Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Woods Helper

I am in a hurry to write something about a thing I saw in plain daylight on Friday, November 20, 2009 in rural Banks County, Georgia a short ways off of State Route 51 and about two miles north of the tiny village of Mount Pleasant, Georgia. What I saw up there in the woods was strange enough to write you here about it. The details are very fresh in my mind.

My job is to sell low-cost homeowner's insurance in rural counties. Usually, these customers only have rough cabins with wood fire heating (which runs up insurance costs) and cannot be insured by the major companies. My own company takes up this slack.

I arrived on a sunny morning at a very modest cabin in Banks County. It was at the end of a dirt road behind a small stand of trees. Much of the area is forested. I was greeted by a very old woman who told me that she lived alone, but would like to take out a policy on her cabin. I needed to inspect the place and take some pictures, as is routine before offering a contract.

I was walking around to the shed outside when I saw a totally hairy and muscular biped of some sort stacking wood. This thing wore no clothes, but had very long hair covering its entire body. It had a black nose and very large eyes and a mouth very much like a human being, but not quite. It was hard at work stacking wood and did not seem to notice me. I should also mention that it was no bigger than around 3-foot, 5-inches tall, if even that. It was, however, very plump and wide. It made a grunting sound as it worked. It seemed very strong.

I asked the lady what on earth it was, and she casually replied that it was a "woods helper" and that many of the county's old-timer residents had one from time to time to help them with tasks that they were too old to handle. These "woods helpers" only asked for food and some drink. The woman also explained to me that they drank only beer and never seemed to be drunk or disorderly. She said they had been a blessing since long ago to many of the older people in the area. She did not know what species they were. In fact, she did not even understand the word "species," which is not unusual for rural people like her. She said that everybody knew about them, but that not many people liked to talk about them.

I got one more look at the thing before I drove off. It was moving rocks into a runoff ditch this time. It looked like something from a sci-fi magazine or even a comic book. But it was real.

4 comments:

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  2. Did you take any pictures of the Woods Helper?

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  3. Banks county is my home
    I lived on Hwy 51 a long time ago. I grew up in Hall county but Banks is home to me. I now reside in central FL 30 mins west of Daytona. A little country town that reminds me of home with less water,well there is water everywhere you just can't swim due to gators. Anyhow, I heard this story on Scary Fairy Godmothers YouTube channel and when she mentioned Banks county I didn't think she meant Ga!I followed the link she provided to your blog. I've never heard of the these guys but I always knew that entire area is special. Where I lived last in Banks county, off 441 on Duncan And sims bridge, before we moved to FL I could feel eyes watching from the woods that surrounded our house. It was unsettling to say the least. I did have paranormal experiences there but it involved spirits, perhaps even demons. It never really scared me, though. just unnerved me a bit. My husband's nephew, 3 at the time, called the ghost in our home Sick Man Flying. He saw a picture of an Indian and exclaimed to his mom that that was the sick man.
    I have so many experiences I could write a book. I just thought it was cool that my home town was mentioned. I'd like to get with some old timers when we go back next week and ask them about these woods helpers. Thanks for sharing this story. It really made my day as well as made me a lite homesick. But homesick is sometimes ok. Goodnight all.
    Thanks for reading
    ~ Becca duran

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  4. Hey, Thanks for your comments..I live in the southern NC mountains so i'm not to far from NE Georgia.. Check out these two reports which I think you will find very interesting.. https://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_county_reports.asp?state=ga&county=Hall

    You might have to paste the link in your browser if it's not clickable..

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