As legend has it, this is the story of the “haunted” peach orchard, nestled down in the backwoods of Scioto County!
Early in the 1920’s, just west of a major city, named Portsmouth, lived an old farmer named Henry Whitt, better known as “Pappy”.
Pappy not only grew delicious peaches in his orchard, but secretly used them to make very unique moonshine and tons of it! People would travel far and wide just to get a jug of his unique tasting shine.
The larger his operation grew, the more it struck the interest of local law enforcement. They found it very odd that people would travel from all over just to pick “Pappy’s” delicious peaches. It didn’t take them long to start poking their noses in his business! They would randomly show up on his property and ask to search it. This is when Pappy came up with a brilliant story to try and hide his operation and mostly his precious still! “These hills are haunted”, he proclaimed, but you’re more than welcome to search them at any given time! This seemed to scare them off for a awhile, especially when the local sheriff came up missing. To this day, his whereabouts are still a mystery!
Around the mid 50s, the newly elected Sheriff started poking his nose around Pappy’s orchard again and vowed to, once and for all, put an end to Pappy’s corrupt business! Once again, Pappy began to devise another cleaver plan! He began burying his dead family members on the orchard and claimed this burial plot was sacred and no one was permitted to enter that area! This is where we believe he kept his beloved still! After all, who would try and investigate a family cemetery! Pappy’s plan worked!
During the 60s, the legend really took a twisted turn! People began coming up missing! They were seen entering the orchard to purchase Pappy’s secret sauce, never to be seen or heard from again! This now sparked the Federal law enforcement’s interest!
In the 70s, Federal law enforcement began investigating the orchard. At this time, it was heavily rumored that the occult and it’s activities were also taking place in the hills of Pappy’s orchard! No one knows for sure if this was just another one of Pappy’s clever plans to ward people away or something totally sinister! When Federal law enforcement came to search the property, Pappy was no where to be found!
To this day, no one knows what truly happened to Pappy or the other missing people!
Now almost 40 years later,
after many years of searching,
the orchard’s horrifying truths have finally been unearthed, along with Pappy’s beloved still!
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2120 Nauvoo-Pond Creek Road, West Portsmouth, Ohio 45663, United States