Craving that hair-raising, adrenalin rush of a “spirited” adventure? The Hickory Metro has a wealth of historic locations awaiting those who are brave enough to take on an otherworldly experience.
1. Old St. Paul’s Church & Graveyard – Newton, NC
Old St. Paul’s Church, erected in 1818, remains the oldest existing church in North Carolina west of the Catawba River. Hand hewn logs and handmade nails comprise this two-story landmark that is surrounded by a cemetery with grave markers dating back to the 1700s. Local folklore rumors that the spirit of an escaped slave can be heard moving in the church balcony where he was shot in 1861. Random unmanned organ melodies paired with the eerie cemetery setting makes this the perfect location for spooky journey into the past.
2. Lenoir-Rhyne University- Hickory, NC
A community cornerstone dating back to 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne University has amassed many legends and tales ranging from spooky to frightening. From mysterious lights in P.E. Monroe Auditorium, sounds of a rocking chair in Schaeffer Hall (where there is no rocking chair) and a spectral tea party on the main quad, these uncanny tales are sure to have you quaking in your boots during this limited time ghost tour offered by the university. - Lenoir-Rhyne Ghost Tours (tickets required)
3. Hickory Community Theatre – Hickory, NC
Housed in a building that was once city municipal offices, a storage space for records, and a speak-easy is the current day Hickory Community Theatre located in the heart of Hickory’s Downtown. While it is the home for local theatre enthusiasts, it also has appeal to those seeking the supernatural. An alleged paranormal prankster in the balcony, little girl in yellow known for her thievery of costume props and the Woman in White that have all been seen by staff and audience members. These spirited residents of the theatre aren’t often observed but can be felt in the palpable mysterious ambiance of the Hickory Community Theatre.
4. Henry River Mill Village- Hickory
Hungry for more haunts? Why not visit the Henry River Mill Village – filming site of the Hunger Games, District 12. The mill village offers a hands-on paranormal investigative evening tour with bonus access to restricted areas of the compound. Feeling brave? Plan for an overnight stay in cabin 12 to see if the “odds are in your favor” for a paranormal experience. (Tickets and reservations required.)
**Notice: Please check with locations before visiting for more information on tickets and tour availability. No trespassing please!**