A Visit to Hobgoblin Country: The Site of the Kelly-Hopkinsville Incident

As it just so happened, I was in the area at the same time the annual “Little Green Men Festival” was supposed to be taking place in Kelly, Kentucky. I say “supposed to be” because it, like so much else this year, got derailed by the ‘Rona. I also visited the site of the encounter almost 65 years to the day since it happened.

I met with a lovely woman named Glenda Sutton Morris, who just so happened to be the current owner of the property and the daughter of eyewitness Lucky Sutton. She graciously offered to not only let me see the place but to show me around and give an interview.

The site where the spacecraft, or meteor, or whatever it was crashed that night in 1955.
A view from a different angle.

The old farmhouse where the “attack” took place is no longer there. A different house now stands on the property. The current owners don’t like strangers like me coming ‘round asking questions, Ms. Morris informed me, and they don’t want their house photographed. As I didn’t want to bother them, I just took a quick photo from the roadway, and in respect to their wishes, I employed my primitive Photoshop skills to blank out their home from the image. Also I will not list the address. The crash site was to the rear of the blanked-out residence, in the woods off to the right. If you ever go hunting for the Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins yourself, please be respectful and don’t trespass on private property or annoy people who’d prefer to be left alone.

The house back then, the original farmhouse, didn’t have running water. The well to which witness Billy Ray Taylor had gone to fetch water that night when he witnessed the crash of the spacecraft or meteor or whatever is located underneath that birdbath in the photograph.

Ms. Morris’s grandmother, Glennie Lankford, would not allow alcohol in her home, Glenda assured me, and maintained that no one present that night had been drinking. I believed her. As for the contentions that what the witnesses really saw were owls, or a monkey, she said they were ludicrous. She couldn’t say what, exactly, her family saw that night, but she knew that they had seen something strange, and that it frightened them badly. I believe her about that, too.

The little park which serves as the base for the annual “Little Green Men Days” festival, and which contains this lovely UFO, sits on land that was, at the time of the sighting, a part of the homeowner’s property. It is located less than a quarter mile from the crash site and the old farmhouse where the attack took place.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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