Mountain lore is filled with numerous legends of ghosts and hauntings. Chilling tales that have been passed down through the ages keep finding their way into mountain culture. Some of these places have been legends that draw in tourists year after year while others have remained shrouded in mystery only whispered about by the locals. One of my personal favorites is Helen’s Bridge. You might be familiar with the story or you might only know it in passing as it used to be a place frequented by Thomas Wolf and was mentioned in his book “Look Homeward, Angel.”
It’s a place that has those who enjoy the supernatural coming back for more and others, who were self-proclaimed non-believers, too afraid to venture another trip. The story surrounding Helen’s Bridge is one of tragedy, like many ghost stories. The bridge was built in 1909 and served as a carriageway for the Zealandia Castle. Rumor has it that Helen lived nearby (although some sources claim she lived inside Zealandia Castle) with her daughter. After her daughter was killed in a fire, Helen hung herself from Zealandia’s Bridge now referred to as the infamous Helen’s Bridge.
People who have the courage to visit Helen’s Bridge claim to experience car failure, an eerie stillness followed by unusual sounds, and apparitions of a woman in white. Tells of white ladies and women in white can be found throughout the world. They all involved a young woman dressed in all white, often haunting rural areas, and has a consistent theme revolving around the loss of a husband, boyfriend, or fiancé, and either the murder of her children or the loss of her children. No one knows for sure if Helen is a true woman in white, but the witness testimony and her back story lead me to believe it is entirely possible. For those interested in seeing this legend in person, just follow the coordinates posted below.
GPS Coordinates: 35.59543219828985, -82.53810994327068