Goodnight Raleigh - a look at the art, architecture, history, and people of the city at night

Wiccan Shrine — Or What?

Over the past several months I have been exploring and photographing old streetcar tracks and pavements that have been exposed in the course of the many repaving projects now underway in downtown Raleigh. One of those forays took me deep beneath the city streets — and this is what I discovered.

Cautiously, I descended into an unknown netherworld.

Ultimately I found myself in a dank, dark and cold subterranean chamber. As my eyes slowly adjusted to the dim light filtering down from above, I spotted what appeared to be a small devotional shrine someone had erected on the opposite side of the room. Wiccans! — I thought.

 

A box of matches lay atop the makeshift altar, so I lit the pair of candles which had been placed there; they emitted an eerie glow in the darkness.

Suddenly, I heard a distinct ‘kerplunk’ behind me, and I spun around to investigate.

Relieved that no one else had entered the chamber, I looked closer, and realized some small object must have fallen from a cloaca maxima above me into the shallow brackish water at my feet.

I continued my exploration and could see through the culvert beneath the altar that another room appeared in the distance about 50 feet away. However, as the water was considerably deeper in there, I decided to save that particular venture for another day.

As I turned to leave, I snapped a photo of myself reflected in the shiny, hieroglyph-enscribed black tiles of the shrine.

Hmm, I thought, as I extinguished the candles and made my ascent out of this mysterious and hidden, subterranean chamber — Wiccans? I dunno. But with all that concrete and brickwork down there — maybe this secret shrine has some kind of association with the Masons?


Discuss Raleigh

  • Recent Comments:

    • Ginny Kellum: C. Smith – yes, our recess was on a dirt yard…you forgot that pile of coal that was always...
    • Jack: I couldn’t agree more. Our grandparents stayed there in the 60’s we loved fishing in the pond and...
    • Ivy Allen: Hi to all, My name is Ivy Allen. My sibs and I lived at the Methodist Home for children from 1961-1963. If...
    • Herb Greene: I am also one of the class of 1955. I almost didn’t get to participate in graduation. Rex McMillan...
    • Laura: I used to be suggested this blog via my cousin. I am now not certain whether or not this submit is written by...
    • BestChara: I have noticed you don’t monetize your page, don’t waste your traffic, you can earn extra cash...
    • Smokey Hollow Girl: I just decided to check in to see any new comments. Boy was I surprised that no one had visited...
    • Ed Bremson: It’s been a long time, but I still remember Tricia Grimes. She was younger than I, but I think we...


  •