This episode of Southern Gothic is the second in the three-part series "Birth of a City: New Orleans," a story that chronicles the inception of a great American city and the legends that evolved with it.
This episode of Southern Gothic is the first in the three-part series "Birth of a City: New Orleans," a story that chronicles the inception of a great American city and the legends that evolved with it.
William Faulkner is arguable the most influential figure in the literary genre of Southern Gothic, and nowhere embodies his fascination with the aesthetic more than his very own home in Oxford, Mississippi-- Rowan Oak.
In 1901, a young woman by the name of Nell Cropsey went missing from her home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The frantic search for her whereabouts lasted 37 days, including eerie twists and turns with questions that still remain today.
In 1796 John Brown, the founding father of the state of Kentucky, built a beautiful home where he and his family would entertain many of the new American political and social elite, but legend says that several of the famed Liberty Hall's guests still remain there today.
Sloss Furnaces was built in 1881, the first of numerous blast furnaces to manufacture pig iron in Birmingham, Alabama; catalyzing the Industrial Revolution in the postwar south. But this lucrative new economy came at a high cost to the men who toiled to keep the furnace fed, and many believe that echoes of their tragic past still reverberate through the tunnels and catwalks of this icon of American industry.
On a lonely gravel road, just southwest of Meridian Mississippi, is a rusty old truss bridge no longer open to cars or traffic. The bridge was built in 1901, but many believe it is haunted by a treacherous man who is said to walk across it's predecessor at night luring in victims with the light of his lantern.