The Gripping Story Of How This South Carolina Ghost Town Died Is Heartbreaking But True

South Carolina’s second oldest settlement (Beaufort) was established in 1711 and has grown to become one of the most beloved places to visit (and live!) in the Palmetto State. But Beaufort had a neighboring town (now a ghost town) that didn’t fare as well.

In 1732, the first Swiss and German immigrants began to arrive in a new settlement along the eastern bank of the Savannah River. It was called Purrysburg (a.k.a. Purrysburgh). But their fate was likely sealed before they arrived.

For a more favorable tale of a dying town in South Carolina, check out this ghost town that just refuses to die.