North Carolina urban legends are spooky, fun, and sometimes downright disturbing. From the angry ghost of one of the world's most famous pirates to haunted mountains in the countryside, North Carolina is host to a number of fantastically morbid and creepy stories.
There is so much creepy tales from North Carolina that there's an entire X-Files episode dedicated to the strange lights near Brown Mountain. Considering the state is full of mysterious mountains and a rugged coastline, creepy stories from North Carolina involve murders, mayhem, and tragic specters on land and sea. North Carolina urban legends are sure to excite, to scare and to be really, really creepy.
The Murderous Cabin in the Woods
On Christmas Day in 1929, well-respected farmer Charlie Lawson inexplicably shot and beat his wife to death, before killing six of his seven children. He then killed himself. People say he killed his family for a variety of reasons: a personality change after a head injury, going mad with guilt after impregnating his own daughter, to name a few. Because of the heinous nature of their deaths, the family was buried outside of hallowed church ground. It's rumored that, because of their improper burial, their spirits will never rest.
After their deaths, the house became a tourist attraction for years before being closed and torn down. The floor boards of the home were allegedly used to help build a wood bridge across the creek that ran through the land and down through the county. Cars that cross the bridge have reported strange mists, hand prints appearing, and an early 1930's model car chasing them off the bridge.
The Bloodsucking Vampire Beast of Bladenboro
In Bladen County, there's a supposed vampire beast who's done some serious damage throughout the decades. The first sighting of the beast was in 1953, when a local woman heard her neighbor's dogs barking and whining. When she went out to investigate, she saw a huge feline-like monster flee into the dark. Two days later, a local farmer called the police after two of his dogs were found dead, entirely drained of blood. Dogs were found exsanguinated all across the county, and sightings of the creature skyrocketed.
Hysteria took over, and people flooded in from all around to hunt the creature. After it attacked a human, the mayor and police chief hoped to end the hysteria by killing a random bobcat, hanging its body in the square and declaring they had killed the beast. Strangely, after they did this, the killings and attacks stopped.
The Devil's Tramping Ground
This old legend involves a weird, empty circular patch in the North Carolina woods where nothing will grow. In this patch of dead earth, it's said the devil comes to dance. If you leave something there overnight it will disappear entirely or be thrown outside of the circle so the devil has room to dance. Animals refuse to enter the circle. Some have even said they have seen glowing red eyes in its center.
The Prophetic Dream That Led to a Hanging
In the 1870s, farmer George Feller lived with his wife and infant child in McDowell County. Farming was a hard life, but it was even harder for Feller because his wife was bedridden with a debilitating illness. He was forced to do all the work himself. One morning, he came sobbing to the neighbors for help, claiming a violent bout of asthma had left his wife near death. When the neighbors came to Feller's home, they found his wife dead. The town gathered to help the grieving Feller with funeral preparations.
During the funeral procession, a stranger on horseback crossed paths with the townspeople and stopped them. He claimed he had a dream he met the funeral procession of a woman who had been murdered by her husband the night before, and if the townspeople did not detain Feller, he would go to the police. The townspeople had Feller's wife examined by a doctor, who saw clear signs she had been strangled to death. Feller confessed to killing her during an argument, and was hanged for his crime.