It's October and, of course, that means it's time to focus on haunted places and things that go bump in the night! This year brings a change in our format due to some much needed updates, so look for lots of fresh haunts very soon! A map of the location of the haunt has been added when possible in each entry to make it easier to find them, but please remember many of these are private property.
The area known as Furnace Hills, outside of Westminster along the road to New Windsor, has had a repuatation for being haunted for more than a hundred years, and it seems, the tradition continues to this day.
Legh Master was born in England in 1717 and came to America to seek his fortune, purchasing about 6000 acres in the area. He established an iron foundry on his property about 1765. finding an abundance of iron ore in the area.
If you lived in the Sykesville area in the 1970's and 80's, you might be familiar with a local creature that became known as the Sykesville Monster. He was a bigfoot-type creature, reputed to stand about 8 foot tall with a footprint longer than 12 inches long. Recently, a TV special called "Monsters and Mysteries in America" will be featuring the monster, and local pub E.J. Becks planned a special viewing party for the show, which was due to air on February 28, 2014.
A recent article in the Carroll County Times notes:
Built in 1807, and now one of the properties maintained by the Carroll County Historical Society, this house on Main street in Westminster has long had a reputation for being haunted. The original owner of the property was Jacob Sherman, who gave it to his daughter Eve and her husband David Shriver a few years later. The Shrivers only lived there for a few years before moving to western Maryland. While they were living there, a number of incidents occurred which may have bearing on the house's potential as a haunt.