Within more than 300 years of deep-rooted history lies eerie tales of ghosts, spirits and spooky sightings in the Lowcountry. From haunted hotels to ghastly graveyards, scroll on to explore the haunted side of Charleston.
Explore beyond the graveyard gate with Bulldog Tours while listening to eerie tales of famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City.
The Dock Street Theatre is known as the first building in America built exclusively for theatrical performances. In 1740, it fell victim to a devastating fire. The site then became home to Planter’s Hotel before being converted back to the theatre that exists today. Spectators have claimed sights of spirits wandering on stage and above the rafters, leaving all to wonder if they are ghosts of actors not ready to move on from their time in the spotlight.
The Old City Jail formerly served as a burial ground, and was the site where infamous Charlestonians Lavinia Fisher and her husband John were held before their execution in 1820. It’s no wonder there are many tales of spiritual occurrences as the Old City Jail served as a center for incarcerating criminals for more than 130 years.
The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon formerly housed criminal pirates who were sailed ashore and awaited execution. Staff members confirm tales of creaking floorboards and moans of protest even though no prisoners have been held there for decades.
Pair homemade southern fare with haunted histories at Poogan’s Porch, where diners frequently report sightings of strict schoolteacher and former house resident Zoe, who died in 1954, and her four-legged furry friend Poogan, whose presence is said to linger on the porch long after his death in 1979.
Numerous ghosts are said to check themselves in to this 1843 bed and breakfast. Two ghosts in particular, a Civil War soldier named the “Headless Torso” and the infamous “Gentleman Caller,” are fond of rooms 8 and 10.