By Courtney Devores | Photography by Lisa Turnage
Posted: Friday, Sep. 13, 2013
Costume designer, prop builder, actor, and author Cheralyn Lambeth spends her days bringing the fantastical to life whether working on Homeland or The Hunger Games, or by retelling ghost stories in her books including Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas. When shes not writing about the supernatural, shes searching for it as a paranormal investigator with Carolina Ghostbusters. (Yes, they wear suits just like Egon and the gang and drive a replica of the Ecto-1 car from the film.) We caught up with Lambeth to talk about hauntings around town.What was your first experience with a haunting?
I spent one summer working at the Lost Colony outdoor drama in Fort Raleigh where all the colonists vanished in the late 1500s. There was one night after a show I was in one of the hallways working and I heard footsteps behind me. I pulled my stuff to the side. The footsteps passed me and went down the hall and the door opened and closed by itself at the end of the hallway.What are some local haunted places?
Independence Park is one. Imaginon is haunted The story there is the day of the  groundbreaking a young girl was killed in the parking garage next door. People say theyve heard a female voice calling out to people and Ive seen objects move on my own.What are some other hot, or cold, locations?
Latta Plantation, The Manor Theater, Theater Charlotte, Fox & Hound uptown, Ri Ra Irish Pub,The Cajun Queen, Kennedys on 7th Streetin fact, 7th Street itself has a lot of hauntings. Many researchers believe geography plays a part.Is there a recent favorite ghost story youve heard locally?
At Fox & Hound on 7th and Tryon, the story they told us was the building in the `30s used to be a pharmacy and the owner and his wife lived in the second floor apartment. He came home one day and found shed hanged herself he went downstairs, I think, and shot himself. They think that its the man that haunts the restaurant. The waitress told us shed seen the seen blinds open and close, things move. Im doing more research on that.How do you investigate something like that?
I go to the location and talk to people . Sometimes people dont want to talk about it. Ri Ra, the Irish Pub on Tryonwe went there once and our waitress started to tell us and then she didnt want to talk about what was going on. Theres supposed to be a woman in a white dress and a white dog.Are you working on anything new?
I cant tell you what will actually come of this, but Monsters and Mysteries in America on the Destination America (network) is looking to do an episode in North Carolina. The Lake Norman Monster is one of our local stories.Whats the scariest thing youve witnessed?
I went as a guest with one team out of Virginia to Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Louisville, Kentucky, which is a famous haunted location. It was built as a tuberculosis hospital and there was a lot of death there. Its not a happy place. It was featured on one episode of GhostHunters. The hotel we were staying at was also hosting a Toddlers and Tiaras convention and I can safely say thats the scariest thing Ive ever seen.
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