THE LIVELY-TATE BLOOD FEUD
The Blood Feud between the Lively and Tate families has gone on for as long as anyone knew. So long, in fact, that it seems there’s not one soul left alive that can still tell the tale of how it all began. Some legends say it began nearly one hundred years ago. Others claim the deadly feud is even older. It’s possible it began with a land dispute over access to Clear Creek, a prominent water source for the Fruitland community near Hendersonville, NC. As it goes with tales and deadly histories such as these, not much is known about who the original villains might’ve been, nor who drew first blood.
THE LEGEND OF THE FARM
When the young and beautiful Missy Mae Lively spurned her arranged marriage in favor of Billy Joe Tate, the young lovers knew they must keep their plans secret. When Missy’s brothers witnessed their forbidden union, the couple planned to runaway and elope. On the night they were to begin their new lives together, Missy snuck down to Clear Creek dressed in a delicate white dress. She’d been sewing, in secret, for months, and had planned to marry her beloved Billy while wearing it. Alas, Billy never came.
Night after night she waited beneath the tree where Billy Joe had carved their names, but Billy Joe was gone. When his body was found, Missy was inconsolable, and her mind was broken. Rumors began to circulate that Missy herself had ended Billy’s life. ‘Who could love someone as deranged as Missy Mae Lively?’
One day, Missy disappeared into the ‘cursed’ woods near her family’s farm. Locals had often claimed a witch inhabited those woods. Many parents would forbid their children from venturing there because, regardless of any ‘ghost stories,’ the woods were still dangerous. Shortly after that, tragedy after tragedy would befall the Fruitland community. Young men, women, and children would go missing near the Lively Farm, often never to be seen again. While locals knew the Livelys were involved, there was never any proof, and never any bodies. Neighbors began to report seeing a young woman in a long white dress, and the entire Lively Family now had a reputation for being evil, or cursed.
Locals told folks to stay away from what had now come to be known as,
The Scariest Haunted House in North Carolina.
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