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3 Haunting Legends Surrounding Charleston

Old abandoned mansion in spooky forest

Charleston is home to many historical sites that are known for their disturbing legends and other-worldly stories. If your group is looking through Charleston haunted tours, you won’t be disappointed. Here are some of the spookiest paranormal claims in the Lowcountry for the brave.

The Pirates of Church Street

A park on Church Street functioned in the early 1700s as the public square for executions. For seven days around the year 1729, the townspeople fought against the scourge of pirating by hanging the lifeless bodies of 29 buccaneers from the limbs of the park’s live oaks. Some of the pirates swore oaths against the residents, and until today their souls are believed to parade down the infamous street.

Lavinia Fisher

Reported as the first female serial killer in the US, Lavinia Fisher, together with her husband John, committed a series of capital offenses. In the late 18th century, the government spared married women of execution by hanging. The judge then decided to hang Lavinia’s husband first thus making her a widow and no longer eligible for mercy. Her execution was held at Potter’s Field, and it is said that she continues to haunt the place, as well as the Old Jail where she and her husband were held before both were interred.

Julia Legare

The legend goes that Julia Legare was buried alive. While she was staying on Edisto Island, Julia became ill and fell into a coma. Believed to be dead, her family placed her at the Legare mausoleum around 1852.

Years later, following the death of another family member, Julia’s crypt was reopened with her remains pressed against the door and scratch marks proving that she tried to claw her way out of her own grave. From that point on, the entrance to the crypt never stayed sealed.

According to lore, many long-dead residents continue to haunt the peninsula. Frightening sounds of slamming doors, strange footsteps, and rattling chain can still be heard throughout the night.

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