At the end of last month, my friends and I took a road trip down to Wilmington to see the Mountain Goats and have a weekend at the beach. A few folks decided they’d rather take a ghost tour instead of the band, which turned out to be a miniature movie-location tour as well. My head turned 180 when they said they saw the apartment building from Blue Velvet, which also happens to be haunted, what.
So our last day there, after swimming, after lunch, after hanging out by the riverwalk, we decided to wander over to the apartment building. We approached from the wrong side (the good picture, up above), so I didn’t recognize it at first. The weirdest part is that it’s a really urban, dark building surrounded by tree-lined streets, historic Victorian houses, and a fountain. Honestly, it just seems a little off, which makes it appropriate.
Here is my shitty picture of the actual recognizable part of the building. That alley/external staircase, man. It’s so cool, but so weird at the same time. I feel like it had to be designed when they thought the more urbane areas of Wilmington would extend outwards a little more.
As for the ghost that supposedly haunts the place, my friends who went on the ghostwalk described it as a naked ghost or an artist who hung out naked on his porch and saw a lady ghost? I tried to confirm this online, but failed. Oh well.
We also walked by a lot of other Blue Velvet locations just by walking around Wilmington. Couldn’t find the street where Jeffrey Beaumont walks like a chicken though, bummer. This guy did a really impressive list of the filming locations in and around Wilmington, so check that out if you’re curious. I will say, that although we didn’t make it to Ben’s Place, we did wind down after the concert with some PBRs.