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When I was younger, in my twenties; my good friend Mike Espanet and I used to drive around and explore different areas of New England – most of which were sources of local legends. If only we had GoPro cameras and the technology we have today, to record those explorations. So when I heard multiple accounts of strange happenings and ghosts in the Burlington area of North Carolina, I just had to check some of them out. One of them was the myths and hauntings of the Haw River, Great Bend Park, and the mill village of Glencoe.

Some of these myths and legends include ghost sitings, mainly of those who died in the revolutionary and civil wars, and local clashes with Native Americans. Some also include ghosts of those who used to work at the local mill, and others include people who were killed in the area. Oh and there was a legend of Chris Chris a local Bigfoot half goat abomination who inhabited goat island.

Some say that the stench that came from the Haw River was from the industrial mills pumping waste into the river, during the industrial revolution. The stench was so bad it kept people away from the banks of the river and surrounding area. Others claim they were using it to dump dead bodies, that’s why it smelled so bad.

While my research was unable to substantiate many of these myths, some locals still hang onto these legends. Below is a link that lists all the haunted places along the Haw River area:


However, there is one myth that has some sort of truth to existing. It is the myth of the Glencoe Munchkins. It surrounds a family with three handicapped children and a father (or brother) who stood no taller than four foot eight inches. In fact the entire family was said to be under five feet. I do have to make a disclaimer that there have been many complaints about the articles written about them. The articles portray the family as being mean, but locals who lived next to them say they were the most loving church going family and were the victims of ridicule and torment. Some claim the ridicule and torment is why they supposedly haunt the village today.

One thing that strikes me in my tour of the park, was the dam itself. I explored many old dams in New England, but I never seen any that were structured with large spikes and plates that resembled guillotine blades. Maybe this is what fed into the rumors and myths of murders and bodies being in the river.

Whatever the reason for the myths, I did have fun making this video. I did not actually go looking for the munchkin house, which is suppose to have a structure that resembled a square gothic building. The house is supposingly located in an undisclosed location in the woods, and heavily guarded by the new land owner. He reportedly keeps people away due to frequent trespassers and vandalism.

Maybe if the owner sees this video, he will contact me to explore the property, as I love exploring old buildings (if it does even still exist). It would be fun to hear his account of the Massey family who lived there.

Below are links to the myth of the munchkins, a tour of the partially restored Glencoe mill, and a supposed video from a bunch of kids who reportedly found the munchkin home.

I do have to admit, I have been watching a lot of ‘The Walking Dead’, and with Halloween being right around the corner; the video I made does have that feel to it. Well maybe ‘Walking Dead’ and the first ‘Blair Witch’ movie combined….

Myth surrounding Glencoe Mills:



Link to the tour of the Historic Mill:


Mill life in Glencoe:


Link to video made by teenagers who supposedly found the Munchkin home:


Exploring Glencoe Mill Village

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