Ghostly happenings and paranormal activity have long been reported and recorded in South Carolina. Naturally, some places lend themselves more to this activity than others. If you love to live on the edge and seek out creepy hauntings and otherworldly happenings, then there’s no better place than this paranormal museum that’s more like a lab than an exhibit hall.
By day, the Old City Jail in Charleston looks like an interesting old building.
With its aging appearance and the castle turrets this structure could make people initially wonder if this building was once a wealthy residence. However, perhaps the rusting fused steel bars on the windows tell another story to innocent passersby; one that says this castle-like building has more history then this brightly lit facade lets on.
And then as the night falls, this building takes on a whole new personality with an eerily menacing vibe.
After dark, it's almost like you can feel a veil of evil drop on the place.
The Old City Jail in Charleston operated as such from 1802 until 1939.
In 137 years, it's said that 14,000 souls perished at this facility. And it stands to reason that some of them are simply trapped here. (There's a moving white orb in the above photo. Do you see it - just to the right of the stair rail?)
You can tour the old jail nightly. From the moment you step through the doors...
...the museum of the paranormal is staring you right in the face. There are artifacts like this old transport chair likely left behind from when the jail was operational.
Everywhere you look, you'll find signs of the countless lives that passed through this relic.
Even the bars on the windows are an eerie reminder of what life may have been like at the old jail.
From the aging props outside on the lawn...
...to the flogging room on one of the upper floors...
...you'll find artifacts and interesting backstories for just about every item you see and room you visit on the tour.
You'll notice many of the doors to the former cells have been removed.
They're now propped up inside the rooms they used to seal. We wonder if they HAD to be removed because they kept coming up locked.
In one of the rooms there's a ghostly impression of an upside down person on the wall. Creepy, huh?
For sure, the Old City Jail is like a lab, a paranormal lab/museum.
A tour here is like a totally interactive museum experience and you never know what you'll find -
or whom. But one thing's for sure, you better bring your guts just in case you encounter something that makes you want to run for the hills.
We found this photo on the Facebook page of
Bulldog Tours, the company that conducts tours at the jail. The photo was accompanied by a very disturbing disclosure.
Apparently there was a team from a Hollywood TV show about paranormal investigations at the jail in October 2016. Perhaps they were attempting to spend the night. The Facebook post said that the team left in the middle of the night - in a big hurry. Did they scare up an evil presence? Did they all get sick? There was no followup to that post so we may never know why they felt compelled to leave in the middle of the night.
And the weird happenings have continued! In February 2017, there was a huge late night paranormal investigation on the anniversary of the death of one of the jail's most notorious prisoners, Lavinia Fisher. Did it anger her ghost?
The investigation was held on the anniversary of the day Lavinia Fisher was hanged, Feb. 18, 1820. Fisher is credited with being the first female serial killer in America. She was arrested and housed at this jail until her hanging. At the hanging her last words were reportedly, "If you have a message for the devil, give it to me and I'll deliver it in person." Did the February investigation stir up more paranormal activity than ever? Did it rouse the spirit of Lavinia? Read on.
Exactly two months to the day after the Lavinia Fisher paranormal investigations...
..the Haunted Jail Tour posted this photo to their Facebook page (on April 18, 2017). A teenage boy on a routine nightly tour began complaining that his back was burning. After some time, he pulled up his shirt for someone to take a look - and they found these marks all over his back!
Did the Hollywood paranormal team back in October awaken some angered ghost that's still lurking at the Old City Jail?
Or, is it Lavinia Fisher, upset over all the folks who showed up to celebrate the anniversary of the day she was hanged?
We may never know the answer. But one thing we do know about this museum of the paranormal known as the Old City Jail:
NOT for the faint of heart.
This hands on museum of the paranormal is like a lab filled with ghosts and otherworldly things surrounded by the relics of a city jail where 14,000 people died over the years. Have you been inside this place? We’d love to hear about your experience in our comments.