Ghosts are a metaphor for memory and remembrance
— Leslie What —
Due to technical difficulties (meaning my hard drive crashed at home and I had to come to the library to post this), I will not be able to visit many of the other My World entries. Nor will I be posting much until I get my computer fixed or replaced. As if I’m not far enough behind…*siiigh* My apologies to all who stop by to visit. Now, on with Part II of the local ghost stories!
- Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC) is filled with many eerie tales. The 5th floor and elevators of Harrill Residence Hall are haunted by a girl who died of an asthma attack. The 8th floor of Scott Residence Hall is haunted by a student who hung herself in the East Wing. The 3rd floor of the Moore Building was haunted by a young woman who was murdered in the mid-60’s by a local resident when she refused his romantic advances. After his death in 1997, the paranormal activity seemed to stop but there are occasional reports from students who feel like they are being watched.
- The Linville Caverns on Humpback Mountain are home to more than beautiful gems, stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations. In addition to brook trout, rainbow trout, brown bats and crayfish, there are tales of otherworldly creatures. According to Cherokee storytellers, a peaceful race of invisible immortals called “Nunnehi” inhabit the caverns.
- East McDowell Jr. High School – In the early 1900’s an orphanage sat on the lot where the junior high is now. The supervisor and part of the children living there died when the orphanage burned to the ground. There are stories of children crying in the parking lot and you are suppose to be able to see the ghost of the supervisor on the upstairs balcony of the library.
- Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church is haunted by a woman dressed in pink. If you leave flowers on her grave, she walks down the road with a knife in her hand the next day.
- Terror Town is a local attraction which sits on the site of an old farmland and has many tales of supernatural happenings. A young boy who hung himself haunts the upper farm, a little girl’s voice can be heard deep in the forest, and an elderly married couple haunt one of the houses. A moonshiner (other legends claim it was a boy) died in the woods near the house and can be heard singing at night while tending his still. My personal favorite is the story of a shadow of a black horse that runs across the road and disappears upon entering the woods. I’ve always wondered how they can tell what color the horse is from a shadow…
- On your way to Terror Town you will come to the Pisgah Covered Bridge. The original bridge was destroyed in The Great Flood of 2003 and had to be reconstructed. Internet rumor has it that people have seen an apparition hanging from the rafters but there’s no corroboration from the locals, and no official records of any unnatural deaths on either bridge. Even so, it certainly looks like it would be a good place for a haunting after dark.
That concludes our virtual ghost tour. There are many other spooky stories around North Carolina but these, and the ones from last week, are within a reasonable driving distance. I didn’t even touch on Asheville, which is loaded with ghost tales!
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