54th Massachusetts In Their Attack On Fort Wagner
Here is one of the spookiest ghost stories I have ever heard or took part in. Yes I was part of this ghost story. It happened in Folly Beach South Carolina in an old beach house there. I had been living there for some time in the old beach house and had noticed some odd things from time to time but I had not seen a ghost in the house.
The front yard was really badly overgrown and after dark the yard and path leading up to my front door was quite spooky. From time to time I would feel like someone was there in the yard watching me but I never actually saw anyone. And from time to time I would hear people talking in the yard but I just assumed it was real people out on the street in front of the house. At one point I went down to the local library and checked out the history of my house. I found it was built before the civil war and it was used as a field hospital by Union Forces during the civil war. In fact it was to my house where men of the 54th Massachusetts were brought after being injured badly in the attack on Ft Wagner which was then at the end of the island Folly Beach is now on. Many men died in my house while it was a civil war field hospital and there were even unmarked graves both in my yard and in the yards around my house. There were in fact graves under my house. Most of the dead from the 54th Massachusetts were buried in unmarked graves on Folly Island. Over the years storms have uncovered many of these graves.
One weekend my Mom and a female friend of mine and hers came to spend the weekend at my house and while they were there several unusual things occurred. Something they described as feeling like a small child or a large dog kept jumping onto the bed where my Mom and our friend were sleeping.
It really scared them and the next morning they were ready to go check in a motel. The spirit of what ever it was had never made its self known to me but it sure did to my Mom and our friend. The following morning after they had spent the night we all three smelled what smelt like burning flesh in the houses living room. And we saw the shadow of a man in the kitchen area. We spent the rest of the weekend in a motel and I returned to my beach house on Monday morning.
I lived on there for several months and from time to time I would smell the burning flesh smell and I often saw the shadow of what looked like a very large man. He would appear to be in the area of the front of the living room and would cast his shadow into the kitchen. I would hear unexplained voices all the time as would people living in houses in the same area of the beach. Some people claimed to see civil war era soldiers from time to time in the area. Many paranormal investigators say that anywhere where you have great tragedy you will also have hot spots of paranormal activity. Well the area of Folly Island and Folly Beach and the surrounding area has seen much death and tragedy with heavy fighting from the revolutionary war and the civil war occurring in the area. And restless spirits from both wars are seen often in the area.
True Ghost Stories
Over the years I have came across many true ghost stories. Some I really believed and some I was really skeptical about. There is a graveyard on Boundary Street in Newberry South Carolina that has many great true ghost stories associated with it. One is told that if you visit the Boundary Street cemetery on a rainy evening especially after a thunderstorm you may see a black horse drawn hearse being pulled by a black horse with red fiery eyes. Over the years many people have reported seeing the horse drawn hearse.
In the same cemetery a young woman was buried in her wedding gown after she jumped to her death from the outdoor balcony of her parents house also on Boundary Street. She killed herself after hearing that her fiancé had been killed in the civil war. She is seen often walking in the Boundary Street cemetery in her wedding gown.
The Boundary Street cemetery used to be much larger than it is now. The Boundary Street Elementary School was built on top of part of the old cemetery. And kids who are now grown tell of all kinds of strange things going on in the school when they went there as children. They tell of ghosts of people who would walk in thru walls and out thru another wall and of a strange lady in black who would order kids to get out of the graveyard even though they were in the schools ball field. It is said that there are graves under the ball field. Many people over the years saw the lady in black and students down thru the years would try to point her out to teachers but she would vanish right in front of their eyes.
Newberry South Carolina College
The Newberry South Carolina College is said to be haunted by several diffent ghosts of students who committed suicide while they were going to college at the Newberry College. Over the years the college has been the scene of several suicides and the tower part of the main struture was involved in at least two suicides of girl students 65 years apart.
One of the female ghosts is often seen looking out an upstairs window and it is reported that doors open and close on their own and lights in various parts of the college go off and on by themselves. There is a sink with a blood stain in it that comes back no matter how the sink is cleaned. A student in the 1950s cut his own throat over the sink and lay there overnight before he was discovered. Why there have been so many suicides at the college no one can say. But some people say the place is just plain creepy and many students who have come from out of state to the college have left after only a few days giving the reason that they had to get away from the voices. What voices are there and why can only some people hear the voices.
The Grey Man Of Pawleys Island
Ghost Story Of The Grey Man Of Pawleys Island
Over the years the people of Pawleys Island South Carolina tell the ghost story of the Grey Man of Pawleys Island. It is said that when a bad hurricane is coming people will see the Grey Man on or around Pawleys Island. He appears as a warning to the people of the area that a bad hurricane is coming and they better prepare or their ghosts be be warning people next.
People have told of seeing the Grey Man for over 150 years and before Hurricane Hugo which virtually destroyed the South Carolina coast many people reported seeing the Grey Man. And if your ever in the area and see the ghost of the Grey Man you had better take warning.
Know of a true ghost story. Or even a real good ghost story you have heard why not post a comment and tell us about it.
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on December 11, 2014:
Thanks for the comment. It really is appreciated. Ghosts and the paranormal are one of my main topics.
Ashley TKL on December 10, 2014:
A really good hub, Thomas and you had Mike tell his, equivalent to a hub story, as a comment here, which is spooky too. Great read guys, keep it up.
Mike on May 04, 2012:
Hi there, I came across your page looking for Folly Beach incidents as I experienced one myself. I hope this isn't too large of a post for your comment section. This is my 2nd attempt as posting so lets hope it works.
In the summer of 2010 I visited Folly Beach for the first time while I was down there for a wedding with a bunch of friends. We rented a nice house about a half mile or so from the beach. The house was able to sleep 12 or 13, but the first night there was only 5 of us and this is when my strange experience occurred.
I was staying in the kids room which had 2 big wooden bunk beds. The bunk beds were constructed with some pretty thick heavy pieces of wood and the bottom mattress was bigger than the top. In other words, it was quite a heavy and big bunk bed.
The first night there, I lay down in the bottom bunk to go to sleep. Im listening to my ipod trying to get tired when all of the sudden the bed starts shaking a little. I thought it was weird, but didn't think too much of it, a few seconds pass and the bed starts shaking with more force. The room all this is happening in has a hall incorporated into it that attaches another room through a bathroom. So at this stage, I honestly thought my buddy army crawled into my room and was on the floor shaking my bed through the foot board. I sat up expecting to see my friend, but there was nothing there. There was a nightlight so I could see everything in the room clearly. A few more seconds pass and Im still sitting up in bed ..confused...the bed starts shaking quite violently now. The bed was shaking so much that the wood frame started making the sound that it makes when wood rubs against wood. It literally felt like a large man was shaking my bed. My next logical thought was that there was an earthquake happening, but as I look around the room, I see that the other bunk bed and everything else in the room is not shaking or moving.
Now, Im really scared...I have run out of all logical ideas and started thinking "ghosts". I told myself that there has never been anyone who was murdered by a ghost, so even though I was really scared I put my earbuds back in and just tried to relax and ignore it. Not long after me doing this the shaking subsided.
The next day I told my friend about this occurance, and we looked all around the house to find a logical explanation. We looked to see if there were any air compressors attached to the side of the house that could have been causing the vibrations, we really could not find any legitimate reasoning. Soon after my friends girlfriend felt the couch move while she was on it, she thought it was us playing a joke, but we were upstairs on the other side of the house. She also experienced her bed shaking one afternoon when she was trying to take a nap.
I felt the bunk bed shake one more time, this time it was at about 11 am, it woke me up actually, but this time there were 3 other people in the same room as me and to be honest, I didn't even care and wasn't afraid anymore so I just ignored it and went back to sleep.
I still can not say what that phenomenon was, but you can bet I was surprised when I found out that Folly was known for odd happenings or "hauntings". To be honest Im not sure what I believe happened, but I can tell you that I am telling the honest truth here, so make of it what you will.
Matt from Jackson, OH on October 12, 2011:
i vacation here on pawleys island every year and i have actually saw many ghosts in the big house on the end of the island the"last resort"i went in the attic and saw a white appirition of a woman look at me they say watch out then a step broke on the ladder and i fell and when i got back up and looked and she was gone then the next year i saw a white orb float on thebeach then walk in the water and disappear i have a feeling there are a lot of ghosts on this island
aubrey on September 06, 2011:
that was awesome nice pics by the way
True Ghost Stories on April 13, 2011:
Awesome, great stories. I always love ghost stories. I had the opportunity to experience my own. Although I didn't see the ghost it was pretty weird. I was laying on the couch and suddenly I started to hear a girl and a guitar. It was clear as day. I got up and searched the house, looked outside and nothing. No one around and no radio was on. I laid back down and it suddenly started again. Again Looked everywhere and nothing. It happened about three times same lady voice singing, but I never told anyone. Then one day we were moving out and my cousin kept tilting his head as he was trying to listen to something. Well my cousin looked at me "Who is that lady singing" My eyes widen and I cracked a smile, I wasn't crazy.
Jennifer Bhala from Upstate New York on July 03, 2009:
scary stuff. Well written and researched.
Melinda Winner from Mississippi on July 03, 2009:
Great hub and great pictures !