For this installment of Manic Monday, we present the haunting of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center. Located on Clark Street, this seemingly benign white Greek-Revival-style home has been the Chamber building for more than 60 years and welcomes visitors from all walks of life, including the afterlife. Join us as we spin the tale of a ghostly nanny, who has lost her charge. She stalks the halls of the Chamber house, forever looking for another child to care for.
According to legend, the family who owned the Chamber house were very prosperous citizens of Covington. They had children and built their lives in our fair city. As the children grew, and their business prospered, the family decided to hire a nanny to care for them. She was a delight to behold and very proficient at her job. The Perfect Nanny. Until one day, a strange occurrence happened on her watch.
Local legend has it, The Nanny put down the family’s youngest child for a nap, and left the baby to rest in its crib next to the windows in an upstairs bedroom. The Nanny then reported hearing a loud commotion coming from the baby’s room, and found that the handle was locked with the crib blocking the door. Eventually, she was able to open the door and free the child from this goulish encounter. The story is then told that the Nanny waited outside on the front porch for the parents to come back home. No one blamed The Nanny, of course, but perhaps she continued to live with guilt for leaving the child alone. She is known to pace back and forth along the upstairs hall in the Chamber. Workers have even reported hearing voices and cries of both a woman and a baby. According to our friends with Covington Ghost Tours, visitors on the walking tour have also heard the phantom voices outside the building at night.
The Nanny is an almost forgotten tale from Covington’s past. It’s so lost, in fact, that the names of the family, the missing child, and the Nanny can’t be found in any text book. But, recent witnesses have found empirical evidence that the Nanny exists. In fact, on a recent Ghost Tour, Michelle from Covington (names may have been changed to protect the living) captured a picture of The Nanny. She claims that, while walking past the Chamber during her tour, she noticed the blinds in the upstairs window suddenly open and shut. As she hastily reached for her cell phone, she saw a figure of a woman peering out of the window. Perhaps she was waiting for a child to care for? Two women also say that, while cleaning what was an upstairs bedroom in the home, the door to the room slammed shut and locked. After their release, the women say they felt that they were being grounded by the Nanny for being too rambunctious in their cleaning.
Are you interested to hear more about the local haunts within our very Visitor’s Center? Make sure you stop by and see us the next time you’re in Newton County.
For more information on this haunting and more local ghost stories, check out the new Covington Ghost Tours, where you can also book your own ghostly walking tour here.