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request," says Toni Ogden, the curator
at the Greenbrier Historical Society and
North House Museum in Lewisburg.
After Zona's body was exhumed and
examined, Edward Shue was locked in
jail-in part due to what was told by
"The Greenbrier Ghost."
"And they always frame it as 'Ghost
gave testimony,'" Ogden says. "That's
the publicity blurb."

KENTUCKY
Popping into Pikeville, Kentucky, I land in
the middle of a war between the Hatfields
and the McCoys. Actually, that famous
family feud is over-after all the longstanding conflicts stemming from war,
love and property. And, today, you can
visit the peaceful grave of family patriarch
Randolph McCoy at Dils Cemetery.
In another cemetery, on the Pikeville
University campus, I learn the ghostly
tale of Octavia Hatcher-a young woman who presumably died in 1891 of a
mysterious sleeping sickness. As it's told,
though, she was actually buried alive.

And, when her body was exhumed, it
was found that she had appeared to have
been trying to claw out of her coffin!
Today, as a ghost, legend says Hatcher's gravestone statue sometimes turns
on its own.
For two nights in Pikeville, I make
camp at the hulking Hampton Inn Hotel, rising high above Hambley Boulevard. Yet I cannot contain my enthusiasm to explore such sites as the 1936
Pauley Bridge, a pedestrian passage. I also
venture to see an overlook of the "CutThrough Project," where a mountain was
removed and the Levisa Fork of the Big
Sandy River was re-routed.
Near that cut-through, I take a horseback ride with Betty Tackett, the operator
of Dreamz Stables (606-422-3107) offering equine, river and zipline tours.
"We're definitely a southern town,"
Tackett says. "And we definitely love
company. And I think that when people
spend a day with us in Pikeville, they go
away feeling like they have just a little bit
of ownership in it."

For lunch, I drop into the Blue Raven
Restaurant (606-509-2583) for a crabcake sandwich with Judi Patton, wife of a
former Kentucky governor, Paul Patton,
who served from 1995 to 2003.
Judi Patton grew up in Pikeville, as a
daughter of two sheriffs. But, just as that
sounds odd, it's even more tragic: Her
father, Roy Conway, was assassinated by
an alleged bootlegger in 1950 when she
was just nine years old.
"Then Mama became sheriff to fill
out his term," Judi Patton tells me with
a heavy voice.
Today, after years in the governor's
mansion, the tough-as-nails Patton remains deeply in love with Pikeville.
"Our fall is beautiful. We've got the
reds, the golds, the yellows. It's like
somebody took a paintbrush and painted
all these colors," Patton says.
"And you'll find that mountain
people, our main love is family and our
roots," Patton says with a smile. "And we
always come back home, one way or the
other."

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