On the eve of Halloween, Gov. Pat McCrory had high praise for a spirit believed to live in the governor’s mansion.
The ghost is thought to be that of Gov. Daniel G. Fowle, the first Tar Heel governor to live in the Victorian mansion on Blount Street and the only governor to die there.
In 1970, according to N&O archives, Gov. Bob Scott reported that a mysterious knocking sound seemed to be coming from the wall near where the headboard of Gov. Fowle’s bed had stood. The theory goes that he wanted the bed returned to the room, and successive governors put the bed in its original place.
McCrory says he gets along well with Fowle’s ghost. “He’s a good ghost,” the governor said Thursday while checking out Halloween decorations at the mansion, which include a replica of Fowle’s tombstone.
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“I say good night to him every night.”