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For eerie tales about haunted places, there's no place like the South. From the mountains to the sea, North Carolina is either blessed or cursed, according to who you ask, with tales of ghost sightings and stories of narrow escapes. Many tales have evolved from historical roots, documented facts that have resulted in spirits wandering, haunting the night. Whether you're a believer or not, most of these places are hauntingly beautiful, steeped in history, and rich in folklore. Let's check out a few tonight . . .
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The Mountains of N.C.
Asheville - The Biltmore Estate, America's largest home, is the site of numerous hauntings. The 250-room estate, which opened in 1895, has 34 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms. In 1914, George Vanderbilt, the owner, died of appendicitis, and his wife reportedly can still be heard speaking quietly to him in the library. George appears in some of his favorite rooms in the estate, and a headless cat roams the grounds while voices echo in the swimming pool room. Asheville's other grand edifice, the Grove Park Inn (groveparkinn.com), is a massive hotel and spa built with boulders dug from a nearby mountain. A woman in a gauzy pink gown fell to her death in the hotel's atrium around 1920, and her spirit inhabits a fifth floor guest room. The Pink Lady hasn't revealed why she stays, but some suspect she jumped to her death when her heart was broken.
Valle Crucis is a small town high in North Carolina's mountains. People driving by the cemetery of an old stone church at night report a huge dog with glowing eyes and yellow teeth leaping from behind a headstone and keeping pace with the car, no matter its speed.
The Piedmont & Foothills of N.C.
The Brown Mountain Lights, first reported by Native Americans, appear after sunset as they rise above the peak of the mountain. Visible from Linville, the Blue Ridge Parkway or Wiseman's Gap, the lights change in size, shape and color. Legends surround the lights, which have been dismissed by the U.S. Geological Survey as marsh gas, even though there are no marshes in the area. The earliest legend recounts a great battle between the Cherokee and Catawba; purportedly, the lights are maidens searching for their lost warriors. A later story suggests an explorer was lost on the mountain, and the light is his slave's lantern, swinging as he searches for his owner.
*(The Devil's Stomping Ground is about 20 miles from my home. The barren circle this article speaks of is really there.) The devil paces, plotting evil, 150 miles east in Siler City. A spot called the Devil's Tramping Ground is a 40-foot diameter circle, barren of life, perhaps used for ancient ceremonies, as an alien landing zone or simply the place where the devil's hoof prints cause nothing to grow.
*(The site of the disappearing hitchhiker is also about 20 miles from my home in the other direction. I pass this place often, and it always gives me chills.) North Carolina adds its own vanishing hitchhiker to the long list of spirits searching for a ride. Lydia's Bridge near Greensboro is the site where a young woman in white flags down a passing car. She rides in the back seat as the driver takes her home. When he opens the door to let her out, he discovers she's vanished. He knocks on the door of her home where an old woman tells him Lydia died in a car crash at the bridge many years ago.
The Dismal Swamp in N.C.
The Great Dismal Swamp covers 112,000 acres along North Carolina's northern border with Virginia. Open from sunrise to sunset, the huge swamp's cypress forests and shaded waterways provide a suitably creepy setting for hauntings. Unsettled visitors report seeing strange lights and ghosts and hearing unexplained sounds. Legend has it that slaves first escaped to the swamp in the 1600s and lived in small communities isolated from the world, inspiring a novel by Harriett Beecher Stowe. Lake Drummond, just across the border in the heart of the swamp, is the site where a young man searches vainly for his lost love, who paddles her white canoe across the water. The tragic circumstances are related in poet Sir Thomas Moore's "Ballad of the Lake of Dismal Swamp."
The Coast of N.C.
Edward Teach, the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard, met his end at a bloody battle in the sound off Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. After two years of preying on ships, capturing their cargo and murdering their crews, the governor of Virginia decided to put a stop to his piracy and sent two ships to defeat him. In 1718, after a furious fight, Blackbeard died at the hands of Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy. His head was severed and his body thrown overboard. Blackbeard's ghost haunts Teach's Hole, his favored hideaway, where it searches for its head, howling at his loss.
Another headless ghost haunts Maco Station, a few miles from Wilmington. In 1867, the caboose of a train came uncoupled on a dark and rainy night. The conductor waved his light frantically to warn the train advancing behind him, to no avail. The train collided with the caboose, killing Joe Baldwin. On some nights, a light sways from side to side along the tracks, advancing faster and faster. It could be Joe, looking for his head.
*(Information for this article was gathered in part from an article on Haunted Places in USA Today.)
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