North Carolina has something more than Southern hospitality to offer visitors! With so much history in the state, it is only to be expected that there is also a great deal of paranormal activity going on as well. That in turn has led to plenty of haunted accommodation options across the state.
Join us as we take a look at some of the most haunted hotels in North Carolina.
1. Grand Old Lady Hotel, Balsam (formerly Balsam Mountain Inn
The Grand Old Lady Hotel is more than 100 years old and has so many reports of paranormal activity that the owners now provide a dedicated guest book for visitors to share their experiences in!
Rooms 205 and 207 are said to be the most haunted rooms in the building with guests reporting phantom footsteps, banging on the doors and rattling doorknobs amongst other strange activity.
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2. Brunswick Inn, Southport
Brunswick Inn can be traced back to at least the middle of the 1800s, so it is not at all surprising that there are some spirits still lingering here. One of the spirits that are said to haunt the inn is the ghost of a man named Tony. Apparently, Tony was a riverboat harpist who drowned during a visit in 1882. He is still lingering in the hotel and delights in playing tricks on the staff!
3. Green Park Inn Hotel, Blowing RockSpend the Night
The Green Park Inn Hotel is located in the quaint little town of Blowing Rock, but behind the picturesque facade is something unsettling.
According to reports, the third floor of the inn is haunted by the spirit of a woman who died there. Many guests have seen her wandering the third floor, but she seems to be especially drawn to room 318.
Some stories say that the woman actually hanged herself in the room after being jilted at the altar. She is known to mess with electronic items. There are also a handful of reports of ghostly children playing in the hallways of this haunted inn.
4. 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, Lake LureBook a Room
According to locals, the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa has hosted some famous faces over the years including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Franklin Roosevelt. However, it is also known for being used as a convalescent home in the 1940s and the site of a gruesome murder in the 1930s. These could both be valid reasons why the hotel is said to be haunted.
Staff and guests alike have reported hearing a grave voice calling their name when nobody else is around and there have been sightings of strange apparitions.
5. Carolina Inn, Chapel HillStay Here
Those in search of accommodation with a healthy dose of Southern charm will love The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. However, they may get just a little bit more than they bargained for, given that this is one of the most haunted hotels in North Carolina!
The inn is said to be haunted by the spirit of a 20-year resident who just refuses to leave despite being dead! Dr. William Jacocks is described as a playful spirit who remains in his suite, number 252. He is harmless, but many guests do experience him locking them out of the room resulting in the owners installing an electronic lock – not that it has done any good because it seems to keep malfunctioning!
6. 1889 White Gate Inn, AshevilleBOOK NOW
The White Gate Inn is a well-known place in North Carolina. It is rated as a AAA four-diamond bed and breakfast which is a highly prestigious award. However, it also just so happens to be one of the most haunted inns in North Carolina!
All of the rooms are named after American authors and it seems that the former owner, Mrs. B had a particular affinity for Robert Frost as this is the room she is most often felt in. Mrs. B passed away in 1928, but she remains in residence at the 1889 White Gate Inn, often helping out with tidying up the rooms!
7. Grove Park Inn Resort, AshevilleCheck Availability
One of the most famous haunted hotels in North Carolina is the Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of ‘The Pink Lady’. There is some debate over whether she was pushed or jumped to her death, but whatever the truth is her spirit is still lingering in the hotel. She is said to be a friendly spirit with a kind heart.
She died around 1920 and is most often seen and felt in Room 545. Guests and staff have seen her appear in a pink smoky form and felt a cool breeze or static charge on their skin. On rare occasions, she has also been said to tug lightly on guests’ ears.
8. Biltmore Hotel, Greensboro
Originally built in 1903 as an office building by the Cone Brothers, the Biltmore Hotel has served as an office building, a post office, and even a brothel. According to legend, there are two spirits that haunt this hotel.
The most active ghost here is known as Philip. It’s believed he used to work for the Cone brothers as an accountant, upon discovering an embezzlement scheme whilst working for the brothers, he was later murdered, his throat slashed and his body left in the alley beside the Biltmore. He’s known to haunt room 332, stomping around in the room and on one occasion his apparition appeared to a woman at the foot of her bed!
There’s also the ghost of Lydia, who was believed to be one of the working girls. Upon a disagreement over payment for her services, she was thrown to her death down the staircase in the hotel. Her spirit is known to make her presence felt in her old room, the hotel room no. 223. It’s here one guest witnessed her apparition walking through the room, with her red hair on full display. She’s also known to like the color pink, with guests often reporting that upon wakening everything that was pink in their purses was taken out and neatly placed on the table.
9. Historic Brookstown Inn, Winston-Salem, NC
Originally built in 1837 as a cotton mill, the Brookstown Inn is known to be extremely haunted. Given that it’s more than 170 years old it’s not very surprising.
The most haunted area of the hotel is said to be the fourth floor, where the spirit of a young woman named Sally is said to roam. She was apparently killed in the 1800s during a disagreement with a fellow employee. She got pushed down the elevator shaft, dying from her injuries. Room 401 is said to be the most haunted, as this is where she stayed when the floor was a dormitory for the cotton mill workers.
Sally isn’t the only ghost that calls this historic building home. There have also been reports of phantom children playing in the hallways, and the ghost of a male known as Eddie whose footsteps are heard often. [BOOK A ROOM]
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