During the countdown to Halloween, we’ll be sharing numerous related articles to get you in the holiday spirit. And what better way to get ready for Halloween than a few old-fashioned ghost tales set in our hometown? Here’s a few of the most widely known ghost stories in North Carolina:
One of the finest restaurants in Charlotte is a 95-year-old converted house. Wait staff have claimed that an old woman haunts the building, with varying opinions as to why (some say she is upset at the unwanted guests eating and drinking in her home, others say she was an alcoholic wanting one last drink). While no one needs an extra reason to eat at Cajun Queen, October would be a great month to head down and ask your waiter if they know anything about the mysterious ghost.
Stories have crept around about an old manager who committed suicide in this old movie theater.
The Brown Mountain Lights
Burke County, NC
The legend of the Brown Mountain lights is a well-known North Carolina tale. Many believe that the lights are the souls of Cherokee women looking for their men who died in a vicious battle between warring indian tribes.
The Devil’s Tramping Ground
Another well-known tale, the tramping ground is a geometrically perfect circle that is barren in the middle of a woodland area near Harper’s Crossing. Many believe that the devil inhabits the circle, pacing around and plotting ways to corrupt mankind. The legend states that objects left within the circle will be inexplicably moved overnight. There are hundreds of stories of people attempting to spend the night in the circle with varying results.
East Hall, Appalachian State University
There’s something about the mountains of North Carolina that lends itself to tall tales. The story of East Hall is well-known to students at Appalachian State University in Boone. Legend has it that the spirit of a young woman roams the halls, and students have reported instances of something brushing up against them when they are alone in the hallways and objects in their dorms being mysteriously rearranged.
The largest home in America is the site of multiple hauntings. Original owner George Vanderbilt died in 1914, and his wife can reportedly still be heard trying to talk to him from the library. George is said to inhabit his favorite rooms in the estate. Voices and apparitions have been reported by employees of the building.
The tale goes that Lydia is a young woman in an evening dress trying to flag down drivers near an underpass in Jamestown, NC. When the driver stops to give her a lift she tells them she just left a school dance and gives them directions to her house. When the driver gets to the house and gets out of the car to open the door for Lydia, she mysteriously disappears. Lydia allegedly died in 1923 and investigation has shown that there is a record of someone named Lydia dying in 1923 from automobile-related injuries.
The Blakeney House
Another legend that’s closer to home is the story of William Blakeney’s home in Monroe. A very old house, Blakeney is rumored to haunt the building as well as a woman in red and a young girl. There have been multitudes of owners over the years, some of whom claim that entering the second floor causes a feeling of being unwelcome. Restaurants that have attempted to operate in the building have reported dinner plates being moved around mysteriously and other unexplained phenomena.