Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria

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In the area where Barley’s now stands, a massacre took place in 1906 when Will Harris shot and killed five people, including two policemen, and then killed himself. To add to the eerieness, the town gallows once stood nearby as well. Folks say the taproom is home to several spirits who make themselves known by apparitions, footsteps, disembodied voices and an elevator that works by itself.

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42 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
United States

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35.5932923, -82.55098320000002
Buncombe County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Asheville, NC (0.6 mi.)
Woodfin, NC (3.3 mi.)
Biltmore Forest, NC (4.3 mi.)
Bent Creek, NC (6.6 mi.)
Weaverville, NC (7.2 mi.)
Royal Pines, NC (8.4 mi.)
Swannanoa, NC (8.5 mi.)
Avery Creek, NC (9.1 mi.)
Fairview, NC (10.3 mi.)
Fletcher, NC (11.6 mi.)

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  1. My stepdad used to own this place. The power went out one night so he spent the night with his dog in the restaurant to make sure nobody broke in. He heard a harmonica playing upstairs and a very old unplugged jukebox turned on. His dog was going crazy and when they ran down the stairs, he heard a woman screaming very loudly in his gear. This was 20+ years ago and he still refuses to walk inside the restaurant when we visit Asheville.

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