Spooky Outer Banks: 5 Local Ghost Tales
Whether you know it or not, the Outer Banks is full of a ton of history and folklore. This includes some pretty scary stories. Halloween is here! So we’ve come up with 5 of the spookiest, most famous ghost stories of the Outer Banks! Read on if you dare!
Cold Blood at Black Pelican
The Black Pelican is known today as one of the most delicious oceanfront restaurants on the Outer Banks. However, the Black Pelican has a rich history. This popular restaurant was once Station Six, one of the lifesaving stations built on the Outer Banks.
In 1884, the keeper of Station Six, Captian James Hobbs had an argument with a surfman named T.L. Daniels. T.L. had offended Captain Hobbs’ wife so badly, the Captian shot T.L. dead. After the incident, the crew of Station 6 cleaned up and buried T.L.’s body at sea. The spirit of T.L. still lives on at Black Pelican today. Staff have reported seeing a figure around the restaurant, hearing footsteps, and doors closing on their own.
A Headless Haunting at Teach’s Hole
Edward Teach was a fearsome and ruthless pirate. You may know him better by the name of Blackbeard. Blackbeard called the island of Ocracoke his hideout and looting grounds for many years. On November 22, 1718, Blackbeard met his fate at the hand of Lt. Robert Maynard, giving the name Teach’s Hole to the cove where he was defeated.
As proof of defeat, Lt. Maynard severed Blackbeard’s head and hung it from the bow of his ship. His body was thrown overboard. Legend is, Blackbeards’ head was still screaming after the beheading and his body swam around the ship before death. There have been stories of a headless body swimming in the cove at Teach’s Hole and a headless Blackbeard walking around searching for his head.
The Legend of the White Doe
Many locals and visitors know about the mystery of the Lost Colony. 110 men, women, and children came to Roanoke Island from England to start a new life. Supplies ran short and the colony mysteriously disappeared after three years. Speculations have been made but no one knows for sure where the colony went, and the colony is now best known as The Lost Colony.
Virginia Dare is documented as the first English Child to be born in the new world. She was one of the members of the Lost Colony. Legend states that Virginia was transformed into a white doe after death by a Native American shaman. The ghost of Virginia Dare roams Roanoke Island still today in the form of a glowy white doe; seen every now and then by locals and visitors.
Ghost Ships in the Atlantic
The coast of the Outer Banks has been named the Graveyard of the Atlantic for a reason. Thousands of ships have wrecked since the 16th century. The dangerous rocks make the waters hard to navigate and can destroy ships. Storms that pass can close inlets, open up new inlets, or even make seemingly passable inlets too narrow for ships to pass. The inlets had become such a problem that lighthouses were built to guide ships and the U.S. Lifesaving Service was initiated to save lives and coastlines from wrecks.
To this day, reports have been made of seeing ghost ships sailing on the waters. Sounds of drowning and ghastly screaming have also been heard.
Mr. Roscoe the Postman
Oh, Mr. Roscoe; previous owner of the Roanoke Island Inn. He was everyone’s favorite postmaster…until the day he lost his job in the 1800’s. Roscoe was so humiliated that he lost his job, he secluded himself from his friends and family. He never left his room except if he knew no one was around. Years later, Roscoe’s time came to an end and strange events began.
People at the Roanoke Island Inn would sometimes see a man in a post uniform leaving and returning to the house. Some report seeing a tall figure climbing the stairs. Other reports include footsteps in room number seven, blinds moving in windows, a radio turning on by itself in room number three, and vases breaking.