Lake Shawnee, West Virginia

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Lake Shawnee, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
Lake Shawnee, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Lake Shawnee, West Virginia
Lake Shawnee, West Virginia
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°24′28″N 81°08′26″W / 37.40778°N 81.14056°W / 37.40778; -81.14056Coordinates: 37°24′28″N 81°08′26″W / 37.40778°N 81.14056°W / 37.40778; -81.14056
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Mercer
Elevation 2,077 ft (633 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1557242[1]

Lake Shawnee is an unincorporated community in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. Lake Shawnee is located along U.S. Route 19 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northwest of Princeton.

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, abandoned in 1966, occupies a desecrated native burial ground which was the site of the 1783 Mitchell Clay settler farm.

Three of the Clay children (Bartley, Tabitha, Ezekial) were killed by a band of natives; Mitchell Clay led a group of settlers in bloody retaliation, killing several natives. In the 1920s, businessman Conley T. Snidow purchased the site of the Clay farm for development as an amusement park.

At least two amusement patrons were killed while the park was in operation; a little girl on the circling swing set hit after a truck backed into the path of the swing and a boy drowned in the amusement park’s swimming pond. The park's structures and rides are still standing, abandoned and in disrepair. Tours are offered in the days leading up to Hallow'een, in which the site is described as "cursed" or "haunted".[2]

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