“The Haunted Swamp”

Ahhhh…. The Haunted Swamp. Nefarious place or a peaceful location? I guess that’s up to the individual and their experience.

Recently, my husband and I checked out a place called Bear Creek Swamp located in Prattville, Alabama. It was nearly a three hour drive that we took early in the morning to attend our son’s football game that was scheduled to occur later that night. The reason why we left so early was because my husband and I had already researched the city of Prattville, which was founded by industrialist and architect, Daniel Pratt in 1839. We love historical places so we took the opportunity to look around!

Upon our research, we looked for areas known for paranormal activity. That’s when my husband stumbled across some online articles about Bear Creek Swamp, also referred to as “The Haunted Swamp”. What he shared with me were some pretty interesting things. We read about ghostly sightings of Confederate soldiers, Creek Indians, early settlers, and even an apparition of a woman desperately in search of her lost child that will lash out at anyone who repeats three times, “We have your baby!”

People have even made reports of seeing floating orbs and phantom car lights that chased them down the road, that’s if their vehicles didn’t stall without plausible explanation. Yep, some say that their cars have actually “died” and wouldn’t start back up while encountering the freakishly paranormal activity of The Haunted Swamp.

Also, sightings of none other…. the big, hairy beast himself, Bigfoot! His echoing howls have been heard by various people claiming the validity of this creature. Oh, and we dare not leave out the elusive, legendary Chupacabra whose sightings have been reported as well.

And as if all that wasn’t enough to make one want to become a nail biter, there’s the Creepy Doll Graveyard where 21 porcelain dolls were found on top of bamboo stakes back in November, 2014. Who or what was behind this macabre creation? Who knows? The origin of such a morbid finding has never been discovered, or revealed.

Now, in finding Bear Creek Swamp, it seemed like it took my husband and me forever before we finally found it. Of course, we used our GPS and it sent us to a bridge that crossed over Bear Creek on Alabama State Route 14. We knew that wasn’t the exact location mentioned in the articles. Keep in mind, we weren’t able to find any road signs about Bear Creek Swamp, but did that stop us from our search? No way! We were determined to see what all the hype was about with The Haunted Swamp!

We traveled down a couple of paved roads that were near the bridge, but quickly knew that we were still in the wrong spots. My husband and I were just about to give up when we passed a dirt, gravelly looking road. He said,  “Hmmm…. wonder if that was the road?” Getting tired of driving around I asked him, “Wanna go back to see?” He was like, “No, uh huh… let’s just keep going.” But when he said that, I could tell that he really did want to go back to see if that old road was the correct one. “What would you do if you were me?” I asked him. “Go back.” He said without any hesitation.

That’s when I found the nearest place to turn our car around. I’m glad we did because once we turned down the old road, we were in awe of our surroundings! We weren’t even a mile away from Alabama State Route 14 when we noticed the swamp that was on both sides of the road. It was lush and green with a beautiful serenity about it! It was a road that appeared not traveled much and had very few residences on it. The entire time we were on the road, not once did we encounter another vehicle. It was absolutely quiet there. The only sound we heard was from a small, man-made drainage culvert. Trees were all over the place, moss was abound and I couldn’t resist taking some of the beautiful moss home. (The next day I put the moss into a crystal bowl and added some tiny, white wire lights to create a stunning coffee table centerpiece. One word…. “Gorgeous!”).

While going down the road we did stop and get out of our car a couple of times. Did we experience anything ghostly or otherworldly? Did we see our beloved Bigfoot and/or  Chupacabra? Nope! Didn’t see anything, hear anything, nor smell anything of the sort. (Smell? Why would I say that?? Because Bigfoot has always been known to have a foul odor about him. Poor guy…. you’d think that with all the water around there that he would take a bath every once in a while. 😉 )

Everything that we researched basically had supernatural activity at night. We didn’t stay there until nightfall because the main reason why we were in Prattville was to attend our son’s football game, which was far more important to us. So, that’s why we visited Bear Creek Swamp during the day.

What we did experience at The Haunted Swamp was tranquility and beauty. It was like stepping back into another time as we made our way down the unpaved road. No sounds of the hustle and bustle of a nearby city, no streetlights and buildings. Only vibrant green scenery and tall trees surrounded us. The occasional breeze that blew off the water was cool to our skin, taking away the humid, August day’s heat.

I was raised as a country girl, so I found myself extremely comfortable there. It made me reminisce the times when I was growing up on the old road that I did with my best friend. Together, she and I were always finding our way down hidden trails that passersby often forgot about.

My husband found himself reminiscing as well. He loved the place, too. We will happily go back at the next given chance!

 

 

 

 

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My artwork titled, “The Haunted Swamp”.

The Haunted Forest 3

(“The Haunted Swamp” ~ Digital artwork by Sheila Renee Parker. Prints available at Fine Art America!)

 

 

(The coffee table centerpiece that I created using the moss from “The Haunted Swamp”.)

 

 

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“Rockin’ Out at Moss Rock Preserve & More!”

As you all know I am huge into the paranormal! I write about it, research it and have had more experiences than I can keep track of! So, with that being said, it’s extremely important to take a break from it all every once in a while.

This past weekend my family and I ventured out of town to attend my son’s football event in Hoover, Alabama. We’re proud supporters of his team!! “Go Foley Lions!!!” 😀

While we were there, my husband and I took time to do a little exploring at a phenomenal place called Moss Rock Preserve. It’s a preservation location full of trails, boulders and waterfalls. To say this place is breathtaking (to me) is an understatement! We absolutely love nature and to be able to visit Moss Rock Preserve was such a treat! We walked a portion of the trails, climbed some boulders and even squeezed between a couple of them! The weather was beautiful as the sun beamed from high above. And yes, we definitely took photos and some videos that you’ll find at the bottom of this article. You know I couldn’t miss the opportunity to tell you about the fun, I love sharing with you all! 🙂

On our way back home we detoured to Montevallo, Alabama, to pay respects to our fallen soldiers at Alabama National Cemetery. May they always be remembered, respected and loved!

After we left the cemetery, my husband and I discovered an amazing place called The American Village that’s also located in Montevallo, Alabama. Upon entering the historical site, we were both in a state of awe! It was literally as if we were travelling back in time.The replica buildings were just as they were back in the Revolutionary days, and we saw a couple of people dressed in period style clothing! Super cool!! Our cameras were constantly snapping photos as we walked around. There was even an actual wedding being held there, but of course we respectfully kept our distance from the private party.

So, if you guys are ever in Hoover, Alabama, be sure to check out Moss Rock Preserve and then venture a little bit south to Montevallo, Alabama, to visit the National Cemetery and The American Village! You won’t regret it!!!

 

 

 

 

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~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter: @sheilarparker.

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Squeezing through this itty bitty opening between the boulders at Moss Rock!

 

At our son’s football event in Hoover, Alabama!

 

At Alabama National Cemetery

 

At Alabama National Cemetery

 

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Replica of Washington Hall at The American Village.

 

 

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Replica of The Oval Office at The American Village.

 

 

Replica of the President’s desk in The Oval Office at The American Village

 

 

Replica of The Oval Office in the American Village located in Montevallo, Alabama!

 

 

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In the replica of Washington Hall at The American Village.

 

 

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