31 Days of Halloween Day 21: The Biltmore Estate

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Only 10 days until Halloween!

Throughout the month of October I’ll be posting once a day with something to get you into the Halloween spirit, including movie and book reviews, real haunted places, occult topics and more. Come back each day and join in the fun!

If you’ve ever been to The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, you know that it’s a unique place. You almost feel like you’ve been whisked away to an undisclosed European location, or another world entirely. That magic that surrounds America’s biggest house includes a dark side, one that has frightened people for some time.

When you tour the home, one of the most notable areas of the house is the Halloween room in the basement.

Reportedly, the most active location in the house is the swimming pool, which is also located in the basement. Workers have said that at night they’ve heard sounds of splashing and laughing coming from the room. What makes that especially weird is the fact that the pool is and has been empty for years.

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Photo copyright Steven Symes

George Vanderbilt collected a substantial library, which I personally find one of the most fascinating parts of the house. The ghost of George must agree, because he’s been spotted in the room on many, many occassions, reading one of his many favorite tomes.

Some people claim to have seen a mysterious woman wandering around in the upper levels where the servants used to live. In some of the tails she’s wearing all black and crying, while witnesses reported feeling overcome with grief at the sight of her. Common speculation is that she’s a spirit who lost someone while living in the Biltmore, and likely is only an impression of a past event, not an interactive haunting.

If you ask the right tour guides, they’ll tell you more than the standard stories about ghostly activity in the Biltmore. I spoke with an old-timer when I was there, and he went on about firsthand experience he’d had while working in the basement at night, which in his opinion is the most active and frightening part of the house.

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