The banshee, known as a messenger of death, is known for its wailing and shrieking. While its origins are mostly Irish, banshees have been reported in several countries including the US — and NC has one too. The Tar River Banshee haunted an area outside the city of Tarboro.
The legend explains that a man named Dave Warner came to the area and opened a mill on the Tar River. During the Revolutionary War, he was attacked and drowned by British Troops who were unhappy with his anti-British activities, including supplying the new US militia. Upon his death in August 1781, the banshee appeared and scared off his attackers. She then stayed to prowl the banks of the Tar River and visitors — especially in August — hear and see this wailing spirit.
Issue date: August 2–15, 2013