The Chapel Hill Historical Society


Dromgoole, Twice-Murdered: Unraveling a Southern Legend

Presentation by E. T. Malone, Jr.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:00-5:00 PM
Meeting Room B
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC

Peter Pelham Dromgoole's mysterious disappearance in 1833 from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill created a legend that he had been killed in a midnight duel on Piney Prospect. Inspired by this tale, a secret society, the Order of Gimghoul, constructed massive Gimghoul Castle on the spot in 1925. The legend, repeated to every generation of Carolina students, has inspired poems, short stories, and novels, plus reams of newspaper, radio, television, and internet features.

E.T. Malone, Jr., UNC MA 1975, journalist, illustrator, folklorist, and local historian, lives in Warrenton, NC. His recently published book, Dromgoole, Twice-Murdered, reveals the true fate of Peter Pelham Dromgoole. Malone has spent decades tracing the many and varied threads of this fascinating story, from abandoned Virginia plantation houses, to the National Archives, to its culmination among the swaying palms and coquina walls of St. Augustine's Castillo de San Marcos.

Image: Cover of Dromgoole, Twice Murdered: Unraveling a Southern Legend of Duels, Disappearance, Seminole Wars, Secret Societies, Mystery, Castles, & Flagler's Millions, by E. T. Malone Jr.

Free and open to the public. Call the Chapel Hill Historical Society for information: 919-929-1793.