Is Verges Cave Haunted by Norfolk’s Past?

NORFOLK, NE — Every town has a rumored haunted hot spot.

Over the years Norfolk’s Verges Cave has fallen to that rumor, according to Executive Director of the Elkhorn Valley Museum, Ryan Leichenauer.

“I think every person in town has a different story about what they have heard about Verges Park. That’s what makes it fun and adds to the mystery.”

From reported unexplained sounds and drawings on the wall with no author there are questions that need to be answered.

In the early 1990s the cave was created when Dr. Carl J. Verges brought the land. But before that it was a clay pit where kids use to go and play.

“At that time they sort of had stories of goblins and trolls living in this part of the park. I think that ended up transitioning over to the stories that belong to the cave.”

Leichenauer says they have tried to look into the origins of the cave to find out where the folklore stories coming from. What’s mysterious is what exactly Dr. Verges was doing in the cave.

The cave, according to Leichenauer was used as a gathering spot for Dr. Verges.

“Dr. Verges’ fraternal organization met here and they had a lot of secret activities and special ceremonies…”

Could it be a mad scientist doing experimental surgeries, or just an innocent gathering?

“It was probably mostly fun then that turned into stories, but I don’t know about hauntings itself.”

The land that is now Verges Park was brought by Dr. Verges for his patients. He believed in holistic healing and that his patients from the sanitarium would benefit from the park.

To answer the question if it’s haunted…mostly likely not, but it’s still fun to have a little fun with Norfolk’s past.

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