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By: palmettobug53 , 12:11 AM GMT on October 22, 2007
Picture a group of kids around the campfire. They've been hiking and swimming and climbing all day. Having fun. Supper was hot dogs roasted over the fire, with soda pop fished from the cooler. The tents are set up just just on the edge of the clearing. The full moon is high. The fire has died down now and the embers glow. Marshmallows on straightened coathangers dangle over the fire. As the campers nibble on their melted, gooey treats, there comes a sudden snap of a twig out in the darkness. All eyes turn and look but they see nothing. One of the older campers winks at his companion and whispers to the group: "Did you ever hear the story about Lavinia Fisher?"
Ah, the joys of camping out on a moonlit night. Lying in your tent with the earlier campfire stories of murderous tavern keepers, ghostly hoofbeats, unexplained balls of light and headless torsos interfering with a good night's sleep. Starting at the unexplained noises in the surrounding woods. Certain that you will not survive until dawn.
While they can't compare in number with the tales from England and elswhere across the pond, the South Carolina Lowcountry has it's share of ghost stories. I remember being told quite a few. They were whispered at overnight sleepovers, whether outside or inside. And they were all guaranteed to keep the entire group of us awake for half the night, until exhaustion overtook us! LOL
Years ago, I went several times out to see the Summerville Light. And on one of those visits, I did see something. It was a light and it did seem to act strangely but I can't swear that it really was "The Light". There was a group of us that night and it's possible we simply scared each other into thinking we saw something. You know, that mass hysteria type thing!
I've been in the Old Charleston Jail but nothing odd happened. I did know a couple that lived about a block away and the wife would not walk past the place after dark.
Over 30 years ago, I did spend the night with some friends in the St. Philip's and Congregational churchyards, in hopes of seeing something. Again, I think we scared each other and were just seeing shadows from the trees and streetlights.
I have been in quite a few of the supposed haunted buildings in the downtown area and I imagine that, after dark, they could be very spooky.
Whether or not "ghosts" exist, I can't say but as Shakespeare wrote, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
So, without further ado, here are a few of the local ghosts:
The Summerville Light
Charleston County Stories and Legends
The Whistling Doctor
Ghosts of Charleston
More Ghosts of Charleston
The Grey Man of Pawleys Island
The Ghosts of the Battery Carriage House
Haunted Places in S.C.
The Ghost of Poogan's Porch
You Tube at the Old City Jail
If I can locate some more, I'll post links. Most of my searches are coming up with links to tour companies, who do ghost tours, rather than stories about the ghosts themselves.
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