Guests at The Carolina Inn may be surprised to learn why they cannot unlock the doors to their rooms.
Dr. William Jacocks, the most famous of The Carolina Inn’s many ghosts, has been said to haunt the Inn and lock guests out of their rooms for more than 50 years.
Jacocks began his 17-year stay at the Inn in 1948, living out of Room 256 until his death in 1965.
Unlike most guests, employees say he never checked out, becoming a permanent resident at the Inn.
General Manager Jack Schmidt said the legend of Dr. Jacocks draws interest from employees and guests throughout the year.
But Jacocks is not the only ghost taking up residence at the historic Carolina Inn — which was built at the corner of Cameron Avenue and Pittsboro Street in 1924.
There have been nearly 20 reports of ghosts roaming its halls, earning it a spot in America’s Top 10 Haunted Hotels on about.com.
Evidence of Jacocks’ presence includes guests hearing rattling doorknobs, suddenly experiencing cold feet and smelling an unexplainable floral aroma in the room.
Guests and staff have also reported seeing Jacocks roaming the halls in search of unlocked doors.