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Internet: absolute communication, absolute isolation.
— Paul Carvel —
If you wandered over this way looking for my Skywatch contribution, this is it. However, due to computer issues (see previous post), it is not linked to the Skywatch Friday website. The library appears to have cookies blocked and I can’t leave comments on any of the Blogger sites. I didn’t feel it was fair to the other participants to link to Skywatch at this time but I did want to post a photo.
Paz, Luiz and Denise: Should you happen to read this, thank you for the awards! I will post them when my computer is working again.
The stone in the water knows nothing of
the hill which lies parched in the sun.
— African Proverb —
Reflections on the Catawba River near Oxford Dam. When I took this photo, the dam was between cycles and the water was like glass. If you enlarge the photo, you can see the pebbles and shells on the river bottom in the shadow of the larger rock.
To see more Watery Wednesday photos, please visit Eyes Mind Heart!
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!
My World Tuesday is brought to you by the Skywatch Friday team. For more home towns around the world, please visit That’s My World!
May memory restore again and again
The smallest color of the smallest day
— Delmore Schwartz —
No clouds today so we’re going with a reflection of the sky and trees on the Catawba River.
Be sure to check out all the great Skywatch photos this weekend!
In a castle dark, or a fortress strong…
— Gordon Lightfoot (If You Could Read My Mind) —
On the heels of Halloween, I’m taking you off the beaten path for a My World Tuesday post about local superstition and legends. From the Atlantic beaches to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina history is rich with folklore and eerie tales of ghostly happenings. Hickory – which is home to the Hickory Paranormal Society and annual conference – and the surrounding areas are no exception. (Sorry, I tried, but I couldn’t come up with any pictures of ghosts.) Here are a few of the places where paranormal events are said to occur:
- The 1859 Cafe downtown is haunted by a unknown fair-haired woman wearing a long white dress who appears in the dining room after the guests have left for the evening. The cleaning staff claims to have seen the woman’s reflection in the bathroom mirror.
- The Alice M. Raeford Memorial Center has doorways that seem to disappear after you walk through. There are also reports of whispers, shadows, mists and people being pushed by unseen hands.
- There are many accounts of shadows and ghosts at the Crown Cinema VI. The building still stands but is closed to the public.
- The Green Park Inn claims to have many ghosts. The innkeepers have a ghost register at the front desk so guests can record their supernatural experiences. Room 318 on the 3rd floor of the hotel is haunted by a woman who died there years ago. Legend has it that she committed suicide after being jilted by her lover, who later went back to look for her. Some claim he is the source of the smell of pipe tobacco in the room. There is also a voice that warns to beware of the evil in rooms 332 and 333. One person actually died in 226 but there are no records of paranormal activity in the room. Frankly, I thought the bar looked like a great place for spirits… ;-) (I hear you groaning!) The photo above is “doctored” because I wanted it to look more like an old newspaper clipping.
- Appalachian State University – The East Hall dormitory reports footsteps, malfunctioning lights, whispering voices in the hallway, a male ghost in the 3rd floor girls’ bathroom and a girl dressed in white who appears in different rooms.
- Tijuana Fats’ restaurant partially burnt down resulting in the death of a little girl. That section was rebuilt and rumor has it the little girl’s voice has been heard by clients. Click here to read the stories.
- There was also a house on Perkinsville Drive that was reported to be haunted by the previous owner. The house burned down in 2003.
- Burke County is home to the famous Brown Mountain Lights which appear along the mountain ridge – a strange phenomenon drawing thousands of tourists each year. According to Cherokee legend, there was a war in 1200 between the Cherokee and Catawba indians. The women would go out at night with torches to look for the bodies of the warriors and were killed by members of the Catawba tribe. Ever since, their ghosts have wandered the mountainside, searching in vain. There are other stories but this is the one I learned from my grandmother. The lights really do exist (I’ve seen them myself). Scientists have been studying the lights since the early 1900’s and are unable to find natural causes.
If you get a chance, please stop and visit my new blog, Foothills Focus. As the title suggests, it will concentrate on life in the foothills and contain photos of the area with minimal text. All memes will remain on Piedmont Perspective.
My World Tuesday is brought to you by the Skywatch Friday team. For a virtual tour of home towns around the world, please visit That’s My World!
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
— Sidonie Gabrielle Colette —
I missed last week because I couldn’t find an Odd Shot to post. This week stars two of my rescues…Whisper giving Mocha a sisterly hug. (Actually, they were wrestling. Mocha has a mouthful of Whisper’s hair.)
Don’t miss out on the other Odd Shot Monday photos at Katney’s Kaboodle!