Wind Phone – Marshall, North Carolina - Atlas Obscura

Wind Phone

Marshall, North Carolina

This disconnected phone allows words to travel in the wind to deceased loved ones.  


There is a place in North Carolina where some believe you can make a phone call to those who passed on. In Marshall, just north of Asheville, resides a phone booth that contains a disconnected rotary phone. Visitors enter the booth, dial, and talk to those who they have not forgotten. The concept behind the booth is that words spoken through the phone will be carried into the wind to the other side. 

The Wind Phone is a replica of Itaru Sasaki’s location in Otsuchi, Japan. It was created with the hope that it could provide comfort to those dealing with grief. 

The mulched earth in the garden next to the phone contains painted rocks of remembrance. Any visitor to the booth can leave their own rock in the garden. 

Know Before You Go

Located about 25 minutes north of Asheville, NC off of Rt. 26. Please be respectful of the neighbors as this special location is in an area where a person's voice can travel.

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