Chief Cornstalk was an Indian chief who lived in the Point Pleasant area in the 1700s. One day, the chief decided to make peace with the white soldiers.
But when he went to their fort with a peace party, the soldiers put him in prison. While Chief Cornstalk was in prison, Indians killed a white man somewhere near the fort. Chief Cornstalk didn’t have anything to do with the murder, but shocked and angry soldiers entered the prison and killed him. As he was dying, the Chief put a 200-year curse on Pint Pleasant.
Chief Cornstalk died in 1777, and for two hundred years, it seemed like Point Pleasant really was cursed. Tragedy after tragedy hit the area until 1978 – the year that the curse ended. Some of the tragedies were the result of natural disasters like floods and tornadoes. There were also fires and explosions and terrible accidents. So when the Mothman appeared and Silver Bridge collapsed, some terrified people believed it was part of the curse. Was the Mothman part of the curse? Did it cause the collapse or did it come to warn people about it? One thing is certain – the fascinating legend of Chief Cornstalk and the Mothman mystery will live on for generations.