Halloween Story: An Overview of Haunted Triangle Locations and Historic Duke Tombs


October brings many reasons to be afraid. The mid-season seems endless. Temperatures change randomly, so you never know what to wear.

However, on certain sites around the Triangle, the legend tells of terrors of a more supernatural nature. And if history interests you more than horror, here at Duke you can even find memorials for those who were once presidents, deans, and presidents of universities.

Let’s take a look at a few of these sites.

A haunted capital

According to legend, some of North Carolina’s most important government buildings are haunted.

At the State Capitol, people have reported hearing strange noises at night. A night watchman said he saw what appeared to be a Civil War soldier pacing a window, the building’s site administrator told ABC11.

The Capitol Library is a hotbed of supposed paranormal activity. Visitors experience strange feelings in the library, according to the site administrator, and ghost researchers have claimed to find increased activity there.

The Executive Mansion of North Carolina, the official residence of the Governor of North Carolina, has its own ghost story. It is said that the spirit of Daniel Fowle, a deceased governor in the mansion, lingers there.

The strange events began after former Governor Bob Scott moved the bed where Fowle died, according to Spectrum News 1. Since then, tapping or banging noises have been heard in the walls.

Former Governor Pat McCrory is passionate about Fowle’s ghost story.

“I would say goodnight to him at night,” he told Spectrum. “We would have good conversations about, you know, music, politics, the arts, philosophy. “

Fowle’s bed was recently returned to the mansion at the request of Kristin Cooper, wife of current Governor Roy Cooper. The strange tapping, however, continued.

The Mordecai house

A woman in a 19th-century dress has been seen wandering the hallways or standing on the balcony of this former Raleigh house, according to WRAL. There are also reports of the house piano playing alone.

The house, which is older than Raleigh itself, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Margaret Mordecai and Mary Willis Mordecai Turk.

As with the Capitol Library, paranormal researchers verified the location. They even presented their findings there during a “Haunted Mordecai Festival”.

Carolina Inn

The Carolina Inn is popular among visitors to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. People staying in Room 252 have reported strange occurrences, according to UNC Communications, including being mysteriously locked up, feeling oddly cold, and smelling fresh cut flowers when there were none in the room. the room.

The room was once the residence of a man named William Jacocks, who lived there after retiring from the practice of medicine. Jacocks died in 1965, but according to legend he still lingers today in the room he once called his home.

History and graves of Duke

At the heart of the campus are the last resting places of several important figures in the university’s history, including its namesake.

Washington Duke and his sons, Benjamin Duke and James B. Duke, rest in marble sarcophagi in the Memorial Chapel, part of the Duke Chapel. Their bodies were moved there from Maplewood Cemetery in 1935.

The chapel crypt houses the bodies of three university presidents: William Preston Few, J. Deryl Hart and Terry Sanford. Nanaline Holt Duke, the wife of James B. Duke; Mary Johnson Hart, wife of J. Deryl Hart; and Margaret Rose Sanford, wife of Terry Sanford, are also buried there.

The crypt is also the resting place of the ashes of James A. Thomas, former president of the Duke Memorial Association; James T. Cleland, former Dean of the Chapel; and Alice Mead Cleland, Cleland’s wife.

Some say the spirits linger in the crypt. A psychic once said that when she was sitting there she had a vision of James B. Duke dressed in Jesus Christ. A visitor claimed to capture a ghost on camera in the crypt.

A less visible grave is in the parking lot of the blue zone. This is the family cemetery of the Rigsbees, who owned land that Duke bought in 1925 in order to build what is now the West Campus.

The deed of sale stated that the cemetery would continue to belong to the family, who continued to take care of it. A low wall separates the grassy tranquility of the cemetery from the surrounding car parks.

According to family legend, James B. Duke once sat on the cemetery wall and described his plans for college to Thomas J. Rigsbee Jr., who in 1924 would become the last person buried in the cemetery.

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin is a senior at Trinity and was editor of the 116th volume of The Chronicle.


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