Charlotte, North Carolina is probably a lot more haunted than you might expect. For some reason people seem to dismiss the city when thinking about places with a high concentration of paranormal activity, but they are very much mistaken. With everything from haunted plantations and creepy shopping malls to quite possibly the spookiest university in America this town has it all!
Let’s take some time to dig a little bit deeper into the history of 10 of the most haunted places in Charlotte, NC:
10 - Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill
Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill is an old farmhouse that has been converted into a popular drinking hole for the Charlotte locals. However, it is also reported to be haunted! Employees have witnessed a variety of unexplained occurrences over the years including doors opening and/or closing by themselves, the radio switching on or off and sightings of figures in the bathrooms long after the bar has closed and the patrons have all left. Local paranormal teams have carried out investigations here and have concluded that it is indeed one of the most haunted places in Charlotte NC!
9 - Latta Plantation
The Latta Plantation dates back to approximately 1800 and now serves as a living history farm where visitors are invited to take a self guided tour around the estate. However, what the guidebook fails to mention is that the Latta Family are still very much in residence here despite the fact that they have long since passed away! Many tourists who stop by to take the tour leave the building with tales of doors slamming by themselves, the sound of children running and playing and even sightings of a dark shadow figure walking in the grounds!
8 - Carolina Theatre
Carolina Theatre first opened its doors in 1927 and it was the very first building in Uptown Charlotte to have its own air conditioning. It also boasts a resident ghost who staff have affectionately dubbed ‘Fred’. Although he is mostly harmless, Fred is known to cause a spot of trouble around the theatre including turning lights on and off and showing himself as a pale white apparition on the balcony. It has now come to be tradition for all staff and performers to bid Fred good night as they leave to offer a sign of respect to the spook!
The Dunhill Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Uptown Charlotte, so it probably does not really come as much of a surprise to learn that it is fairly haunted! The hotel first opened its doors in 1929 as The Mayfield Manor and ever since there have been reports from employees about strange things happening in the hotel. There are several spots around the hotel that staff describe as just not being comfortable to be in and many of them place the blame squarely at the fact that there have been many suicides on the property. A great deal of these occurred during the great depression because the hotel was the tallest building that was accessible to the general public!
6 - Founders Hall
Founders Hall is a modern shopping center that at one time served as a medical school. It is also one of the most haunted buildings in Charlotte NC. In the late 1800s, a girl from nearby Salisbury died and bodysnatchers stole her corpse to sell to the medical school. It was fairly soon after this crime that people began to see an apparition of the young girl wandering in Founders Hall. She would always be upset and was often said to be screaming. Students would be totally freaked out and would often call the police. Eventually, the girl’s body was recovered and returned to her grave in Salisbury, but her ghost remains attached to the building. Founders Hall has since been converted into a shopping mall and business center and the girl is still spotted from time to time, although she seems to have stopped screaming instead she is content to simply open and close doors all over the building!
5 - Antique Kingdom
The Antique Kingdom on central avenue has seen many uses over the course of its lifetime including a moonshine distillery, a wedding venue and a dormitory for high class single ladies. These days it is a haunted antiques emporium! The owner and various others refuse to go up onto the third floor of the building unless they absolutely have to and the second floor is not much better! Even at ground level people have experienced feeling very closed in and say they can feel some unseen person breathing on their neck or cheek! Yikes!
4 - McGlohon Theatre
Where McGlohon Theatre now sits was once the site of a church built in the late 1800s. However, it was replaced by the current building in 1903 although it still served as a church. In the early 1950s it was transformed into what is now McGlohon Theatre and it is one of the most haunted places that Charlotte has to offer! Employees say that when they are in the basement they can hear someone singing upstairs even though they know that it is empty! They have also reported the sound of phantom footsteps when they know that they are alone in the building!
3 - Ri-Ra Irish Pub
The Ri-Ra Irish Pub was originally built in 1997 by Irishman Ciaran Sheehan with the goal of creating an Irish bar that was as authentic as possible. This is one of the newest buildings on our list, but that certainly does not mean that it is any less haunted than some of the other, much older properties that we have mentioned! One of the theories behind why the pub is so haunted is that Sheehan brought in authentic items and antiques from Ireland to add to the authenticity and some of these items likely had spirits attached. Ever since the pub first opened its doors, staff have been reporting a variety of paranormal activity. There are a number of cold spots throughout the building and there have been many sightings of ghostly figures wearing period style dress. However, perhaps the creepiest tale of all relates to the sudden appearance of a ghostly alphabet scrawled in chalk on one of the upstairs walls!
2 - Queens University
There is little doubt in anybody’s mind that one of the most haunted places in Charlotte NC is Queens University. The school has a fascinating history which more than explains why there is so much paranormal activity going on here! There are various different examples of paranormal activity associated with different areas throughout the school. For example, underneath Dana Auditorium on the main campus you will find the Suzanne Little Rehearsal Hall where students can got to practice prior to a performance. It is also where many students have spotted the apparition of a well dressed lady who walks past them before vanishing into thin air! Another example would be found over at Hall Brown, which is also known as Overcash Hall. Students claim that room 303 is particularly haunted and that one night a student awoke to find her redhead roommate slumped over the desk, it wasn’t until she tried to wake the girl and put her to bed that she noticed the dark straggly hair and realised it was not her friend. She promptly screamed at which point the figure vanished and her real roommate woke up with a start – where she had been sleeping all the time! We are not even close to being done with the spooky stories coming out of Queens University! Over at Morrison Hall there is the ghost of a former student who had written a dear John letter to her lover who was a WWII soldier. When he returned home he was still sore over the letter and triggered the hall fire alarm so that it would be evacuated. He then dragged his former girl into the empty building and murdered her! These are just a small selection of the many many spooky things that have happened at Queens University over the years!
1 - Old Fire station #4
Fire Station number 4 was originally built back in 1925 and although it now stands abandoned it remains one of the most haunted places in Charlotte NC! The story behind the haunting begins back on April 1, 1934 when firefighter Pruitt L. Black was running to slide down the fireman’s pole, but wound up falling into a hole and hitting the concrete floor below. He fractured his skull and died a short time later. Following the closure of Fire Station #4, the building was used as a fire service themed museum for a short time. Visitors to the museum would often comment on Black’s appearance which was more often than not accompanied by the distinctive scent of his cigar smoke!