Some say ghost of Dragging Canoe regularly visits The Carter Mansion


A woman who died an untimely death is said to haunt the Carter Mansion on Broad Street Extension.

 By Rozella Hardin

rhardin@starhq.com
  The Carter Mansion is perhaps known more for its history than its ghosts. However, there have been some well-known characters seen lurking around the old house, or so, I have been told.
  Some people have seen Dragging Canoe, the Cherokee renegade, lurking around the home of John and Landon Carter on Broad Street Ext. The home, built in the late 1700s, was often visited by Indians, who traveled through the area. The Carters had extensive dealings with the Indians, who had burial grounds along the Watauga River.
  One of the ghost stories often related about the Mansion involves Dragging Canoe, a young Cherokee brave, who no doubt visited the Carters from time to time on the Watauga River, and perhaps traded with them. After the Transylvania Purchase, Dragging Canoe became an enemy of the settlers and often attacked them.
  Long after the Carters had died and before the Mansion was sold to the state to be restored as a historical site, families who lived there and nearby often saw an Indian walk around the corner of the house and sometimes go into and out of the house. Always, it was in the evening just at dark. His footsteps were soft. Most believed it was the ghost of Dragging Canoe.
  Others have reported seeing a small child looking out the upstairs window of the Mansion. Some local historians claim the Carters had a young daughter to die when they lived at the Mansion, and that the child looking out the window is its ghost.
  Mildred Kozsuch, a historian, who lives in Jonesborough, has done extensive research on the Carters. She said John Carter had a young daughter to die in the house, and it is believed she either fell out the window and was killed or perhaps was pushed out the window by an older, jealous sibling. "It is known that John Carter was married several times and had children other than those by Elizabeth M. Carter," she said.
  A few years ago, Ms. Kozsuch and ETSU Professor (ret) Nancy Acuff took a psychic to the Carter Mansion. And, according to Ms. Kozsuch, the psychic did, indeed, feel the presence of Indians in the house, and also said someone had been murdered in the upstairs part of the house. He also said coins at some time or other had been made in the basement of the house.
  "There is no doubt that Indians were in and out of the home regularly," Ms. Kozsuch said, noting that the Carters traded with the Indians. "Also, an Indian cemetery was located on the Carter Mansion property," she said.
  So, when the sun goes down Thursday, and there's the eerie feel of Halloween at the Carter Mansion when Keith Young takes the stage to tell a few ghost stories, don't be surprised if you see Dragging Canoe lurking somewhere around the old house. The ghost stories at the Mansion begin at 7:30 p.m. and are sponsored by the Watauga Historical Association.