15 terrifying Places in South Carolina

  1. Admiral’s House (Charleston Naval Base)
  2. Built in 1905, it not surprising that this house has a history. The story goes that at night you can see a small slave girl in a clump of trees on the property.

    Scary old plantation house, home of slave owners.
    Scary old plantation house, home of slave owners.

  3. Crybaby Bridge (Anderson, SC)
  4. Crybaby Bridge in Anderson South Carolina
    A bridge where you can hear the ghost of a dead babies cries.

    Too many tales to tell. However, it is said that if you stop on this bridge at night, cut off your car, you can hear the crying of a baby and see the mother walking the bridge looking for her child. My sister has personal experience with this phenomena and I have to say that I’ve never seen my sister so scared as when she is recounting the story of that night.

  5. Hell’s Gate/Oakwood Cemetery (Spartanburg, SC)
  6. Hell's Gate at Oakwood Cemetery
    Hell’s Gate at Oakwood Cemetery

    This cemetery has the honor of being known by most as probably the “most haunted place in South Carolina”. It is said that you will have phone problems during the day, i.e., the phone battery draining, a busy signal, phone ringing when it has been cut off. At night however, it is said you will see orbs, a white shrouding mist, and the laughter of children. NOTE: If you do go there after dark, know that it is notorious for homeless and vandal inhabitants.

  7. Montrose Cemetery (Darlington, SC)
  8. Montrose Cemetery in Darlington South Carolina
    Montrose Cemetery in Darlington South Carolina

    This cemetery has been explored by paranormal investigators and anyone brave enough to go there after dark. Established ca.1789, this cemetery has quite a history. People have said to have seen orbs, hearing children, the primal scream of a woman, a hulking black figure, and have noted that even though they were using the flash on their camera, the pictures came out pitch black.

  9. Salem Black River Church (Sumter, SC)
  10. Salem Black River Church (Sumter, SC)
    Salem Black River Church (Sumter, SC)

    This church is said to be haunted by a priest whose entire family died from the plague. In the back of the church is a small building that has been noted to have flickering lights and sometimes you can see the shadow of a man.

  11. White Point Gardens (Charleston, SC)
  12. White Point Gardens (Charleston, SC)
    White Point Gardens (Charleston, SC)

    There is so much going on here that I don’t believe I would be able to detail all of it. Let’s note that Charleston is rife with history so there is no surprise that there are hauntings in these gardens!

  13. The Hermitage (Murrells Inlet, SC)
  14. The Hermitage (Murrells Inlet, SC)
    The Hermitage (Murrells Inlet, SC)

    This site is home of a very sad story of a lost love. Alice Flagg (the sister of a prominent doctor), had fell in love with a lumberman whose lack of stature wasn’t acceptable within their family. After the painful love story, she had fallen ill and died of what was suspected to be malaria, her brother found the ring on a ribbon around her neck and threw it in the marshes. It is said that she still walks the grounds and she is clutching her chest hoping that one day she will find the ring that her true love gave her.

  15. South Carolina Lunatic Asylum (Columbia, SC)
  16. South Carolina Lunatic Asylum (Columbia, SC)
    South Carolina Lunatic Asylum (Columbia, SC)

    Built between 1822-1827, this asylum has been around long enough to conjure up quite many of it’s own ghost stories. Tales range from suicide to the torture of patients mentally incapable of defending themselves.

  17. Baynard Plantation (Hilton Head)
  18. Baynard Plantation (Hilton Head, SC)
    Baynard Plantation (Hilton Head)

    As the story goes, they say when you visit, you will hear or see the funeral procession of William Baynard passing by the old ruins of his former home. Many have seen and heard the apparitions but there have been no formal documentations.

  19. Cypress Garden Ruins (Monck’s Corner, SC)
  20. Cypress Garden Ruins (Monck’s Corner, SC)
    Cypress Garden Ruins (Monck’s Corner, SC)

    These ruins are actually from the set of the movie ‘The Patriot’. However, many people have reported an eerie presence when visiting the site, it is unclear but there was rumor of a death on the set at some point after the movie was filmed here.

  21. The Abandoned Mansion (Santee, SC)
  22. The Abandoned Mansion (Santee, SC)
    The Abandoned Mansion (Santee, SC)

    There are no known government records of this house nor documentation of when it was abandoned. It has been reported however, that upstairs lights have been seen flickering on and off.

  23. Old Train Buildings and Trestle (Smoaks, SC)
  24. Old Train Buildings and Trestle (Smoaks, SC)
    Old Train Buildings and Trestle (Smoaks, SC)

    Although the railroad is mostly gone and the buildings are falling down, the trestle does remain. It is said that you can sometimes at night still hear a ghost train coming down the tracks.

  25. Greenville’s Tuberculosis Hospital (Greenville, SC)
  26. Greenville’s Tuberculosis Hospital (Greenville, SC)
    Greenville’s Tuberculosis Hospital (Greenville, SC)

    This place has an immense history. At one point it was a tuberculosis hospital, at a later time an insane asylum, and later a prisoner release site before it eventually burned. Paranormal investigators have documented eerie voices and strange sounds at this location.

  27. Seven Devil’s Bridge (Woodruff, SC)
  28. Seven Devil’s Bridge (Woodruff, SC)
    Seven Devil’s Bridge (Woodruff, SC)

    This bridge has a history of seven men being hung here. Now, it has been reported that no one can cross this bridge at the stroke of midnight on foot or they will break down screaming and crying.

  29. Rose Hill Plantation (Union, SC)
  30. Rose Hill Plantation (Union, SC)
    Rose Hill Plantation (Union, SC)

    Just adjacent to Crybaby Bridge, Rose Hill Plantation has been reported to have quite a bit of it’s own paranormal activity. The plantation was built in 1827, the family lived, died, and was buried in a cemetery on the property. This property is a historic site and open to the public for a small fee.

South Carolina carries a rich and sometimes very dark heritage. If you’re interested in visiting any of these locations in South Carolina we encourage you to do so but please be sure to be safe and make sure the area is open to the public, otherwise you could be arrested for trespassing on public property.

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The Lights of Ravenel

As the story goes, three teenage boys were ran over by a logging truck on an empty stretch of road about twenty miles south of Charleston. The boys were buried behind a Baptist Church located along the same road. It is said that if you knock on the church door three times, and say “We want to see the lights” then repeat this process three times, the lights will appear to you on the stretch of road.

A newcomer to the area was told of the lights, and became curious to see them for himself, or to see if there was any truth in the story. So one night he went to the church with some friends at about 11:30pm. He went through the whole knocking procedure, and then they all went back out to the road to wait for the lights. There were several cars already parked on the side of the road, and a few came out of the church-yard after they did. About 12:30am, his friends in the car, all started freaking out. At the same time, the cars in front of them all took off. He looked up the road, and saw only what appeared to be a car (from a distance, the two headlights of a car appeared to the one light – this “one light” was what he saw). He yelled “It’s just a car”. His friends were visibly shaken. The guy in the passenger side just pointed down the road toward the light. He looked again, and this time almost wet his pants. The light had separated, not into two lights, but into three lights. The were lined up side by side, like three motorcycles getting ready to race. After that, they got out of there quick!

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