South Carolina 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 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...