Tales of hauntings, ghost sightings and bumps in the night are not unheard of on and near Topsail Island. There are more than a few tales of unexplained occurrences, scary sights and places that are said to have paranormal activity. So what are the best haunted attractions near your Topsail Island vacation rental? Find out right here, if you dare. Go on a ghost-hunting adventure and explore these top three haunted attractions next time you're here. They're all within driving distance of your Topsail Island vacation rental and make for the perfect day (or night) trip. Just don't go it alone, okay?
The Bellamy Mansion Museum is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. Located in downtown Wilmington, the mansion was built for physician and planter John Dillard Bellamy, his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss, and their nine children on the eve of the Civil War. The mansion now serves as a museum of history and the design arts, offering daily tours and many dynamic educational and cultural programs throughout the year. Tour the magnificent 10,000-square-foot home, visit the meticulously-recreated gardens, and walk through the recently restored Slave Quarters, one of very few preserved urban slave quarters in the country. But that's not all. As with many historic sites, there are tales of ghostly figures of the past and unexplained sounds that haunt the hallways. Bellamy Mansion is believed to be haunted by members of the Bellamy family and their servants. Investigators have recorded several EVPs and witnessed slamming doors. Will you experience any of that during your visit, who knows? Let us know if you do. (IMG Source: Bellamy Mansion)
The battleship USS North Carolina
beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. From all across our nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the ship and the exhibits. Some say you'll encounter a little bit more than that with mysterious sightings and sounds as you make your way through this historic site. The World War II battleship is believed to be haunted by a blond sailor who shows up in passageways and another sailor who peeks out from portholes. Witnesses say hatch doors slam, cold spots are felt, and footsteps are heard. Have you experienced anything unusual on your tour of the battleship? Inquiring minds want to know.
Until the last few months of the Civil War, Ft. Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. When Ft. Fisher fell after a massive Federal amphibious assault on January 15, 1865, its defeat helped seal the fate of the Confederacy. Today, visitors are invited to tour the remains of the fort's land face featuring an impressive reconstruction of a 32-pounder seacoast gun at Shepherd's Battery and wayside exhibits including items recovered from sunken blockade runners. What you may also experience at historic Fort Fisher are Civil War ghosts and Fort Fisher hermit Robert E. Harrill, who died under suspicious circumstances. Civil War General William Whitting, who was injured in the final battle at Fort Fisher and died as a prisoner in 1865 at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, is believed to be one of the ghosts here. Speculation is that his ghost returned here because he blamed himself for the fort’s fall. Footsteps, orbs, gunshots, and a tendency for equipment to fail all have been reported here. Go ahead and plan a visit, but keep an eye and ear out for the unusual and let us know what you experience during your time here.
Are you interested in learning more about haunted places near your Topsail Island rental? Visit HauntedPlaces.org
to learn more. Also, check out our previous post to learn more about the haunted tales that surround Topsail Island.
Have experienced any ghost sightings or unexplained encounters during your time on Topsail Island or at one of the nearby attractions?