02/12/07 93 W, 1 I - + 11 - 14 Catholic Orphanage, 1905

On October 29, 1905, the dormitory at the Catholic Orphanage burned. The building housed priests and students of the priesthood. Three people were injured leaping from the roof (!), one of whom later died. Several decades later, the story inspired the legend of "Cry Baby Lane," where visitors to the site purportedly heard screaming children and smelled smoke. The orphanage was located in the Nazareth Community west of Raleigh, around the present-day Centennial Campus. This newspaper photo was taken some time later, for a feature on local institutions.

i lived at Nazereth in the 60’s. altho the best years of my childhood it could be very unsettling. the cry-baby lane legend is true. it was usually experienced on the lane which dead ended at cardinal gibbons high school.
jon (Email) - 10/02/10 - 21:52

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