On a quiet, small town street lies a stately manor house. Surrounded by an imposing wrought iron gate, the house feels old and yet hauntingly familiar. The brick facade overlooks a landscaped front yard, where a wooden swing can be seen from the yard’s kingly oak tree. Most visitors stop and stare at the magnificent structure as it holds court over the neighborhood. Yet, this manor holds more than memories. It holds shocking and tragic secret, involving a little girl and a very unlucky shot.
They say her spirit still plays in the grass outside her family home. Covington locals have even dedicated this grassy knoll to Emma’s honor. The park outside the Hamilton home is now known as Goo Park, with a special plaque to commemorate the tragic events and to remind visitors that joy can always come through play.
However, be warned. Because, for Emma Goo, playtime is forever. Visitors have reported spooky sightings and strange happenings at the site of her memorial. Ghostly giggles of a young girl have been known to come floating down Monticello Street.
We even found this photo taken during one of the Covington Ghost Tours, of what could be an apparition of young Emma. We got an exlusive report from that tour that more than one person was photographing this exact area at that time, and not everyone picked up the same visuals in their photos!
So, the next time you drive down quiet, historic Monticello Street, remember Emma “Goo” Hamilton. Remember the little girl giggling in a green, grassy park. Because she’s still there. And she’s ready to play.