Ghostly Stories

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If you enjoy tingly feelings down your spine, like to speculate on whether ghosts really exist, or are interested in North Carolina folklore, you’ll find plenty of fascinating books in the NC Collection. Browse the 133 and 398 Dewey numbers and you’ll find Halloween spooks can visit the library any day of the year! In addition to books that cover the entire state, there are many covering various geographic regions. Settle back with a spooky tale or discover a book you want to check out. Our NC Collection copies are always available in the library, but we also have circulating copies for your at-home reading pleasure.Haunted Historic Greensboro

A few favorites include:

Bane, Theresa. Haunted Historic Greensboro. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Pub., 2009.
This is a recent book about Greensboro ghosts at Dana Auditorium on the Guilford College campus, Guilford Courthouse Military Park, and a variety of other Greensboro places, even some private homes. The author gathered information from many local people as well as from written sources. There are also some ghost tales from other haunted spots in the area, including the famous legend about Lydia’s appearances by the Jamestown Bridge.

Calloway, Burt, and FitzSimons, Jennifer. Triad Hauntings. Winston-Salem: Bandit Books, 1990.
While this book includes some Greensboro ghosts, it focuses more on Winston-Salem and High Point spirits. If you read both this and Bane’s book, you’ll become very familiar with local ghost lore.

North Carolina Ghosts & LegendsHarden, John. The Devil’s Tramping Ground. Chapel Hill: The University of North
Carolina Press, 1949.
You can hardly call yourself a Tar Heel without being familiar with this book, so if  you haven’t read it, you have some catching up to do! In these pages you can 'visit' the tramping site Harden talks about, find a ghost ship at Diamond Shoals, learn about the vanishing of Peter Dromgoole (a UNC-Chapel Hill student), read more about the Lost Colony, read legend of Aaron Burr’s daughter, and ponder the mysterious death of the beautiful Nell Cropsey, among other tales. 

Harden, John. Tar Heel Ghosts. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1954.
This is probably the most famous book on its subject. Whether you want to find out about such famous ghosts as the Little Red Man and the Ghost of Maco Station or discover less well-known spooks, you’ll be fascinated by this book.

Morgan, Fred T. Ghost Tales of the Uwharries Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 1968
and Haunted Uwharries. Asheboro: Down Home Press, 1992.
These two books tell tales from the Uwharrie Mountains, a short drive from Greensboro. Haunted Uwharries includes witch tales and other mysterious happenings along with ghost stories. Both books are illustrated with black-and-white drawings, and both bring to life the folklore of this near-by region.

Roberts, Nancy, and Roberts, Bruce. North Carolina Ghosts & Legends. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.
Bruce and Nancy Roberts are famous names in the field of ghost tales. Bruce illustrates his books with black-and-white photographs, adding an eerie touch of reality to the stories. Included are “The Ghost Comes for Blackbeard,” “The General’s Ghost" (about Fort Fisher), “The Unearthly Music of Roan Mountain,” and many others.

Roberts, Nancy, and Roberts, Bruce. This Haunted Land. Charlotte: McNally and Loftin,1970.
The large-page format makes Bruce Roberts’ photographs unusually gripping. Stories include “The Haunted Gold Mine,” “Tavern of Terror,” and “The Phantom Rider of the Confederacy.”