The Jackson Building Ghost (Asheville, NC)
Designed by noted architect Ronald Greene, the Jackson Building was built in 1924 and was Asheville and western North Carolina's first...
Designed by noted architect Ronald Greene, the Jackson Building was built in 1924 and was Asheville and western North Carolina's first skyscraper. That itself would be worthy of an entry in Strange Carolinas, but there is much more to tell.
The Jackson Building was built on the site of Thomas Wolfe's father's tombstone shop, the one mentioned in Look Homeward, Angel. The shop was sold to L.B. Jackson by Wolfe's mother, Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe.
There are two monuments to W.O. Wolfe at the base of the building. One depicts a tombstone in progress.
The other monument displays bronze carving tools similar to the ones W.O. Wolfe would have used to create tombstones. An inscription on the base of the monument is a passage from Look Homeward, Angel:
He would find his father in the workroom... using the heavy wooden mallet with delicate care, as he guided the chisel through the mazes of an inscription... As Eugene saw him, he felt that this was no ordinary craftsman, but a master.
You would think with those gargoyles guarding the building that something creepy or paranormal makes its home here. Well, there are people who believe the Jackson Building is home to at least one ghost. Witnesses claim the top floor is haunted by a man who jumped to his death from the building on the day the stock market crashed.
And many of those same people believe the target or bullseye at the base of the building marks the spot where the man landed almost ninety years ago.
What To Know Before You GoGPS Coordinates: (35.595046, -82.550615)
Location: 22 North Pack Square, Asheville, NC