Riverside Cemetery, located near Asheville, is a very peaceful, quiet place–most of the time. It’s the resting place of some of the city’s notable individuals including war heroes, authors, artists, politicians and even presidential bodyguards.Continue reading “Asheville’s Most Haunted: Riverside Cemetery”
Storytelling has been a long-standing deep-rooted tradition with Appalachian families. The pioneers of Appalachia developed an elaborate structure of folklore combined with various tales that were passed on orally from one generation to the next. These oral histories were told to ensure the preservation of their community.Continue reading “Folklife: The Ghostly Legend of Wicked John and the Devil”
Lincoln’s funeral train, The Lincoln Special, was designated as the official presidential mode of transportation much like Air Force One represents today. The U.S. Military Railroads built the car and delivered it to the president in early 1865. Tragically, Lincoln never rode in it until his death.Continue reading “Lincoln’s Phantom Ghost Train: Night Switchman Describes Eyewitness Account in 1872”
There is an old Irish tale passed down through the generations about a clairvoyant and healer who carried a magic bottle. Biddy Early (Bridget Ellen “Biddy” Early, 1798-1872) became known as a witch when she foretold the murder of a Limerick landlord she was employed by as a servant. When her premonition proved true, she gained a reputation as a witch.Continue reading “Appalachian Folk Magic: The Witch Bottle”
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From Jack Tales to spooky stories, Wise County, Virginia is riddled with history and folklore from the early days of the pioneers through the coal boom after the Civil War. The culmination of traditional folktales in Appalachia is the very thread that connects family roots.
Many people have a misconception about psychics: Fakes, charlatans, or witchcraft practitioners. I’m going to go out on a limb here and come out of the closet with some of my own insights in the matter.Continue reading “The Sin of Being Psychic: Spiritual Insights from a Psychic Christain”
The legend of Phoebe Ward, the hag witch of Northampton County, North Carolina, became widely known when her story was brought to the big stage in Elizabeth A. Lay’s folk superstition drama When Witches Ride. This native folk play was one of the first productions presented by the Carolina Playmakers in 1922.Continue reading “Phoebe Ward: The Mysterious Hag Witch of Northampton County”