Lost River State Park: The Murder of Charles Sager
Nestled in a little valley within Lost River State Parks sits Henry Lee’s Summer Home & Museum, once a Summer Home of General Lee’s Father, Henry Lee. The Cabin was built to escape the heat of Summer, hunt, and to enjoy the medicinal properties of the Sulfur Well on site. However, in the Spring of 1840, it was used for something much more sinister.
Charles Sager, a stock trader, was returning from a recent trip to DC when two thieves captured him. To keep from getting caught along the popular travel route, they dragged Charles Sager to Henry Lee’s Summer Home, where it was left vacant for the Season. Charles fought to escape, but once in the home, it was too late. He was dragged to an upstairs bedroom where he was robbed and brutally stabbed to death.
When the Lee’s returned to their home, they found a bloodstained ceiling above them. Exploring the upstairs bedroom, they found the dead rotting corpse of Charles Sager surrounded by dried blood. Bloodstains were splattered on the walls and trailed down the stairs. The Lee’s repeatably tried to clean the stains from the wood but were unsuccessful. The house was then whitewashed to cover any remaining signs of blood on the ceiling and walls, and the floors were rugged to hide the permanent stains.
The blood can still be seen there today, permanently leaving its mark on the home. Screams have been heard coming from within the museum during dark and stormy nights. Others have mentioned seeing a man in the upstairs windows and wandering the grounds around the home. The man never seems to leave, leading many to believe it’s the ghost of Charles Sager, having to relive his violent death for eternity.
Have you ever visited Henry Lee’s Summer Home and Museum? You can still see the bloodstained floors today. Stop by and visit the museum. Just make sure you can safely get away.