On the northeast branch of the Cape Fear River lies a small village called Rocky Point which saw its heyday during the period preceding the Revolutionary War through the close of the Civil War. During that time, some of the most prominent citizens of North Carolina inhabited the stately plantations which lined the curving river. Underneath the quiet surface of Rocky Point flows a rich current of folklore which infuses mystery and life into the seemingly static surroundings. At least four houses are rumored to be haunted, and voodoo still plays its role in the black section of the community. One such legend surrounds a man-made canal known as Swann's Cut.