Friday, October 29, 2010

Mountain Ghost Tales and Legends

The Mountains of North Carolina have always been known for story-telling and historic legends. Boggy Hollows and pitch-black mountain forests lend themselves to strange phenomenon and mysterious visions.  The season's Halloween spirit and special events provide an opportunity to re-examine some of the traditional "ghost stories":

Legend of the Pink Lady  If you walk the halls of the historic Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa at night, you just might run into the infamous apparition of the “Pink Lady”. Her story dates back to the 1920s when a beautiful young woman dressed in pink fell to her death in the Palm Court at the Inn. Both employees and visitors alike have had numerous encounters with this restless spirit, often associated with a dense pink mist. Some trace the ghost to room 545, just two stories above the atrium where the tragedy occurred. Other unexplained phenomena include hotel lights on entire floors mysteriously turning on and off. Asheville NC. The Asheville Paranormal Society has more local ghost stories.

Brown Mountain Lights  Another set of strange lights are located in the Pisgah National Forest near the Burke/Caldwell county line. Brown Mountain is a long, low-lying mountain ridge, and for more than 800 years, there have been eyewitness reports of eerie, ghostly lights flaring and creeping along the mountain’s upper ridge. From Cherokee and Catawba Indians to Civil War soldiers to thrill seekers that crowd the overlook on Highway 181, many have seen the bizarre lights, but no one has come up with a logical explanation for them. Near Linville and Marion.

Phantom Rider of the Confederacy  The tragedy of the Civil War also gave rise to this legend, said to be the ghost of a woman who died shortly after her husband was killed in the war. In fact, the ghost is said to be responsible for the deaths of 23 Union soldiers who followed a woman riding a Palomino horse into a Confederate ambush. The Federal Army tried to locate her afterwards, and while she was sighted several times, bullets seemed to pass right through her. Since then, she has been seen several times by reliable witnesses, always on or near the grounds of the Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher. Suburb of Asheville NC

Find more North Carolina Legends at the official website of the North Carolina Division of Tourism

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