Davie ghost story on TV Friday

Published 8:39 am Thursday, June 2, 2016

Old James L. Chaffin was a restless soul.


A Davie County court said so.

And come Friday night, more people will be introduced to the story of James L. Chaffin and the famous ghost will that was featured in John Harden’s 1954 book, “Tar Heel Ghost Stories.”

The ghost story is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Friday on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries At The Musuem.” Davie County Public Library Director Jane McAllister was interviewed, describing the artifacts in the history room there.

Davie Clerk of Court Ellen Drechsler, with help from volunteer Alice Hanes, pored through documents in the Davie County Courthouse to find the original documents from the early 1900s.

The story goes like this.

Jim Chaffin died in 1921, and his will left all of his belongings to his third son, Marshall. Nothing for his other three sons. Nothing for his wife.

About a year later, Marshall died, and all of the belongings went to Marshall’s wife and son.

That’s the way it was for about four years, until Chaffin’s second son, James Pinkney Chaffin, started seeing his father in dreams. The dreams persisted, and his father’s ghost eventually told him where to look for a later will.

He found it, and … see the segment on Mysteries at The Museum to find out. And be proud that the artifacts in the history room at the local library are worthy of a national television show.

A group viewing is being planned at Tanglewood Pizza Company in Bermuda Run.