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Natural Bridge, Virginia: Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum & Dark Maze (Gone) Team Field Report

April 2012: Destroyed by fire.
Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum & Dark Maze

A haunted house attraction, unique in that it really was a creepy, old, abandoned Victorian house at the top of an overgrown hill. The house burned down in April 2012. Report...

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Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum fire.

Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum & Dark Maze

Mark Cline's Haunted Monster Museum burned down ten years ago, a decade after the attraction it replaced, the Enchanted Castle (which was just up the road), also burned down. Mark enjoyed fashioning monsters out of fiberglass, but suspected that some of his Virginia neighbors weren't happy about it.

The Museum, built inside a real 1890s manor set in the woods, was not open at night, because it was already so scary in the daytime. Walking through someone's real house - musty, dark, and dank - filled with weird Cline creatures (such as "Elvis-stein" in the kitchen) was far more frightening than the usual haunted house populated with gum-clicking teens accessorized with fake blood.

Mark Cline shrugged off the fire, salvaged what he could, and is still making monsters today.

[ Team, 04/16/2022]
Haunted Monster Museum - Burns!

On Monday night, April 16, 2012, a fire destroyed the main building of Mark Cline's Haunted Monster Museum, which had been closed for the off-season. His adjacent Dinosaur Kingdom attraction also sustained some damage, and a brushfire in the surrounding woods was eventually extinguished by firefighters. The State Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

[ Team, 04/18/2012]

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