Not everyone left Fort Boreman Park

A good location to seek for the unknown can be hard to find at times. Some are not willing to allow people on their property, or the cost that some locations charge is to high to attend. But even when permission is granted or one is able to pay the cost, it does not mean seekers are guaranteed to encounter anything of the paranormal. Sometimes this can leave seekers disappointed and feeling as if nothing paranormal ever happens there. But it does take time and sometimes several visits to have an encounter.

One location I have visited several times is right here in Parkersburg. I have spent many hours in the daytime and with proper permission I have visited it at night. And I have had success with both types of visit, and plan to continue visiting. Where is this location? Fort Boreman Park. But why would it have any paranormal activity? The Fort was never under attack. Let me give a brief history of this location.

It was built back in 1863 to protect the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from the Confederate army during the Civil War. Even though it was never attacked, many troops who passed through this fort gave their lives for the cause. The fort was later named after West Virginia’s first governor, Arthur I. Boreman, who was a resident of Parkersburg. This is also a site that had public hangings until the late 1860s. In that time, a nearby resident was murdered by three men. Many people traveled to watch these three men meet their fate by being hanged.

Because of the history of this location, seekers have enjoyed visiting the Fort – some in hopes to witness an apparition of a soldier; while others try to see if the spirits of those who lost their life there are still hanging around.

I remember one of my visits was just before sunset. After visiting the top of the hill for a while I decided to venture to a different location at the Fort. I made my way down one of the paths with another seeker. We stood still for a long time listening to what was around us before we turned on our recorders. Shortly after we turned on the recorder we watched someone walk from one tree to another tree just along the tree line. We knew we were the only ones in the area at the time but thought maybe someone had made their way down to where we were. We asked if anyone was there but after no one responded we walked up to check it out. We found out that no one else had come down and we were the only two there.

I can not say if this was an apparition of a Civil War soldier or someone else who lost their life there. But I can say we both witnessed someone walking the tree line who was not there.

Next time you visit Fort Boreman Park to watch the sunset, be sure to look around. You never know who might be hanging around.


Tom Moore is a founding member of Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters and has been conducting research for 15 years. He can be reached at