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The Duke’s House

Raleigh, North Carolina

Built in the 1920’s for a wealthy tobacco executive, this house was once the site of extremely lavish parties. People would get very drunk and then drive home. One night in 1927, it is said that a car carrying three young women and their driver ran off the Ashe Bridge, crashing onto the train tracks below. The three women and their driver died instantly-the latter being decapitated. It is said that the three women can still be seen on the “Duke’s” front porch, waiting for him to answer the door. The driver is said to still wander the tracks in search of his head.

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Adam says:

November 17, 2005, 2:19 am

Can someone give me Driving Directions to this place?

Dustin Driver says:

February 24, 2006, 2:37 pm

This is true I have seen the ghost my self

Heidi says:

March 31, 2006, 1:05 am

I have lived in NC all my life and never ever heard this tale. I happen to be one who is very interested in hauntings and spirits, but I have no memory of this story. Are there any any records to prove this?

Chloe says:

April 1, 2006, 5:57 pm

where is it exactly?

Sarah says:

April 7, 2006, 12:59 pm

Is this true? I too have lived in NC all my life and I’m doing my senior Project on haunted places. I need to document some actual places, but I’m not going to waste gas for a something that doesn’t exist. Please let me know if you’ve ever ACTUALLY seen anything here…
Sarah Neville

Kirbie says:

April 19, 2006, 3:02 pm

That would be soooooooo cool if I saw a ghost without a head!

show day says:

May 6, 2006, 11:33 am

Some one please tell me how to get there

Nikki says:

June 3, 2006, 12:07 pm

who needs a head?

Alex says:

June 3, 2006, 12:08 pm

if i lost my head, i would look 4 it 2! but that is kinda freaky how the car went off of the bridge bc im devistated of going off of a bridge so i would not want to be them!

Shannon says:

June 21, 2006, 6:31 pm

Anyone interested in the paranormal, I am co founder of a local group in Fayetteville, North Carolina called NAM GHOST HUNTING SOCIETY. My partner and I are looking for some new members willing to go on investigations. We have already partially investigated the Vander Light haunting and are currently working on a new investigation at the Clarion Prince Charles Hotel. We still have to go back to with our equipment to Vander, but we did catch pictures of several orbs and ectoplasm. Our contact info is on our web site.
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!!

jenny says:

July 12, 2006, 11:08 pm

holly **** thats so freaky but cool!!! i don’t Know what i am saying

Taylor says:

July 19, 2006, 1:35 pm

This is not true because i live in raleigh all my life i live near that bridge and i near hear anything

katie rogers says:

August 17, 2006, 12:25 pm



Unknown says:

August 18, 2006, 3:07 pm

We’ve been and saw anything like this before don’t you think thats a bunch of crape

Hope says:

August 21, 2006, 5:11 pm

This is crazy… hmmm i why aren’t the women looking for their heads, or did they not loose them?

kenny says:

October 6, 2006, 10:57 am

Yeah, where is it?

Sammie says:

October 13, 2006, 12:22 pm


aggie says:

October 30, 2006, 10:14 pm

I lived on Ashe for 25 years. The house is no longer there,it was located where the pullen lofts are now. They tore it down about 20 years ago to build those . I think it’s pretty cool

ty says:

November 9, 2006, 1:01 pm

that would be cool to go to that place Ty age 12

Kristina says:

December 7, 2006, 8:48 pm

I’m never going to that bridge

The saddness says:

February 17, 2007, 3:10 pm


Heath says:

March 5, 2007, 7:58 pm

hey, this sounds like bull, i live in raleigh, and never have i heard of this. If you want to see some real ghosts go to clarkton, nc and check out brown marsh church or heart beat bridge in whiteville!

jessika says:

March 6, 2007, 4:42 pm

I am in RAleigh and would love to know where this place is!

loco says:

August 20, 2007, 5:04 pm

Just goes to show you that if you drink and drive you could really loose your head…and a possible piece of tail!

KeithBullin says:

August 31, 2007, 12:47 pm

The Duke House in Myers Park in Charlotte is called White Oaks and it was haunted by the ghost of its former owner, Jon Avery who returned to meet his lover for at least two years after his death. They had planned to meet, after a decision to end their relationship, in one years time whether dead or alive, and to meet at 10 minutes to midnight. Mr Avery died and the young lady returned bringing a friend although she was unaware of his passing. At 10 to midnight nothing happened, but after a few minutes she heard soft footsteps ‘like a whisper’. He came towards her and passed through her, she heard his voice softly say “Dead or Alive”. Later she learned that his dying words were “Dead or alive? Will I make it?” She returned again a year later and he again appeared. After this she never returned to White Oaks and his spirit has not been seen since. this was before Dukes ownership of the mansion.

jocelyn says:

September 27, 2007, 3:50 pm

wow this really sounds interesting, um.. i’ve really never been looking for ghost stories really never believed in them, but i’m in game designing class and i want to make a game that has to do with real live ghost stories so plz tell me if there true so email me at Jaws thanks so much have a wonderful say =) sincerly yours Jaws =)

jocelyn says:

September 27, 2007, 3:52 pm

hey its me jocelyn again rofl i didn’t say my emial name right to contact me so its
well thanks ttyl =)

Just Relocated says:

October 13, 2007, 9:48 pm

I just relocated to Raleigh and I am interested in knowing where the bridge is – even if the house has been torn down.

Raleighite says:

October 21, 2007, 2:31 pm

The house in question was probably the Cox-Wynne house. It was built in 1858 and was originally owned by William Boylan. In 1896, Gen. William Ruffin Cox bought the property (in fact, Cox Ave was created as an alternate entrance to the property). In the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, the Wynne family purchased the house. It was demolished in 1967.
The bridge is located on Ashe Ave, about a block north of Pullen Park. Anyone wanting to go there late at night should be more wary of running into a living person rather than a dead one.

Leann says:

October 26, 2007, 12:17 pm

The Duke homestead is located of of I-85 North in Durham. You can go to the Duke website and look up the history of the Dukes. :) Happy Haunting~~

Joe Assault says:

December 4, 2007, 5:29 pm

Yah the only thing you are going to see down there is tag artists and homeless dudes. I do some painting myself so I’m always on those tracks, no ghost.

niyelle says:

April 25, 2008, 9:52 am

omg i live in raleigh nprht carolina i swar i hope dat is not true…i be thinkinkg that maybe i have some kind of sprirts in my home…dis is very scary stuff!!

jeremy says:

April 30, 2008, 7:46 am

…Your all gay.

James says:

May 25, 2008, 9:11 pm

If anyone ever wants to check any of these stories out I’d like to get a group together or something.

da bombs says:

June 24, 2008, 8:55 pm

Dat was like so freaky man. but i would like 2 c da no headed person man. dat would like b soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo rad dudes.

hmm says:

September 29, 2008, 1:53 pm

I’m indonesian,this kinda thing r usual 4 us,btw i seen ghost with no torso in my house (i have some talent to see those things from my ancestor)…and i know some of western people had this ability…wanna tips?…just goin alone or 3 never 2 or 4 but 1 is the best…and always at 10pm to 4 am which are the best time 2 see ghost.

Krystal says:

October 17, 2008, 9:04 am

Yes these people are not lying… My boyfriend took me to see it because i love scary thing .i didnt belive it at first then going down the main hallway something cold rubbed up against me. and i stood frozzed going in the master bed room i heard some woman crying. You should see it for your self. Very crazy!! IF YOUR IN TO THIS SORT OF THING

hmm says:

October 19, 2008, 11:24 pm

If u guys wanna see ghost,there’s shaman who can call these “ghost” in my country,but believe me,sometimes those “ghost” won’t go away…& just following u everywhere…my cousin friends once play “jalangkung/ouija” & just right after playing it,a ghost follow her even in school but because the teacher also had ability 2 see & healing that’s ghost go away finally.

badass says:

October 21, 2008, 11:54 am

All you dumb people that say you lived here all your life and have never heard or seen the ghost. Does not mean it isn’t true. Come on people get real with your life.

Kenny says:

November 9, 2008, 9:55 pm

I am doing a research paper on paranormal phenomenon, where is this place and how do i get there

Drew says:

June 7, 2009, 11:29 pm

i have lived in NC my whole life, i dont believe their is even a “duke” manison. i believe the duke family resided in NY

khadeidra says:

June 19, 2009, 12:56 pm

this is a true story i live in raleigh and i stay close to downtown raleigh its like a 10 min drive from my house. i always thought that the modaco house was haunted one day i was sitting in my house watching television and i was watching ghost haunters i know yall had to see that show it some on every wednesday on scifi and they was doing a house a the name popped up and it said the modaco house downtown raleigh they stepped in the house and some of the people got really sick so they left and they said they are never going back their
if you want to know the directions to the modaco house
write me at and leave a subject

Laurel-Lynn says:

March 13, 2010, 9:10 am

Wait, so why do the girls wait at the door if they died in the car with the driver? Why would the ghost get split up. I believe this story, but something is definitely odd.

Ashley says:

September 11, 2010, 11:57 am

Is this really real? And if so how do you get there? Has anyone ever been there? And if you have please tell me how to get there! = )

Ashley says:

September 11, 2010, 12:02 pm

Is this really real, and where is it located, and has anyone actually ever been there and seen this? Please answer my question! = )

Kiersten says:

September 17, 2010, 6:28 am

Can someone give me direstions to this place?!?!?! I want to see some more ghosts!!!

ashley weatherford says:

October 23, 2010, 10:25 pm

i used to live right down the road from there i used to live 6301 mitchell mill road,, the house is the firs one,,

steve says:

December 14, 2010, 8:25 am

pretty sure the house is on dix campus that is the vicinity of the bridge

jeffrey says:

February 28, 2011, 12:07 pm

that was some scary staff

jeffrey says:

February 28, 2011, 12:09 pm

that was some scary stuff lolz but that was scary

Elizabeth Stephenson says:

October 11, 2011, 7:44 pm

If y’all mean Ashe Avenue bridge (which runs over train tracks), I’ve been painting out there for years and years – never seen anything more fishy than some especially creepy crackheads. I live right near there, now, even.

sww1rb says:

October 23, 2011, 2:05 pm

Keep seeing stories about this online, but the truth is, if you look for an address for this in Raleigh, NC, you will find nothing, so I think it’s all a legend with no basis.

mempheel says:

October 31, 2011, 4:07 pm

I used to live on Bickett Blvd close to Whitaker Mill, and we had a ghost in the house. TV used to turn itself on at night, and we frequently a small child running down the hall when we were in bed.

Arlene says:

January 24, 2012, 9:04 pm

is this is the same as Duke family out of Durham NC yes the house is still standing, and is in durham nc i was there last year . Did not see any ghost but was day time trip

Doug says:

February 22, 2017, 11:33 pm

I grew up across the street at 206 Ashe. As a kid in the early ’60s, I knew the old ladies who owned this house and lived there. I played there all the time, even after they passed. I never saw any ghosts. The house was torn down years ago and replaced with a long, ugly one-story apartment complex.

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