The story of the "Three Black Sisters" is well known in the town of Christiansburg.  If you've ever attended Christiansburg Middle School then I'm sure you've heard the stories as well.  For those who haven't, I'll explain the story below.

A lot of what is out there about these sisters is untrue.  So, let's start from the beginning. According to a newspaper report posted at the bottom of this article, the girls names were Mary Snead, Caroline Martin or Virginia Wardlaw.  These girls lived during the middle of the 1800's and attended the Montgomery Female Academy for girls.  The personal life of these girls is largely unknown but it is documented that the girls were convicted of manslaughter after the mysterious death of one of their relatives.  

There is a rumor that one of the sisters is buried in a cemetery in Christiansburg but as far as I can tell, that report is likely false.  The girls were convicted in New Jersey and there is a good chance they never returned to the area again if that is true. 

The reports of these girl's life is sketchy at best but from what I can tell it does help clear up some incorrect rumors out there.  I'll post a link to the StrangeUSA forum where people have commented about this story at the bottom of this article.  From what I can gather, the ghosts of these three women could likely haunt Christiansburg middle school.  Even though they never attended the school (CMS was not built until the 1950's), CMS is built on the same location as the Female Academy for Girls.  

From what I can tell, the story about there being a well with a dead body in it under the gym is completely false.  Also, the post on StrangeUSA about the girls attending the school in the 1950's is also false.  These girls lived in the middle of the 1800's.  

UPDATE (10/13/2010)

I stumbled upon an article written by a member of the Virginia Paranormal Society.  If you are looking for some more background information on this case, please check out The Three Sisters in Black article by Donna Wilson of VPS. 

Collegiate Times Article: The Three Sisters
StrangeUSA Forum:

Haunted mansions are quite common in ghostly folklore and horror movies but the truth is, most older mansions do tend to have some sort of tragedy or ghost story associated with them.  The Sutherlin Mansion is no different.  The house was built in 1859 and was considered a mansion in that time period.  As you can tell by the picture, the house today would be considered moderate in size.

According to the visit Danville website "the Sutherlin Mansion was home to Major William T. Sutherlin, a wartime quartermaster for Danville and among its most prominent citizens."  Sutherlin, who was part of the confederacy, opened up his home to President Jefferson Davis during the final week of the Civil War.  It is here that Davis drafted his final Proclamation to the Confederacy on April 4th 1865.  After spending a week at this mansion, the Confederacy was dissolved and the war was finished.

According to some of the staff and visitors of this mansion, there are some ghostly occurrences at this home.  There have been reports of a man standing looking out of the Davis Bedroom window during the day even when there's nobody in the house.  Cigar smoke has been smelled inside the residence during normal museum hours, even though there is a no smoking policy in the state of Virginia.  At night, people have heard a girl moan from the upstairs bedroom.  Finally, there have been sounds of footsteps and random noises coming from the house.

Today, the home has been converted into a historical museum.  The operational hours are from 9 am to 5 pm during the week and from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekends.  Tours are available to anybody who requests them.

Official Website:

When you're investigating the paranormal, sometimes you stumble upon an intriguing story that offers no real explanation as to why or how the events occur.  Virginia Intermont College has been around for almost 120 years and is home to 555 students according to the school's official website.  The college is relatively small but the sometimes even the smallest of places can have a haunting past.

The paranormal claims that surrounds this college is centered around one room in the main building on campus.  I've found a post on a site linked at the bottom on this article and I'll let this person do the story-telling.
I am a freshman at Virginia Intermont College. I know the exact room which you are talking about, and I would like to explain the story a little more. Back in the 1800's the school was all girls. One girl in particular was having an affair with one of her professors. She got pregnant, but the professor refused to leave his wife for her. She hung herself, and while doing so knocked over the kerosene lamp she had been using, and started a fire. The rest of the building has been repaired, but any time her room is worked on, it reverts back to the same charred state it was in. It is noticeable when you see it -- it looks like the fire just happened, even though it was over 100 years ago.
The story is tragic but the phenomenon that is said to occur here is interesting.  If you look at it from a scientific perspective, there isn't a finite reason for why a wall would continuously look charred even 100 years later.  Is it paranormal, possibly but this is definitely a location that could use an investigation by a skilled paranormal group. 

I did some more digging and found a good post on another blogspot site explaining this haunting even more.  According to this post, the girls name is "Vera." However, the interesting thing included in this post is that the ghost isn't just linked to the one room in the Main Hall, instead people have reported feeling cold spots, the feeling of being watched, and cold breezes all across campus.
A less obvious “haunting” happened to Travis Williamson his first year at VI. He stated, “I was sitting [in my room, 211] eating a sandwich and I had some soda in a Gatorade bottle that was really flat, no carbonation at all. The lid was screwed on just a little, and all of a sudden the lid pops off and the bottle is rocking back and forth.”
If you really dig deep enough, almost every college in this state has some sort of "ghost" story.  What separates VIC's ghost apart from the rest is the widespread reports of phenomenon.  You have visual, auditory, and object manipulation.  On a scale of 1 to 10, VIC is probably close to the 10 side of the scale when it comes to activity.  If you ever get a chance to visit this college, don't pass it up. 

Strange USA Blog Post: StrangeUSA
Schools Official Website:
Vera Blog Post:
School Magazine: Check Page 16

First, I apologize for my disappearance for the last four months but I promise you that this blog will continue in the future.  I began writing for a site called and that has taken a lot of work and effort over the past four months, especially since that is a paid position for me.  Outside of college and writing for that site, as well as a part time job (hopefully here soon) this blog is going to get shafted a bit. 

However, I promise you it will continue but at a slower pace than what I wanted.  I appreciate everybody who reads this blog and will get back to work on this site very soon. 


Justin Clark