October is the perfect month in South Carolina to talk about creepy things. This state is full of tales of ghosts and other haunted happenings, but not all of them have the makings of a legendary kind. These eight legends in South Carolina just may send chills up your spine!
1. The Legend of Booger Jim
The ghost of Booger Jim haunts this bridge in Blacksburg. According to local lore, his angry wife hanged him from this bridge with jumper cables in the late 1970s and he haunts the place. The real creepiness falls in place when reports say he tries to plea or yell or
something but you can't understand what he's saying because the jumper cables are still tight around his neck!
2. The Legend of Agnes of Glasgow
Agnes of Glasgow was a young Scottish woman who stowed away on a ship to come find her boyfriend who was an officer in the British Army. She thought he was wounded. She arrived in Charleston and wandered through the towns in South Carolina looking for him and heard he was in Camden. But she died soon after reaching Camden and never found him.
Her grave marker is in the Presbyterian Church cemetery near Camden, where she wanders around still looking for her long lost love.
3. Longstreet Theater Green Room Ghost
Longstreet Theatre was used as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Some of them didn't survive after being brought to this temporary hospital. Reportedly more than one is still there. The legend of Longstreet involves the area now known as the "green room." It's haunted by the ghosts of Confederate and Union soldiers who died here.
4. The Legend of Third Eye Man
The catacombs under USC in Columbia were closed off to the public many years ago, but not before it became a regular hangout for students to hide away and let loose. The Third Eye Man is a legendary ghost that haunted, and probably still does haunt, these famous tunnels under USC. According to local lore, he was a scary beast of a man with a third eye in the middle of his forehead.
5. The Legend of Lockhart's Sleepy Hollow
The legend surrounding sleepy hollow in Lockhart involves a Civil War soldier with his arm cut off who stands on the side of the road around midnight, waiting for someone to help him.
6. The Gray Man of Pawleys Island
The "Gray Man" appears on the beach of Pawley's Island whenever there is an impending storm. His presence is widely accepted by locals as a warning to get off the island.
7. The Legend of Martha Walker
Martha Walker supposedly ran the School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg in the 1800s. How or where she died is uncertain, but her ghost roams the halls of the school making sure her students are all okay.
8. The Legend of the Summerville Light
The legend of the Summerville light involves a woman who used to carry her lantern to the train stop every night to meet her husband who was a conductor on the train. One night there was an accident and he was decapitated. When the train arrived there was no husband and the new widow was informed of the unfortunate accident. She refused to believe it and kept coming with her lantern every single night until her death, hoping her husband would return. He never did. Strangely, the light continues to come to the same spot every night even though the widow is long gone.
Have you heard of or experienced any of these spine-tingling legends in South Carolina? We’d love to know in our comments!