One #ManicMonday, we presented the haunting of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce. Located on Clark Street, this seemingly benign white Greek Revival home has been the Chamber building for more than 60 years and welcomes visitors from all walks of life, including the afterlife.
We shared the tale of a ghostly nanny, who has lost her charge. She stalks the halls of the Chamber house, looking for another child to take care of. Now, for this #WeirdWednesday, we're revisiting the old haunt, to see if anyone can shed some light on this macabre mystery.
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, when one of the children never came home. No one is sure what happened to the child. No one blamed The Nanny, of course, but she never forgave herself. Legend has it, The Nanny never gave up on her missing charge. She is known to pace back and forth along the upstairs hall in the Chamber. Workers have also heard voices and cries of both a woman and a baby.
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 her child to come back home? 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.
For more information on this haunting and more Covington ghost stories, check out the Chamber website! You can also book your own Ghostly walking tour here.