Would you believe that there’s a place outside of Memphis where shrunken heads sit atop a spiked fence, a haunted school bus comes ‘alive’ to trap all who enter, and where screams of children echo through the woods?
Yeah, me neither. However, stories come from somewhere and Voodoo Village is in fact very real.
Located in South Memphis, it is still surrounded by wilderness. A man named Washington (Wash) Harris shut off his home and community with a fence and a huge iron gate in the 1950’s, allegedly to practice “dark arts.”
People became curious about the property because of the yard art and symbols everywhere. Story goes that the compound actually did block nosy people from exiting with a school bus and many people have been chased away by machetes or worse.
There is a folk-art temple, named St. Paul’s Spiritual Temple, that is visible from the road covered with voodoo dolls, candles, moons, crosses and Masonic symbols. Neighbors would talk about ceremonies with large bonfires, speaking in tongues and gulp; the walking dead. Harris denies practicing voodoo, yet never discloses what is really going on behind the gate.
There are lots of accounts from visitors to the compound on the Facebook page here. It is made pretty clear that these people just want to be left alone, by any means necessary…