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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.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 51 Issue 5, Oct 1983, p20-22, por
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