disaster. Learn more about the historical figureheads of the Mothman legacy like John Keel, Mary Hyre, & the Scarberry & Mallete eyewitnesses. There is plenty here to be discovered. Research and uncover the truth for yourself.

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On November 12, 1966, five men who were digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia, claimed to have seen a man-like figure fly low from the trees over their heads. This is often identified as the first known sighting of what became known as the Mothman.

Shortly thereafter, on November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, told police they saw a large grey creature whose eyes "glowed red" when the car's headlights picked it up. They described it as a "large flying man with ten-foot wings", following their car while they were driving in an area outside of town known as "the TNT area", the site of a former World War II munitions plant.

During the next few days, other people reported similar sightings. Two volunteer firemen who saw it said it was a "large bird with red eyes". Mason County Sheriff George Johnson commented that he believed the sightings were due to an unusually large heron he termed a "shitepoke". Contractor Newell Partridge told Johnson that when he aimed a flashlight at a creature in a nearby field its eyes glowed "like bicycle reflectors", and blamed buzzing noises from his television set and the disappearance of his German Shepherd dog on the creature. Wildlife biologist Dr. Robert L. Smith at West Virginia University told reporters that descriptions and sightings all fit the sandhill crane, a large American crane almost as high as a man with a seven-foot wingspan featuring circles of reddish coloring around the eyes, and that the bird may have wandered out of its migration route. This particular crane was unrecognized at first because it was not native to this region.

After the December 15, 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge and the death of 46 people, the incident gave rise to the legend and connected the Mothman sightings to the bridge collapse.

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This location is placed within the database since it is a location that can be visited and used by paranormal researchers who are conducting indepth research into the Mothman and/or other paranormal activities related to the Point Pleasant Area. We personally visited this location in July of 2019, and highly recommend the location to anyone interested in some original artifacts related to the Mothman sightings.

Photos from our visit, please see more on our photo page.

Mothman Museum

Mothman Museum

Mothman Museum

Mothman Museum

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Wikipedia Entry
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The Mothman Wiki
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WV Tourism
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Mothman Museum - Point Pleasant, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura
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Discover Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia: A small storefront museum explores the history and myth of West Virginia's famous urban legend.
Roadside America
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Roadside America - About the Museum
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Trip Advisor
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Mothman Museum lays out evidence for believers and skeptics
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Getting interactive at Mothman Museum
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The World's Only Mothman Museum Is In West Virginia
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The Mothman is a frequently discussed cryptid in West Virginia, as is the annual festival, but you can learn everything there is to know about the creature and its history any time at The Mothman Museum. There you will find more artifacts on the phenomenon than you will ever find in books or on the Internet.

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