Flatwoods has been on my radar for a long time. In fact, we did stop there once before. It was several years ago and we were driving to Maryland. We saw the Flatwoods sign and stopped. I knew a little about the legend of the Flatwoods Monster then, but not much. AND, when we stopped, there was a "what now?" feeling. What should we see while in town.
Well, at that time, the answer was "nothing". The town really hadn't done anything to exploit their famous strange incident from the 50s. I do recall seeing an odd monster shirt at the gas station that had a werewolf looking critter on it. That was about it.
Over the last year or so, they have obviously worked hard to change that. There is the chair trail, which is novel. AND, in Sutton, there is the Flatwoods Monster Museum!
While doing the cahir trail, we stopped by this small but packed visitor center/museum and had a great time. They have a lot of items relating to the Flatwoods Monster AND they a lot of cool merch.
There have been some interesting items made to look like the monster. A local artist has been selling a cool ceramic lantern of Braxie for years.
Talking to the staff at the museum, we learned that they are really seeing the benefits of embracing the Braxton County Monster. The museum and the chairs have attracted a lot of trtaffic to the area.
I personally couldn't leave without picking up a super cool green, glow-in-the-dark shirt (for a very reasonable $15!). I bought a couple of resin figures too. Guitar picks, postcards and stickers could be purchased for under a buck. I also scored a VERY NICE large poster made from original witness descriptions. The poster was FREE with any purchase! The museum is trying to capitalize on their notoriety, but they aren't trying to price gouge visitors!
Oh, I forgot to mention that admission to the museum is also FREE! I can afford that!
We also picked up several flyers about other things to do in the area.