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 souvenir sold in a gas station.
- 15 Woodward Drive, Flatwoods, WV
- Bear Heaven gift shop/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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The replica space monsters are not actually in the Bear Haven gift shop, but in the attached Sunoco convenience store on top of the microwave by the nachos. Not much of an attraction here, but hey, we needed gas anyway. At $28 a pop we opted for the tank of gas.[Stephanie Rodriguez, 08/21/2013]
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]