The Giant Skeletons Under Fort Loudoun

During the French and Indian War, Colonel George Washington designed and supervised the construction of a fort in Winchester, Virginia. Named Fort Loudoun, after John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun and Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America, the fort was constructed to protect citizens from attack and served as a headquarters for Washington and his militia.

During excavation for the fort’s foundation, Washington’s men dug up skeletons—skeletons which measured seven feet in length.

Today, the ghosts of giant Indians are occasionally reported in the town of Winchester, particularly near the intersection of Piccadilly Street and Indian Alley.

The Fort Loudoun giant reports should come as no surprise; giant skeletal remains have been found in the nearby counties of Shenandoah, Hardy (WV), and Hampshire (WV). In fact, an intact burial mound is located in Romney, West Virginia, a short drive from Winchester. In my new book, Wild & Wonderful (and Paranormal) West Virginia, I spend some time discussing the giants that have been discovered in present-day West Virginia.

For further reading check out Historic Haunts of Winchester: A Ghostly Trip Through the Past by Mac Rutherford.

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