This story was originally chronicled on the @SpookyCLT Instagram feed. You can see the original post below.
With SpookyCLT, my colleagues and I search far and wide for the creepiest and most haunted corners of Charlotte. While we typically find stories of haunted pubs or hidden history, every now and then something will be hiding right under our feet. This story was brought to light in the Charlotte section of Reddit where a local real estate agent shared pictures of what seemed to be a decades-old, man-made atomic bomb shelter.
When Zach Hooper was looking to sell this Charlotte home, he was focused on the traditional listing details, such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms it had. But, when he discovered that more than ten feet beneath the foundation rested a multi-corridor bomb shelter that hadn’t been touched in over a decade, he knew he needed to explore further.
The listing agent shared some details about the home owner/bomb shelter engineer. As the story goes, W.F Abee was an ex-Marine, a proactive doomsday prepper and a bit of a mad scientist. Abee constructed the labyrinth of corridors and hallways with doomsday in mind, but also designed it with a pathway to an observatory he built. That observatory, also referred to as a lighthouse, was flooded during a hurricane years ago and, since then, the bomb shelter laid hidden and silent.
Hooper is a self-proclaimed skeptic when it comes to all things supernatural, but nevertheless, when he entered the shelter, he knew something was off.
“It was quite overwhelming with the cold misty air touching your face and neck,” describes Hooper. “And the sense of … something being there with you. Waiting for your lights to turn off.”
The shelter itself seems to devour all light, somehow rendering flashlights rather ineffective.
Hooper intends to keep the location secret. Unless, of course, you’re in the market for a three-bedroom, two-bath home and some bonus square footage on the extra spooky side.
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