First of all, WELCOME, to Sweetly Spirited, a blog by the folks behind the magical land of Pony Tails Candy Company on Chincoteague Island off the coast of Virginia. Yes, Virginia has islands. It actually has a peninsula AND islands. Very fancy, we are. Chincoteague is probably most well known for the wild ponies who have inhabited our island for hundreds of years. This herd is carefully and lovingly cared for by our Saltwater Cowboys and members of our Volunteer Fire Department. Have you heard of Misty of Chincoteague? Maybe Stormy, Misty’s Foal? These are children’s books written by Marguerite Henry, and Chincoteague’s claim to 70 years of fame. The movie was released in 1961 and is shown here on the island every day during the last week of July, which is when the pony penning and annual Pony Swim occurs. We will definitely talk about all the aspects of the Pony Swim as we get further along into posts on this blog.
Secondly, this blog will highlight not only our wonderful island and it’s fantastic history and happenings, but all the fun things, items and candies found at Pony Tails as well as our paranormal experiences. Yes, paranormal. As in, this place, is haunted. With spirits, or ghosts, whichever you prefer to call them. Things, they go bump in the night. We also have random things fly across our surveillance cameras at night, and if you slow the tape down, it looks like Tinkerbell is hosting a slumber party and they are all racing around playing tag. We see orbs of light circling a tree in the back of the property that we believe is the center of the energy – a tree that has been known to illicit heaviness in the chest, as if you cannot take a deep breath and random cases of the chills that can’t be explained by the chilly temperatures required to keep all the chocolate from melting. We have had several employees, both past and present, relate their own experiences with our spirits. We have long time customers who have experienced run ins with the spirits as well. We will be posting their stories. We have had spirits walk through the body of our owner, had random faces appear on camera in the darkest hours of the night and have had more strange noises, things falling off the wall and displays toppled over than we are able to keep track of. When these displays fall, they fall perfectly, in a way that no human could replicate, and nothing is ever broken.
People often ask us if we know who the spirits are. We don’t. We have our hunches, but it’s not like you can walk up, introduce yourself and have a conversation, at least without a medium here. We are in discussions to have some further research done by some paranormal experts in the off season and it should prove interesting. Until then, we greet the spirits every morning and we say good night to them every evening when we leave, telling them “Good night. We are leaving the store under your watch. Don’t let anyone in and try not to eat all the fudge.”
The latest experience happened two weeks ago today. While upstairs late at night, after closing and with everyone gone, I (the general manager) was taking advantage of the quiet and cranking away on some work. All of a sudden, I heard (and felt) the back door of the store slam. I figured it was an employee coming back in for something they forgot. I quickly turned on the monitoring software for our surveillance cameras and checked out the store, inside and out, and found nothing. So I went back to work. Then I heard voices and movement downstairs. I don’t get spooked easily, as I think this ghosty stuff is quite fun. Not so much this time. I had to call our boys in blue to come check it out because there was NO WAY I was going to venture downstairs if an actual human was in the shop. I was spooked for 4 days. OK – 2 weeks. I’ve been spooked for 2 weeks. Yikes!
That’s just one tale of creepiness, we have so many more! Subscribe to get alerted to new blog posts and please share your thoughts and questions in the comments! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for news of fabulous fudge, cool candies, terrific taffy, precious ponies and our ghastly ghosts!