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Ghost of the Evil Hunter

Not all ghosts are evil and not all haunted places are eerie. But the ghost that inhabits the woods near the North Carolina Zoo is there to do harm to those that come near his area. It's the ghost of a hunter that doesn't hunt animals, it hunts people.

Purgatory Mountain in Randolph county is now home to the North Carolina Zoo, but during the civil war it was home to a group of peaceful Quakers. It was their custom to no engage in war so when the confederate government sent a recruiter to the area the Quakers were understandably upset.

That didn't last long as the recruiter was a nice, well like and respectable guy who respected the Quakers beliefs and culture. It's also a fact that as nice as he was that he was also unsuccessful in getting men to fight for the confederacy. So it was that when the rebel army began to lose the war a new recruiter was sent in to the area.

Unlike the recruiter before him, this man was hated for his rudeness, vulgarity and lack of respect for the Quaker women. He did whatever it took to get troops for the south including kidnapping a group of boys no older than 13 and marching them to a fort in Wilmington.

However, due to the lack of guards at the fort, the boys quickly escaped and headed back home. It took the boys nearly 2 months to make it through the winter storms, flooded rivers and going sometimes days without food. When they reached Purgatory Mountain, they knew they couldn't go back to their homes because the recruiter would be looking for them.

They were right. the recruiter who had now earned the title of 'hunter' had learned of the escape and was searching the area for the boys. So the boys lived in the woods as long as the possibly could before deciding they had to eliminate the hunter. Those considered the best marksman of the group studied the habits of the recruiter/hunter and on one morning at sunrise the hunter came out of his house and was dropped by 2 bullets to the head.

Not long after his death, the civil war came to an end. Life slowly went back to normal and no one in the town asked questions about who killed the recruiter. Frankly, nobody cared. But just as he was a menace in life, the recruiter seems to be a menace in death.

Since the end of the civil war, people have reported seeing a spirit wandering the rocky outcrops of the mountain trying to get revenge on those that killed him. it is said that the ghost most often appears at sunrise, the same time of his death.So as you walk around the NC Zoo, keep an eye peeled for the ghost of the hunter. I, for one, wouldn't want to get in his way.


ZOO grounds

about 3 years ago my husband took me to the Zoo as a treat while my kids were out of state. i was taking a break from walking enjoying the cool air when we noticed how deathly silent the zoo was i mean to tell you there was no noice coming from the animals and nobody around. they had closed. well needless to say when its closing time there DO not hang around its extremly CREEPY... I am glad i didnt read this before going

the zoo

the last time i went to the zoo was the firat time i heard the red wolves howling. every single time i went there not a sound from them until that day. i might mean nothing but after reading this story it makes it sound more creepy.

Purgatory Trail

There is now a secret trail that leads up the side of the mountain where "The Hunter" was killed it is a wonderfully eerie trail lined with craggy rocks where you could feel as if someone was watching you just on the other side of them. The Trail is open to the public and you do not have to pay to walk it, I will warn you that it is not for the faint of heart. and is very secluded.

Purgatory Trail

My husband & I hiked the trail to the top today. Where is the secret trail? We'd like to hike it. The hike was easy, the mile up & return took us 45minutes. Can't wait for the expansion.

RPI wants to do an investigation

I would love to do an overnight paranormal investigation of this trail and the surrounding area anyone with any info please hit me on facebook at Randolph county paranormal investigations my name is rico

The Ghost of Purgatory Mountain

What is written in the paragraph above is not exactly the way happened. I know because "The Hunter" was my Grate Grate Grandpa. He was not killed on Purgatory Mountain, that is just where he haunts looking for the boys that killed him because that was where they were hiding out.He was killed near his home down near the Moore County and Randolph County line some 10 to 15 miles away, the way a crow flies. He did not have two bullets to the head only one, and one in the neck and two in his upper body, fired from only two guns.I have the rest of the story and documents to prove that it really happened.

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