Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

The Mayo House

Tarboro, North Carolina

The house is reported to be haunted by the Mayo family. In a fit of rage, Mr. Mayo killed his family and then hanged himself. It is said that if one approaches the house at night, he will be chased by dogs. The family will then come outside, get the dog, and invite the person inside. It is said that upon entering the house one will see a rope dangling the stair well. Suddenly, the rope and the family will vanish.

69 comments on this haunted house. Share your story »


Leave a comment

meeshi says:

November 18, 2005, 4:32 pm

I think that would be cool to see. I like haunted stuff. But how do I know it’s true?

mandy says:

November 26, 2005, 9:59 pm

ive been in that house…

travis says:

December 1, 2005, 2:06 pm

will someone leave me a commit on where is this house located or send it to

travis says:

December 1, 2005, 2:07 pm

will someone leave me a commit on where is this house located or send it to please

thayet59 says:

December 9, 2005, 11:36 am

Yikes. This is kind of freaky. But the story lacks detail.

Jody McCurry says:

December 12, 2005, 9:48 am

I have never seen a true ghost but do beleive in ghost Not only because I am a christan but because I think when people die they are ethier in limbo plus I think in giving events in life bad things happen which make ghost even more real because of what happen. The thing for me is knowing fear maybe because it is felt in most cases but never seen Spirts I think can be felt but not seen. Ghost to most of us are ethier the unknown or the unepected to us that’s what makes it scary to we live in a world where on some sort human level we can face good and evil because it can be seen no matter what we are faced with but the thing is as human beings it’s hard for us as people to face or appect anything that is unknown yes ghost the only thing is I also think spirts can be angry of course giving the cards they were delt with. rather it was some part of history or tragic no matter what sprits have more of a reason to be mad if you were stuck between heaven and hell wouldn’t you be a little upset.

Danelle says:

January 4, 2006, 7:12 pm

I would like to know the address of this house. if anyone can tell me please drop me a line. Thanks.

Kelsi says:

January 20, 2006, 12:31 am

This house no longer stands… there was orginally two houses!! one burnt down 30 or so years ago and thats were that story supposly happened but no one has ever witnessed it.. the other got burnt down last year by sum stupid punks!! i know the storys of this house i have pictures… and been there many times… our farm is right next to it…..

rhochelle says:

March 9, 2006, 5:23 pm

I really don’t know what to say about this i’m speechless, what I do know is that the people who are submitting these stories need to be descriptive about these stories.

Taylor/Reyes says:

March 15, 2006, 2:40 pm

Jody McCurry: Ghosts exist because I own one!!

***This is response from the Taylor/Reyes corporation to take over the world, one ghost at a time***

Summer says:

March 23, 2006, 8:19 pm

wow :)

wayne says:

April 10, 2006, 2:40 pm

i have been there and have info on this house ….i researched the family for a yr…if anyone wants info contact me at….kelsi if u see this contact me…if u still live near there

Sare says:

April 15, 2006, 12:41 am

hey, this is not really that scary. but its still scary. thanks

Jen says:

April 29, 2006, 8:40 am

Freaky things happen in my house but it’s not meant to be haunted…i get scared on my own. i’m 13, i have a few ghost stories but some people say they aren’t true. i have a real ghost on my phone but i don’t no how to get it on the internet.
Anyway, this story does not sound true it sounds made up, but that’s what i think, it could be true for all I no…(it’s lacks proper detail) I mean, how does anyone know it’s true unless somebody has been there…I say it remains a mystery coz the house is no longer there…

hannah says:

May 24, 2006, 5:33 am

😀 wow oh my 😮

Shannon says:

June 21, 2006, 6:26 pm

Anyone interested in the paranormal, I am co founder of a local group in Fayetteville, North Carolina. My partner and I are looking for some new members willing to go on investigations. We have already partially investigated the Vander Light haunting. We still have to go back to with our equipment, 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!!

katie rogers says:

August 16, 2006, 12:29 pm

OMG shut up i live near tarboro too. sucks ive never seen this place but what ever maybe soon. i guess but i do believe in ghosts and ive seen some and they are pretty scary to me and i freak when i see one. i cant hardly sleep. i think i have a ghost in my house b/c one night i was laying on my bed and then the bed slumped down and i just thought it was my cat but when i went to feel for the cat it wont there. so i got up and turn on the light and nothing was there but you could see the print on the bed. i was freaking out. so i couldnt sleep that night. later that night it felt like someone was rubbing my leg and i jumped up and once again, nothing. sometimes ill be sitting in my living room and my bedroom door will slowly open and i had it all the way closed. this mess is creepy. thank god im moving some time soon. well later ppl. SWE “09” yea man!! lots of love!

william whichard lee says:

September 14, 2006, 2:55 pm

please anyone send me info my grandma dean lee lives in one of the mayo houses on shiloh farm road tarborowilliam so

william says:

September 15, 2006, 1:39 pm

please contact me on info

william says:

September 15, 2006, 1:39 pm

please contact me on info

samantha says:

October 13, 2006, 2:04 pm

mrs cuccrry? did u write that?? sorry if it wasnt her.

Deana Badger says:

October 30, 2006, 5:02 pm

I would really like to see this house. Would someone please send me information on the house and how to get there to
Thank you, Deana

Emi says:

November 27, 2006, 1:37 pm

Is it or is it not still standing? I would like to know because I live in Tarboro by Main St. So if there is anyone that can help me get there if its still stading contact me at Thanks!

wayne says:

December 11, 2006, 3:25 pm

emi if u read this i can give u or anyone else info on the house just get up with me at and ill let u know about it and other places….and if katie rogers could contact me to….i been ghosthuntin for 8 yrs

Sea Gulls for Lunch says:

December 21, 2006, 11:32 pm

Man, when I read the Mayo House I was all excited because I thought it was about mayonaise! GEEZ! Talk about false advertisment! Anyways, I love Mayo…I enjoy running it on my nips and letting it dry so it crusts off. I really enjoy rubbing it all over my body and once, this was the best bath in the whole world, I saved up and I bought, like, 100 bottles of mayonaise and I filled my tub with it. It felt sooo good, I highly reccoment it, plus it makes your skin so soft. It was a b!tch to clean up but I managed and it was so worth it.

The saddness says:

January 15, 2007, 5:28 pm


Darlene says:

February 26, 2007, 2:36 am

Is there any paranormal investagation groups in Edmonton,alberta that are in need of new members(fledglings)to take along on investigations?,this is a true long time hobby of mine since I was a child,just thought I’d ask.oh by the way great stories,made me wish i could have experienced them for my self.

Emon says:

March 21, 2007, 12:51 pm

that is freaky keep me updated and send me e-mails pleazzzzz!

Thanks Emon

unknown says:

April 2, 2007, 3:26 pm

hey yeah scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ruby says:

June 28, 2007, 11:28 am

Yes it is true I live in Tarbor and some one is stupid not to think it is true

Ruby says:

June 28, 2007, 11:39 am


Robin says:

July 13, 2007, 11:37 pm

this place is out in bethel *from tarboro (take highway 64) then exit 494.

but it doesnt matter.

some highschool kids burnt it down while back…
(the graveyard is still there. Weird photographs, but thats about it)

try acid park in wilson, or devils tramping ground in siler if your still looking for something to do…

jocelyn says:

September 27, 2007, 4:05 pm

wow this really sounds interesting, um.. iâ??ve really never been looking for ghost stories really never believed in them, but iâ??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 thanks so much have a wonderful say =) sincerly yours Jaws =)

Elizabeth says:

November 7, 2007, 3:20 pm

I’m really interested in the Mayo House legend. I am also doing a project about it in school. I have looked all over and this is the first time I have heard that there is/was a definate house where the murders happened. I live near Tarboro and know of many Mayo houses (they are a very big family and own a lot of land) so I could never narrow it down. If anyone has any more information or pictures of the house, please post it here.

GingerSnaps says:

November 10, 2007, 2:08 am

The Mayo house that was allegedly haunted was burned down in an arson spree in the summer of 2004- I have pictures of the charred chimneys. If I can figure out how to post them I will… or I can be contacted at

teresa says:

December 22, 2007, 11:07 pm

I think that will be very scary to see…I grew up in a haunted house and I still don’t think that I can handle that.

James says:

May 25, 2008, 9:06 pm

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

danielle says:

May 27, 2008, 7:15 pm

I guess this place has burned? Just moved to NC and looking for a good place to go this weekend and see some ghosts. I live in Durham. Any ideas PLEASE e-mail me at

idk...... says:

August 1, 2008, 3:45 pm

is this really true cuz i am very closly related to the mayos well i am a mayo and ive nvr heard this

Jo says:

August 8, 2008, 3:35 pm

Why didn’t the ghost family keep the house from being burned down. Not only are they homeless ghost now, but they don’t have a job. What do jobless ghost do for a living? How will they pay their ghost bills, did they have ghost house insurance?
Seriously, this story lacks consistency. Is it documented anywhere that Mr. Mayo killed his family? The ghost in this story are too interactive with people to be considered real. Who would go into a house after being invited in by Mr. and Mrs. Freaky Ghost family? Why is the family so nice to “visitors” when the last thing they all did together was massacre everybody?

Pat says:

September 19, 2008, 2:18 am

Anyone ever been in the basement? It’s the scariest thing ever, I was seriously freaked out. Go down there and there won’t be any doubts in your mind that this place is haunted.

Jess says:

September 19, 2008, 5:02 pm

Can someone please tell me where this house use to be?

Deanna says:

October 8, 2008, 1:04 am

If someone could please send me directions to where this house used to be I would very much apperciate it.

C. Mayo says:

October 16, 2008, 9:40 pm

well I am a Mayo. I have lived in Tarboro most of my life but my family has been here for over 6 generations. I have never heard this story and would like to know more about it. please email me at if you have more informantion. We have so much land in the area where this took place I have no idea where to go about looking for this.

vanetta says:

October 23, 2008, 5:08 pm

where is this house located? there is a story identicle to this one in Warsaw Ill

me.. says:

October 24, 2008, 10:37 am

Kelsi: them one of them “stupid” punks happens to be my friend.

Pam says:

June 1, 2009, 3:04 am

I have been to this house also. The place is very eerie, but beautiful inside. There are quite a few Mayo house’s in Bethel also. A friend of mine couison lives in one of them and it is haunted also. I know Kelsi and like she said, 2 of the Mayo House’s were burnt down by teenage kids to my knowledge. It’s a shame they were burnt down. At one of the Mayo’s, the first time me & a friend related to Kelsi went to the house, and as I about to enter the doorway, a spirit went through me. Both places I have experienced quit a bit, but we never heard a dog, but there were many spirits there. I live in a house that is close to 100 yrs. old & as soon as I moved in here, stuff started to happen that are unexlainable. So folks they are out there and all around. Just have an open mind and see what happens.

david says:

July 30, 2009, 5:34 pm

dj43 If I ever go in that house I will see if it is real.

christain says:

July 30, 2009, 5:41 pm

chrarisma36 Iam a wwe superstar I know all about the story.

ghosthunter1956 says:

September 27, 2009, 7:37 pm

I have been to that house. It had a very eerie feeling to it, and it has been the only place I’ve been that gave me that feeling. It was burned down, both of the Mayo Houses near Bethel. Since it was burned down, I dont get that eerie feeling anymore. I guess they moved on.

ghosthunter1956 says:

September 27, 2009, 7:40 pm

I have been to both of the Mayo House’s near Bethel. Both were burned down. When I went there I experienced many things there. It gave me a very eerie feeling. I have been there since they have burned down, and the eerie feeling is not there anymore. I guess they moved on.

Kevin Leonard says:

December 16, 2009, 3:03 am

hey if anyone has info on this house contact me, I have a paranormal investigation group thanks

Timothy Mayo says:

March 8, 2010, 10:11 am

I am a member of the Mayo I am 17 years old i Inharited the Mayo house from my great grand father so I own the house and for the record THE HOME IS NOT HAUNTED.

Elizabeth says:

July 7, 2010, 4:52 pm

i live near the location of the old house, Sadly because of danger the firemen in Tarboro burned it down.

penny says:

September 8, 2010, 10:39 pm

Do you know if you are aloud to go there?? Would really like to see this place. Does anyone know address so I can use my G.P.S.? My email address is Thanks.

lisa says:

February 26, 2011, 1:41 pm

this house is right down the street from me . cool

sammer says:

May 6, 2011, 9:19 pm

Sounds interesting can anyone give me info bout were this house is?? Or no of any haunted houses in eastern nc??

Rebecca says:

May 31, 2011, 8:35 pm

i took thz pik wen i waz ova at thz sleepovr n it is said dat it used 2 b a hospital or clinic dnt noe 4 sure but me n ma frend took sum n we foun 2 orbz n sum lil ones but der waz a bunchn thn der waz one where we took one n it showed lyk a smudge of blood but it really wasn’t there!!!Kreepy!

Sarah says:

August 9, 2011, 2:49 pm

Hey, I’m new to ghost hunting and I would really like to know if any one can tell me some good places to go. I live in South Carolina, so if you know of any places there I would appreciate knowing that too. Thanks….

brittanya says:

September 26, 2011, 1:40 pm

well idk i highly doubt you are related to these mayos maybe to a different set but i have never heard of you and the mayo house family is my actual family

Mark says:

November 15, 2011, 1:16 pm

I have been alarmed about this hear “Mayo House” and was wondering if anyone needs to know real facts that My Paranormal group can come out and investigate. But we do not have an address so if you could email me at or

Bridget says:

August 13, 2012, 11:56 am

I would like to know how to get here and if anyone knows if it is true! I’d hate to waist a trip all the way there for it to be bogus!!

Carolina Paranormal Research Team says:

December 3, 2012, 7:58 pm

We are a local paranormal investigative group and are looking for some more information and details about alleged haunting. We think it will be a great investigation of the story can be backed up. If anyone has any information they would like to share please visit our facebook page…Carolina Paranormal Research Team. Thank you

sue cass says:

December 30, 2012, 3:27 am

yes the house is still there. i was there less than a year ago an yes that s wats happened. i took pics. scared me an i aint scared of nothin!that house didnt burn down.

Mensa says:

March 9, 2013, 7:32 pm

So a whole family of ghosts comes out and asks you in huh? Do they offer cocktails and dinner? Any valet parking?

Angela Ragona says:

May 25, 2013, 5:23 pm

Yes I have been. The only thing that got me was when I was on the stairs, the lightchain started moving. There was no breeze or wind blowinf at all. It was a very cool and damp night. I was with 4 other people. But yes it is the Mayo’ s and it sits on their land. If I am motmistaken, the story is true. And the story is much older than the Blair Witch Project. If I am not mistaken.

Bob and Weave says:

June 18, 2013, 4:22 pm

I was sitting in my living room and I kept hearing a low grumbling sound which sounded like a whisper or a whoosh of air. After a few minutes I began to smell this awful odor that smelt like death and rotten dog food. I realized eventually it was just Barfy my Great Dane farting. Whew, what a relief!! Eventually he crapped on the floor and I had to put a plug in his butt. All is ok now thank goodness.

dequaveon bridgers says:

July 9, 2013, 1:11 am

I live in tarboro n.c 4 houses down from that house and there is a rope dangling , by the stairwell , its creepy af

M.L.W. says:

January 15, 2018, 7:28 pm

What I find interesting is that if you search anything about the actual murders there is no evidence of it. No names, details etc. There are many Mayo’s in the Tarboro area. Funny how all the stories just say Mr. Mayo killed his family. The house is still standing. It is in perfect repair. It’s for sale. This is a hoax. MY 93 year old grandmother has never heard of this house or murders. She has lived in Tarboro her whole life.

Leave a Comment

Name (required)

Email (will not be published) (required)


Please use correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. Let's try to keep this place looking classy.
Real Haunts reserves the right to remove any comment that does not adhere to this requirement or is otherwise
inappropriate. Any post containing a link will be flagged for moderation due to recent comment spam. Feel free
to include relevant links, but please know that it will delay your post.

About Real Haunts

Do you believe in the supernatural?

This is the best resource for haunted houses, spooky stories, ghostly tales and all things paranormal.


We have mountains of stories about ghosts, ghouls, and specters.


HomeStatesSubmit a Haunt


Copyright © 1998-2018

The Dumb Network LLC

Privacy Policy