Traveling WV: The Flatwoods Monster Museum

The Flatwoods Monster Museum in Sutton is located in a beautiful historic building that was constructed in 1910. (WCHS/WVAH)

Things got downright weird one night 66 years ago in central West Virginia. A group of boys playing in the Flatwoods school yard spotted a red ball of fire streaking across the sky just at dusk. The object appeared to land on a hilltop just above the school, so the boys took off after it. Joined by one of the boys mother and two other teenagers, the group climbed the hill and observed a strange pulsating red ball or craft sitting at the top of the Fisher farm pasture. Suddenly movement and a hissing sound caught their attention to the left, turning a flashlight in that direction, the group was shocked to see a 10 to 12 foot tall figure with a green body, red face, and glowing eyes floating toward them! Terrified, the group ran back down the mountain and began sharing their horrifying experience...the Flatwoods Monster was born.

Now, 66 years later, a museum is dedicated to those strange events. The Flatwoods Monster Museum in Sutton houses several artifacts, documentation, and of course souvenirs that keep the legend and lore of the Flatwoods Monster alive. Also this weekend at the historic Elk Theater in Sutton, a new documentary produced by Small Town Monsters will premiere. The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear will be shown for the first time at 7pm on Saturday April 7th. The director and his production crew will be there for a Q & A session following the film.

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