Name: C.C. Pegues
Category: Ghost of a Man
Sighting: Cahaba, Alabama, USA
The ghost of Colonel C.C. Pegues has been seen as a strange orb of light floating through the cedar groves behind his former home in Cahaba, Alabama. From 1820 to 1826, his home served as a jail, but he purchased it and converted it into a house in 1830. He lived there until 1860, when he died. Some speculate that the orb may not be Pegues, rather a prisoner from the old jail.
Location: Cahaba, Alabama, USA
Operation Time: ? – c.1940s
Status: Still standing
Cahaba was chosen to be Alabama’s state capital on November 21st, 1818. By 1820, the town was thriving with large buildings inside of it. However, the town was struck by a major floor five years later that destroyed part of the state house in 1825. The flood occurred due to the low elevation of the town and the two large rivers with a reputation of overflowing. In January, 1826, the capital was changed to Tuscaloosa.
After years of being semi-successful, the town began to fall apart. By 1930, only a few handful of the original buildings were left. The town, no longer inhabited, is now an important archaeological site, and visitors may still go to it. Cahaba has been the setting of several ghost stories during the 19th and 20th centuries, among the true stories being that of a ghostly orb appearing in the now-demolished garden maze at the former home of C. C. Pegues .
- The haunting of Cahaba, Alabama was featured in 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey in the story “Specter in the Maze of Cahaba”.