William Richardson

The Ghosts of Newberry

By William Richardson

The Ghosts of Newberry

Ghost of Madeline, Newberry, S.C.

The legend of Madeline, the young woman who climbed the bell tower of Keller Hall at Newberry College, and while searching for her fiance', John, she slipped and fell to the ground with the bell tower rope wrapped around her neck, and was strangled. A local doctor said she died of a broken heart. Students at the college have told stories of seeing Madeline in a sheer, white dress.

Bride of West End, Newberry, S.C.

Ghost of Zoe at Poogan's Porch

By William Richardson

Ghost of Zoe at Poogan's Porch

Poogan's Porch has been located on Queen Street in Charleston, S.C. since 1976. Zoe St. Amand and her sister, Elizabeth, were spinsters who lived together for more than 60 years, the last 20 of which were lived there on Queen Street. When Elizabeth died after a short illness, Zoe couldn't deal with it very well. She moved into a nursing home and died there in 1954, nine years after her sister's death. The new owners turned the house into a restaurant and many renovations were needed, which angered Zoe greatly.

Active Violence Training

By William Richardson

A sign on a rescue workers vest

No matter what your profession, training is essential, and we all never stop learning. This is especially true in modern times when it comes down to how Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel are trained to react to situations that happen all too frequently today. Spartanburg County Law Enforcement, Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Teams are taking the lead in providing the training needed to respond to today’s ever changing acts of violence.

 

FEMA Staging at Spartanburg Downtown Airport

By William Richardson

A line of ambulances

Prior to Hurricane Florence making landfall on the Carolina coasts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) determined that Spartanburg, South Carolina was in an ideal location to pre-stage its assets to move in for post storm emergencies. The Spartanburg Downtown Airport hosted the group.
 

 

The Gray Man and Hurricanes

By William Richardson

The Gray Man

Plowden C.J. Weston went to England to be educated but returned to his beloved Pawleys Island, where he and his lovely English wife, Emily Esdaille Weston, built the Pelican Inn. He lived until almost the end of the Civil War, but died of tuberculosis in 1864. After his death, people began to see the Gray Man before every major hurricane.

Could the figure in the gray greatcoat be that of Plowden C.J. Weston, who loved Pawleys Island more than anyone else?
 

Southern Campaign Tour

By William Richardson

Reenactment photo of Southern Campaign production

South Carolina historian Dr. Walter Edgar and park ranger John Slaughter explain the significant role South Carolina played in the Revolutionary War.

Mechatronics

By William Richardson

robot inside a manufacturing facility

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. As technology advances, the subfields of engineering multiply and adapt. Mechatronics' aim is a design process that unifies these subfields. Many schools in the Upstate of South Carolina are keying in on the educational aspects of this technical field.

Camp Croft

By William Richardson

Camp Croft

Camp Croft, a WWII Army Infantry Replacement Center located near Spartanburg, SC. Since 2001, this site has served to honor those who worked and trained at Croft from 1940 to 1946 and to memorialize all US military service personnel who have lost their lives in pursuit of American freedom. One of the Historic figures that came through Camp Croft is Henry Kissinger.

Drunken Jack, The Pirate

By William Richardson

Drunken Jack

During the golden age of piracy, there came an afternoon on which a pirate ship sailed into Murrell's Inlet to bury a treasure they would imbibe in that very night. By late in the afternoon, the rum had been buried and the pirates had begun to build there bonfires. Many frolicked on until midnight. However, Jack had drunk his last, just before sundown, and was last seen crawling toward scrub oaks. When Jack awoke the next morning, the ship had gone and there he was alone. He dug up some of the rum and that became his sustenance.

The Legend of Becky Cotton

By William Richardson

Becky Cotton

Becky Cotton was born around 1765 and married John Cotton around 1785. Becky's father was killed when three men burst into the house, but her husband did nothing to stop it. The legend has it that she waited for him to fall asleep and buried an axe into his skull. She was tried but was so beautiful and bewitching that the jury acquitted her. She married one of the jurors, but then was killed by her brother on the courthouse steps. The story goes on...

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