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Things That Go Bump in The Night in NC

The Carolina Inn Offers Room with a Boo! Package

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (October 2013) – The Carolina Inn, voted one of America’s Top 10 Haunted Hotels by, invites guests to spend an evening with its longtime resident ghost, Dr. William Jacocks. A friendly spirit, he enjoys playing practical jokes on those who stay in what was once Dr. Jacocks’ permanent home, Room 256.

The Room with a Boo! Package starts at $359 per night and features overnight accommodations for two in Room 256 and more. The Carolina Inn is an extravagantly detailed historic hotel with a few more guests than the register displays. It is said to be haunted by as many as 20 ghosts, most notably that of 17-year past resident Dr. William Jacocks, a physician with the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation. Built in 1924 by university trustee John Sprunt Hill, along with alumnus and local businessmen, The Carolina Inn was constructed to be a first-rate establishment accommodating visitors and graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill. The design combined classic elegance with Georgian style that was meant to mirror the facade of George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. In 1948, The Carolina Inn’s most memorable guest arrived – Dr. Jacocks – memorable because after more than 60 years, the good doctor still takes up residence at The Carolina Inn, even though his soul passed on almost a half century ago in 1965. Other past guests of the Inn are said to continue their stay at the establishment as well, supported by a multitude of evidence theorizing extensive paranormal activity within the property. After retirement, Dr. Jacocks made the historic hotel his permanent home. He stayed in what is now room 256 for a total of 17 years before his passing. Jacocks is said to have been a kind, gentle man with a great sense of humor. It seems he brought his wits to the other side as he enjoyed locking guests out of rooms. Guests that have stayed in his old room have claimed such oddities as the bath mat being rumpled, as if someone had gotten out of the shower recently, and the curtains being pulled wide open after having been closed the night before. The distinct aroma of flowers has been said to arise in the room, especially in the morning. A strange, loud “whizzing” sound was heard, not coming from anywhere near a ventilation shaft. Another guest reported his feet suddenly becoming enigmatically icy. Guests, as well as the staff, have witnessed a finely attired, portly man walking the halls. He is said to be wearing a knit hat with a long blue coat over a black suit. He wanders the halls apparently seeking an unlocked door. He tries the knobs, rattles them to see if they are locked, then moves onto the next door. When guests from within the rooms open the door, he often gets scared and runs away. In 1990, The Carolina Inn was renovated and Dr. Jacocks’ room 256 (formerly 252) became what is now portions of four separate rooms. Electronic doors were put in place to eliminate the mysterious locking of the room, a ghostly prank that went so far as to require a maintenance worker to use a ladder to break into the room. The electronic door locks didn’t help. Jacocks still manages to jam the locks now and again. While most are thoroughly convinced that Carolina Inn is indeed haunted, none seem to feel any type of threat among the presence. A benevolent man in life, the good doctor is just as harmless now as he was then and rather seems to enjoy playing with the guests in his Carolina Inn room 256. About The Carolina Inn Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. The Carolina Inn and its Carolina Crossroads Restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2013 Four Diamond ratings, marking the 16th consecutive hotel honor and 11th straight restaurant recognition.  This is also the 13th straight year that Carolina Crossroads has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide).

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