By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're planning to go south somewhere, possibly North Carolina. Are there any places known as old haunts?

A: Like many destinations, North Carolina has its share of old haunts. For starters, Blackbeard's ghost is known to wander through the historic village of Ocracoke. The story goes the mists of the Ocracoke Inlet were such a favorite spot that this isolated island became the pirate's beloved hideout. Blackbeard was beheaded here.

Today, some locals swear they can hear the gunfire shots echoing through the mist. There are even reports from residents who claim that a masted ghost ship sails through the waters here.

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Another location maintaining a mysterious past is in Chatham County near Siler City. The story revolves around the perfect circle said to be frequented by the Devil. Exactly 40 feet in diameter, not a plant or a tree has ever been known to grow here.

"There is a path leading to the circle, only to have the objects removed by an unknown force by the next morning," reports the North Carolina Division of Tourism. So, if you're in the area, you may wish to consider a stop at the Devil's Tramping Ground.

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