North Carolina is a land filled with ghost stories and legends. The many and varied people who have lived on this land — the Cherokee, the Catawba, and the other American Indian tribes, the early English and Scotch-Irish settlers, the Africans, the Moravians, and the countless others — have all contributed their voices to the tales that have ben told through the years in the Tarheel state. The tradition that has emerged from this combination of voices is uniquely rich in its vibrancy and life.

North Carolina Ghost Stories and Legends is a resource for students, researchers, or anyone interested in a good ghost story. Every story presented here has been thoroughly researched and wherever possible the roots of the legend have been given. Enjoy what you find here, and please continue to pass these stories along.