8 Things You Might Not Know About The Most Haunted Town In South Carolina
South Carolina is home to many haunted places and choosing just one town to feature here is a difficult task. To that end, we’re featuring a notoriously haunted island with much to love and admire, in addition to the many ghost tales that surround this gorgeous place.
St. Helena Island, outside of Beaufort, is a cherished location in the Palmetto State.
The picturesque views, friendly residents and rich Gullah history of the community on this inland island are among the things people love most. But there are some super haunted places found among the naturally beautiful landscape on St. Helena Island, as well as some pretty cool things completely unrelated to ghosts, too! Take a look:
1. The Chapel of Ease
Found along Lands End Road, the Chapel of Ease is among the most haunted of locations in the Lowcountry. Visitors here have reported everything from seeing apparitions to hearing church bells — and that doesn't even begin to tell all the haunts reported in the adjoining very old cemetery.
2. Fort Freemont
Constructed in 1899, this fort was an active military installation for only a few years. But in that time there were fights and deaths among those soldiers stationed here. One of them, now called 'the headless soldier,' haunts this public park on the regular. You can learn more about the park and the ghost
in this article
3. The Lands End Light
There is a legendary disappearing light along Lands End Road that has been the center of much local lore in the community. Locals (and visitors) report seeing this light as they approach a certain tree along the highway. Then, as they draw nearer, the light disappears. Some believe it's the ghost of the headless soldier walking along the road with a lantern... looking for his missing head.
But there is a lot more to St. Helena Island than just haunted ghost stories. Keep reading to learn some things you many not have known!
Most people don't know the popular hymn "Michael Row Your Boat Ashore" originated on St. Helena Island.
St Helena Island and her residents are, unfortunately, not strangers to extreme tragedies. The Sea Islands Hurricane of 1893 killed hundreds of residents, and the devastating effects turned this island into one of the poorest communities in the state for many decades after.
6. Frogmore Stew
This longtime favorite Lowcountry dish, a mashup of vegetables, sausage and seafood, gets its name from the
St. Helena community of Frogmore where it was first created.
7. American Idol contestant Candace Glover
Most people who didn't follow American Idol in 2013 aren't aware that South Carolina had a very talented contestant in the running. Candace Glover, from St. Helena Island, nailed it each and every week to win the entire season.
8. That famous "I Have A Dream" speech...
It's said that Dr. Martin Luther King penned the early words of this famous speech during a visit to the historic Penn Center on St Helena Island.
How much do you know about South Carolina’s most haunted community? Is it any wonder the ghosts here never want to leave?
For more haunted places in South Carolina, check out
this haunted road trip that will lead you to the scariest places in the Palmetto State!
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