This guided walking tour recounts the history, haunting stories, and slightly sordid past of Waynesville and Haywood County from the early days of the Cherokee natives to the rise of the railway, moonshine, and tourism in the mountains. Listen to the legends and tales of the “Witch of J. Creek,” the first man hung in Haywood County, the giant known as “Judaculla,” the “Boojum” of the Balsams, the Invisible Spirits of Cold Mountain, and how the fog on the mountains can drive a person absolutely crazy. While this may not be your typical “ghost tour,” our historic haunting stories are sure to captivate any audience. Click here to read more details and to book this tour.
On this walking tour of the Greenhill Cemetery, you’ll hear how it originated as the resting place of the Love family in the early 1800s on through its rich and haunting history over the last 200 years. See the seven tombstones created by W.O. Wolfe, father of Thomas Wolfe (author of Look Homeward, Angel), and the burial place of several local heroes, including William Holland Thomas, the only white chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. You’ll also hear about the devastating impact of the “Blue Death” on Haywood County as well as the “fight for southern rights” and how it tore many local families apart. Click here to read more details and to book this tour.
If you’re intrigued by the spirit world, this tour is for you! We’ve team up with the TLC Sisters of the Paranormal from nearby Canton, NC to tour several locations in Waynesville that are thought to be haunted, such as Mast General Store on Main Street and the courthouse square. Our resident haunting history buff, Dannehl Strautz, will tell tour guests the spooky–and sometimes tragic–history of each location, and the TLC Sisters will use their paranormal ghost-hunting tools to investigate and possibly connect with the spirits.