Saturday, May 30, 2009

Here are some Spooky stories and local legends of Athens, Tx

I live in athens, texas there are a lot of local legends around here. i'll start with the pentagram that lies under the city, a lot of people talk about it but every one i know that knows about it has never been in it so i decided to go, me and a couple of my friend went to fullers park, which is another story in its own, we went off the main drive onto a trail that leads back into the woods to one of the entrances to the pentagram. it took all night to go through the entire thing but all in all it wasn't anything all that scary. there is a coffin in the center of it but we couldn't get it opened. we found five ways to get to the pentagram for anyone who decides they want to go through it, there is one at fullers park,one behind elder dodge, one at the country club in the woods, one at monkey cemetery, and one behind oriellys auto parts.

The country club entrance is under the steps where the first owner and his wife shot and killed one another. Her haunted spirit is said to roam the place… my step-dad can confirm that. She slams doors all night.. He used to be the bar tender.

did u know that judge william wayne justice(federal judge) owned fuller park the whole time he was a judge?look it up in his biography.his father and fuller were friends. when justice retired he put fuller park up for sale. i wonder why! he never did any thing with it that i know of. just pay taxes and have control of it. why????

i know where one of the entrances is supposively at…. on bryson. an old dr. told some people that bought the house that wanted the entrances was told to be under the house….owners crawled under the house as far as they could go but couldnt get into the middle of the hous…………………
ive investigated all the sites spoken of but the hospital is the one i get a bad feelin about day or night and i dont scare easy.

Hello People..
I live in Athens,TX and I have lived here for quite awhile and Yes i have heard all about this and even witnesses a few myself. I have been to the place you talk about where rituals take place... it is called Fullers Park .. it use to belong to a preacher of a baptist church in the center of Athens ... he has been dead along time and no one ever bought the land... him and his wife was also buried there and there graves stones still stand with heavy log chains going around them on posts making like a fence. there is also an old well and a house on the property and some old monkey cages which are the main spot for creepy things... I have drop past late at night and see lights out there.... like candles or flashlights ... i never been inside at night but i have visited during the day many times... one such visit me and my friends found chicken heads and such.... was freaky.. There is a story about the monkey cages... many versions but all of them mainly sum up to the fact that the preacher owned monkeys and would take aggression out on them... beat them... some even say he molested them and did rituals but that is not for sure... they say that the monkeys went crazy one time when he went out there and go loose... it is even said they killed the preacher but i don't know that for sure... but there is a road called meredith that is nick named monkey road because supposedly when the monkeys got loose they ended up in the woods in this area and there were siting of the monkeys here and at night they would even through sticks and rocks at passing cars... there is also and old wood bridge on the road .... i have been done this road also at night and it is pretty creepy... And on the subject of the tunnels... ... there was a bomb shelter built under the courthouse... and they had these tunnels constructed way back that go under the city and lead to the bomb shelter under the courthouse... but after awhile the bomb shelter was sealed up and the tunnels were cut off from the courthouse... so now they say that rituals and cults hang in the tunnels... there are many entrances to the tunnels... and i have seen one of them with my own eyes.. it is in the basement of the athens country club and it is closed off... but me and a friend of mine use to work at the country club and we were helping them move some stuff around in the basement area and we moved this tall wood bookstand looking thing and there was a hole in the wall about the size of a plate... and we shined a flashlight in the hole and we seen a hall way with steps leading further downward.. and this i swear on my life... we did see this... and we asked the greens keeper about it cause he had been working there for MANY yrs and he said that is was the entrance to one of the tunnels in athens... and before i ever worked there i had heard stories about one of the entrances being at the country club... i have heard about other locations also but i never have seen an entrance besides the one at the country club... but all the entrances are at points... and they say that when the loop in finished... you can make the points on an athens map with the loop and it will make kind of a pentagram shape also... but i am not sure about that either... supposedly the courthouse in the center point... this is just some of the things i have heard about....and like i said i have witnesses some things myself so i do not doubt that something weird is going on in Athens....

BECK'S CHAPEL, TEXAS. Beck's Chapel was off Farm Road 59 eleven miles south of Athens in southern Henderson County. It was founded in the late 1840s by David A. Anding and his family and was evidently named for an early church. A local school was operating by 1906, when it had an enrollment of forty-three. In the mid-1930s the settlement had a church, a vacant school building, and a number of houses. After World War II qv many of the residents moved out of the area, and in the early 1990s only a church, a cemetery, and a few houses remained.

Athens Weekly Review
Historical & Homecoming Edition
May 1941
Beck's Chapel's Old Timers Went to Science Hill

Beck's Chapel
The oldtimers of Beck's Chapel went to school at Science Hill, a school about
three miles from where Beck's Chapel now stands. Mrs. S. H. Riddlesperger
was among them, as well as the old Doctor Robert Hodge. Mrs. W. L. Reynolds
was among the last teachers at Science Hill. She taught in about 1892, and
Miss Willie Cotton was one of her pupils. Miss Willie Cotton was later a teacher
at Cross Roads.

There was once a Presbyterian college at Science Hill and it was from this college
that Science Hill got its name. There was also a Masonic lodge.

There was a negro man hanged at Science Hill for plotting to poison the white people.
The people being Southerners, disliked negroes at that time anyway.

Science Hill was moved to Beck's Chapel about fifty years ago because that was more
to the center of the community.

There was also a school by the name of Blossom Ridge. This was a one room
structure made of logs and having hued-log seats. There was only one teacher of this
place and her name was Miss Reilly Mitchell. This school was also moved to Beck's

Beck's Chapel got its name from the well-known Beck family of this community.

Mr. Stonewall Riddlesperger, now a resident of Malakoff, deeded land to the county
judge and his successors for a school and church as long as it was used for this

There was a Methodist church organized when the school was. There was once a
camp meeting that lasted for days.

It seems unusual now but there was about forty years ago, a postoffice. The name of it
was "Bute," and a family by the name of Bravles took care of it. There was also a
telephone party line and two gins.

Uncle Henry Ward's wife was the first one to be buried at Beck's Chapel. She was
buried in 1900, and from that day to this there has been a graveyard.

W. C.. Smith, grandfather of our former principal, owned all of Doodle Bug for many
years. He moved in several families and they organized a school, which was named
Antioch. This school lased for several years. Mr. Adrian Ford came in charge of
Doodle Bug a few years ago and in a little time the children started to school at Beck's

Beck's Chapel was consolidated with Cross Roads in 1934. This brought about
30 more student to the Cross Roads school.

There was also a Baptist and a Holiness church organize in Doodle Bug.

Transcribed 2003 Bunny Freeman

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