The McCauley's have lived on this farm since 1890. Every fall, during the harvest, strange noises are heard from the nearby woods. Legend has it that old man John McCauley forbade his wife, Thelma and their 6 children (Billy, Bobby, Jimmy, Jane, Mary and Meredith) to enter the woods. Old man McCauley knew that those who entered the woods would never be seen again. In fact, as a young boy, John and his younger brother, Jacob, were helping their dad herd cattle when a calf got spooked and ran into the woods. Young Jacob chased after the calf and quickly vanished into the woods before anyone even knew he was missing. Within seconds of Jacob disappearing into the woods, John (a young boy himself) and their father, Jeb (known as Paw by family) heard Jacob let out a blood curdling scream. The calf bawled louder and unlike any other calf they had ever heard and then there was complete silence. The parents, Paw and Maw, were incredibly distraught over the loss of their beloved (and favorite) son Jacob. Their lives were forever changed. Maw sank into a deep depression and was said to have gone crazy before dying of a broken heart. She claimed that she could hear Jacob playing, laughing and calling to her from the woods. She begged Paw to take her into the woods to her precious son. Paw declined fearing she'd be taken from him also. When Maw died, Paw buried her in a little cemetery he had made just outside of the woods. It wasn't long after Maw died that Paw also died. His final request was that he also be buried in that same cemetery as well as his future descendants. Over 100 years have passed since the disappearance of Jacob and every fall, the strange noises return from somewhere in the woods. In all these years, no one has dared to step foot into the woods...WILL YOU?
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