Mothman: The Mysterious Legend of Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Today I want to talk about one of the most fascinating and mysterious creatures that has ever been reported in the United States: the Mothman.

The Mothman is a legendary creature that has become a popular icon of folklore, particularly in West Virginia. The creature is said to have a humanoid body with large wings, glowing red eyes, and the ability to fly at incredible speeds. The first sightings of the Mothman occurred in the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in the late 1960s.

The first recorded sighting of the Mothman occurred on November 12th, 1966, when five men were digging a grave in a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia. The men reported seeing a large, brown, human-shaped figure fly low over the trees and then disappear. Several other sightings were reported in the following days, but it wasn't until November 15th that the creature really captured the attention of the public.

On that night, two young couples were driving on Route 62 near the TNT area outside of Point Pleasant when they saw a large creature with glowing red eyes fly over their car. The creature followed them as they drove away, eventually disappearing into the night.

Over the next year, many other sightings were reported, and the creature became known as the Mothman due to its moth-like wings and man-like shape. The sightings attracted national attention, and many people began to travel to Point Pleasant to try and catch a glimpse of the creature for themselves.

However, the Mothman sightings were not the only strange events occurring in Point Pleasant during this time. On December 15th, 1967, the Silver Bridge, which connected Point Pleasant to Ohio, collapsed during rush hour traffic, killing 46 people. Some people believe that the Mothman sightings were a warning of the impending disaster, although this theory has been widely disputed.

Despite numerous investigations and the efforts of various experts, the Mothman sightings remain a mystery to this day. Some believe that the creature was a type of undiscovered bird, while others think it was a government experiment gone wrong. Still, others believe that the Mothman was a supernatural being or an extraterrestrial visitor.

Regardless of what you believe, the legend of the Mothman has left an indelible mark on the town of Point Pleasant and the state of West Virginia. Even today, people still report sightings of the creature, and there are many who continue to investigate its origins and meaning.


If you're a fan of the Mothman, then you have to visit Point Pleasant during the annual Mothman Festival. This festival has been held every year since 2002 and is a celebration of all things Mothman-related.


The festival takes place in downtown Point Pleasant and features a wide variety of events and activities. Visitors can take part in a Mothman-themed 5K race, attend lectures and presentations about the creature, watch live music and entertainment, and even take part in a costume contest.

One of the most popular events at the festival is the Mothman Museum and Research Center. This museum features exhibits and displays about the Mothman sightings, as well as other strange and paranormal events that have occurred in West Virginia. Visitors can also purchase Mothman-themed souvenirs, including t-shirts, hats, and books.

In addition to the festival, Point Pleasant is also home to several Mothman-related attractions that are worth visiting. These include the Mothman Statue, which stands 12 feet tall and has become an iconic landmark in the town, as well as the Lowe Hotel, which was featured in the book and movie of the same name. You can rent a room and the Lowe Hotel and experience the strange happenings for yourself.

Overall, the Mothman Festival is a must-visit event for anyone interested in the paranormal or cryptozoology. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the legend of the Mothman, meet other enthusiasts, and have a lot of fun in the process. Whether you're a skeptic or a true believer, the Mothman Festival is an experience that you won't soon forget.

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  • The first time I learned of the Mothman was when I watched the movie, The Mothman Prophecies, and I’ve watched it a dozen or more times since. These kinds of things fascinate me. I never knew about the festival and I lived in VA the majority of my life. Thanks for sharing about it.

    Amy Valentini

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