St. James Parish Episcopal Church in Wilmington, North Carolina, is home to a historic graveyard that has been in use since the early 18th century. The graveyard contains the final resting places of many notable figures from Wilmington’s past, including Thomas Atkinson, the first Anglican Bishop of North Carolina, and James Coor, a Revolutionary War soldier who went on to become a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and a judge for the state’s superior court, and Isaac Bear, a prominent educator who founded the Williston Industrial School.
However, the graveyard is not just known for its historical significance. It is also said to be haunted by the ghosts of those buried there. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions and experiencing strange occurrences while exploring the graveyard, such as unexplained cold spots and disembodied voices.
One of the most famous legends associated with the graveyard is that of the “The Macabre Lady,” a ghostly figure who is said to roam the grounds at night. According to the legend, the Macabre Lady was a wealthy woman who was buried in the graveyard with a large sum of money. Her grave was later robbed by grave robbers, who were caught and executed. The legend says that the Macabre Lady’s ghost now haunts the graveyard, searching for her stolen treasure.