Old Mrs. Varner was a very cruel woman. She was so mean to her husband that she would make him go out in the field and work in all kinds of weather, even though he was sick at the time. One day Mr. Varner was very sick and didn't want to go out to the clearing to work, but his wife nag him so much that he finally went out into the cold to work. All day he worked cutting brush and trees. Late in the afternoon she allowed him to come to the house, though he couldn't eat any dinner because he was sick. Late that night Mr. Varner died.
After that, strange cries and moans could be heard coming from this house. Some people who stayed there after Mr. Varner's death said that the house was haunted. They said that they went to bed at night and walked the door of the room. In the night something kept pulling the cover down under the bed. When they pulled the cover back on the bed, something would give it a hard jerk and pull it back under the bed again. Then the door would fly open, even though it was still locked.
Once when a farmer and his son were passing the house, a huge dog walked between the horses and came out under the buggy. The horses didn't seem to take any notice of the dog. Many other people and seen a white figure walking about the place as they passed by.
Sources: Gainer, Patrick Ward. Witches, Ghosts, and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians. Grantsville, W. Va.: Seneca, 1975. Print.