Haunted WNC rich in spooky tales

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Joshua Warren has hunted ghosts in hundreds of places across the globe, but the only time he has come face to face with an apparition was in Asheville.

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Oct 28, 2007
 
Doing Halloween right Josh, keep up the damn good work. What about other Haunted places around town?? I heard Biltmore House might be haunted from many people. What about Kenilworth Inn? I have a couple friends that live up there, the place is scary, reminds me of The Shining. It used to be Appalachian Hall, Charter Mental for a few years. 70+ years as an Insane Asylum is gonna leave its mark, anyone know any stories about that hospital? or the one up in North Asheville off of Kimberly Ave?? These places around town must be rich in history, but no one talks about them.

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Oct 28, 2007
 
Ghost wrote:
Doing Halloween right Josh, keep up the damn good work. What about other Haunted places around town?? I heard Biltmore House might be haunted from many people. What about Kenilworth Inn? I have a couple friends that live up there, the place is scary, reminds me of The Shining. It used to be Appalachian Hall, Charter Mental for a few years. 70+ years as an Insane Asylum is gonna leave its mark, anyone know any stories about that hospital? or the one up in North Asheville off of Kimberly Ave?? These places around town must be rich in history, but no one talks about them.
My brother did some work in what was Appalachian Hall many years ago and that place scared the heck out of them. Just noises and feels of being watched stuff like that, never any sightings but they did not like that place at all.

The place that looks the scariest to me is the building across from the VA.......{{{shiver}}}}
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Oct 30, 2007
 
I think Montford is full of haunted houses. Bed and Breakfasts are a good way to experience them if you happen to be one of the one in ten that can. There is one bed and breakfast in Montford that I went to that was very active. Ghosts are not just limited to people. They can be pets too. There are different types of hauntings as well. Ghosts don't only come out at night. What is the deal with the two old run down white buildings beside the V.A. Hospital? Free, is that what you are referring to? Something is not right there. I feel it just passing by the place.

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Oct 31, 2007
 
Windfeather wrote:
Something is not right there. I feel it just passing by the place.
Oh yeah, I get a chill just looking at the place. Feels dark too, not happy ghosts.

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Oct 31, 2007
 
Windfeather wrote:
I think Montford is full of haunted houses. Bed and Breakfasts are a good way to experience them if you happen to be one of the one in ten that can. There is one bed and breakfast in Montford that I went to that was very active. Ghosts are not just limited to people. They can be pets too. There are different types of hauntings as well. Ghosts don't only come out at night. What is the deal with the two old run down white buildings beside the V.A. Hospital? Free, is that what you are referring to? Something is not right there. I feel it just passing by the place.
Ohhh I have wanted to wander those halls!!! I believe at one time it was part of the VA and I am sure that if walls could talk, then those surly would.

A spooky, but very calm place is camping at Mt. Pisgah when the fog sets in and there is no one around. Now that is eerie, but nice!! Can't see beyond the campfire light---and the noises!! Wonderful!!

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Since: Aug 07

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#6
Oct 31, 2007
 
Helens bridge haunted?? Yeah Right,

Battle Of Asheville, LOL The way people talk about it you would think it was bigger then Antietam and Gettysburg put together lol

Since: May 07

Asheville, NC

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Oct 31, 2007
 
So what experiences have people had on Helen's Bridge? I have heard if you drive up there, you will have car problems. I've never been up there. I'm too scared!

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Oct 31, 2007
 
mlc9852 wrote:
So what experiences have people had on Helen's Bridge? I have heard if you drive up there, you will have car problems. I've never been up there. I'm too scared!
My car sux, I don't dare go up there.lol
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#9
Oct 31, 2007
 
How 'bout Seely Castle on Town Mountain?

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hauntedheadnc

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Oct 31, 2007
 
mlc9852 wrote:
So what experiences have people had on Helen's Bridge? I have heard if you drive up there, you will have car problems. I've never been up there. I'm too scared!
I've been up there twice. Once was at night to visit it for the same reason everyone else visits the bridge. The second time was get some pictures of it.

Of course, that first time, I did not try to get Helen to appear because if her ghost is there I have more respect for her than that. However, because so many people who don't know what they're doing have been trying to commune with the spirits up there, there are a lot of nasty things that have answered those calls and are now lingering. What I saw, and what followed my friend and I back in his car, was a skeletal woman in a lace gown, with an impossibly long neck. He was a practicing wiccan, and knew to burn sage in order to cleanse a place of a hostile spirit. Sage is supposed to smoke, but when he put some in a bowl in the front seat and lit it it flared up with a tongue of flame that reached all the way to the roof of the car for a little bit before it died down.

I hope not to see anything like that again. Every time you looked into the back seat she was there. We drove down the mountain and stopped at a gas station while we tried to figure out what to do. You can't just ditch your car. When we were standing outside the car there was nothing in the backseat, but when he remembered the sage and thought he had some at his house, when we got back in for the drive over there, she was back. And there she stayed until we got to his house and burned the sage.

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Oct 31, 2007
 
hauntedheadnc wrote:
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I've been up there twice. Once was at night to visit it for the same reason everyone else visits the bridge. The second time was get some pictures of it.
Of course, that first time, I did not try to get Helen to appear because if her ghost is there I have more respect for her than that. However, because so many people who don't know what they're doing have been trying to commune with the spirits up there, there are a lot of nasty things that have answered those calls and are now lingering. What I saw, and what followed my friend and I back in his car, was a skeletal woman in a lace gown, with an impossibly long neck. He was a practicing wiccan, and knew to burn sage in order to cleanse a place of a hostile spirit. Sage is supposed to smoke, but when he put some in a bowl in the front seat and lit it it flared up with a tongue of flame that reached all the way to the roof of the car for a little bit before it died down.
I hope not to see anything like that again. Every time you looked into the back seat she was there. We drove down the mountain and stopped at a gas station while we tried to figure out what to do. You can't just ditch your car. When we were standing outside the car there was nothing in the backseat, but when he remembered the sage and thought he had some at his house, when we got back in for the drive over there, she was back. And there she stayed until we got to his house and burned the sage.
Now thats freaky. Do you belong to that club in Asheville that hunts paranormal activity?
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#12
Oct 31, 2007
 
I was, but they never meet on my days off, Dunnin. I wish they did though. I'd love to be involved in it. Then I could say...

"I've got meter maids chasing ghosts all over Midtown!"

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Oct 31, 2007
 
hauntedheadnc wrote:
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I've been up there twice. Once was at night to visit it for the same reason everyone else visits the bridge. The second time was get some pictures of it.
Of course, that first time, I did not try to get Helen to appear because if her ghost is there I have more respect for her than that. However, because so many people who don't know what they're doing have been trying to commune with the spirits up there, there are a lot of nasty things that have answered those calls and are now lingering. What I saw, and what followed my friend and I back in his car, was a skeletal woman in a lace gown, with an impossibly long neck. He was a practicing wiccan, and knew to burn sage in order to cleanse a place of a hostile spirit. Sage is supposed to smoke, but when he put some in a bowl in the front seat and lit it it flared up with a tongue of flame that reached all the way to the roof of the car for a little bit before it died down.
I hope not to see anything like that again. Every time you looked into the back seat she was there. We drove down the mountain and stopped at a gas station while we tried to figure out what to do. You can't just ditch your car. When we were standing outside the car there was nothing in the backseat, but when he remembered the sage and thought he had some at his house, when we got back in for the drive over there, she was back. And there she stayed until we got to his house and burned the sage.
You sure that was sage y'all was burning...?

;-) JK
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Oct 31, 2007
 
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You sure that was sage y'all was burning...?
;-) JK
I know you're joking, but yeah it was sage. Same stuff you'd use in stuffing. What else is sage good for anyway? Ham? I seem to remember that you can use sage when cooking a ham, but I dunno.
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#15
Jan 30, 2008
 
I dont know about any of the places forementioned but i know that the Owls nest inn in Candler is reputed to be haunted by the Civil War General who built it. A very scarry place to be at night is at Rattlesnake mountain tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Cherokee, it is said if you get out of your car and stand on an X in the middle of the tunnel you will hear the sound of hourses coming. I have done this twice but it is so dark and quiet that i havent know anyone willing to get out of the car and do it. Both times we have been in the car on the X and have heard next to nothing. I know some other places that are not as popular around the WNC area.
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#16
Jan 30, 2008
 
I didnt read all of the comments, i know about alot of those places. I was at the Catholic Social Services office near staples on Merremon and it is in an old house. Ive never consitered myself as a medium to spirits but i felt a preasents in a room near the waiting area and i got to looking around and their was a plack on the wall talking about the history of the house and it turns out that room was one in which a dieing family member or servent was resting and later died there. It was not a mean or resentful feeling but just a feeling of a spirit that dwells there.
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Feb 5, 2008
 
Andrew wrote:
I didnt read all of the comments, i know about alot of those places. I was at the Catholic Social Services office near staples on Merremon and it is in an old house. Ive never consitered myself as a medium to spirits but i felt a preasents in a room near the waiting area and i got to looking around and their was a plack on the wall talking about the history of the house and it turns out that room was one in which a dieing family member or servent was resting and later died there. It was not a mean or resentful feeling but just a feeling of a spirit that dwells there.
Hey, why don't you come this Thursday night, Feb. 7, to North Avl Library @7PM. We (AVL Paranormal Society) meet once a month there, and this week, Sara, the Organizer is showing us how to make dowsing rods. We would LOVE to hear your stories about your personal experiences. I think you'll be pleased to see how comfortable everyone is made to feel, and treated with respect. Please come if you can, and be sure to check out the website too.! http://ghosts.meetup.com/240/
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Oct 25, 2009
 
I lived in Kenilworth for 2 years and had numerous haunting experiences! More frequent occurrances right when we moved in. I think it was because there was some upheaval in the process that disturbed spirit's sense of calm. Never saw anything but heard LOTS of noises always around 3am. Knocking on our internal door,whispered conversations, and one morning we awoke to our stove that had been pulled away from the wall about 1 1/2 feet (also wedged in between granite counters). It took 2 full grown men to push it back in. Good, friendly...scary fun! I Loved every minute of it!
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Oct 25, 2009
 

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Daisy wrote:
I lived in Kenilworth for 2 years and had numerous haunting experiences! More frequent occurrances right when we moved in. I think it was because there was some upheaval in the process that disturbed spirit's sense of calm. Never saw anything but heard LOTS of noises always around 3am. Knocking on our internal door,whispered conversations, and one morning we awoke to our stove that had been pulled away from the wall about 1 1/2 feet (also wedged in between granite counters). It took 2 full grown men to push it back in. Good, friendly...scary fun! I Loved every minute of it!
They formed a Daisy chain to get the stove back into place?
Brown Mountain

Asheville, NC

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Oct 26, 2009
 
Brown Mountain Lights will mesmerize anyone.

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