SC Folklore

The Ghosts of Charleston's Old City Jail

August 13, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Jail

Built in 1802 and operational until 1939, the Old Charleston Jail housed the city’s most notorious criminals. Among those criminals, John and Lavinia Fisher and members of their gang were kept there until their execution in 1820. Among other famous prisoners, Denmark Vesey...

South Carolina Legend: The Ghost Hound of Goshen

October 26, 2018 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Charles Dymock
 The Ghost Hound of Goshen

According to Ernest Shealy, The Ghost Hound of Goshen or “Happy Dog” is not a nice spirit. But does this killer canine really exist or is it just a made-up mutt? Shealy, curator of the Newberry Museum, recounts the story of Union and Newberry counties’ famous ghost dog. In...

SCETV's In-Depth Look at the Folklore Surrounding "Alice" of the Hermitage

October 23, 2018 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Brandie Perron
Alice's Grave Marker In All Saints Cemetery

More than 150 years ago, the legend of Alice Flagg of the Hermitage began. This young lady from the banks of the inlet in Georgetown County has touched the lives of many, including the Chandler boys – who grew up sleeping in Alice’s room. Variations to the history are...

The Ghosts of Newberry

October 15, 2018 - Posted in Carolina Stories 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...

Ghost of Zoe at Poogan's Porch

October 8, 2018 - Posted in Carolina Stories 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...

The Gray Man and Hurricanes

October 1, 2018 - Posted in Carolina Stories 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...

South Carolina Ghost Stories

October 31, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene
Jack-O-Lantern in the dark

In this episode of Palmetto Scene, view ghost stories from around the state.

Caught on Camera: Ghosts of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

October 30, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Photo of ghost

It’s no secret that Charleston is one of South Carolina’s most haunted cities. The SCETV production team decided to highlight a place with lots of claims of unexplained paranormal phenomena…the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. The USS Yorktown has a long history dating back...

Drunken Jack, The Pirate

October 27, 2017 - Posted in Carolina Stories 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...

The History of Halloween

October 27, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Lynn Cornfoot
pumpkins

Costumes, candy, haunted houses, and ghost stories...everything we think of when it comes to Halloween, but it wasn’t always this way. We take a look at how this spooky holiday has transformed over the centuries.

The Legend of Becky Cotton

October 26, 2017 - Posted in Carolina Stories 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...

Lizard Man

October 25, 2017 - Posted in Carolina Stories by William Richardson
Lizard Man

First appeared in 1988, nine feet tall, with a head similar to a human head, and afraid of cars...it's Lizard Man. Purchase the entire Carolina Stories Ghosts and Legends collection at the etvstore.org

Alice of The Hermitage

October 24, 2017 - Posted in Carolina Stories by William Richardson
Alice of The Hermitage

The story of Alice Flagg of Georgetown, who became very ill and died of malaria while in boarding school at the age of 15. Alice's fiance' had given her a diamond ring, but her brother disapproved and told her to give it back. But Alice placed the ring on a ribbon and wore...

Bubba the Ghost

October 23, 2017 - Posted in Carolina Stories by William Richardson
Bubba the Ghost

This is the story of Bubba the Ghost from the S.C. State Museum. Purchase the entire Carolina Stories Ghosts and Legends collection at the etvstore.org