Monday, June 15, 2015

Devil’s Tramping Ground

 Devil’s Tramping Ground - Raleigh editorial photography  - Growing up in North Carolina there was no scarier ghost story then the Devil’s Tramping Ground. - In the low, rolling hills of southern Chatham County, south of Siler City in the woods near Harper’s Crossroads, lies one of the most famous haunted places in North Carolina.
The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a mysterious, perfectly round and absolutely barren circle about forty feet in diameter in the pine woods of Chatham County. Not a tree, not flower, no lowly weed, not even a single blade of grass will grow in the limits of the circle. Seed sowed there refuses to sprout. Any vegetation transplanted there will wither and die.
And, what’s even more strange, any object left in the circle before dusk will have been violently moved outside its bounds by dawn.
Dogs tuck their tails between their legs and whimper when brought near, and will dig their heels into the sand, refusing to be brought into the circle.
Men have tried to spend the night in the circle, but not one has succeeded and remained sane. Something they see on their vigils drives them out of their wits, never to recover. For the Devil’s Tramping Ground has earned it’s name. It’s said that here that the Devil himself walks at night.
In his Tramping Ground, the Devil spends his nights pacing around and around in a circle and turning his bitter mind towards ways to bring human souls to damnation. It’s the scorching heat of his cloven hoofprints that kills the vegetation and has rendered the soil barren. He angrily brushes aside anything left in his path, his great strength easily able to toss aside the heaviest objects. When he walks in his private spot on earth, the devil drops the illusions with which he disguises himself when he appears to men. In his natural state the face of this fallen angel is so horrible that no man can see it and remain sane.
The mystery of the Devil’s Tramping Ground has been known since Chatham County was founded shortly before the War for Independence. From generation to generation, the story has been passed down, and despite efforts by scientists to explain this barren patch of land, no satisfying explanation has ever been given.

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