Bridge, located on Route 11 between exits 175 and 180 from Interstate
81, is well known for its beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere but
if you listen closely, you may here ghostly screams mixed with the sound
of falling leaves. Don't be alarmed, an area this old is bound to have
a few ghosts milling about. What better time than Halloween to explore
their haunting exploits at the newly opened Professor Cline's Monster
Museum? VirginiaWind decided it was time to pay a visit to the place that
has been described as "Scooby Doo meets the Twilight Zone".
preparation for our bizarre journey, we first visited the Wax Museum where
the life-like statues looked as if they would join us in conversation
at any minute. As the hair began to stand up on the back of our necks,
we decided to take the wax museum factory tour, which was also located
in the same building. Here the assortment of body parts, eye balls, and
eyeless faces of the soon to be creations only added to the creepy mood
of the day.
Now that we were in the proper frame of mind, we decided it was time
to drive across the street and enter the world of Professor Cline and
his Monster Museum. As we passed through the creepy monster jaws menacingly
posing as gates leading up to the old Victorian manor, we knew that creepy
and spooky delights awaited us. Traveling along the path through the wood
to the old house, we began to get the sensation that there might have
been something watching us from behind the trees, yet as our eyes darted
quickly from side to side to survey the area, we could see nothing more
than mere sight of gently rustling leaves.
manor was a delightful combination of an old abandoned house that we were
told the locals feared long before it became a monster museum and the
wonderful creations of the master mind Professor Cline, famed for his
set work on Alice Cooper's stage shows. Just as we were trying to take
it all in, our greeter announced its time to go inside. We could hear
the nervous chatter of anticipation and giggles of the children in our
group. Kent was calm and I was just trying to stay stone faced as I have
learned over the years that if you act scared, THEY find you.
don't want to give away any of the mysteries and delights of the house
but we can guarantee that it is well done, entertaining, and yes, spooky.
We wandered from room to room not really sure what would happen next.
As we heard squeals from the group just ahead of us, we weren't quite
certain that we wanted to continue, yet, we KNEW that we didn't want to
lag behind! How much it was Hollywood and how much of it was the voices
from the past residents of the house - I guess we will never know.
our nerves (or at least my nerves) a bit too frazzled after the experience
at the Monster Museum, we decided the perfect ending to the day, was to
walk down to Natural Bridge and grab a bite to eat at the café
along the water. We then strolled down and get a history lesson from the
Monoacan Indians who were busily building a replica of their ancestor's
village from 300 years ago. For an extra dose of the warm and fuzzy and
to get a jump start on that Christmas feeling, we also recommend a visit
to the Toy Museum to round out the day.
found that whether you choose to be scared, amused, educated or just relaxed,
Natural Bridge is truly to place of all emotions. As an added bonus, we
recommend that you take Rt. 11 to get there. It is one of the most scenic
roads in Virginia. Without realizing it, you actually drive over the Natural
Bridge itself. Though its awesomeness is only truly realized when you
actually stop and see all it has to offer.