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A Real Fairy Sighting in North Carolina

Updated on June 5, 2012
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Kitty has been independently researching and studying the fae for over 15 years. She enjoys sharing what she's learned with her readers.

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Real Fairy Sightings in the US

When we think of fairies, most of us immediately think of pixies, gnomes, or leprechauns from Ireland. Most of us have no clue that dozens of the Native American tribes in the United States believed in the "little people", just as the Europeans did for many centuries. In fact, there have been real fairy sightings in the United States for hundreds of years. Some real fairy sightings have occurred in the past couple of years, right here in America. Nonsense, some might say. But if the non-believer would travel back in time to a year when nature was still Queen of the Earth, that non-believer would meet people all over the world (even right here in the United States) who not only believed in fairies but have had many real fairy encounters. To the Cherokee tribe, the little people were just as real as you and I.

The Cherokee tribe of the North Carolina mountains believed in different types of fairies, including the moon-eyed people, laurel people, and more. Of course they had their own Cherokee names for the little people which sounded a lot different than the names presented above. And just as the Irish and Scottish believed that fairies could be benevolent and also mischievous, so did the Cherokee. In many cases, they believed that the fairies were nature spirits who guarded the mountain and the wildlife living on the mountain. Some stories tell of the fairies actually helping the Cherokee on hunting trips, while other stories depict a different type of fairy that liked to play tricks on the Cherokee hunters by tripping them, et cetera.

Many of the real fairy sightings that the Cherokee tribes experienced for many years have been forgotten or not handed down, but I'll bet if you ask the right person some real fairy sighting stories still exist among the Cherokee tribe. There is one story of Chimney Rock in North Carolina of a real fairy sighting that happened in the late 1800s, and it was experienced by more than one person. All of whom were not Cherokee Natives but were Caucasian villagers.

(Just as a pre-cursor to this real fairy sighting story, I believe I have a few minor details incorrect as far as the sequence but the meat & plot of the story is true.)

There was a professor (a man of reasonable logic) in 1891 who was working in his home when there came a knock at the door. A few children had pleaded with the professor to come to the side of Chimney Rock mountain to see the "people floating around on the side of the mountain". The professor ended up dismissing this cry for help as simply a prank being done to amuse the children on a boring Summer's day. But then, a few minutes later, another knock came at his door. This time it wasn't the mischievous children but an older woman who lived in the village. She was also pleading with him to come and see the "ghosties" on the side of Chimney Rock mountain. At this point he decided he would accompany the old woman to Chimney Rock to assure her that there was no supernatural thing floating on the side of the mountain.

But when he got there, he saw it. There were dozens of bright beings flying around the side of the mountain...right there on the side of Chimney Rock! He couldn't believe what he was seeing. Was he witnessing a real fairy sighting? These beings were bright and all wearing white gowns, they looked like humans but were flying. There was dozens of these fairies, even appeared to be men, women, and children. It was a sight that he never dreamed of seeing in all of his years. Many more people from the village went that day to see the real fairies or little people, some in later years claiming they were indeed angels, and the story lived on for years afterwards at Chimney Rock. In my honest opinion, I believe they had a real fairy encounter that day though many religious people don't want to attribute the sighting to real fairies but would rather say they were angels at this point. Such a shame, really.

While a real angel encounter would be a thing of wonderful magnitude, a real fairy sighting at Chimney Rock just seems to fit easier with the Cherokee legends of the little people and real fairies that have circulated that area for hundreds of years.

What do you think? Do you think the Cherokee were right when it came to real fairy sightings in the Chimney Rock park area? There was no way dozens of people had the same mirage or hallucination, especially since the mirage or hallucination lasted for hours that day. And if they were all poisoned or on drugs of some nature, why would they see the exact same thing? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this real fairy sighting. You probably already know what I believe.

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    S P Austen 

    2 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

    Always an interesting subject, Nicole; although I am clairvoyant and mediumistic, I cannot claim to have seen any fairies - yet! One of my favourite books however, is "The Boy Who Saw True" compiled from the diaries of a boy living in northern England in the last century. He saw many 'Nature Spirits' and was extremely gifted clairvoyantly. I think that you would find this a must read, and get a tremendous amount of confirmation from it. Sending my best wishes, Steve.

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    Kitty Fields 

    13 months ago from Summerland

    PinoyWitch - WHOA. That's crazy! Sometimes I can't tell the difference between angel and fairy sightings. Especially when they float and wear all white.

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    Jude Ian 

    13 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Can't believe I missed this, but then again you wrote it before I joined hubpages. The description of said fairies sounds eerily similar to stories about enchanted beings I was told as a child. We call them Engkantos here in Ph, meaning the enchanted ones. Maria Makiling is described in such a way as well. These floating fairies you wrote about remind of the fairies in The Magicians tv series, all wearing white and no wings. My sister in law have encountered them twice. First when she was a little girl, she claimed she saw a beautiful glowing woman wearing a wonderful white gown beside an old tree outside their house. The second time however, it was much more darker..just hovering over my brother(her husband) when he was fishing in a nearby pond in the woods in the back of our neighborhood.

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    Kitty Fields 

    3 years ago from Summerland

    MonkeyShine75 - If you research the origins of fairies and what our European ancestors believed about fairies, you would see that fairies were not always considered "good" or "evil" but were either neither or both. Often they could be tricksters and play pranks on humans, and sometimes they were feared for being dangerous. So you might have felt the right thing!

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    Mara Alexander 

    3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Thank you Kittythedreamer I never would have thought they were Fairies that came in that night because they were so frightening and I sensed they were evil/dangerous. I don't know if that was true empathy, or my imaginative thinking, due to the fact they were different from me

    Thank you

    Mara

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    Kitty Fields 

    3 years ago from Summerland

    Monkeyshine75 - Sounds like fairies to me! Wow what a wild and amazing experience you had.

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    Mara Alexander 

    3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Great hub thank you for sharing

    When I was very small, around 4 years old, there were two very small beings surrounded by light who came in through my bedroom window one night. I was on the second story and the window was open, so that had to be the way they entered. I was extremely afraid of them because of their size, and tried to put my pillow over them, but they got away. Even though I couldn't breathe I pulled the cover over my head, and stayed there, terrified.

    Now I think they must have been faeries

    Vote up your hub

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    Kitty Fields 

    4 years ago from Summerland

    Redfawn - Tell me about these moon eye people...I'd love to hear more, friend!

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    Redfawn 

    4 years ago

    Awesome , I am Cherokee an from western Carolina .. Member of the eastern band .. I see moon eye ppl all the time I talk to them an I Also for some reason am able to walk upon most wild creatures like bears n deer an bobcats without them being afraid of me

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, popsock. I think there's a lot we don't know about...and I find it humorous that just because science hasn't proven something that that would warrant others to call it silly.

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    popsock 

    5 years ago

    Definitely a possibility. I wouldn't rule it out, there a many places on this world that have yet to be discovered. It would be a real smack in the face for scientists if concrete proof was found :)

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, ThompsonPen. There is so much synchronicity in legends all over the world, and even so with the legends of fairies. It's undeniable that some part of these legends must hold some truth. Blessings.

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    Nicola Thompson 

    5 years ago from Bellingham, WA

    That was beautiful! I love it! I didn't know that other cultures had fairies in them that weren't European. I love learning about Native American lore. I like hearing about synchronicities in myths and lore of completely different cultures. It begs the question of whether or not there is truth to them. Well done!

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    Kitty Fields 

    5 years ago from Summerland

    Enelle - Thanks so much. I actually read of it in a book from the library a few months ago...an older book on hauntings in the South.

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    Enelle Lamb 

    5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

    What a great hub! I sure wouldn't mind seeing a faery or two!

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Efficient Admin. I've heard it is a beautiful place. :)

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    Efficient Admin 

    6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    I was just at Chimney Rock Labor Day Weekend. Nothing out of the ordinary happened except I saw a really awesome waterfall. It is a really cool place.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    I've taken a video of a bright green one before, but it was so shaky you could barely tell! :)

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    A bright pink dragonfly? That sounds so pretty. I've had quite a few dragonflies visiting lately. My favourite are the electric blue ones. I would love to get a shot of it but they just don't sit still long enough.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    I saw a bright pink dragonfly today and wondered if it wasn't a fairy who had shapeshifted! Thanks for commenting, Lilleyth. :)

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    Suzanne Sheffield 

    6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

    Another thought-provoking hub Kitty. Your articles have made me more aware of my surroundings. As recently as yesterday as I sipped my coffee in my porch I was scanning the flower beds and the vines that nearly cover the screen for little folk. I've been to Chimney Rock, having lived in the Carolina's, and wish now I had knowledge of this event.

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    Kalux 

    6 years ago from Canada

    Very interesting, I never really thought about whether they were real or not.

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Count me in, Ladies. I love the energy I get from spending time outside. Whether it's lying on the grass feeling the warmth of the sun, splashing in the surf or gardening. It's so relaxing and rejuvenating.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Dolores - Okay, thanks for letting me know about their bio. As for being depressed if you lack a connection with nature, I am the exact same way. I love sitting outside and just watching the animals and bugs and just listening to all the sounds of nature. It is truly special.

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    Dolores Monet 

    6 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Well this wasn't in one of their novels but in a biography of Charlotte. I certainly feel that people have suffered from a lack of engagement in the natural world. If I don't get my nature "fix" even if it's in the hammock under a tree in my yard, I become anxious and depressed. There is magic, or a spiritual awareness in nature.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Dolores - I didn't know the Brontes had any stories with fairies...I'll have to look into that for sure. Thanks for sharing that. As for becoming too involved in the modern world, it's a sad truth. I think there was much more magic to be felt and seen in this world before industrialization and technology took over. It's a shame...maybe we would still be seeing fairies and other things if we weren't so soaked in iPhones, iPads, large vehicles, building cities, etc.

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    Dolores Monet 

    6 years ago from East Coast, United States

    This reminds me of reading about the Brontes ( Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) the great writers of early Victorian England. They had an elderly housekeeper who told them that fairy sightings had become rare as the factories and industrialization of the area chased them away. I think that our loss of the natural world has interfered with our beliefs in those old tales, that we have become too involved in the modern world and have lost something because of it.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Garangwyn - I'm sure you won't lose followers if you believe in fairies. :) I see them a lot that way, as well. They are just so fast I can't catch a straight glimpse of them...and I know they're not dragonflies though they almost look like that but they're too fast to be dragonflies. Thanks for sharing!

    DFiduccia - Thanks so much. I have more than one on the little people...I have dozens. I'm obsessed...can you tell? :)

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    DFiduccia 

    6 years ago from Las Vegas

    Both of your hubs on little people are interesting and well- written. I love articles about unexplained mysteries, and these had my attention. Awesome-- Voted up.

    DF

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    Garangwyn 

    6 years ago from Fresno, California

    I definitely believe in the faery folk...at the expense of losing some followers (okay, I only have one, so I won't be losing much at this point! lol)...I not only believe in them, I have a clan, family, tribe -- whatever they call their little group -- that live with me. I catch a glimpse now and then out of the corner of my eye...but they are usually way too fast for me to see them. However, they have other ways of making themselves known.

    The Fey are a completely different species of beings than angels. Those who believe in only what they can see will laugh at that...but I wonder what they have to say about microscopic organisms? We have just not found the instrument with which most of us can see these beings...doesn't mean they aren't there!

    Interesting article...thank you. All indigenous people all over the world have their stories of little people and fairies. They can't all be eating magic mushrooms...

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    AP - Yes, I really would love to visit the area...maybe I could see a real fairy there too! After all, I see them in Florida why wouldn't I see them in the mountains of NC? :) Thanks for reading.

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    Alastar Packer 

    6 years ago from North Carolina

    Had a time with which one to read first Kitty, this story or your new one on the Georgia haunting. Some might laugh at the Cherokee legends of "moon-eyed people" and such but we're not laughing are we. The Chimney Rock area is a conducive area for paranormal sightings probably because of the make-up of all the big rocks everywhere, i don't know for sure but that's a possibility suppose. The 1800s story you wrote on was written up extensively in the papers back then. Fairies, angels, who knows but there are what seem to be air spirits there for real. Good article Kitty and if you and the family get a chance definitely check the park out, its an awesome place.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    beth - Wow, awesome. I'd really love to visit Chimney Rock myself and see what sort of magick covers that entire area. Thanks so much for sharing. :) Always good to see your face on here.

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    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Kitty, great to see an article written to the Chimney Rock "critters" or "fairies" as they're called by locals. As a matter of fact I've been there a few times, and well I'll just say the reports are not without credibility.

    Voting up.

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    sarah - Thanks, again! You're absolutely right.

    flashmakeit - Intriguing article, but I don't think it's a super reliable source, unfortunately. Thanks for sharing though! :)

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    flashmakeit 

    6 years ago from usa

    Yes at one time winged humans roamed the Earth in mass groupings. The proof is in this article.

    http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/28108/archaeo...

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    Sarah Crandall Herbert 

    6 years ago from Grass Valley, California

    We are both becoming more in tune each day. It is our little one that we have to keep up with. I have noticed that the kids in ages ranged birth to 19ish are very intuitive and in tune with Mother Earth :)

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    Kelley - I believe it was "Yunwi Tsunsdi" but there are other terms I've seen too.

    onegreenparachute - I have no idea, maybe they were trying to send a message.

    sarah - Very intriguing! It sounds like you and your husband are both very spiritually in tune with nature and the earth. Awesome!

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    Sarah Crandall Herbert 

    6 years ago from Grass Valley, California

    I absolutely believe in little people, fairies and all of that. All based upon my own experiences but it was not until my non believing husband (who is Native American)woke up in the middle of the night and was compelled to look out the window. What he saw he described as a leprechaun with dreads, wearing a long t-shirt and moccasins. The little guy stood at the base of the Incense Cedar in our front yard, then walked over to an ashtray we had in the front. After I researched a little bit I learned that the Native Americans in all areas saw these little guys. Apparently they bring good or bad luck (depending upon your state of mind when you see them), they love tobacco and use the Incense Cedar bark as the Native Americans do for ritual. So it makes sense that he was at our tree and in out ashtray. I also found out that around the same time my husband saw this guy, he and others were being spotted by others in the mountain range in which we live. I know it all sounds crazy to non-believers (as it did my husband) but honest this happened.

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    Carol 

    6 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    I didn't know about the Native American beliefs either. Very interesting! I wonder why these beings chose to reveal themselves on that particular day at Chimney Rock? Voted up & interesting!

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    Kelley1987 

    6 years ago from Georgia

    This was really interesting! If I ever go to Chimney Rock, I will ask the locals about this legend. Do you know what the Cherokees called the little people?

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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    maryhoneybee - I fully agree. :) Thanks for reading & the support!

    phoenix - I did an entire hub on the various tribes and the different types of fairies that they believed in. Read that here if you're interested:

    https://exemplore.com/magic/Native-American-Belief...

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Very interesting hub. I was surprised to learn Native Americans believed in little people too. I thought it was just a Celtic thing.

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    maryhoneybee 

    6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

    Doesn't surprise me! This planet is full of mystery and wonder, and I think that includes fairies and the like. People are so quick to write off such encounters, but not all of them can only be people's imagination. Very interesting! Voted up. =)

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