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County haunted locations:
Nearby haunted sites on the
Attendees will receive a road map for do-it-yourself
driving tours of the region's most haunted sites. Some of
these sites are private property and the conference
organizers don't endorse or support any investigations or
trespassing--this is for information only
The Green Park Inn was once the site of a Civil War
stockade used by the notorious Union rogue Col. George
Kirk, and war records state a number of Confederate
prisoners were killed or died there. Additionally,
several Union soldiers died from disease and were buried
near what is now holes number 7 and 8 on the Blowing Rock
Country Club Golf Course, which is privately owned and
Cone Manor on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway has a number
of legends surrounding it. Constructed in the late 1800s
by textile magnate Moses Cone, the house and surrounding
estate was turned over to the National Park Service in
the 1930s. Rangers staying at the house have reported
doors opening and closing, pictures falling from the
wall, and the presence of a spirit some believe was
Cone's sister. Cone and his wife are buried on a nearby
hillside and some claim the graves are haunted. Since the
National Park Service has stringent rules on group
events, we can't hold a formal investigation of the sites
or get after-hours access to the house, which is now a
visitor's center and craft shop. However, this is public
property, and anyone is welcome to visit the sites at any
time and take pictures, audio recordings, EMF recordings,
Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, formerly the
home of painter Elliott Daingerfield, was built in 1916
and is on private property. While sources have said it is
haunted, no documented myths exist.
Graystone Towers in Blowing Rock, formerly the site of
Mayview Manor, is reputedly haunted. The legend goes that
someone was pushed out of the "poker room" at
the top of the turret. It is a private residence.
Tijuana Fats, a restaurant on Main Street in Blowing Rock
that was converted from a private home, has long been
considered a paranormal hotspot, especially near the
chimney. A ghost named Mary is said to haunt the
premises. Complete story at http://www.mountaintimes.com/mtweekly/2003/1030/fire_walker.php3
The Inn at Ragged Gardens Blowing Rock, has ghost stories
attached and contains the Best Cellar Restaurant. The inn
was built in the early 1900s.
East Hall Dormitory on the Appalachian State University
campus in Boone has elicited reports of typical
supernatural activity, with mysterious footsteps, lights
flipping on and off, whispering, and third-floor bathroom
haunted by a man. A girl in white is said to make
unexpected appearances and items sometimes disappear.
The Horn in the West grounds in Boone, where Hickory
Ridge Homestead has cabins dating back to the 1700's, is
allegedly the site of more than a few spooks and spirits.
The Brown Mountain Lights, Burke County, a mysterious
phenomenon that was featured in an episode of "The
X-Files," is about an hour's drive from the hotel.
While no organized visit is scheduled, there are three
public overlook sites from which the lights can be seen.
Cannon Hospital in Banner Elk. Now abandoned, legends
about of screams being heard in its empty halls. Popular
for trespassers and thrillseekers, it is posted and they
will prosecute trespassers.
Interior photos by an urban explorer at http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickemmons/8350318/
Tate Dormitory and Carson Library on the Lees-McRae
College campus in Banner Elk are reputed to be haunted.
The dorm was formerly Grace Memorial Hospital and the
fourth floor was a psychiatric ward. Emily Draughn, who
died in the 1930s of tuberculosis at the age of 12, is
said to haunt both locations.
Mt. Bethel Reform Church
The Mount Bethel Evangelical Reform Church was bought as
church property in 1887 and the deed was recorded in
1893, and the church building was constructed soon
afterward. It was an active church until 1921, and is now
the property of the Blowing Rock Conference Center, which
gave kind permission to allow a paranormal investigation
of the grounds. Access will be limited to waking hours
due to its location in a quiet neighborhood.
According to Jerry Burns, longtime editor of the Blowing
Rocket and member of the town's historical society, the
graveyard was well known as a haunted location during his
youth. According to legend, an "old Indian" had
hollowed out a log for his own coffin and was buried at
the site, and is believed to be the specter that Burns
said he and others personally witnessed.