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Joining the ranks of paranormal-heavy small towns and Bigfoot bergs’ like Point Pleasant WV, Honobia OK, and Remer MN, arrives Littleton, NC. One local man in this North Carolina/Virginia border community seems to be at the nexus of the unusual activity. He has finally experienced enough oddness to actually open a commemorative cryptozoological/paranormal museum… in his own haunted house.
Years ago, Stephen Barcelo began to notice that his small border town of 674 people was a hotbed for paranormal activity. He was already privy to the calls of the esoteric as a former New York photographer/videographer. Barcelo always took passionate interest in travelling throughout the region covering witnesses of mysterious events- including Bigfoot activity. Now, it appeared, the strange came to him. And he began to collect it little by little.
Barcelo, ever the magnet for strangeness, lives in a haunted house. Built sometime in the 1850s his three-story abode on an old colonial carriage-way features spectral lights, inexplicable object movement, and a whole lot of ghostly chatter. Despite operating in just the living room, Barcelo boasts an impressive collection that paints an intriguing picture of Littleton as something of a “Twilight Zone.” His gallery features Sasquatch footprint casts and hair samples, supernatural photos from around town (and his home), haunted dolls, local lake monster evidence, and- just for fun- a jackalope & a feejee mermaid.
Barcelo has become the unofficial sage of strange in Littleton. His museum even acts as a bit of a confessional booth for Bigfoot sightings. Though he has never definitively observed the cryptid, Barcelo has found compelling tracks in the area, specifically a few miles down State Route 4 in Medoc Mountain State park. He knows that there is something ape-like roaming the wilderness, and offers his museum as a place where witnesses can speak candidly of their experience without fear of ridicule.
Luckily for Barcelo, the action seems to be ramping up. At the moment Littleton is swamped with Bigfoot-like activity. In January 2016, Barcelo responded to a call within walking distance of his museum. A woman observed a "large upright black bigfoot creature with long black hair" thrashing branches on the game trail behind her home. ¹ Though no footprints were collected, broken tree limbs eight-feet in the air were observed. In the spring of 2016, another neighbor within a few blocks reported a hairy seven-foot shadow that swished past her kitchen window. Upon investigation, Barcelo discovered a massive footprint about the size of a snowshoe. One more print for the collection. One more note to help explain poached garbage bins and strewn trash bags throughout Littleton.
Has Barcelo opened a shrine to the arcane upon the doorway to hell? Has the devil come to Littleton? Probably not, but Barcelo’s collection grows every day. Keep an eye on this sleepy town, as his museum will no doubt expand a lot further than the living room. -- AJ
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