Crazy, Quirky North Carolina Laws

Crazy, Quirky North Carolina LawsLike any state in the nation, North Carolina certainly has its share of unusual, hard-to-believe laws and regulations that sometimes make you wonder, well where did THAT law come from?? Some have been on the books for decades; their logic can somehow be attributed to situations at the time that those laws were created. Others, however… well, let’s just say it’s hard to know just WHAT legislators intended when those laws were enacted.

Generally Odd Statewide Legislation

Did you know it’s illegal in our state to hold a meeting in any location while in costume or while disguising your voice without obtaining written permission to do so from the property owner beforehand? And don’t forget to record that written permission at the Register of Deeds office beforehand, or – you guessed it – you’ll be breaking the law.

If you choose to go down the dark path of drug dealing in North Carolina, it’s illegal NOT to pay taxes on any such drugs – marijuana, cocaine and the like – that you sell.

Bingo games, oddly, are not allowed to last any more than 5 hours in North Carolina, unless the game is being held at a state fair. It’s also strictly prohibited to serve alcohol or drink it at any Bingo game.

In NC, it is also unlawful to sell either cottonseed or cotton lint at nighttime.

Back in the 1800s a man was fined for singing loudly and poorly…. disturbing the peace, in other words. A law was enacted strictly prohibiting singing off key, and it STILL exists!


Unusual Animal-Related Laws

Fights between dogs and cats are prohibited in Barber, NC. Period. No fights.

Even more interesting is the fact that it’s Illegal in our state to have an elephant plow a cotton field. Who wouldn’t love to hear the history of this random law?…

Rocky Mount residents, according to legislation, are required to pay a property tax on their own dogs.

Individuals may not keep “fowl that shall cackle” or play the piccolo between 11 pm at night and 7:30 am.

Weird Regional Rules & Regulations

It’s illegal to sneeze on city streets in Asheville.

In Charlotte, women must have their bodies covered by at least 16 yards of cloth at all time. No less!

In Kill Devil Hills, you may not ride a bicycle without having both your hands on the handle bars. Safety first?

Forest City has a law that might be considered an “oldie but goodie” …. Don’t forget to stop and call City Hall before entering that town – or, yes, you’re breaking the law!

In Zebulon, should the impulse come over you to stroll along the top of a water tank, try to resist….it’s Illegal!

In Winston-Salem don’t let your under-7-year-old try to apply to college… they’ll be breaking the law. Children 7 and older, however…well, that’s another story.

Dun, NC has some very unique laws –

  • It is illegal to play – no dominoes, no hopscotch, no Chutes & Ladders – while in traffic in Dunn.
  • It is also illegal to drive a car through a cemetery in Dunn for pleasure; if driving through a graveyard, you must be there either to dig a grave or for a burial service. Only in North Carolina!
  • In Dunn, don’t drive on the sidewalk, whatever you do… it’s also against the law.

Love & Marriage

Interestingly, it is still illegal for a couple – any couple – to stay overnight in a hotel room unless there are two double beds that are at least two feet apart. Now you know!

Also, word to the wise… according to state law, if a man and woman register as a married couple at a hotel, then they ARE LEGALLY MARRIED.

Another marriage-related, strangely obscure law is the following: Before a man proposes to a woman, he must be “inspected by all the barnyard animals on the young woman’s family property, to ensure a harmonious farm life.” Not the most common scenario, but there you go!

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Pond and Timber Properties for Sale Henderson on 0 Epson Rocky Ford Road

Gorgeous 247 Acres with Ponds, Open Fields and Timber in Franklin County

Epson Rocky Ford Road! Gorgeous 247+/- Acre Franklin County Farm Loaded with Diverse Timber, Open Agricultural Fields, Large Fishing Pond and More! LOTS of Road Frontage on both Epson Rocky Ford Road and Gooch Roads. Enjoy Miles of Existing Forest Paths Through Stands of Mature Pines & Hardwoods. An Ultimate Family Farm and Getaway! Abundant Recreational Opportunities Such as Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Equestrian Options and ATV Trails. Great Long Term Timber and Land Investment Potential. $849,000!

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705 Glosson Road(UNDER CONTRACT!)The Winters Farm is a perfect example of how custom renovations to older homes can achieve a comfortable modern Southern country living style.  The original farm house built in 1935, was totally renovated to become at first a weekend house, then a permanent home. The home expanded significantly by reclaiming an 1840’s log cabin, making a cozy master bedroom. Custom construction seamlessly joined the two structures together, resulting in a stunning home with completely modern kitchen and large great room, perfect for entertaining. 
This farm acquired an additional 1840’s open dog trot log cabin from Kentucky for a winter fireplace gathering spot for family and friends.  Another old structure, a granary, was 705 Glosson Road renovated into a perfect guest house. There are three additional barns of differing styles and a chicken coop, perfect spaces for all your animals from horses to llamas.  The largest barn one has a center aisle, with two large workrooms, tack room, and six horse stalls.  Sellers also built a beautiful hobbit-style stone house with arched red door and greenhouse attached at back.  
To preserve outdoor spaces, the sellers placed a portion of the acreage in a conservation easement with Triangle Land Conservancy. This was a personally important decision for them, knowing it would keep the land from development and preserving the green space. There is a 2.5-3 acre pond on the property, perfect for canoeing or sitting beside to watch the bountiful wild life of deer, turkey, ducks and geese.
Call for a showing today! $849,500  705 Glosson Road, Siler City

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190 Old Express Road in Louisburg

Priced to Sell! Two independent appraisals valued over $1 million; 4 yr old 2400 sf cabin priced at $275,000, barn at $45,000, barn at $74,000, 16 pasture units with high tensile electric fence, underground pvc water to pastures, working pens, mid-70’s home with 5,000sf for remodeling, 290 acres prices at an average of $1,741 per acre.

BEAUTIFUL ROLLING LAND WITH 2 HOMES AND 290+/- ACRES IN LOUISBURG!! AMAZING VIEWS! A CATTLEMAN’S DREAM!Only 15 minutes from Downtown Louisburg, this Scenic Farm has IT ALL With 2 Homes, Equipment Barn 50’x80′, 2nd Barn 80’x130′ with Walk In Freezer, Hoop Barn 20’x50′, Pasture Piping and Waterers, High Tensile Fencing, All ready for Animals! Classic Log Home Built in 2015, Large Second Home with Pool (Built in 1975 and Needs Major Renovations)! Property Groomed for Years for Cattle! Perfect Family Compound! Approx 180 Acres Open, 110 in Woods and Buffers.  Call for details! $899,000 190 Old Express Road Louisburg NC 27549 ***192 acres land only for a price of $495,000.

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Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving: Six Magical Places to Celebrate 

Thanksgiving Lunch or Dinner at Timberlake’s Restaurant, Chetola Resort / Blowing Rock

Thanksgiving at Blowing Rock’s Chetola Resort is special indeed, served either buffet-style or as a four-course plated meal and featuring such specialty items as grilled salmon with roasted red pepper beurre blanc, roasted pork tenderloin with apple chutney, and – of course – roast turkey breast. After dinner, take a stroll around the resort’s picturesque 87-acre grounds; quaint Blowing Rock is also within walking distance. Over the holiday weekend, Santa visits the famed hotel and festive horse and carriage rides are offered around the scenic lake.

Thanksgiving Brunch at Carolina Inn / Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill’s historic Carolina Inn offers a family-oriented Thanksgiving brunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and a menu highlighted by progressive American dishes. Guests will enjoy smoked salmon and crab claws, couscous and kale salads, prime rib and roast turkey breast, and a full selection of sweets (butterscotch panna cotta, pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato casserole bread pudding), “minis” (apple cider macarons, caramel truffles, tiramisu cannoli) and traditional “holiday bounty” (green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, spiced carrot soup).

The Pine Crest Inn’s Thanksgiving Dinner, Pinehurst

Pinecrest’s homey Pine Crest Inn welcomes Thanksgiving guests into a world of understated charm, southern elegance and holiday warmth. Built over a century ago, the Inn has always been a favorite of golfers and visitors alike to North Carolina’s famous “home of golf.” Thanksgiving Dinner features glazed ham, prime rib, roast turkey and Atlantic salmon followed by all our favorite sides (cornbread dressing, roasted brussels sprouts and green bean casserole) as well as white chocolate cheesecake and a smorgasbord of pies. A special “Pilgrim Express” takeout menu is also available!

Thanksgiving at The Fearrington House Restaurant, Fearrington Village / Pittsboro

The Fearrington House Restaurant at the English-inspired Fearrington Village offers a gourmet Thanksgiving meal that is fitting for one of the Triangle’s most elegant dining venues – four full courses featuring crispy smoked ricotta with medjool dates; seared beef strip loin with parsnip or smoked ocean trout; roasted turkey with cranberry and orange sauce and brussels sprouts with bacon jam; and chocolate souffle or maple & chestnut tart. Thanksgiving bounty, indeed.

Thanksgiving at Old Edwards Inn & Spa / Highlands

Highlands’ Relais & Chateaux-affiliated Old Edwards Inn & Spa offers a variety of packages and activities for the holiday weekend, including local Christmas tree cutting and a very special Thanksgiving Dinner at Madison’s Restaurant. There’s something for everyone on this menu featuring a first course of truffle-stuffed, bacon-wrapped quail or roasted pear and butternut tart; second course of beef short ribs, seared scallops, and oven-roasted turkey breast; and desserts including spiced pavlova, chai crème brûlée or dark chocolate torte. After the meal, enjoy bocce ball on the front lawn, Christmas movies by the fire, and complimentary elf tuck-ins for your smallest children, for those lucky enough to be spending the night or holiday weekend at this beautiful mountain inn.

Thanksgiving at Sanderling Resort, Duck, Outer Banks

The Outer Banks’ luxurious, recently renovated Sanderling Resort offers a holiday menu at the Lifesaving Station Restaurant complete with baked Carolina crab seafood dip, filet of beef, fried oysters, slow roasted free-range turkey, and a variety of desserts including chocolate crème brûlée, pumpkin spiced Swiss roll, and chocolate torte with berry compote. The afternoon meal might be followed up by a stroll along one of the prettiest stretches of beachfront along the Carolina coast.

Helping Others Give Thanks

Should you prefer offering your energies this Thanksgiving to those whose circumstances or pocketbooks might not allow them to enjoy gourmet feasts surrounded by loved ones, you can help make their holiday special by volunteering at various charitable organizations throughout the area, including the following.

  • Raleigh/Durham
    • Raleigh Rescue Mission
    • Durham Rescue Mission
    • Helping Hand Mission
    • Durham Social Services
  • Wilmington
    • Wilmington Hope Center
    • First Fruit Ministries
    • Good Shepherd Center
  • Charlotte
    • Charlotte Rescue Mission
    • Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
  • Winston-Salem
    • Samaritan Ministries



NC Deer Hunting Tips & Tactics

NC Deer Hunting Tips & Tactics

October 12, a day many hunters have been anxiously awaiting since the LAST rifle hunting season ended, in mid-December of last year, marked day 1 of 2019 whitetail deer rifle hunting season in Wake, Harnett and Franklin Counties. Whether you’re a novice or pro, it’s exciting to think about getting out into the wild, tracking, targeting and bringing down your first buck of the new season. We could all stand to brush up on our techniques, however, and learn what tips we can in order to get the most out of our hunting experiences and have the best possible chances at success.

Top Tips to Make you a Better Hunter

When to Hunt

Deer often feel more secure about coming out into the open to feed when the sun is about to rise, or when it’s becoming dark out. During breeding season, in particular, bucks are so interested in chasing does that they don’t always retreat at dawn to the bush to sleep as promptly as they normally do. At dusk, on the other hand, deer are focused on foraging for food and may not be as alert as they are at other times of the day or night.

It’s a good idea to arrive at a hunting location before the deer become active. Give yourself plenty of time to set up your position and be able to scout the area. Using a pair of binoculars will allow you to check out much more of the territory than you could by mere eyesight alone.

It’s also worthwhile to study up on the phases of the moon, interestingly, before you start your hunt. Although dawn and dusk are traditionally their most active times, deer are more likely to be out in the middle of the day if there is a full moon; their active and inactive periods often follow the waxing and waning of the moon.

Where to Hunt

Try to hunt in a location in which the wind, if there is one, is in your face. A deer’s ability to catch scents far surpasses our own, and if you have any hopes of being able to approach a deer without being detected, you need to ensure he does not sense your presence.

In order to give yourself the best chance of learning about and understanding an area in which you are hunting as well as the habits of the deer that live there, it’s smart to stick to a fairly small hunting area. Especially in the winter, deer don’t travel great distances in order to conserve their energy and have access to feeding sources they know and can rely on.

What to Wear

Clothing that blends into the environment in which you’re hunting helps give you an advantage in that you will more likely remain undetected. NC Deer Hunting Tips & Tactics

Because the nightmare of one hunter shooting another by accident occurs all too often, hunters sometimes – by choice or by law – wear a red or orange hat or some item of clothing that other hunters can spot, but deer cannot. Since they are red-green color blind, deer are unable to distinguish between true green-colored items and something that is red or orange.

Make sure you wear enough layers that you won’t get too cold on the hunt. Conversely, if hunting in a warmer area, don’t over-layer yourself with clothing that can make you hot and sweaty, and may encumber you as you try to maneuver around.

How NOT to Smell Like a Threat

Avoid using any products that are scented for a full day prior to your hunt. Don’t smoke, avoid eating any spicy foods, don’t drink alcohol… don’t even use soap when you shower, unless you’re absolutely sure it leaves absolutely no odor on your skin or in your hair.

Up to two days before your hunt, wash your clothes with an enzyme-based laundry detergent and hang them OUTSIDE to dry in order to rid them of any sort of scent as much as possible. Some clothing is actually manufactured as “scent eliminating,” with carbon fibers that naturally absorb odors. Store this clothing in a special carbon-lined bag to keep it as absolutely odor-free as possible.

Make sure that any personal products you use prior to a hunt – shampoo, soap, toothpaste – are scent-free specialty products. Keep your hair and any facial hair cut as short as possible as well, as your hair, not surprisingly, gives off additional smells.

“Don’t Leave Home Without It” Items

Insect repellent is your friend in certain parts of the country. Bugs in the wild are not only annoying but can give you away if you find yourself repeatedly brushing them off.

To light your way and cut down on the chances you’ll lose your way in the semi-dark, a headlight or head lantern is a must if you intend to hunt at dawn or dusk.

Safety gear such as a whistle, first aid kit, fire starting tools and an emergency blanket are critical for a successful and safe hunting trip.

Also, besides your firearm or bow and arrow, a skinning knife, rope, game bag and cooler for meat, too, are also “must haves” – not just helpful, but critical to the overall success of the hunt.

FOOD. A hungry hunter is more likely to jump the gun, literally, in going after a deer than one who isn’t hungry and pondering the next meal. Bring snacks and water, and plenty of each. 

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North Carolina Birding

North Carolina BirdingOne of the true signs of fall in our beautiful state are the sights and sounds of a group of hawks, ducks or warblers soaring overhead on their way south to warmer climates, longer days, and more plentiful nesting and feeding areas. It’s the perfect time of year to get out the binoculars, get outdoors and get birding!

Why We Enjoy Birding

What is it about birding that is so appealing to some people? If you’re outdoorsy and adventurous, birding is a great reason to go out and spend some quality time in nature. And if you’re with a group, you’re learning from one another, socializing and sharing a common passion – all of which will likely benefit your health, your spirit and your overall enjoyment of life. Birding is a great way to explore areas you may not be as familiar with, and to grow your knowledge in such a way that lets you appreciate the beauty of nature even more than you already do.

How to Identify Birds, and the Fun of Keeping a Birding Diary

Learning to identify birds seems like a daunting task, but purchasing a good field guide and keeping a diary or journal is a good start. Start by taking notes of the birds in your area by using these standard birding characteristics –

Color Pattern – Colors, even among the same species of bird, vary tremendously, but color patterns are highly indicative of certain species of birds. Look for the boldness of a bird’s markings (how colorful it is), or the shade of its feathers (light vs. dark), or how finely patterned its feathers are.

Size and Shape – Most birding guides will tell you to make this first observation of a bird – how large is it, and what sort of a silhouette does it have? You’ll soon start to compare the bird you’re viewing to others you’ve identified, and others within the same birding area. A critical part of this step is looking at the size and shape of individual parts of the bird – its bill, body, tail and wings, for instance.

Behavior – Each bird has its own individual way of moving, flying, chirping and sitting. Most people will only start picking up on some of these aspects of a species by carefully observing them over a period of time. What is the bird’s posture? How does it feed? Does it seem to be an “independent” sort of bird, or one that moves in a flock?

Habitat – The environment in which you are observing a bird is one of the biggest indicators of what sort of species your bird MIGHT be. Think about the geography of the area, and the time of year in which you’re making your observations. You might see a bird that looks an awful lot like a certain species, yet if it isn’t common for the area, especially during a certain season, chances are it is a different species entirely.  

Birding Hotspots

Habitats from the mountains to the sea in our state offer some of the best birding opportunities in the country.

  • Wonderful birding opportunities exist year-round at the 215-acre Lake Crabtree County Park, in Raleigh-Durham. Shorebirds and waterfowl are attracted by the 520-acre lake, and miles of hiking trails around the lake offer lots of great viewing. North Carolina Birding
  • A 915-acre tract of land known as Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, between Pinehurst and Fort Bragg, features an area of longleaf pine forest that offers a beautiful habitat for nesting birds such as hawks, woodpeckers, warblers and wood ducks. Four miles of walking paths wind their way through this outstanding preserve.
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway, operated by the National Park Service, is a scenic route winding its way through almost 500 miles of prime birding land form North Carolina to Virginia. Overlooks and recreation sites make it easy to stop and view owls, sapsuckers, peregrine falcons, ravens, nuthatches and thrush – many species of which are rarely found elsewhere in the state.

Red-Tailed Hawk, Mallard, Pine Warbler, Northern Gannet

Birding Events

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival – Each October, NC’s non-profit Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (CWRS) hosts a festival featuring birding activities, paddling, photography and art, and natural history-focused events in multiple wildlife refuges throughout 6 northeast North Carolina counties. In December, a follow-up session called Wings Over Water (WOW) is held just for birding, which offers additional opportunities to spot large flocks of migrating birds and waterfowl.

Swift Night Out – Statewide, various “Swift Night Out” events celebrate the seasonal fall migration of chimney swifts. The unique phenomenon of thousands of the small birds swirling around and then dropping down inside large chimneys to roost for the night on their way south is becoming more and more rare as the number of very large chimneys or smokestacks in existence is continually diminishing.

World Migratory Bird Day – As part of this national day to raise awareness of issues surrounding migratory bird populations, each May North Carolina’s Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers programs to teach visitors all about the migratory birds found within the area – primarily, those in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area along the shores of Bogue Sound.

North Carolina Birding Clubs and Other Informational Groups and Sites

The largest birding club, focused on birding activities in both North and South Carolina, is the non-profit Carolina Bird Club. This organization supports research on birds and their habitats as well as the protection and conservation of birds, and the group provides plenty of opportunities for birding enthusiasts to enjoy and share information on birding in the Carolinas.

The Piedmont Bird Club, with activities involving birding trips, meetings, and informational talks in the Piedmont area, also hosts outreach events to educate the public about birding and conservation.

The NC Birding Trail website displays an interactive map of parks, refuges, gardens and other sites with that are ideal for birding, including a description of the habitats and birds you’re likely to spot in each location.

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256-Old-Express-Road Sold

Unique Family Estate on 115 Acres in Franklin County!

256 Old Express Road in Louisburg, North Carolina $895,000 (SOLD!)

Private yet close enough to Raleigh & Durham, this modern Executive Country Estate is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle property offering the best in luxury living and recreational opportunities.

256 Old Express Road Louisburg NCStarting off, this Beautiful Home was created By Award Winning Designer Stephen Fuller at Design Traditions Atlanta. This Home overlooks most of the entire 115 acres, pool, driving range, motocross track, pastures, equestrian facilities, and abundant wildlife.

Coming in the home, you are dazzled with the open floor plan and surround views of the property. Many updates and improvements have been done over the years, including the kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless appliances, custom bar area and more!

The spacious dining room is elegant, with coffered ceilings and recessed lights, and is adjacent to the home office area. A nice breakfast nook too, and All spaces open to the amazing Great Room, with towering stone fireplace and custom built-in shelves. Enjoy easy access to the upper back decks and screened in porch that overlooks the pool and grounds.

The first floor master bedroom is spacious and offers a private door to the back deck. And the extra large master bath has custom tile, double vanities with granite, stand-up enclosed glass shower and master closet. 256 Old Express Road

There is a half bath on the first floor and moving upstairs, there are 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 that share a Jack & Jill bath and other with separate full bath.

The Daylight Walk out Basement comes complete with game room and pool table, kitchenette, large family room with stone fireplace, extra room with and full bath, and exercise room! The Stand-By Generator keeps you going, even if the power goes down! Internet is provided by HughesNet Generation 5.

Moving outside, the grounds are immaculately maintained and offer incredible views of the rolling hills topography, and pool! The outdoor space and pool areas are setup for easy entertaining with outdoor kitchen, custom bar with granite countertops, stone accents, and Underdeck Oasis Ceiling System that keeps you and the equipment Dry! You and your family will enjoy jumping into your refreshing pool -and Walk – don’t run! – barefoot by your refreshing pool – it’s got a “Cool Deck” coating for keeping feet comfy in the sun. With plenty of room for entertaining, it’s the perfect summer scene.

For the golf enthusiast, enjoy your Outdoor Driving Range – with marked yardage up to 325 Yards!

256 Old Express Road BarnFor the equestrian lover, the Approximately 70 X 36 foot Morton Building Horse Barn has 4 stalls, tack room, wash stall, hot and cold water, bathroom with washer-dryer hookup, custom workbenches, concrete flooring and more!

Approximately 10 Acres are fenced for Horses and other livestock, and this farm also offers a nice Riding arena.

For the motocross lover and whole family, enjoy this well-maintained Motocross track with rhythm sections, double, tabletops, about 20 Jumps overall, and a fun track that’s over a mile long.

Alleyways allow for easy access to all pastures and areas of the Estate, and there are Miles of functional and decorative split rail fencing. Enjoy the beautiful wooded areas perfect  256 Old Express Road Fencingfor horseback riding or walks. Approximately 60 Acres are fenced-and-crossed-fenced for cattle, with Water in all pastures, currently being cut for hay. Sandy Creek runs the width of the property, so bring your fishing poles!

Wildlife? You bet! Enjoy the varied wildlife from the expansive deck or inside from the breakfast nook, from Great Blue Herons, Geese, Deer, Turkey, Red Tail Hawks and even the occasional eagle, lots of songbirds and hummingbirds

The farm is currently the proud home to …

2 Geese, 2 Donkeys (Scooby and Elvis), 1 Alpaca (Dude), 1 Peahen, 5 goats, 1 Longhorn Steer (Charger), 1 Mini Brahma Steer (Babe), 1 Cow (Lazarus), 3 Crazy Emus (Moe-Larry-Curly), 1 Mini Pot-Belly Pig (Lumpy), 3 Mini Horses (Festus, Tess and Lamont), Retired Champion Barrel Horse (Cheyenne) along with 6 other horses Amigo, Ruby, Teaser, Tango, Charlie Brown, and Mia), Spoiled Rotten Jack Russel (Ellie Mae), Rescued Cutest Ugly Mutt Ever (Foreman), Rescued Nearly Blind and Deaf Sweet Old Man Beagle (Snoopy), Rescued Sweet as Honey Walker Hound Hunting Dog (Honey)

Inquire about the additional acreage and home available next door! Don’t miss this opportunity to own this Peaceful and quiet private oasis a half mile off the main road, but close enough to Wake Forest, Raleigh, Durham and RDU Airport! 256 Old Express Road in Louisburg, North Carolina $949,000.

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North Carolina’s Spookiest Haunts

North Carolina’s Spookiest HauntsThe Great Dismal Swamp

Scary streets and haunted houses exist in every town and every state of the nation, and North Carolina is no exception. Now is the perfect time of year to explore some of these most strange and spooky buildings, bridges and burial sites ….

Top 10 Most Haunted Locations

Teach’s Hole / Ocracoke Island

Few are aware that Blackbird the Pirate – Edward Teach, to his mother – made his home on Ocracoke Island, including the years he so infamously pillaged and plundered his way up and down the Atlantic Coast, between 1716 and 1718. In early November of 2018, members of Blackbeard’s crew, holed up in an inlet on the island, were shot or stabbed to death by members of the Royal Navy, and Blackbeard himself suffered the bloodiest ending of all, being shot, then stabbed, and finally beheaded. As his head swung form the bow of his captors’ ship, legend tells us Blackbeard’s headless body swam around the ship three times before finally sinking. Today his ghostly spirit is said to groan and whisper, “Where’s my head?” to unsuspecting visitors.

USS North Carolina / Wilmington

Another location that has had no end to spooky sightings is the historic USS North Carolina, moored across the river from downtown, Wilmington, NC. Visitors sometimes report visions of various figures roaming the hallways and decks of the retired battleship, including the ghost of a soldier who died in the ship’s washroom during a torpedo strike. North Carolina’s most haunted ship lures paranormal investigators from around the world.

The Great Dismal Swamp / North Carolina/Virginia Border

The name itself of this eerie, unsettling area is enough to keep most visitors far from the wetlands’ forbidding waters, but those who do dare to explore sometimes report odd lights, unexplained mists and strange noises among the ancient cypress forests and waterways.

Asheville’s Biltmore Estate

As spectacularly beautiful as the historic home is – one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state – did you know the building is also supposed to be Asheville Biltmore Estate quite haunted? The voices of George and Edith Vanderbilt, former owners of the estate who died on the property, are sometimes heard in the swimming pool room or library, and at night, it’s been reported, the ghost of a headless orange cat strolls amongst the gardens and bass pond. Edith is most commonly heard whispering the name of her husband as she did at his deathbed in 1914.

Grove Park Inn / Asheville

Probably the most haunted hotel in North Carolina is the famed Grove Park Inn, also in Asheville. Haunted by a strange “pink lady” – a former hotel guest of room 545 – the hotel was the site of the young woman’s death as she either jumped or was pushed to her death from her balcony, five floors above the Inn’s Palm Court, in the 1920s. Most visitors report feeling watched or the sensation of being touched, while others claim to see a pink mist flowing along the hallways of the property.

Lydia’s Bridge / Jamestown

The infamous ghost of Lydia, a young woman who died in a car crash alongside her date at the site, is said to have flagged cars down for help or even been given lifts by good Samaritans all the way to her mother’s home many years after she died at the bridge. Visitors still seek sightings of Lydia at the bridge, which is no longer in use.

Queen’s University / Charlotte

The school’s surprising amount of paranormal activity is spread out between different areas of the campus. Room 303 of Hall Brown, or Overcash Hall, was the site of an incident in which a student, waking up to see her roommate slumped over a desk, tried to wake her and realized, suddenly, the figure was not her roommate but a ghostly figure that immediately vanished. Elsewhere, students often report seeing the apparition of a well-dressed lady strolling by in the Suzanne Little Rehearsal Hall.

Cedar Grove Cemetery / New Bern

The “Weeping Arch” of this historic cemetery, built in 1854 of a local stone consisting of the fossilized remains of sea shells and sea animals, sometimes “bleeds” – or weeps – a red-tinged liquid. Legend says that if a pallbearer is hit with a drop of this red, “bloody” water during a funeral, he will be the next to die.

The Devil’s Tramping Ground / Bear Creek

Legend has it that anything placed within a certain circular area in Chatham County will be thrown outside the circle by the next day so that “the devil has room to dance.” Eerie footsteps are sometimes heard in the area, and – reportedly – ghostly, glowing red eyes are sometimes spotted, keeping watch over this barren piece of ground where nothing grows.

Bodie Island Lighthouse Gatekeeper’s Cottage / Nags Head

The Bodie (pronounced, chillingly, “body” after the dead bodies that washed ashore here in decades past) Island Lighthouse has guided ships at sea since it was constructed in 1871, but it was not the original structure on the property. A former house on the property was destroyed by Confederate soldiers to prevent Union soldier from using the home’s tower as a lookout. Today, it is the gateskeeper’s cottage that is the site of the most paranormal activity – most notably, a strange knocking sound, always around 4:00 pm, coming from behind the large, bricked-over fireplace….

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Wedding Venue for Sale NC

Don’t miss this opportunity to own your own Wedding Venue for Sale NC! Watch the video below from the owners and learn more about this one for sale in Warrenton North Carolina!

It doesn’t happen often that a unique property with a sterling reputation and proven business income becomes available in our area. When that property includes 13 acres, a restored and updated plantation house that dates originally to the early 1800s, several original outbuildings, a pecan orchard with 21 mature trees along with a variety of other trees, and a magnificent showcase Magnolia tree, it is truly a one-of-a-kind offering. The Magnolia Manor could be your primary residence if the business wasn’t part of your dream. For more information and other photos and maps, visit the property here!