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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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A mother's grief over her dead infant would not let her rest in peace. 99 years after her child died, was Sue Howard Hardy's ghost captured on film while morning at a grave? Some believe it was and the ghost of St. Philips Church in Charleston, South Carolina is our story today....

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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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Since the fall of 1867, peculiar sightings of an unexplained floating light have been reported by both locals and visitors of Wilmington, North Carolina. Eyewitnesses claim that the “Ghostly lights of Maco”can be seen after dark, floating down the tracks at the old Maco Train Station....

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Like most people who live in and around Chatham County (Or for that matter, North Carolina), I know the legend of the Devils Tramping Ground very well. Hell, I've even been to the site more than once; but never by myself and never at night. I will say without hesitating that it is one of the creepiest places haunted in North Carolina. Well, maybe haunted isn't the right word. Possessed is more lik...