Vander Light

Vander Light

First Observed: 1800's

Location: Vander, NC

If you happen to pay a visit to the quaint little town of Vander, located in Cumberland County, you may be welcomed with a well known ghost story. But if you're really lucky, you might actually get to witness the Light, which appears on the train tracks in town.

The phenomenon, which has been observed since the 1800's, is thought to be the ghost of Author Matthews, a resident of Vander. Again, I won't repeat, but it has the decapitated railroad employee story associated to it. And since that day, a mysterious light has been appearing to locals and visitors. The apparition begins as two balls of light, but one fades out rather quickly.

Witnesses have reported seeing the lantern light from far away, and that it disappears as they get an arms length away, only to reappear right behind them when they turn around, and then falls to the ground and disappears completely.

The strangest thing I have ever seen on that same stretch of tracks was one Sunday night when I was driving back to my house just west of Stedman. When I crossed the tracks which are about 1/2 mile from my house I saw what I can only describe as Christmas lights. There were many small colored lights that ranged from ground level to tree-top high. White, red, green, blue, yellow, and orange lights filled the area between the trees on either side of the tracks. They appeared to be about a mile or so away and were west of me in the direction of Vander. The lights were moving around and had the appearance of a swarm of bees around a hive but they moved much slower and kinda mingled with each other...some rising from the ground to the trees, some moving side to side, but all moving around. I had ice cream and had to get to the house to put it away but I went right back out in about 10 minutes to look again and they were still there. I tried to get my wife to go with me but she wouldn't so I had no witness but I did sit there and watch the show for about 30 minutes.

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