A beautiful young woman dies from a fall in Ashevilles greatest hotel . . . and the Pink Lady is said to still wander the massive halls of the Grove Park Inn.A building is constructed on the grounds of a miserable, ancient cemetery . . . now they say you can still hear strange noises at night in the halls of Clyde A. Erwin High School.In 1908, a group of prisoners finallyA beautiful young woman dies from a fall in Ashevilles greatest hotel . . . and the Pink Lady is said to still wander the massive halls of the Grove Park Inn.A building is constructed on the grounds of a miserable, ancient cemetery . . . now they say you can still hear strange noises at night in the halls of Clyde A. Erwin High School.In 1908, a group of prisoners finally comes to Christ . . . after being terrorized at night by a spook in the Buncombe County Jail.A distraught mother hangs herself from the rafters of a looming Beaucatcher Mountain bridge . . . and the legend of Helen is born.These stories and more can be found within the pages of this remarkable book. A surreal mixture of history and myth, it searches for the fading morsels of truth while examining the feasts of folklore. These are the tales that linger in the minds of Asheville, as old and flavored as the mountains themselves. From secret chambers in aged castles to cryptic etchings on forgotten tombstones, this mountain town is filled with the lore and intrigue of the mysterious side of life. Explore historical facts, hear the words of eyewitnesses, and examine the stunning photographs. Never before have such stories been collected so completely and authentically. Open this book and prepare yourself for the unexpected....
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Haunted Asheville Reviews
While at times reading more like ad copy for the locations mentioned than a look at their haunted histories, Haunted Asheville does still manage to cover some fertile ground of haunted happenings in the area. Most of the book covers the Grove Park Inn and the Pink Lady said to wander its halls, mainly because Warren was invited by the Inn to conduct a thorough investigation of the property to find answers.Along with the Grove Park Inn, Warren relates other tales of woe and mysterious happenings in and around Asheville, including the well known Helen's Bridge of Zealandia, which is still a popular spot for teens and college kids to test their mettle or spook their dates into their arms.Definitely an interesting read, and a welcome edition to my growing paranormal research library; but I have to ask one question: does Joshua P. Warren ever smile? Because he certainly doesn't in any of the pictures he includes of himself here.
I'm a fan of "true" ghost stories and appreciate this addition to books on North Carolina. However, I am giving this book a lower rating for Warren's lack of research and perpetuation of a modern urban legend--Helen's Bridge. With a little research, he could have found that this RS Smith designed bridge was built in 1909 for Philip Henry, the second owner of the Zealandia property. Thus, the bridge did not exist as a suicide location for Helen, the reported mistress of the property's first owner (who died in 1895). In addition. the bridge was known as The Henry Bridge throughout most of the 20th century, as documented by postcards and other print materials. I know of no one from Asheville who had ever heard of Helen's Bridge until Warren started telling this story! Now this story is everywhere--so Warren gets the wagging finger of shame for either slopping scholarship or urban legend fabrication.
Not particularly well written, but a lot of fun, knowing Asheville as I do.