American History & Hauntings


Haunted Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina

There is a very good chance that Wilmington, and the Cape Fear environs, may be one of the most scenic and beautiful areas on the eastern seaboard. It certainly deserves some notice for the richness of its local lore and legends, including tales of Blackbeard, lost ships, pirates... and of course, ghosts.

One haunted spot in Wilmington happens to be the town’s official welcome center. The house is known as the Price - Gause house and it has been considered haunted since it was built in 1843. Immediately after they first moved into the house, the Gause family heard phantom footsteps on the stairs and noticed an eerie tapping sound that could be heard coming from the walls.
The presence has remained unidentified and the family just decided to try and share the space with it... whatever "it" was. Other families who followed in the house decided to do the same thing.

Finally, an investigation was conducted in October 1967 and the ghost was captured on film. In the photograph, a misty human form was seen walking down the stairs. The investigation certainly did nothing to get rid of the spirit and the Chamber of Commerce is still reportedly haunted today.

Another haunted spot is the New Hanover County Library in Wilmington. The second-floor wing of the library is said to be haunted by the ghost of a short woman who many believe was a library patron who frequented the local history room of the library. The apparition has been seen by a number of employees and visitors over the years and in addition there are reports of phantom footsteps, moving books and pamphlets.
Some of the phenomena has also been blamed on the building’s second ghost, that of a man who was killed in a duel in the 1800’s. The man’s home once stood on the present-day site of the library and his nervous pacing was reported for some time.

Thalian Hall is a theater which is located in west central Wilmington and it is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of two men and a woman, all dressed in detailed Edwardian costumes. These dashing spirits haunt the center seats of the first balcony in the theater.
The theater dates back to 1858 and is the second oldest theater group in the country, originally founded in 1788.

Located south of Wilmington, between Cape Fear and the river, is Fort Fisher. This Civil War post is reportedly haunted by Confederate General William Whiting. He was once the commander of this fort and he was mortally wounded during an attack in 1864. The fort protected the last river route used by Confederate blockade runners who supplied southern troops. Once the fort fell, the Confederacy itself fell a short time later.
Many believe that perhaps the General blames himself for the loss of the fort and this may be the reason why his spirit has never been allowed to rest in peace. Regardless of why, the ghost has been seen wandering the grounds and the parapet of the old fort, looking out over the road.

Wilmington is located at the extreme southern tip of North Carolina, at the south end of Interstate 40.

Copyright 1998 by Troy Taylor. All Rights Reserved.

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