Clarissa Johal: Frightening Friday - Haunted #Raleigh #NorthCarolina #Ghosts and Urban Legends - Part 2

Friday, June 2, 2017

Frightening Friday - Haunted #Raleigh #NorthCarolina #Ghosts and Urban Legends - Part 2

In continuing with Haunted Raleigh, here are several other places you may want to check out.

Photo courtesy of Mark Turner - Public Domain
Mordecai House

Built in 1785, the Mordecai house is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Once part of a plantation, it's one of the oldest homes in the area. Historic outbuildings include the overseer's office and smokehouse, the Allen Kitchen, the Badger-Iredell Law Office, St. Mark's Chapel, and the Andrew Johnson house, birthplace of the 17th President, Andrew Johnson.

The ghost who inhabits the Mordecai house is said to be the spirit of Mary Willis Mordecai Turk, who lived from 1858 to 1937. She appears as an apparition wearing grey 19th century dress. She can occasionally be heard playing the piano in the downstairs drawing room, and visitors to the house have seen a grey mist hovering near that piano. The home is filled with family portraits and original furnishings. Many have reported that unkind remarks directed towards Mary's portrait, have resulted in the portrait dropping from the wall. During a field trip, a child reported they'd seen a man with a scar on his face, appear and disappear by the Andrew Johnson house. The child became inconsolable and had to be taken back to the school. There have been many investigations on the property - all resulting in impressive evidence of paranormal activity.

The city of Raleigh hosts a family friendly Haunted Mordecai Festival every October.
Year-round tickets for a guided tour of the home may be purchased at the Visitor Center.

Phot courtesy of Mark Turner - Public Domain
Governor’s Mansion

This Victorian-style mansion, home to N.C. governors since 1891, once was described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as having “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.” It was built from native materials, and been occupied by 28 governors’ families throughout North Carolina's history. It is also reputedly haunted.

In 1891, Governor Daniel Fowle gave carpenters precise measurements to construct a bed for the second-floor bedroom. He died in the same bed, and many have suggested that his spirit remained. In 1970, Governor Bob Scott decided to replace the massive wooden bed with a modern, king-sized bed. The old bed was moved to a room on the third floor, and the new bed put in its place. A short time afterwards, the governor was awakened at night by a strange rapping sound coming from the wall where the original headboard had been. The rapping continued for several years, and the family nicknamed the pesky spirit, "Governor Fowle’s Ghost."

When a new administration took over the office, they decided to move the old bed back down to its original location. The ghost has not been heard from since.


Photo courtesy of Hans via Pixabay - CC0 Public Domain
Poole Woods

During the period of the Civil War, William Poole was a wealthy mill owner with large tracts of wooded land just east of the city. When Union troops marched into Raleigh, rumor spread that Poole had vast amounts of gold hidden in the woods around his estate. The Union troops confiscated Poole's belongings, including his prized white horse, but the gold was never recovered.

Poole's wishes that the trees surrounding his mansion not be used for timber were ignored. They were cut down, but were worthless, having rotted from the inside. Shortly after Poole’s death, a ghostly white horse was spotted along the road in the woods surrounding the mansion.

Poole’s estate house burned to ground over a century ago. The tract of land can be found between Walnut Creek Amphitheatre and the Neuse River.

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