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Charlotte’s Most Haunted Places

October 29, 2012 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: lattaplantation.org)

(photo credit: lattaplantation.org)

latta Charlottes Most Haunted Places

(photo credit: lattaplantation.org)

Those intrigued by strange noises, ghostly apparitions and ghoulish sites will find the Queen City a dream. All across the great expanse of Charlotte, spots of paranormal activity are waiting for those willing to seek them out. A haunted restaurant, a plantation still occupied by a spirit, a haunted hiking trail and a former church singing out to the street should be on your agenda.

Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-2312
www.lattaplantation.org/

Right outside of Charlotte proper sits Latta Plantation, a circa-1800 cotton plantation located within the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Inside of the historic home, numerous accounts of haunting have been noted. Some visitors have seen a man with mutton sideburns rushing up the front steps. A walking cane inside the home has moved on its own. The scent of cooking apple pie has filled the site when no one used the kitchen. There has even been an inexplicable swarm of hundreds of ladybugs on the ceiling of the children’s room.

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 North College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 348-5470
www.blumenthalarts.org/

This structure, built as a church in the 1800s, was rebuilt in 1903 and taken over by the City of Charlotte in the 1950s. In the space that was the First Baptist Church sanctuary, a theater was opened in 1980, complete with stained glass windows and a Byzantine dome. Walking by the theater on a rainy night, some have heard the sounds of soulful hymns wafting through the air. In the sub-basement, there have been reports of footsteps and faint singing from above. The ghost of a 13 to 14 year old girl, dressed in clothing from the 1890s, has been seen scurrying across the theater only to vanish into the wall.

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McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 643-5725
charmeck.org/

If you find yourself in need of a night hike, bring a good flashlight and head to the haunted trail. Along the trail is both a bridge and an old mill house. In 1980, the skeletons of a man and a woman were found under the Mill House. Around the woman’s neck was a solid silver heart on a chain. According to the medical examiner, they two were in their 20s and their bodies had been there for at least 50 years. Hikers on the path have spotted the pair walking together near the bridge, a dark haired man and a woman with long dark hair. The woman has been sighted alone, staring down at the silver heart around her neck. Attempts to speak with them cause the duo to disappear.

Queens College
1900 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 337-2200
www.queens.edu/

At Albright Hall, you may encounter the ghost of a heartbroken young woman. According to the legend, she slit her wrists after her parents discovered her lesbian relationship. Before she died, she wrote the name of her lover, Julie, in blood on the walls. Her ghost still haunts the dorm, knocking on doors, opening and closing them at will. Reports of the word Juli’ written in red have been made. Over at Wallace Hall, poltergeist activities have also been noticed – hot and cold spots, banging noises that sound like metal against metal and the sound of papers dropping to the floor.

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Cajun Queen
1800 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 377-9017
www.cajunqueen.net/

The Cajun Queen restaurant is known for two things – great Cajun food and an older, female ghost. This eatery is located in one of the oldest homes in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. There are conflicting stories as to the basis for the haunting. Some say the bar is situated in what was once the woman’s bedroom and she’s angered by the sins occurring in her boudoir. Other accounts claim the ghost was a lush and she haunts the bar because she longs for another drink. Check it out and judge for yourself.

Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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