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8662
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Dr. Francis Joseph Kron built his homestead at the foot of the Uwharrie Mountains in Stanley County during the 1830s. Kron was a medical doctor who would always travel to help a patient, no matter the difficulty in reaching them. According to his diary, Kron spent a lot of time traveling and learning new things. He also taught French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended medical lectures at the University of Pennsylvania. Kron's daughters never married and, following the last daughter's death in 1910, the Kron home place fell into disrepair. A legend began that Kron had buried his fortune on his property but had invoked ghosts to keep anyone from ever taking it. Stories have since been told about people who tried to find Kron's gold but were stopped by ghouls. To this day, none of Kron's gold has been found. Either it doesn't exist or just maybe the ghosts have been successful in keeping it safe.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 5, Oct 1983, p20-22, por
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9060
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The Appalachian Boomerang is a recurring legend in much of North Carolina mountain folklore. Several stories exist regarding the origins of the boomerang including that it comes from Australia, and that it was invented by Daniel Boomer. It was used primarily for hunting raccoon.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 46 Issue 11, Apr 1979, p22-23, il
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About half a mile east of the village of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on a peak known as Piney Prospect, stands one of the State's unique structures - grim and ghostly Gimghoul Castle. Owned by the Order of Gimghouls, a secret organization at the University of North Carolina, the castle resembles a pre-Norman English castle. Many strange and fantastic tales surround Gimghoul Castle and Piney Prospect, such as the myth of Peter Dromgoole, killed in a duel over a maid.
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The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 10 Issue 36, Feb 1943, p6-7, 24, f
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16362
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There is a collection of legends revolving around the famous Bell Witch of Middle Tennessee. Although the legends are numerous, and often inconsistent, it is thought the Bell family originated in North Carolina where Mary Bell's actions where controlled by a witch. Johnson discusses the origins of the legend and its various accounts.
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28624
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The reputed ride of Polly Slocumb to the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in 1776 is a legend of North Carolina history. The lack of proof has prompted historians to doubt whether the event actually occurred.
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28688
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Charles Baldwin, a conductor for the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad, died in a railroad accident in 1856. Details of his death have been told as are several legends, all of which depict Baldwin as a hero.
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30569
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This article critiques local history writings for their general lack of accuracy and scope, and its reliance on local myths and legends. Local histories should have a deeper understanding of the socio-cultural and artistic heritage of its subjects.
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30997
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According to paranormal investigators, just about every community across North Carolina has a stretch of railroad tracks haunted by a train accident victim carrying a lantern, looking for his head. Ghost hunters from the National Society of Paranormal Investigation and Research in Raleigh describe some of the most notable ghost sitings and haunted areas in the state.
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31166
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There are many legends and mysteries surrounding Hickory Nut Gorge in western North Carolina. The early settlers found gold, tso-lungh (a magical, legendary tobacco), legends of talking animals, the mysterious Little People who lived among the craggy peaks of the gorge, and ominous sounds of Rumbling Bald Mountain. This article describes these stories and relevant tourist destinations at the gorge, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure.
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Carolina Country (NoCar HD 9688 N8 C38x), Vol. 35 Issue 10, Oct 2003, p22-23, il, por Periodical Website
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35302
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Arranged alphabetically according to subject matter, the author has compiled various stories and incidents pertaining to speech, beliefs, customs, superstitions, folk medicine, folksongs, and more.
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35151
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This article touches on some of the most popular aspects of the Outer Banks. It deals with the origins of its original inhabitants, including people and ponies, some place names and topographic terms, wrecking practices of Nags Head, and more.
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35156
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Two stories centering on Edward Teach, or Blackbeard’s, time in North Carolina. One is about his time in Bath, and the other is the legend of him burying a chest of money.
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35176
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A brief introduction about the reasoning behind superstitions leads to several lists of superstitions, which are organized by category.
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35194
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The article is divided into two sections: tales about travelers, and ghost stories.
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35270
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The author tells a story of when he and several of his friends went camping at a place that was supposedly inhabited by the Devil.