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The Pactolus Light

Of the 'haunted railroad' stories in North Carolina, the Pactolus light has the distinction of being the only one with out a train wreck. What is does have, is a tale of love broken by greed and death that leaves a man spending eternity trying to get back to the woman he loves.

Pactolus is a small township in Pitt county near Greenville and ECU. The students there have taken to using the Pactolus light as a hazing ritual without any knowledge of it's heartbreaking origin. But while the light shines brightly, the details of the story have faded in the years.

We do know that in the early part of the 1900's a man enrolled in a teacher training program in Greenville. There he met the woman of his dreams. Unfortunately, when the semester ended she had to return to her home in Virginia. The man vowed to be there when her train arrived the next year.

As the next term approached, the man planned to propose to the girl and being anxious to do so, found out that her train would stop in Pactolus and decided to meet her there and ride back to Greenville with her.

The day arrived and so the man rode to Pactolus to meet his love and hoped to gain her hand in marriage. He got to the train station and waited all day. The train had been delayed. As dusk approached, he climbed aboard his horse, a beautiful steed, and began to head home.

He never made it. A group of thugs ambushed him, killing him and almost making off with his horse before it escaped. As the story goes the girl died broken hearted, never finding out her loves fate. It was shorty after this that the light appeared.

The students say that if you drove your car down 'Carl Morris' road, a dirt drive until you could go no farther and flashed your lights 3 times quickly, the light would appear. Whether you believe the story or not, there IS something that happens in Pactolus. Below is a video I found about the light. Enjoy!

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Pactolus Light

Having been there, I can say for sure that there are at least two lights at this site. I don't think that the events are supernatural, but they are beautiful and unbelievable, even having seen them with my own eyes. Of the two glowing orbs, the white one moved silently, drifting above the old track bed, while the red one drifted in and out of the woods.

Wish I would have had my camera! Ever try to shoot video in pitch black darkness? The attached video is how it turns out. But, as one who has seen these things in person, I am a believer of the phenomenon. As to what the phenomenon is... who knows?

I have been there and seen

I have been there and seen the light myself. I went with three friends and we all saw the same thing.

We arrived at the site at around 2 am, we turned off our car and all electronic equipment and sat in silence, waiting. A few comments about not seeing anything and I decided to get out.
About the time I left the vehicle I looked up to see a blue orb hovering from the trees about 20 feet up. It drifted down between trees and circled around, hovering in our direction, then vanished behind some trees. It then hovered around the other side of the tree and circled around in front of the closest tree to me.

Now that was a little freaky, but then two more orbs appeared and began to follow a similar pattern of hovering behind and in front and around trees.

We watched the spectacle for a while before we all began to get the feeling of being watched. I tried to start my car and it refused to show any sign of starting. In the shadows we saw what looked like figures moving towards the light. About the time the figures reached the light they vanished like shadows.

The blue lights continued to swirl around and I tried again, this time successfully starting the car. We left quickly after that and decided to one day return with a video camera and the intention of making contact.

Still, really freaky experience.

That Mysterious Light

I am a paranormal investigator and I have seen the lights. The light has appeared blue, white, yellow, and red. One unusual thing I have noticed while investigating this light is that it tends to move away from us when we try to follow it. Sometimes it flashes and sometimes it moves from side to side. Next investigation we plan on having a few investigators stand on one side of the path and a few on the opposite side to see if we can close in on it and get closer. For the best results it's probably best to try blinking your headlights on your car and if you see the light flash back, then walk down the path quietly, shut off your flashlight, sit and wait. It seems creepy, but having a whole group of people do it with you makes it easier and more fun. The key is patience. Once you open your mind most likely the light will appear more frequently. Good luck to all who try this!

ghost lights

i walked all the way down that path tonight and seen red and white lights i stayed for about 30 minutes and to me it wasnt to scary but when i got back to the truck we had to try about 3 or 4 times to get it cranked so their is definatly something going on with that but im not sure what

its real

Me and 3 friends went last night (March 9, 2013) and there was a car already there before us trying to see the light. So we drove around until the car left. When we got there the car had left skid marks from where it left so fast. We pulled onto the path and literally 10 seconds later a light that was glowing red floated across the path about 50 feet in front of our truck and it was moving closer to us like it was chasing us out. I have never experienced anything like this in my life, this is real and it was mad.

It's real

The light is real! Me and my friends go there all the time. Sometimes we see it and sometimes we don't. The light starts dim and slowly gets brighter, sometimes just blinking and other times staying on for a few seconds.

It's True

I have been with my friends twice now, and both times we saw the light. We never got out of the car, and we didn't stick around too long, but something is there. I don't think it's supernatural because it's too consistent but there is a light.

I saw it

Me and my friend Chris went ther tonight ( 10/30/13) and got to the path and the gate was locked so we sat inferior and flasks the lights and KC lights on my jeep 3 times and waited about 10 min and while my friend was telling me the story we kept seeing like a red glow at the fairest down the path we could see and we came to the conclusion it was just like r eyes messing with us then at the end of the story about the light I thought I saw bright red again an said something and he was just like its your eyes bc I had no idea what the light would look like bc he never told me then all of a suddenly there was a white light I thought but my friend said like yellow the shined on in the path not like 100 yards from us I guess and we both got scared and freaked out 1 started the ca and slammed it I reverse got on the road and hyperventilated the whole way home. Scaryest thing I've seen

Its real

I have been there before it is realmy grandparent use to nstay right down from there at night you will here the train adn hear noisse i have done the thing to see it i scared the miss out of me

Its very real.

I live in Pactolus, maybe 3 miles from the old tracks. Used to ride my fourwheeler on them during the day. The light is very real, I watched my brother shoot at it, and heard glass shatter as if it was a lantern.

very real

We visited this site a couple of times and each time we saw the light. The most amazing time was once we had flashed our lights and nothing for the longest time. As we were backing out, the light came towards us very fast and went over the top of the car.

My group of friends and I

My group of friends and I just left the pactolus light place and the first time we went there we flicked the lights, waited a couple of minutes and then we saw a yellow and red light going to the right. After we saw that we drive a little ways and came back, flashed the lights again and waited. Then we saw a yellow light going to the right and a blue light up in the trees and two of my friends got out of the car and went about 15ft down the path, saw the light again and heard a scratching kind of noise so they jumped back into the car.We went down the road again and circled back to go back to the path. We flicked the lights again and saw a yellow light walk by going to the left. so in one night, we saw the light 3 times and one of my friends shitted their pants.

My group of friends and I

My group of friends and I just left the pactolus light place and the first time we went there we flicked the lights, waited a couple of minutes and then we saw a yellow and red light going to the right. After we saw that we drive a little ways and came back, flashed the lights again and waited. Then we saw a yellow light going to the right and a blue light up in the trees and two of my friends got out of the car and went about 15ft down the path, saw the light again and heard a scratching kind of noise so they jumped back into the car.We went down the road again and circled back to go back to the path. We flicked the lights again and saw a yellow light walk by going to the left. so in one night, we saw the light 3 times and one of my friends shitted their pants.

Very active light

We went to see the light last night. We pulled into the path and watched. Seeing the blue, white, and red orb several times. My daughter kept saying she was seeing it behind us. Finally listening I got out and watched behind us. It was moving all around the trees and down the path. Finally we turned our vehicle around. I looked out the passenger window and saw the white or blink up in the air twice. It circled around the vehicle and started again. Once it got up by my window again I jumped put and watched it. It turned back around and went up in the air behind the vehicle. We have been here many times. It has baffled me to what the lights really are. But these lights were very active last night. We stayed a little longer and I argued that it was a single lonely lightening bug. We saw it down the path several more times. It would work it's way up the path towards the vehicle and play around the vehicle. I was so tickled to see so much activity in one night. We did have a lot of vehicles passing waiting for us to leave our spot. But they were the same vehicles each time. We turned our vehicle on with our lights on shined them down the path and where u see the lights you can't see down the path. I still can't explain it. My 5 year old begs to go and watch the lights. Anyone new to the area needs to check it out!!

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