Flatwoods, West Virginia: Replica Space Monsters for SaleNot your standard skinny wimpy alien! Crash-landed locally, inspired terror, and now is celebrated with an annual festival and year-round replica sold in a store packed with cute bears and scented candles.
- 15 Woodward Drive, Flatwoods, WV
- In the Bear Heaven gift shop, next to the Sunoco gas station, which is next to the Shoney's. South of Flatwoods, just west of I-79 exit 67, at the entrance to the Flatwoods Factory Outlet Stores.
- Daily 8 am - 10 pm. (Call to verify)
- Statues $28. Look for free.
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Imagine my delight when I walked into the Sunoco at 312 N. Court St. and found, amongst WV souvenir shirts, one lonely space monster. No sign, no explanation.
With a smile, I strode to the counter and said "I'll take two sodas and a space monster, please." What they don't tell you is what a great luminary this odd fellow makes! Stick a candle in there and you're good to go.
Sure, the Mothman has a life-sized statue and a museum, but does he have clean bathrooms and free Sunoco bumper stickers? I think not.[Christine Campbell, 07/10/2010]
The replica space monsters for sale in Flatwoods at the Sunoco station are known as "The Flatwoods Monster" or "The Braxton County Monster." They are representations of a 11-12 foot tall space monster that crash landed its UFO on a hillside in 1952. The statues are roughly 20 inches tall and made of pottery painted red and green. They cost around $28 when I bought mine a few years ago.
There is also a sign at the entrance to Flatwoods that states, "Flatwoods, WV: Home of the Green Monster" The "green monster" is another name for the alien that crashed that has now become known as the Braxton County/Flatwoods monster.
Flatwoods now holds an annual festival in honor of crash called "The Braxton County Monsterfest." It is a small affair, sure to get larger as years and interest increase.[Jason, 06/09/2008]
Jan. 2013: The Braxton County Ceramic Monster can be purchased via www.bear-heaven.com.
We picked up two space monsters at the Sonoco. Inside the Space Monster is a detailed unbiased newspaper article providing a factual summary of the events.
"If we are to be logical about this affair -- something went wrong and [a flight of aerial machines] began to go out of control, the one that reached Flatwoods landed, rather than crashed, and its pilot managed to get out before it disintegrated."
Worth every penny.[Heather and Eric, 04/25/2007]
We were disappointed to discover there's no permanent Space Monster Museum in the small town of Flatwoods, site of an annual UFO festival. According to a local policeman, the gas station next to the Shoney's sells replicas of the space monster that visited Flatwoods in 1955 for $25 apiece.[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 12/17/2005]