This week’s story was sent in to us by a fan who heard this story that took place back in the 1930’s from his aunt. It happened in Wayne County, Kentucky.
Aunt Pat described being on the slope of a mountain digging ginseng. She was sitting down on the forest floor digging roots when something began to throw hickory nuts at her. At first, she thought that the nuts were simply falling from the trees. Ginseng is traditionally dug in late summer when the red berries help in location of the plant). She changed her mind when a nut suddenly shot by her head horizontally. Telling her story, she said, “Hickory nuts don’t fall sideways,” She thought that one of her brothers had followed her into the woods and was tossing the nuts in an attempt to frighten her, so she called out, “You ain’t scarin’ me, so stop it!” As she scanned the woods, she suddenly saw movement. She said that a “booger-man” stepped from behind a tree and looked at her. She described it as being taller than any man she ever saw, and it had long black hair falling down over its shoulders and face. She said that it was hairy all over and didn’t seem to have any clothes on. She went on to say that she gathered up her burlap sack and other things she had with her, then began to move down the ridge towards an old wagon road that would take her back home. She described the “booger-man” following her down the mountain making huffing noises. When she got to the road in the holler, she ran as fast as she could back home. She said that nobody believed her and that her momma even spanked her for wetting her pants and then making up a story to cover the accident, telling her that she was too old to be wetting her overalls.
Big thank you to the fan who sent us this story. He’s sent over quite a few stories, and I can’t wait to feature them all!
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