Tar River

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In a Revolutionary War tale, a miller and patriot was drowned in the river by a group of British soldiers. Before he died, he threatened that if they killed him, they would be haunted by a banshee. According to the tale, the banshee appeared, killed the soldiers, and avenged the miller. Folks who live nearby claim the banshee never has left the river.

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Tar River
Tarboro, NC
United States

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35.89407714809942, -77.52885261423341
Edgecombe County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Princeville, NC (0.4 mi.)
Tarboro, NC (0.4 mi.)
Conetoe, NC (6.8 mi.)
Speed, NC (6.9 mi.)
Leggett, NC (7.3 mi.)
Pinetops, NC (9.5 mi.)
Bethel, NC (10.3 mi.)
Hobgood, NC (11.9 mi.)
Macclesfield, NC (12.6 mi.)
Parmele, NC (13.2 mi.)


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  1. i working on an apartment @ 10th street in the location behind it was elm street park [near the train]
    we went across the ditch behind the apartments to the back of elm st park before me and a friend
    crossed the ditch i saw a middle age man sitting at the picnic table he had a ski jacket on in the summer, i told my friend who is that he said who? the man i said . we went down the ditch and up the other side and he was gone . anyway i heard later that a man shot himself in that ditch ,he was wearing a blue ski jacket. check it out,the picnic table beside the train others have seen it to… in elm st. park .

  2. savannah aiello  |  

    i am savannah aiello i am 14 years old i have seen heard and talked to ghosts before. i do not know what to do if i am a medium. Can you help?

  3. I live a few miles from the tar river. I was traveling on a road by the tar river a couple of years ago when I saw a man walking near the road heading for the tar river bank. I thought wow must be an event happening nearby. I reduced my speed to actually check this out. I looked in my left side view mirror and he disappeared. When I arrived home I was very shaken. My teenagers wanted to know what was going on. They did research on the area but asked me the colors of the uniform and I described a perfect revolutionary war soldier.. I said I would never tell this story to anyone but my family but maybe this might help someone else not doubt themselves because it does happen.

  4. I live in Falkland, North Carolina and every single time I see two people in deerskins fishing with cane poles when I go down to the tar river.

  5. Me & my boyfriend was on our way back from dropping a load off at Valley Protein in Lewistown had passed the tar river the llittle street before you get into Oak City we spotted a white Male with a long bearded face & hair he was just standing there beside the ditch he was looking down and it was like a glow was around him he had like a brown shirt and look like his pants were also brown it was exactly 20 mins ago when we spotted him have anyone else has spotted this man before

  6. Angela Derby Ragona  |  

    I am from Tarboro and have never seen anything on the river. I have heard the sounds, but i figured it was a Kite, type of bird. Just me. I do know that there are other places that are truly haunted, I will Only answer by email, Only, due to people being so mean and will Only give information that is legitimate. Thanks everyone and have a great day.

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