I absolutely love ghost stores and have a bookshelf full of them. So when in one of the most haunted cities in the country, I always take a walk on the wild side and sign up for a ghost tour.
Ghost stories are big business in the hauntingly beautiful city and companies that tell them are in abundance. This is great for us because it always allows us to take a tour with a different company. This time I went with the Ghosts of the South because they offer a candlelight walking tour. Just know that if it is a windy night like ours, you will have a candlelight tour minus the candlelight. Yet still a great tour.
We were told to meet our guide in front of the Sea and Shell in the market area. The Sea and Shell is a really unique boutique which features decorative items made from of course sea shells or carry a nautical theme. I picked up a darling mermaid Christmas ornament. So make sure you come early and get some shopping done. There are also several places nearby to grab coffee or other drinks to keep you warm on nights like ours. After we came out of our second stop at the Mad Hatter we spot Kevin and a few others on our trip. Soon our group is together and we take off headed in the same direction that Fran and Zig had taken us the day before.
Our first stop leads us down a cobble stone alleyway to hear tales of a dual that ended badly and the ghost who is still here. We make our way down another alleyway that was once a notorious red light district reminding us that this city was once not so mannerly. We stop in a courtyard which is now condos and time shares to hear about 8 souls who still remain bound to this spot. We make our way down the historic streets hearing about the havoc that the nasty little War of Northern Aggression spread on this town and its citizens. We stop just outside the South End Brewery which was once a warehouse and we hear about a young man who saw his fortune go up in flames when his cargo ship left the port and who ultimately hung himself here. We get to go inside the bar and up on the third floor to see the beam that is still there. We stop just outside the old dungeon to listen intently as Kevin tells us how criminals were housed in the basement under horrific conditions and we can take a peak inside from the windows. Kevin leads us to the steps of the old exchange where we hear about Charleston’s female serial killer whose crimes ended only feet away and hear about her time at the old city jail (which we toured last time). We hear about how Robert E. Lee still haunts the stately Mills House Inn all while seated in the charming parlor of this divine hotel. One look inside and you will understand why he still lingers ( Note to self…John and I have to stay here sometime ). We go next door to Poogans to her about how Zoë St. Amand is still making her presence known and take a look inside this very haunted restaurant (great food. We ate here last time and I highly recommend it). We then stand outside the gates of one of the cities oldest cemeteries where we are told a few stories and hear about how the dead used to be put to rest. And that is where our time with Kevin has come to an end.
Since 1996 the company has been spinning tales from this gracious city. Their guides are all licensed by the city. They have been featured on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. They do also offer a daytime history tour and a cemetery tour. They also have tours in Savannah Ga. and Beaufort SC if you are in those cities.
They offer nightly tours at 7:15, 8:00 and 9:30.
Ticket prices are $17 (a) $8 (c) under 5 free. They offer discounts for military, seniors, and groups. They will be glad to help make your next corporate venture one to remember. Look on line or pick up a brochure for a money saving coupon.
Advanced reservations required. Call well ahead of time to see how far out yo