American History & Hauntings



The Ghosts of Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

The city of Charlotte is located in the southwestern part of the state, not far from the state line between North and South Carolina. It is a city that is rich in history and tradition and one that has more than its share of ghosts...

One such ghost is now a part of legend and haunted a building on the Founders College campus, which was located near the center of town. The ghost was that a young, attractive, dark-haired girl who had been dubbed "Louise". She haunted a male dormitory called Chambers Hall, but it was not because she had lived there, or had met her end there, but because it was to this building that her body had been carried by grave robbers.
She had apparently lived in the town of Salisbury, but had died young and her body had been snatched by robbers, shortly after her death. At the time, it was illegal for medical colleges to purchases bodies for anatomy classes and they had to depend on grave robbers to provide the specimens.

It seemed that Louise had been one such specimen and it was here that her corpse ended up. For many years, especially in the 1930’s, her ghost was seen haunting the building.. but no one knows what ever became of her.

Many years ago, Charlotte was also famous for its gold mines. In fact, the first gold rush to ever take place in America occurred here in 1799. It began when a 12 year old boy named Conrad Reed discovered a seventeen pound nugget in Meadow Creek on his father’s farm. Shortly after, the Reed Mine became a leading producer of gold ore. It also became haunted....

In the early 1800’s, the mine became haunted by the ghost of a woman named Eleanor Mills. It was said that her husband had dumped her down one of the mine shafts. The story goes that Mills loved his wife, in spite of her mean-spirited disposition, and when she tripped on her dress and fell, striking her head on a beam and dying, he lay down on the floor beside her and wept himself to sleep. He awoke to find that her voice was still shrieking from her now still corpse. Terrified, he threw the body down a deep tunnel called the Engine shaft.... but this didn’t stop her. For years after, her voice could still be heard screaming in the shaft.

Today, the mine is a historic monument and is located about 20 miles or so outside of Charlotte on Highways 24 and then 200.

Located near the Reed Mine was another mine... although this one was said to have been closed down because of its ghost. It was called the McIntosh Mine and it was said to be the deepest and the richest in the area... and also the most dangerous. The owner paid handsomely to anyone who would work for him because of the terrible conditions, but even then, men were constantly injured in the mine.

Finally, someone was killed. A miner named Joe Mcgee was killed in a cave-in on the mine’s second level and a short time later, his ghost began to appear and warn the other miners about the horrible conditions in the operation. The ghost began to be seen both in the mine and in the miner’s homes, and soon, they all began refusing to work the place. Finally, the mine was closed down and abandoned... and legend had it that the owner went insane at the thought of having a fortune in his hands, but no way to get it.

One last tale from Charlotte has the makings of a wonderful and eerie legend and it involves a house called White Oaks, or Duke Mansion. The house has now been converted into condominiums, but the story still remains.

It seems that many years ago, the house was owned by a man named Jon Avery, who carried on a affair with a married woman in Charlotte. They would often meet at night in the garden of the mansion at midnight. He promised his lover that he loved her so much that he would always keep their meeting, whether he "be dead or alive".

One day, just a few days after their final meeting, the woman learned that Jon Avery had died.... more than one week before! He had kept his promise after all!

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