With its southern charm and rural setting, it’s no wonder that many urban legends have originated in Georgia. Here are eight urban legends that reflect the state’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage.
The Bell Witch
This legend originated in the early 1800s and tells the story of a witch who haunted a family in Adamsville. The witch was said to have caused all sorts of mischief, including making the family’s cattle sick and killing one of the daughters.
Just like the Mothman in backwoods West Virginia, the legend of the Goatman is set in the woods near an old abandoned mental hospital in Decatur where a goat-like creature is said to roam the woods. Witnesses have reported seeing the Goatman, which is said to be covered in hair with horns on its head.
This urban legend is set on a stretch of highway between Atlanta and Macon. The story goes that a young woman was hitchhiking when she was picked up by a man in a black car. The man then proceeded to murder the woman and dump her body on the side of the road.
The Man in Black
This legend is set in the city of Savannah, where a man dressed in all black is said to haunt the city’s cemeteries. The Man in Black is said to be looking for someone, and if he finds them, he will kill them.
The White Lady
This urban legend is set in Augusta, where a ghostly woman clad in white is said to haunt the city’sHistoric Riverside Cemetery. The White Lady is said to be the spirit of a young woman who died of a broken heart after her lover was killed in the Civil War.
The Phantom Train
This legend is set on the Georgia-Tennessee border, where a ghostly train is said to haunt the area. The phantom train is said to be carrying the souls of those who died in a tragic accident that happened many years ago.
The Headless Horseman
This urban legend is set in the city of Athens, where a headless man is said to ride a black horse through the town at night. The Headless Horseman is said to be the spirit of a man who was decapitated during the Revolutionary War.
The Witch of Wilkes County
This legend is set in Wilkes County, where a woman named Kate is said to have been a witch. Kate was said to have cursed the townspeople and caused all sorts of misfortune. After her death, her spirit is said to still haunt the county.
Whether or not these urban legends are true remains a mystery, but they continue to capture the imagination of Georgians. So, the next time you’re driving down a dark road or exploring a cemetery, keep an eye out for these urban legends. You never know what might be lurking in the shadows.