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5 of the Most Haunted in North Carolina USA: Phantoms of the Tar Heel State!
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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in North Carolina are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Tar Heel State!

Battleship USS North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

Haunted Battleship USS North Carolina

Built and set to sail in October of 1937, after many battles with some loss of life, the vessel was decommissioned in 1947. Almost lost to time, the State bought the battleship and in 1960 and has been kept as a living museum.

There are not too many battleships that have been featured as one of the most haunted in the world, but this vessel certainly deserves this crown!  The USS North Carolina is also a “showboat” when it comes to ghosts. There is a former sailor is the spirit of a blonde man in uniform who has been seen by many in various passageways, appearing to be just doing his old job by opening closed hatches, and turning on lights and electrical appliances to the surprise of people on the boat.  There is a spirit that does generate an evil sensation, scaring some of the visitors off of the boat. But fortunately, he's not very active. Most people will see a lot of shadows, unexplained noises, mysterious voices, feelings of being touched, and other ghostly experiences. Spirits here seem to enjoy causing disruptions in electricity, trying to talk to the living, and even following specific individuals who board the ship. Hatches and doors will open or close on their own. Items on the ship will move by themselves right in front of witnesses.  Many feel unexplained cold spots and hear actual disembodied voices and footsteps. Some have even seen a spirit actually peering out of the portholes!

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The Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, North Carolina

Haunted Omni Grove Park Inn

Opened in 1913, this fine hotel was designed and built by entrepreneur Edwin Grove. It was sold in 1955 and the new owners fully restored the inn to its former grandeur. It has been sold and renovated several times since but has always continued in the tradition of southern hospitality.

The ghost of The Pink Lady is said to haunt the Grove Park Inn, especially Room 545. There is a story that a young woman was a guest in room 545 in the 1920s, and she either jumped or was pushed to her death in the Main Inn's Palm Court. Since then, some guests have reported seeing a pink mist or an apparition of a young, long-haired beauty in a pink gown.

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1906 Pine Crest inn and Restaurant

Tryon, North Carolina

Haunted 1906 Pine Crest Inn and Restaurant

Built in 1906 and converted to an inn in 1917. The inn has 35 guest rooms in the lodge and in cabins and cottages that dot the property. Some original buildings still stand, including a 250-year-old log cabin, a woodcutter cottage, and a stone cottage.

Psychics say an energy vortex may be responsible for the otherworldly occurrences. The furniture mysteriously moves around in the guest rooms and common areas. A visitor once woke up and found his dresser blocking the door and clothes scattered around the room. People hear voices, and an employee hears a man greet her many days with Good morning! A salad plate once spun around, flew off the table and broke. Utensils and furniture have been reported to move right before employees’ eyes. Two employees heard someone pounding on the inside door of the locked walk in-cooler and thought someone was trapped inside only to open the door and find no one there.

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Biltmore Mansion

Asheville, North Carolina

Haunted Biltmore Mansion

After a visit to Asheville, the Biltmore Estate was built to be a vacation home for Goerge Washington Vanderbilt II, an heir of the Vanderbilt industrial fortune. He married Edith and together they had a daughter. The couple used Biltmore to host lavish parties and entertain guests over extended stays. An interesting story about Mr. Vanderbilt is that he was particularly proud of his library. He would spend a considerable amount of time there, pouring over many of his rare editions. During impending storms, he would retreat here for hours, almost in the role of protecting his books. This practice would literally come to haunt the mansion later on.

Now in spirit, George Vanderbilt and his wife, are said to continue the practice to retreat to his library, often seen browsing the shelved books, or sitting quietly and reading. With stormy skies are upon the mansion, the activity peaks. Workers and visitors have reported seeing shadowy figures in the library, usually when the skies are dark and there is an oncoming storm, as he did when alive.  There have also been claims of hearing the unexplained sounds of clinking glasses, laughter, and snatches of music echoing through the halls. You may smell the aroma of a fresh cigar burning, even though the mansion is a smoke-free property. Could these be the remnants of fine times held by the Vanderbilt family and their guests?

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Ashley’s of Rockledge

Asheville, North Carolina

Haunted Ashley's of Rockledge

Ashley's Restaurant was originally named Jack's Tavern when it opened in 1933. In 1934 Ethel Allen was murdered and dumped in a nearby river. She was a frequent patron of Jack's Tavern, and it was one of the last places she was seen. It has exchanged hands a few times over the years and has been called Cooney's Tavern, the Mad Duchess, the Loose Caboose, Sparrow Hawk, and Gentleman Jim's.  It became Ashley's Restaurant in 1985.

Much of the activity is in the ladies' restroom and many believe it is Ethel Allen. One employee has seen the feet of a woman dressed in 1930's era footwear in the next stall, only to find it empty. People also reported apparitions of a young woman in the bathroom mirror. Patrons have the feeling of being pushed when going up or down the stairs. Lights have been seen turning on and off during the night; alarms go off unexplainably, glasses and dishes fall and break for no reason. Employees hear whispering in the Restaurant after closing and find objects have been moved when opening the next morning. These stories are what makes Ashley's one of North Carolina's most haunted restaurants.

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More reads about haunted North Carolina...

 Haunted North Carolina: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Tar Heel State (Haunted Series) Paperback – June 26, 2019 by Patty A. Wilson  (Author)     Ghosthunting North Carolina (America's Haunted Road Trip) Paperback – September 13, 2011 by Kala Ambrose  (Author)     Spooky North Carolina: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore First Edition by S. E. Schlosser  (Author), Paul G. Hoffman (Illustrator)


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