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As he handed over signatures, swords and a war-worn folded Confederate flag to Union Colonel George W. Kirk in surrender, was Confederate Captain Stephen Whitaker enraged or was his soul relieved to see an end to such a bloody war? Did the two men, brothers of the same soil, who’d fought under different flags, lock eyes? What was said? Was there sun or rain? Details are lost to history, but the facts remain, and it happened in Franklin, North Carolina.
Whose smile or nefarious scowl was the last witnessed by the eyes of Francis Bullock as she died such a horrible death on a hot July night 50 years ago? Why does her tombstone remain, rotting away, with no date to mark her passing, and was it a feeling of abandonment that kept her spirit walking the halls of her earthly home for decades after her death? Details fade, but it happened in Franklin, North Carolina.
Did the ground tremble when thousands of ghostly natives poured forth from the side of the Nikwasi mound, one of the oldest man-made structures on the North American Continent, and did their wails and war cries hush the birds and chill the souls of the awestruck Cherokee men and woman watching in horror and astonishment? Did their feet leave prints in the dust of Franklin, North Carolina?
Did an old man in the 1970s, after trading knives and lies on Franklin’s town square, wipe his snuff-stained chin with his forearm and grin a toothless grin as he said to eager listeners, “I was there Mr.; I saw her standing in that field, with these here two eyes, and she’d been dead 20 years.
The greatest gift anyone can give to themselves or to another is an experience, something that can’t be stripped away, something that becomes a part of who we are.
Come experience the history, the mysteries, the myths, legends and ghosts of Franklin, North Carolina. Whether you choose to be nestled into a real haunted location for a storytelling event that will leave you astounded or you choose an after-dark stroll filled with stories, sights and sounds, Where Shadows Walk, Franklin, North Carolina’s haunted history tour will be an experience you’ll never forget.
Tucked away inside Franklin, North Carolina’s Historical Society building, at which visible apparitions have been seen and surrounded by artifacts of Franklin’s storied past, or walking the lonesome streets and dark alleyways of historic Franklin, North Carolina, patrons will hear stories of the final surrender of the Civil War on Franklin’s main street, British and Colonial attacks on the ancient Cherokee, grizzly, unsolved murders, native myths, legends, witches, strange beasts, curses, buried treasure and ghosts, many many ghosts.
The where shadows walk team have been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Weird Travels” and boast actual admittance on the walking version of the tour to two very haunted locations, Franklin’s Historical Society building and the Habitat for Humanity building featured on “Fact or Faked.”
Join us to experience the thrills and chills, and feel the past come to life where the mist is still rising, the wind still whispers and the shadows are forever walking in Franklin, North Carolina. Contact Where Shadows Walk: Franklin’s Haunted History Tour at 828-371-6958 or visit www.WhereShadowsWalk.com.
Visitor Center Hours
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
November – April
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day