The Ghosts of Seven Churches Road

January 7, 2009
By Sarah Stanton, Albany, GA

Introduction
Phoebe and her little sister, Paige, sat at the kitchen table sorting through Phoebe’s pictures of Seven Churches Road (more formally known as Hardup Road). Paige noticed that in one picture Phoebe’s eyes were off to the side and she looked freaked out. She also saw a couple of the churches. “Tell me all about Seven Churches Road.” And this is Phoebe’s story...


Little girl in white
Phoebe and some of her friends drove out to Hardup Road. Phoebe had a Rosary in her purse. The driver parked the car and they all got out. A Baptismal Fount was nearby a church and above the fount was a large branch, the Gallows. Leila Andrews told Phoebe to stand in front of the fountain for a picture. Just as the shutter went off, Phoebe saw a little girl in white. The girl disappeared momentarily.
Phoebe clutched her Rosary and walked closer to the fount. Phoebe once again saw the little girl in white. The girl had an angry look on her face. As Phoebe looked around the fount, she saw people gathered around. Phoebe looked down and no longer had her Rosary. She and her friends drove away. When they came back the next day, the Rosary was gone. Later that day, Paige and Phoebe went online. The only tiny entry they could find was this, “Its a long dirt road, originally w/ 7 churches but you only see 4. People have sited a little girl in a white dress walking down the road and many different ghosts.”


The 4th Church
Not long after the girl sighting, Phoebe, Leila and a couple others went back to Hardup Road. This was the first time Phoebe had ever seen the 4th church. Phoebe sat on the steps and looked around. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. They left 20 minutes later. They went back the next day, but the 4th church was gone.


Verses on the Wall
The 2nd or 3rd church had Bible verses on the wall. Phoebe’s friend, Piper Tylers, was Religious an noticed that every single verse on the wall had 2 or more flaws.


Bloody Handprints
Phoebe had heard tell of this story. A friend of hers, Kyle Moore, went out to Hardup Road. An old lady walked out in front of him. He tried to stop, but he hit her. Kyle got out to see if she was alright, but she was gone. When Kyle got home, there were bloody handprints on the back of his car.
15 Minutes there, 45 Minutes back
One time, Phoebe, Leila, and their friend, Stan Michaels, decided to time how long it took to get to each place. It took 15 minutes to arrive at their destination. When they got ready to leave, something wasn’t right.15 minutes, 20 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes, etc. Finally at 45 minutes they saw the exit. It had taken them 15 minutes to get there and 45 minutes to leave.


Black Dog
Phoebe drove out to Hardup Road with Leila and Stan. As hard as Phoebe tried she couldn’t avoid hitting the big black dog. By accident, Phoebe bumped over it. The trio ran out to see if the dog was okay, but the dog was nowhere in sight. They looked for a few minutes, but the ghost dog had vanished.


The Heavy Bible
Phoebe told Paige about a friend of Stan’s that went to the third church and tried to take a Bible. Rumors flew around that when you tried to take the Bible, it was so heavy that you dropped it when you reached the door. A man once got it into his car, but when he arrived home, the Bible was gone. Sometimes you can see a Priest pacing behind the Altar.
Well Stan’s friend, Simon Adams, and his football buddies took a wheelbarrow to the church. They placed the Bible in it and pushed it to the door. By the time they reached the door, the Bible was so heave, the wheels broke. Simon and his pals left quickly. When they went back the next day, the wheelbarrow was gone and the Bible was back on the Altar.


“I think we were Followed.”
After another visit to Hardup Road, Phoebe and Stan went home. As Phoebe lay in bed, she turned to the window. What she saw caused her to cry out in alarm. Stan came running. “What’s the matter?” Phoebe pointed to the window. “I think we were followed.” By that time, the large black man had vanished.


Satanists
Satanists- People who worship the devil. Nearby the churches is a burial ground with a family of Satanists. All of the family had been born on Halloween. They had all died years later on Halloween. Phoebe and Leila went in. Leila suddenly grabbed Phoebe’s hand and ran. “Leila, what’s wrong?” Leila took a couple deep breaths before she finally said, “I heard a voice yell, ’Get Out!’.”


Scratches
Phoebe and her friend, Scott Matthews, drove out to Hardup Road. Scott had never been there. He took a few pictures, but nothing happened. Disappointed and relieved, Phoebe and Scott drove off. Suddenly, Scott felt a burning sensation behind his ear. He put his hand back there and saw blood on his fingers. Phoebe felt the burning as well. When they got home, Paige was asleep, but Phoebe’s mom was awake.
Phoebe and Scott had scratches all over them! Phoebe’s mom cleaned them up and they left quickly. When Paige was told, she swore never to go out to Hardup Road. Phoebe called the day after to report that the scratches were gone!

A Little History
Hardup Road was where the old town of Albany was located, then some kind of epidemic came along and killed thousands. Only 3 churches remain standing, the 4th church is there when it wants to be. All of these stories are true. the paragraph my sister and I found is the only information on Hardup Road that exists. Everything else has been stricken from record. My sister, Erica, aka, Phoebe, really experienced those terrors. Unless your a ghost hunter, please don’t go out to Hardup Road. The 1st church is the only church still in use for Baptists or Methodists, the church is haunted, though.


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on Apr. 26 2010 at 7:29 pm
MusicIsLife013 SILVER, New York, New York
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hales89 said...
on Apr. 25 2010 at 5:18 pm
I'm sorry, but this simply isn't true. I've lived in Albany, literally ALL of my life and when I was a teenager, we went out there ALL the time hoping against hope to see if all of the rumors were true. They aren't. The ruined church is always there and there isn't a Bible on the lectern in the accessible churches. It's bogus. Some of the churches are still in operation and the "fount" is actually an outdoor baptismal pool for an African American church. Why in the WORLD would there be a lynching tree by the baptismal font? Also, old Albany is located down by the river where the oldest buildings are. Out Hardup/Lonesome is REALLY far from the city center. It makes a good story, though!  

on Apr. 4 2010 at 1:19 pm
This is in Albany, GA on Hardup Road

on Mar. 1 2010 at 11:32 am
i am really a person afraid of ghost but this time it creaped me out were is this place any ways and good job u r a godd writer

on Feb. 25 2010 at 10:19 am
Thank you! Glad you liked it!

on Jan. 28 2010 at 7:32 pm
She has all the pictures with her and she doesn't live near me. Sorry! But I'm not kidding about the stories and pictures.

on Jan. 28 2010 at 7:23 pm
Gah! Freaky! I kept looking behind me the whole time expecting to see a girl in white. And I normally don't get creeped out really easily. Good job!

agypup BRONZE said...
on Jan. 28 2010 at 5:39 pm
agypup BRONZE, York, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
1.Stallions are like protectors, Mares are like caregivers, Foals are like birds flying free in the sky.
2. The arabian stallion is so magnificent, the mare quite glamorous, but the airy-fairy foal just steals your heart away!

y cant u show the pictures without her?

on Nov. 24 2009 at 9:14 am
Yes this is all true. i'm glad you enjoyed it.

on Nov. 23 2009 at 6:17 pm
Lillybear BRONZE, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
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wow super scary! And this all was true? Kinda creepy no feels like a ghost is watching me

on Oct. 29 2009 at 9:22 am
These things happened at night. And my sister has pictures of them. She doesn't live here, so I can't show the pictures

thenewkid said...
on Oct. 29 2009 at 3:48 am
well i'd like to say that i attend the first church ephesus baptist church and i've been down hardup but i've never seen any of these things and my church is definately not haunted...........but the second church has been vandalized numerous times which is why it is no longer in use.

on Oct. 14 2009 at 2:15 pm
These actually happened to my sister. It happened about a year to a year and a half ago.

xavier said...
on Oct. 14 2009 at 12:57 pm
oh and i really liked this story! great job!

xavier said...
on Oct. 14 2009 at 12:55 pm
okay i see and those are interesting stories. how long ago did it happen to you?

on Oct. 13 2009 at 9:07 am
Thank you for saying so!

on Oct. 13 2009 at 9:06 am
These were all true as I stated. My sister and her friends went through them. So yes, these are true.

on Oct. 13 2009 at 9:05 am
I wanted it to be under the true section b/c it was true, but teen ink ended up putting it under fiction for some reason

on Oct. 9 2009 at 6:34 pm
SassyBeauty BRONZE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I think that it sounds a bit too uhm "searched up". Did this really happen or is it part of the story? Overall it was pretty good :]

xavier said...
on Oct. 9 2009 at 11:36 am
why is it under fiction if the story is true?




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