Helen's Bridge - Zealandia Bridge

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Zealandia Bridge, aka Helen’s Bridge, was built in 1909 as a carriageway for the Zealandia Estate. It was mentioned in a passage of Thomas Wolf’s “Look Homeward, Angel,” as the novelist used to frequently walk under the bridge. Its ghost, Helen, is believed to have been a woman who lived nearby with her daughter. When her daughter died in a fire, Helen hanged herself from the bridge.

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Geographic Information

Address:
College St
Asheville, NC
United States

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GPS:
35.59543219828985, -82.53810994327068
County:
Buncombe County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Asheville, NC (1.0 mi.)
Woodfin, NC (3.6 mi.)
Biltmore Forest, NC (4.3 mi.)
Weaverville, NC (7.1 mi.)
Bent Creek, NC (7.1 mi.)
Swannanoa, NC (7.8 mi.)
Royal Pines, NC (8.4 mi.)
Avery Creek, NC (9.5 mi.)
Fairview, NC (9.8 mi.)
Hoopers Creek, NC (11.5 mi.)

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  1. Went here and looked for it for hours..by the time I finally stumbled on it I was ready to give up…found it by complete accident..there is terrible vibes here..saw trees moving when there was no wind and there was a terrible chill in the air..there is something there besides helen

  2. I went to college at Western Carolina in the late 90’s, this is where I learned about helens bridge. I didn’t believe it, until I went there. the first time I went, the driver cut the car off while under the bridge, he waited for about 15-20 seconds and tried to crank it back, but with no luck. I was in the backseat and turned around only to see a figure with long hair walking towards us, we got the car to crank and sped off. I went back a week later, my friend called out her name. There was no wind, no noise and after he called her name, the wind picked up, sticks began to break and that is when a woman walked out of the woods in all white. she just looked at us, didn’t say a word, she wasn’t scary looking, she just looked at us. I froze solid. I go back to helens bridge all the time, chasing that experience.

  3. Went to Helen’s Bridge in the evening. Went slowly underneath the bridge my husband’s well lit cigar kept repeatedly going out. Very eerie feeling around whole area.

  4. My husband and I visited this location in August 2011 on a Sunday about noon after a ghost tour the night before. We parked at the top of the hill parallel to the bridge. We shut the car off, put the keys on the dashboard and put the windows down. I called out Helen’s name 3 times as we were told to do. We did not hear or sense anything. But I got out of the car on the right front passenger side. Clear as day on the roof of my dark gray car was a skeletal handprint. My husband saw the print also but I washed it off and we left quickly a bit unnerved. We do want to visit it again though and take photos.

  5. Yeah quite scary! I’m new to the Asheville area and I had to go up there. My fiancĂ© asked me to park somewhere… so I did. We begin recording on our phones. Well we wasn’t up there too long until this car comes by, as I look at the people in the car I see what I thought were glowing red eyes.. the car leaves.. as we were still recording we both hear a scream, now wheather or not it was Helen.. I don’t know. It could easily have been a kid up at the mansion.. as soon as we heard the scream him and I see another pair of glowing eyes in front of us.

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