The Haunted History of Das Verflucht Schwarze Haus or The Cursed Black House compiled from historical sources and local legends.
I am not a writer, but enjoy this twisted llittle tale from my imagination. Photographs and Story © GLHoke 2012.
Preface – This Blair Witch themed and Lovecraftian styled fictional story was written after a day of walking through an old cemetery, running into a large black dog there, exploring a very old stone house, and finding a heart shaped willow wreath decorated with dried thistle flowers and a purple glass marble on the property. The real name of this town and historical house have been changed, and the photos altered so as to not give away its true location. I took these photos on a tour of the house by the realtor with hopes of buying it since it is such an awesome house with stone walls about eighteen inches thick, hand sawed board floors with square cut nails holding them down, and the original old iron door and cabinet latches throughout the house. It is very atmospheric for sure and thank the gods previous owners have not covered it with linoleum or carpet and tried to modernize it, or the cursed souls within would seek revenge!
The little town of Leberpul in the Appalachians was founded along the east side of the Susquehanna River in 1808 over 200 years ago. It was named after Leberpul Germany and was primarily settled by the Germans, English and Scotch-Irish. It has a long history as a trading town along the river and before the town itself was built nearby the infamous river pirate Simon Girty and the blood thirsty Indians who fought the white man’s incursion. Like most Appalachian towns and cities it started along an old Indian trail which turned into river traffic by the French, then a road was built, and eventually a canal and railroad.
On a hill above the town was an old Indian burial ground of the Black Wolf clan of the Susquehannocks. Back then the dead were tied in bundles to the old oak trees whose cut down trunks are still visible in the Leberpul cemetery which the white men took over to bury their own dead. There was once an old Anglican church built on that hill, but the last Indians burned it down killing the minister and his wife and two children in the smoldering rubble. There is a legend of sightings of a black spirit dog who still guards the old Indian burial mound.
The first house built in Leberpul was The Black House build at the south end of the present town. It was build by Ebenezer and Elisheba Black. He was a carpenter, cabinet maker and coffin maker, and she was a nurse and helped with his funeral business. His house became the first funeral home in the county. It is said there is a now buried stone tunnel which led from the graveyard hill down to the cellar of his house then down to the river. This tunnel was first used by the Indian shamans and follows a natural cave system under the hill. Later Ebenezer Black used it to bring the bodies and bones down from the graveyard for his necromantic researches. Elisheba used it for cold storage of food and herbs. Long after their deaths during Prohibition the tunnel was used to run liquor from the cellar of The Black House down to the river to boats for distribution up and down to those thirsty souls.
One day while preparing a body for burial Ebenezer’s knife slipped striking his helping wife in the eye, which she lost from infection. He made his wife a purple glass eye which she wore until her death, and even beyond.
Old Ebenezar died of smallpox after preparing so many bodies for burial after a short epidemic in that county. Old Elisheba tried to remarry, but no one would have her with her glass eye. She turned for comfort to an old Indian medicine man and from him learned the Black Arts to revenge herself on the community, which both feared and hated her.
Elisheba, with the help of her medicine man Black Wolf became a witch and soon learned the art of necromancy and communication with the dead who were buried in the cemetery above the house. She prepared elixirs of death from the spring water that drained from the cemetery into a well in the back yard, which is now mysteriously covered with a circular wood piece disguised as a flower pot base. In the attic can still be seen the burned traces of a blackened pentagram where they did their dark magickes, and the hexed sword of magicke hangs there still too from a chain, no one having the courage to take it down. In the hardened dirt floor of the cellar clawed footprints can still be seen of denizens conjured from the cemetery tunnel, and in one corner lays the charred skeleton of some kind of canine.
On one dark moon night during a ritual Elisheba lost her purple glass eye. Soon afterwards she and Black Wolf died of an unknown illness. No one knows where they are buried. This all happened a long time ago, but sometimes people say on the old German Lutheran All Souls night the shimmering black ghost of old Ebenezer can be seen at the house, leaving a heart shaped willow wreath decorated with thistles, symbol of his broken heart at the loss of his wife to an Indian. Sometimes the ghost of Black Wolf can be seen in the form of a large black dog roaming through the hilltop cemetery. And most often is told the story of the ghost of the witch Elisheba walking around the Old Brown House looking for her lost purple glass eye.
The old Black House is now up for sale once again, and all I can say is Beware those who may desire to buy this house to live in again. Many are the dark homeless ghosts and evil Indian and canine demons who still roam there. If you find a heart shaped willow wreath decorated with thistles laying in the yard, as i did, sit it upright against the house to honor Ebenezer’s undying love, as i did. If you find Elisheba’s purple glass eye, as i did, then bury it in the front yard of your property with the leg bone of a black dog, and this will keep the witch of The Black House at bay. Beware the curse of The Black House Witch!
G Lee Hoke © 2012