It is said that Charleston has more ghosts than any other city in America. Why is that so?
Centuries old, Charleston’s countless tragic events have left restless spirits roaming the city. The very trees that stand at the Battery were once used to hang Pirates; and it is rumored that the ghosts of Pirates can be seen walking and screaming there from time to time.
Folly: Folly Island is haunted by the ghost of Blackbeard. Blackbeard once blockaded Charleston and threatened to burn the city. He used Folly Island as his hideout and even had a house there, which has since been destroyed by a hurricane. Civil War soldiers as well as a confederate officer have reportedly been spotted at and around the Morris Island lighthouse on the edge of Folly. The police and Coast Guard have also been called out there for over 100 years, because people have spotted a woman in a white dress and apron standing in the doorway of the lighthouse.
Old City Jail: Built in 1802, it not only housed but is responsible for the deaths of many criminals, which are said to still haunt the jail today. One of these criminals was the first female serial killer in the United States, while others involve pirates and slaves.
Battery Carriage House Inn: At the Battery Carriage Inn, a headless torso has often appeared in peoples’ rooms. Reportedly, the figure is from the Civil War when a large battery of guns blew up in the area. In another legend dating to the 1930s, a man was working on the roof of the Inn when the headless torso appeared. He was so frightened that he jumped off the roof and was killed, and his ghost is also said to roam about on the roof and in the yard below.
Poogan’s: On Queen Street in downtown Charleston is the restaurant, Poogan’s Porch. Zoe St Amand died in the house in 1954, and it is said that she still haunts the restaurant, often playing tricks by moving things and slapping things off tables when she’s angry. A friendlier ghost is rumored to live there too: the dog after which the restaurant is named! If you faintly feel something licking your legs, it just maybe Poogan, the pooch. Haha! .
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