03 May 2018 | Your Stories
This article originates from fayobserver.com. The Fayetteville area is home to a number of supposedly haunted locations. Here are some of the most well-known:
The Sandford House on Dick Street is home to the Fayetteville Woman’s Club, but ghosts are rumored to roam the halls, too.
The house was built in 1800 and was home to John and Margaret Sandford and their seven children. John operated a bank downstairs while his family lived above. One of the ghosts is said to be that of Margaret Sandford. Her husband then married someone else, so Margaret is believed to be checking on her children and husband even after her death.
The second ghost is a young girl in mourning who wanders the hall and the stairway searching for her sweetheart. He was murdered before the Civil War and buried in a secret underground passageway to the Cape Fear River that had its entrance in one of Sandford’s bank vaults, according to Nancy Roberts, who devoted a chapter to Fayetteville’s woman in black in her “Illustrated Guide to Ghosts and Mysterious Occurrences in the Old North State.”
Another famous Fayetteville ghost is said to walk the floors of the Kyle House on Green Street. A history of the house says the ghost is that of Jesse Kyle, a post-Civil War resident who married into the original family. James Kyle Jr., great-great-grandson of the James Kyle who built the house in 1842, said in a 1988 article in The Fayetteville Observer that the ghost is actually that of James Kyle.
Kyle, who lived in the house until he was in his 20s, said he experienced his ancestor’s ghostly presence twice. The encounter didn’t frighten him, he said, but gave him a “strange, uneasy feeling,” nonetheless.
Kyle speculated that James started his wanderings when the house passed out of Kyle hands and was rented for a time. “Probably he wasn’t satisfied because the family wasn’t in the house,” Kyle said.
COOL SPRING TAVERN
The Cool Spring Tavern on North Cool Spring Street downtown, which was built in 1788, has been rumored to host the ghost of North Carolina Gov. Richard Caswell.
Caswell died in the building while presiding over the state’s Constitutional Convention in November 1789.
The ghost of a young woman with a candle is said to haunt the building, too. The young woman was said to be a servant who hanged herself in the attic.
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