South Carolina May 20, 2018
Here Are 9 Of The Most Intriguing Gravesites In South Carolina
There are countless beautiful cemeteries all over the state of South Carolina that create lovely and peaceful final resting spots for loved ones. Some of the more notable graveyards and grave sites are below. Whether they’re known for the famous person(s) interred within, their odd location, or even for the spirits that may linger after, these graves are intriguing and you may want to visit.
1. The Tomb of Julia Legare - Edisto Island
The tomb of Julia Legare is located in the cemetery adjacent to the Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island. Legend has it that a young Julia Legare was mistakenly buried alive only to be discovered dead with visible attempts to claw her way out of the accidental death chamber that would become her tomb. A few years after she was accidentally buried alive, the tomb was opened to add another family member, only to discover her remains slumped into a pile by the door. Today, there is no door on the tomb. Once young Julia's remains were discovered, each time the door was securely closed it was found wide open the next morning. Caregivers gave up and just removed the door altogether.
2. Little Leila Howell - Piedmont
Little Leila Howell was three years, six months and 26 days when she died in 1859. Her grave and marker stand all alone on a street corner along Piedmont Highway (SC-20) outside of Greenville.
3. Capt. Horace L. Hunley - Charleston
The grave site of the designer of the H.L. Hunley submarine, a hand-powered submarine that was named for him after his death in October 15, 1863, is located in Charleston. Hunley died on the very submarine he created when he joined the crew during a routine exercise in which the vessel sank killing all crew members aboard, including Hunley. His grave site is located at Magnolia Cemetery.
4. Alice Flagg - Pawleys Island
A lovesick Alice Flagg is said to have died of a broken heart after her guardian (an older brother) refused to allow her to marry a man he felt was beneath her social stature. He went so far as to take her promise ring and throw it into the marsh. It was lost forever and Alice died very soon after. Today, her grave marker is one of the most haunted grave sites in South Carolina. If you place a round object (representing her missing ring) on her marker and then circle it three times on foot, it's said she will appear to thank you for the gift.
5 Pat Conroy - Beaufort
Pat Conroy is laid to rest in the city he loved so much. The beloved American author died in Beaufort in March 2016. He is laid to rest in the Saint Helena Memorial Gardens. Fans regularly make the journey to pay respects to the beloved author, and even bring gifts. See the fan video below from youtube user Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette:
6. A grave at the foot of this tree in the ghost town of Pinckneyville
A long-standing feud between two of this ghost town's prominent residents who lived across the street from one another resulted in one of them insisting he be buried in his front yard — so his neighbor would have to look at him every day until the day he died. The ghost town is called Pinckneyville. There may be recently placed "no trespassing" signs preventing access to the ghost town and the grave site at the base of this tree.
7. Samuel Walker and Phoebe Green - Greer
The city of Greer has all but swallowed up the final resting place for Samuel Walker and his wife Phoebe Green, who died in 1826 and 1829, respectively. Now, they get more daily visitors than they ever could have hoped for.
8. Michael and Alex Smith - Jonesville
The grave site of the two young sons murdered by Union County resident Susan Smith is located at Bogansville United Methodist Church Cemetery in Jonesville, SC. Bring flowers, a prayer — and a box of tissues.
9. The Blalock father and son crypt - Joanna
A father and son are buried in this out of place grave site located at the intersection of the town's two largest roads. Unwilling to disrupt the grave, the town simply built a veteran's memorial park around it.
Want to read more about young Alice Flagg who died of a broken heart and now appears to some visitors to thank them for their gifts? Get the scoop
in this previous article.