The North Carolina woods are alive this time of year—the deer and turkey hunting seasons are underway. Somewhere out there, a couple of bucks are battling it out for the affections of a pretty little doe. Turkeys are strutting with full plumage on display to entice the indifferent hens into believing they are a worthy suitor. The woods around here are a magical place to be in the fall, the animals are active, a crunchy blanket of leaves coats the earth, and the crispness of the air is a welcome reprieve from the summer heat. Amidst the gobbling turkeys and sparring whitetail, the woods of North Carolina hold a much more sinister group of creatures, the stuff of legends. It is said that the ghosts of the wronged and spectacular creatures walk the earth, mostly under the cover of darkness.
Ghost stories are an incredibly popular part of the local legends due to the fact that North Carolina has been a state since 1789 and a colony long before that. Wherever people have settled and lived for an extended period of time, in this case the Europeans came to North Carolina over 500 years ago, there are bound to be ghost stories. Not only are ghost stories a big part of local legend but mythical creatures have been seen since the time before European contact. The Native Americans have been talking about a sea monster in Lake Norman for centuries.
The best local legend is that of Normie the monster that cruises the depths of Lake Norman. Normie is said to resemble a large smooth-skinned alligator with a fin on top, a large fish with an eel-like body and a dinosaur looking creature with a long neck. What Normie actually looks like is only for those special among us that are actually lucky enough to witness him (or her) for themselves. The interesting thing about Normie is the prolific string of sightings that has followed its initial “discovery” in the early 2000’s. Of course, there are perfectly plausible explanations for sighting a large fish, or serpent, or whatever, certain species of fish are able to grow to incredible size in man made reservoirs. Whether Normie is a massive gar or an overstuffed alligator, the legend will remain.
The Beast of Bladenboro
Around Bladenboro, there is a local legend of a cat that had a thirst for blood. A menacing creature that is big enough to take down horses and has terrorized the area for well over fifty years. Is it real? Well, there are stories of citizens that have seen the beast and seem credible. Who really knows for sure, and as long as domestic animals are discovered with all of their blood drained, the legend will continue to grow.
The Witch of Shinnville
Far be it from the monsters to steal the spotlight from what could be an extremely credible local legend, the Witch of Shinnville. The story goes that the unhappy ghost of a witch haunts the graveyard of a pre-civil war church. The location of a gravestone outside of the main church yard is a clear indication of a person buried in shame, outside of the church and the Shinnville Witch speculated to be this person. Like a beacon the lone, blank gravestone stands as a reminder of what was done to witches two hundred years ago. Is the legend real? Or is the witch the product of alien beings that like to scare humans? I guess we will never know.
It’s Safer Inside
With all of this weirdness floating around the backroads of North Carolina, doesn’t it seem like a better idea to stay inside and sip some hot chocolate by the fire? Of course it does. But you will need wood for the fireplace and we have already established that the woods are freaky, so what do you do? Well, you are in luck—Tree Tech Tree Service is gearing up for the firewood season with the finest local hardwoods available. We offer what is known as a heavy cord of firewood, meaning that you get more than a traditional cord with each purchase. So if you are considering going out into the woods to collect your own firewood, just be sure and bring your bear spray and ghost repellent; or you could call Tree Tech Tree Service and be sitting in front of a roaring fire tonight. Let’s face it, it’s safer inside.