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Of the various supernatural creatures that inhabit this world, one of the most mysterious is that of the banshee. Also known as the messenger of death, The ominous warning from the creature “As I am, so shall you be”, would strike fear into anyones soul. While most banshees are reported in Ireland and Scotland, The banks of the Tar River near Tarboro in Edgecombe County is said to hold one of the ...

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The area known as "The Devil's Stairs" has more than its share of ghosts. In this weeks story, I tell the tale of a few ghosts that seem to want to get away from the stairs.. Or maybe they want to keep you there......

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The area known as "The Devils Stairs" is on NC 194 about six miles north of West Jefferson in Ashe County. Near the junction of SR 1507 (or Stanley road) is a bridge that spans Buffalo Creek. To the left of the bridge is a rock formation of four near perfect stairs, each nearly twelve feet high. The formation was man made in the early 1900's for a railway. But the number of hauntings in the area g...

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There are more than a few ghost stories in North Carolina that have to do with gold. Practically everyone wants some. Ghosts are no different. However, in the case of some ghosts (including the one in this story), it's the wanting, or even the act of possessing gold that got them in the shape they are in....

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To the mountain people of western North Carolina, superstitions are as natural as breathing. Whether it's believing that hanging the skull over a murders head will make them tell the truth, or that angels sing on a mountain after a rainstorm. They believe as they do anything else, with all their hearts. This plays heavily into this story where a murderer would've gotten away scot-free if it wasn't...

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Grace Sherwood lived around the turn of the 18th century is known for being the first (if not only) woman charged with being a witch in the state of Virginia. Most historians claim that her trial was the result of a less enlightened age, but there are some claims that support the charge of Grace Sherwood being a witch. Was an innocent woman convicted of witchcraft? Or did the powers she possess pr...

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The Fat Ghost Once, near the town of Lumberton in Robeson County, North Carolina there lived a man of huge appetite as well as girth. It is said that he could eat several pounds of meat and vegetables, drink over a quart of milk and have an entire pie for dessert. When his wife passed away his son and daughter in law came to take care of the man. Th...

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Ghost of the Town Train The number of hauntings involving tragic accidents that replay in ghostly form over and over again are high in North Carolina. The spirits of those who were wronged in life and now walk the earth trying to right those wrongs. Some are ghosts of people who made a terrible mistake and paid the ultimate price trying to undo the ...

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The Lady Killed by a Ghost The story today tells of a goodhearted woman who was wronged by the one charged with her care and her revenge from beyond the grave. This is indeed a tale of one of the most justified hauntings by a ghost in North Carolina's storied history.It starts well before the Civil War when slavery was the norm. A plantation owner i...

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The Ghostly Path Of Gates County Sand Banks, a small community in Gates County is no stranger to odd happenings and has a few ghost stories of it's own. This story in particular takes place during the Great Depression when families of all sizes had to come together just to survive.Myrtle grew up during this time. While life was hard, she was fortuna...

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The Wife's Ghost In Wilson county in eastern North Carolina there is a ghost story of an old man so miserly that it is said his wife came back from the grave to take back her possessions. No names are known nor the exact location where this took place. But the story is this:A wealthy man who achieved his wealth by spending no more than he had t...

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Ghost in the Theater High Point University has a very good Theatre Arts program. One could argue that one of the reasons it's good is due to the 'improve' training they get from the ghost that lives in Memorial Auditorium. His name is Hersel.In the 1950's Hersel was a drama student at the University who aspired to be a playwright. Hersel also took h...

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The Ghost of Chicken Stephens In the county court house of Yanceyville in Caswell County there is a room in which a murder took place well over 100 years ago. While it is debatable whether the man killed deserved to die, some people claim that what is not up for debate is that his ghost haunts that room to this day.John Walker Stephens came to Yance...

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The Talking Ghost The talking ghost is one of the lesser known hauntings of North Carolina. Even so, it makes one shiver even to this day when hearing it. The place where it happened still stands in Winston Salem. And by all accounts the inn keeper involved claimed to the day he died that what was told was indeed true. On a cold November night the i...

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In Anson County, about 3 miles northeast of Wadesboro there's a small bridge crossing a creek. Most people drive across the bridge without a thought of what lurks nearby, but the locals know. They know it as Indian Rock. Near the creek known as Gould's Fork Creek there is a cave that was carved by Catawba Indians long before the white man settled in Anson County. But it's what happens here that ha...

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Mysteries Ghost Stories & Haunted Places On the evening of January 8, 1959 a tragedy occurred on Holston Mountain on The edge of the Virginia and Tennessee border. A plane carrying ten people crashed into the mountain killing all on board. But the question remains: If everyone on board was dead, who was shining the light that brought the rescuer...

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I dislike telling stories in the 'first person'. Especially when they didn't happen to me and the person I'm telling it to knows that it didn't happen to me. So, that being said, I'm going to try and retell a story in the third person that was told in the first person. This story comes from both a reliable source and a source who, by his own admission, liked to exaggerate the things he's heard. A ...

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The Brandon Plantation in Prince George County, Virginia was the site of a horrible betrayal in the 1700s as a jilted suitor got revenge on the woman who dumped him by killing her on her wedding day. Since then, her ghost wanders the house looking for the ring that was stolen from her....

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Ghost in the Theater High Point University has a very good Theatre Arts program. One could argue that one of the reasons it's good is due to the 'improve' training they get from the ghost that lives in Memorial Auditorium. His name is Hersel.In the 1950's Hersel was a drama student at the University who aspired to be a playwright. Hersel also took h...