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The Lawson Family Murders

The lonesome cabin that once stood on Brooke Cove Road in Stokes County, North Carolina, is widely referred to as the old Lawson home. The house was the backdrop for a brutal murder that left 8 people dead, and the land haunted by spirits that have never been able to move on..

On a snowy Christmas day in 1929, Charlie Lawson, a well respected tobacco farmer, unexplainably shot and bludgeoned to death his wife, and six of his seven children before turning the shotgun on himself in the woods near the cabin. No one will ever know the reason for Charlie's actions. Some say he was crazy; driven mad by a head injury he sustained while plowing the land on the farm. There have been rumors that Charlie was having an incestuous relationship with his oldest daughter, Marie, and when she became pregnant, he couldn't bear the shame that would befall him and his family. Still others claim that Charlie Lawson was a monster, with an evil lurking beneath the surface just waiting for the perfect moment to spill forth.

After the killings, Charlie Lawson and his family were buried in a mass grave in nearby Walnut Cove. Because of strict baptist beliefs of the time, the mass grave in which the bodies were buried are actually located just outside of the hallowed ground of the church. It is for this reason that many believe the spirits of the Lawson family can't find peace in death. Among other strange happenings at the gravesite, it's reported that nothing, not even leaves in the fall, can ever be placed on the grave.

Shortly after the murders, the cabin was turned into a tourist attraction, with folks driving from miles around just to catch a glimpse of the home where the horror took place. Many people reported feelings of dread, a suffocating sadness that surrounded and engulfed them.

The home was finally closed to the public, but that didn't deter curious onlookers from sneaking in the old home, hoping to find any evidence of spiritual activity. And sometimes, people get just what they're looking for.

More than a few folks have reported seeing two small children playing in and around the Lawson home, only later to see a picture of the Lawson family, and realize that the children they were seeing were actually ghosts of the murdered kids. Sometime after the home was closed, the floorboards of the cabin were supposedly pulled up and used to build a bridge across the creek that ran through the land, and down through the county. It was when the construction of the bridge was complete that the stories of supernatural happenings began to spring up.

When driving across the bridge, an eerie fog will reportedly surround the car, and the vehicle unexplainably shuts off. As condensation appears on the windows, small handprints begin to cover the windows and windshield. When the driver finally does get the car started, an early 1930's model car chases the car, following closely, driving erratically, through the winding roads of the county before disappearing into the night just as quickly as it appeared.

The small handprints have been attributed to the ghosts of Charlie Lawson's murdered children for years. But what about the ghostly lights that chase people down the roads through the county? It could be explained away by scientific abnormalities. Or it could just be the ghost of Charlie Lawson, chasing thrill seekers through the night, hoping to catch them and drag them down into the darkness where his ghostly spirit undoubtedly resides.


Is the house still standing?

I have been to the Lawson Family graves sites and I witnessed that there were leaves on all of the graves except for Mr. Lawsons. I don't know what that is supposed to mean but I was curious as to if i could possibly investigate the Lawson Family Home that is if it is still standing. Because I have heard stories that is was torn down? if you could please email me @ I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank You,
Candice Leffew


Get a life. Litteraly. Get a life . No ghosts here. Only obnoxious trolls.

My family name

The named criminal/killer Charlie Lawson is one of many of my cousins.
He was said to be a hard working man whom loved and provided for his wife and children. Not sure what caused the sudden delirium that triggered his horrendous acts of violence. I am a southern Baptist God fearing woman and I know that there are spirits/spiritual activities taking place today.

Torn Down

Is there still activity on the Lawsons' property, even though the house is gone. Email me at

Still activity?

Supposedly, there's still activity on the land. Getting permission though to step foot on the land is impossible. The land owners are very tired of "thrill seekers" trespassing and, will typically meet you with a gun. I've seen it first hand. I've also been to the mass grave. Nothing spooky at all about it. It's a tiny private family/descendant graveyard that sits amid a small housing community (only 4-7 houses). When you visit, they will watch out their windows and sometimes, will yell to you to "get away". Take flowers and be respectful.


wow ive s always loved ghost stories!!!!

The Lawson House

I live in that area and unless you know where you're looking, you'll never spot it. The house collapsed back in the 70's and the wood was hauled off. There is nothing there to see. Most of the house site has corn and soy beans growing on it so you would not know it was there unless someone pointed it out to you.
I've seen leaves all over the graves, so that's not true. It's really not all that impressive. And yes the owners will tell you to leave, I don't know about a gun, I do know them and they're very nice people but of course they'll tell you to leave because you're trespassing, there's nothing to see, and no where to park. They get tired of it as would you.

I just want to say something

The part where no leaves touch the graves is just part of the story.I know it is not true, I live in N.C. too. But this is probably similar to something a tour guide would say to freak people out. You know, interesting parts.


Had it ever occurred to you morons that this graveyard is,cared for by loved ones who are ALIVE, not ghosts.


I am not a frill seeker nor do i wish to come to the site i just read this and i feel so sad about for the family itself what a bad way to die and at the hands of family member please could you do me a fav could you please put a flower on there grave please and i will pray they find peace ty if you do in advance x

The lawson house

I am not a frill seeker nor do i wish to come to the site i just read this and i feel so sad about for the family itself what a bad way to die and at the hands of family member please could you do me a fav could you please put a flower on there grave please and i will pray they find peace ty if you do in advance x

The Lawson House " The Meaning Of Our Tears " read this book


I visited the Lawson family grave the other day and noticed coins of all denominations on top of the tombstone. What, if any, is the significance of this?


Often people place coins on the top of a tombstone as a show of respect. The different denominations sometimes represent the relationship the giver had to the deceased. If they were military the different denominations have to do with their relationship while in the service ie served with, in same unit,etc.


I went to the graveyard and it was peaceful and leaves were all over the graves. The only thing peculiar was my cousin put new batteries in his camera and the camera would not work. Once we left the cemetery the camera worked fine. No explanation.

Peaceful Site

I live very close to the Lawson family gravesite in Walnut Cove, North Carolina. It is a very peaceful place, where the dead rest. There is nothing spooky, creepy, or mysterious about it. I suppose it depends on ones imagination.......

distantly related to the family

I grew up all through life hearing bits and pieces of the story my dad having his own nerve problems this was not somthing that was discussed very much bt I finally rented the movi tha was made and watched it I would like to visit the graves

just curious

Is there really a bridge made from the floor borads from the lawson families house?


Yes there is a bridge built from the rimnents of The old home. It is not near the gravesite though. The bridge is located on bolejack rd and you can clearly see it from the road. You can't drive your car on it but there is a walking path to it

Your crazy if yall think

Your crazy if yall think browder cemetery isnt haunted ive seen mists appear from no where leaves blowing around no wind was blowing either pictures of the mother holding a baby .

1 2 013

went to the grave site about seven years agoo saw the graves thay where in line like stepen stones frome the yuungest till the oldest which was charley grave. the naber next to the grave site .she sade that the site was haunted. she saw things that you would would have to see your self. alot of crying.and playing in the grave yard.i have never sean a grave yard like thies.

lawsons death

i would like to see this for myself i when into the graveyard once but i really want to go where the house use to stand so i could get a picture of what it looked like

Lawson Property

The bridge, as far as I know, when I was last there was still standing. The bridge does obviously still contain the blood stains from the murders. The people that live on that property now, since the house no longer stand, are extremely irritated with, as put simply "thrill seekers". This is true, one hundred percent. I found myself and my crew lost amongst the property once, and found some old bottles and stuff, that looking back on now, wish I would have had the sense to take. As far as I know, even the old barns and corn mill buildings have been torn down. And unfortunately it's hard to even gain access to the grave site due to the no trespassing signs posted everywhere. I would LOVE to go back though, it truly is a tragedy, but a remarkable hit on history.


It's a good thing you had the sense to NOT take those bottles and whatnot's. Haven't you ever heard of haunted collectibles? The spirits that haven't passed on can attach themselves to objects and if you bring that stuff into your house, it is very possible that ALL HELL could break loose. Don't ever even THINK about taking home an item from haunted areas.

the bridge

the bridge is still standing (somewhat) you can see it off the right side of the road a little ways into the woods if your heading twords 66

tresspassing sign

the trespassing sign is for the trailer that is there. you need to just stay on the dirt rd

Lawson Proptery

There is nothing saying that you can't visit the cemetery it's a family cemetery and people can go to the cemetery the signs are for the house that is to the right of that road. You can't go to the property because someone else owns it now and where the bridge it is now fenced in with horse's on the property.


Idiots. There are no blood stains. Stay off private property.

Strange Happenings at Graves

My camera wouldn't work there. Also, the grave of Mr Charlie Lawson has absolutely no leaves at friend and I spent a long time puzzling over it.


Located in Stokes Co. A private family graveyard. Please be respectful when visiting.

Mr. Lawson

Don't come around my children, their all mine!


Why Mr. Lawson... How did you learn how to use a computer?

where is it

my name is madison n my friends n i wanted to go there and see the graves where do we go(address street name anything) i live in greenville so i know where stokes is

Lawson Home and Cemetery

The gravesite is called the Browder Family Cemetery. The Lawson family is buried all together. The baby is buried with her mother. Their house is right there beside the very small graveyard. Everyone thinks the house is somewhere else, but it isn't. The house and two barns are right there at the graveyard and it is all down a small dirt lane that drives you straight into the woods where Charlie took his own life. I just went there today and saw for myself.
I'm not sure the address, but what you need to do is go to Walnut Cove, not Germanton, and find Brook Cover Road. Follow the road until it ends up a hill at a stop sign. Make a right into the woods at the stop sign and there is the land, their old house, and the graveyard. It says "PRIVATE," but you can drive up there and get out to tour. There is no house there on the property, so no one will meet you with a gun!


It's Brooke Cove Road, not Brooke 'Cover' Road... sorry for the typo


it is brook cove rd and it is at NC 8 in Germanton and it will take you to Walnut Cove. My parents are buried there and the house is not at the cemetery in is between Hampton Rd and Watts Rd. I live on the corner of Hampton and Brook Cove Rd most on my life. My grandparent lived there all there life my dad was born in the big two story house on the corner. My grandparents and other family members also buried in that cemetery.

Not true

The house was about a mile down the road just between Watts Rd. and Hampton Rd.


This is a family graveyard,therefore, private but publicly accessible. There are no ghosts. Please be respectful of you visit.


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