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 are so many 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 slayings, mayhem, and tragic specters on land and sea. North Carolina urban legends are sure to excite, to scare, and to be really, really creepy.
A cabin known as the Old Lawson Home once stood in Stokes County and was the scene of a series of vicious slayings.
On Christmas Day in 1929, well-respected farmer Charlie Lawson inexplicably slew his wife and six of his seven children. He then later took his life. Rumors say he slew his family for a variety of reasons: a personality change after a head injury, going mad with guilt after impregnating his own daughter. Because of the heinous nature of their demises, the family was buried outside of hallowed church ground. It's rumored that, because of their improper burial, their spirits will never rest.
Afterward, the house became a tourist attraction for years before being closed and torn down. The floorboards of the home were allegedly used to help build a wooden bridge across the creek that ran through the land and down through the county. Cars that cross the bridge have reported strange mists, handprints appearing, and an early 1930s model car chasing them off the bridge.
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 slain, 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 went after a human, the mayor and police chief hoped to end the hysteria by slaying a random bobcat, stringing up its body in the square and declaring they had stopped the beast. Strangely, after they did this, the incidents stopped.
This old legend involves a weird, empty circular patch in the North Carolina woods where nothing will grow. In this patch of 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.
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 an intense bout of asthma had left his wife near her end. When the neighbors came to Feller's home, they found his wife deceased. The town gathered to help the grieving Feller with funeral preparations.
During the 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 slain 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. Feller confessed to the act and was executed.