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 was abandoned in 1966 and has been decaying ever since. The park was built on the site of 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.

Over the years, several unfortunate events have occurred at the amusement park and It was revealed that 13 bodies, mostly of children, were found in the burial ground.

The park's structures and rides are still standing, abandoned and in disrepair. Tours are offered in the days leading up to Halloween, in which the site is described as "cursed" or "haunted".

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