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Cumberland Island, Georgia

A wealthy couple and their friends were in the midst of a huge dinner party when suddenly, the house burst into flames. Everyone managed to escape except the owner of the mansion. After a large funeral service, the victim’s charred remains were laid to rest. The house was abandoned, but a few weeks later, man was seen having another dinner party. As the house burned for a second time, several went to inspect the scene and found the man’s body�again. When investigators went to see if the body was still in the casket, it was gone. Since that time, visitors have reported mysterious sights and sounds at the mansion.

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Justin Talbot says:

October 2, 2005, 5:11 pm

This story is completely off and hilariously dramatic. First of all it is dungeness, not dungeon. Second of all, cumberland island is owned by the national park service, you have to go to St Marys GA to get there by ferry. You can camp and see the wild horses, and do all the camping stuff. The house was built by I think the rockefellers, maybe the vanderbilts. It was one of those well known ultra rich families from the turn of the century. They abandoned it because they didnt want to pay the newly installed property taxes. The house had been abandoned for years when it did burn down sometime in the fifties. Nobody died in the fire, now the house is just a shell that you can look at when you visit the island. Makes me wonder who the person was who wrote this.

Jessica says:

October 31, 2005, 12:04 pm

i used to live next to it, ive heard it before.

megan says:

January 6, 2006, 10:30 am

wow thats amazing but very scary

zane says:

January 10, 2006, 8:36 pm

complete bullshit when I read the “found his body again” thing

cassie says:

January 28, 2006, 3:51 pm

i want to know the real truth stil trying to find a really haunted house! so far errything i found gets disqpproved!

jen says:

January 29, 2006, 10:30 pm

Thomas and Lucy Carnegieâ??s Dungeness mansion on Cumberland Island burned in 1959.

Simone says:

January 30, 2006, 8:08 pm

This is crazy. but I don’t believe it, but if its true then thats crazy

jen says:

February 12, 2006, 3:19 pm

This is not a true story. I live in St. Marys,Ga. which is the gateway to Cumberland Island.

fakename says:

February 21, 2006, 12:20 pm

HERE IS THE TRUE STORY!!! The true owner’s of the house were makers of an elixer that had made them millions of dollars. Their family name was “Spunkworthy”, an old welsh family. Their porduct was called “Ye old Spunkworthy’s Wack Off Cream”. and then their house burned down. My friend, Abu Saeed, says so.

Jordan says:

March 15, 2006, 2:57 pm

I don’t believe it at all.

Bethany says:

March 17, 2006, 7:23 pm

very scary at the “burned a second time” thing. i beleive. i beleive it could be scarier. loved it!!

lisa says:

March 27, 2006, 3:23 pm

thats kool

Stephen says:

April 25, 2006, 9:37 pm

JESSICA is a LIAR. It is on the State Park and she NEVER lived “next to it”…The state would NOT let anyone live next to a burnt down home that was on state owned land.

Maybe she meant to tell everyone that she got some **** next to it and suck some guy off in a tent (and their 4 friends too.) But one thing is for sure, SHE DID NOT LIVE THERE so don’t believe her.

Jack says:

May 9, 2006, 8:29 am

Actually there are people that DO live next to Dungeoness at a place called The Grange.

Sheila Curbs says:

May 18, 2006, 9:25 am

This house sounds wickedly awesome! If I was older I would totally buy it!

Shiela Curbs

ARIEL says:

June 15, 2006, 1:11 am

Hi. I do not believe this for the simple fact that , that could NEVER happen. And for anoher reason, all ghosts are are demonds and if youre a christian you know what I’m talking about. Im only 13 and i even know that. That’s just sad!!!!!

Tidus says:

June 26, 2006, 5:03 am

I do believe the part where some people have said that the house did burn down once and that the people may have been rich. Though that **** about the family eating dinner and all these ghost. Come on.

Amy says:

June 27, 2006, 9:29 am

Dungeness is a reaaly nice place to go, but no ghosts.
The mansion did burn down they tried to rebuild what damage had been donebut it caught fire again. They say the carnigie family was cursed kinda like the kennedy curse no big deal

abby fields says:

July 2, 2006, 3:20 am

This is not true. I’ve visited Cumberland Island for probably the last ten years, and there is no such haunting. Aside from that, that is NOT what really happened to that mansion.

Lauren says:

August 12, 2006, 7:34 pm

The house was built as a vacation home by the Carnegie family. For what it’s worth, nobody died in the fire. The only one in the house was the butler, and he escaped. Besides, you’re forbidden to try to even GET into the house, it’s so old and ramshackle. And it IS Dungeness, not Dungeon.

Christina says:

September 11, 2006, 9:46 pm

This is most definitely not true. I have been to Cumberland Island myself, and like Amy said, what really happened was that it burned down, they tried to rebuild it, and it only burned down again. Nobody died, either. But, I’m not sure if this was just coincidence, but what did happen that was kinda freakish was that a family friend actually took a stone from the building because she couldn’t resist, and when she came back from vacation, her favorite dog(she had more than one) was gone! This is true, really.

JENNY says:

September 30, 2006, 7:42 pm

I grew up in Savannah Ga and I believe this story refers to Bonaventure cemetary. I heard a simalar story told. I remember they had a hard time keeping kids out. I did check it out. I do belive you could hear glasses and party sounds on some nights. It was better from the water side. I have been to Cumberland many times. It is protected and only a small number of people are allowed at a time. I heard about no such story. There may have been some truth but I think the real plantation existed in Thunderbolt

bethany says:

October 8, 2006, 10:40 am

HI Jenny I think you are the most successful. You story sounds alot better than all the others. Sorry that I have nothing more to say.
I just think that it is so awesome!!!

Alexis says:

October 17, 2006, 7:37 pm

What kind of house just friggin burts into flames!?!?!

sharon says:

October 20, 2006, 1:23 pm

Ariel, if you don’t believe in ghosts, then y r u on this site?

Alphonse says:

November 28, 2006, 10:47 pm

I trided the lock yourself out the car trick but I left the keys in the car. She poped out at me and burned my car. One time I left all by myself and waited in the car this time.She got on my car and tried to get through And I ran out of gas.

Alphonse says:

November 29, 2006, 8:11 pm

Oh my God I went there last night man it freaked me out.I saw the man just sitting there saying join the party with red eyes.Here’s some pictures lol.

Alphonse says:

November 29, 2006, 8:13 pm

I will show you people later my website but they want to do it again

Emma says:

January 1, 2007, 9:03 pm

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jasmine says:

January 22, 2007, 12:42 pm

Yeah ARIEL,Sharon is right then y r u on this website????

Robert says:

February 4, 2007, 1:34 am

Yea uh the chick really did die in the fire and according to her will the horses she owned were set free, and the house was given by her decendents to the government because they werent not allowed to sell it.

Tree Princess(nickname) says:

March 1, 2007, 4:35 am

Yeah I agree with sharon and jasmine. ARIEL not to sound rude but y the hell r u on this web if u dont believe in ghosts. That is just bloodly FU*KN stupid to be on a site like this and say that sort of thing cause thats just given people reasons to pick on u
(-sigh- idiot)

Preston says:

June 29, 2007, 3:07 am

Apparently, this site is full of dyslexics.

Anna says:

July 12, 2007, 8:54 pm

I go to Cumberland at least twice every year and I’m even doing a project on it. This story is nowhere near being true. Here’s what happened: Thomas Carnegie, Andrew Carnegie’s brother, built a mansion on Cumberland for his wife and family. Thomas never got to see the finished product because he died a natural death away from the house. It was a summer house for the family. It was abandonded before it burnt down in 1959 because the family didn’t want to pay property taxes anymore. It was burnt down because a man wanted to hunt on the property, and was forbidden to. He was angry and burnt the house down but no one was in the home at the time… There is no ghosts in the house. Thats the true story…

Cherry says:

July 24, 2007, 1:25 am

SCARY!! I want 2 no more!!!

onlyme!! says:

August 4, 2007, 1:56 am bull@@@$%$% i am 23 and Christian and we dont all believe that!! but on this hand i totally do not believe that a dead body could at all raise from the dead!! its ludicrous its like a bad movie!!!

Blade says:

October 10, 2007, 11:20 pm

As an earlier poster mentioned it is Dungeness not Dungeon, named after a European river. No it’s not haunted, no one “died” in a fire there. I am from South Georgia where the Golden Isles are located and am also a historian.
Dungeness for all its beauty, didn’t last very long. The grounds are part of an old plantation and as was mentioned it was built by members of the Carnegie family. The house was only used for part of the year and actually had a bit of a hum-drum existence as nothing major ever really happened (at least not in the ghost making sense) other than rich folks having fancy parties while on vaction.
The house was abandoned due to tax issues and unfortunately was destroyed by fire in the fifties.
Of course the funny thing is that now that someone has decided to “create” a haunting there it is already becoming urban legend…at least in this blog and after all isn’t that how many hauntings start!

Jen says:

October 18, 2007, 3:51 pm

The original house was built by Catherine Greene, the widow of Nathaniel Greene, that married Phineas Miller, the tutor of her children. The house burned and set in ruins until years later when Thomas Carnegie brought his wife, Lucy & their children to Cumberland and his wife fell in love with the island. They purchased most of the island & built Dungeness on the original foundation.
This link will take you to the history of Dungeness.

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john says:

March 26, 2008, 11:07 pm

the house was owned by andrew carnegie along with his 6 other mansions on the island. it was burnt down by poachers.

shanika wright says:

April 8, 2008, 8:11 pm

Ariel im 11 and i completely agree with the others why r u on this website if u gonna write some booty like that. Im from South Georgia and this is my first time hearing about this.COOL if u ask me. But i am a christain

shanika wright says:

April 8, 2008, 8:18 pm

All ghost are not demons and its pronounced DEMONS Ariel. Some ghosts simpily cantrest in peace maybe because they died,left somebody they love,or did something 11 and i know that. DUH

signed SHANIKA D WRIGHT TO ARIEL [{cough}]idiot

Bailee says:

June 7, 2008, 2:16 pm

This story was creepy. I’d hate to live next to that house.

Brandy says:

August 20, 2008, 2:39 pm

OK, I don’t want to tick anybody off, so… if someone really had died in that fire, why would the ghost need his old body? I believe in ghosts, and I am a christian, cause the bible talks about supernatural things human can’t see… but I do know that a ghost might not need his body… so who cares if the body is missing? Try finding a grave robber, not a spectrum…

idk_a_fake_name says:

October 26, 2008, 1:29 pm

I am not sure I believe this has someone actually been in this house to say that it is real? If so please speak up I would love to visit.

Bruce says:

January 27, 2009, 4:11 pm

Supposedly some Poachers were caught on the island earlier and told not to return back. The poachers came back later on when the Carnegie’s were out of town and the Mansion was set on fire. No one was killed and the Butler escaped.

Gaby says:

September 25, 2009, 10:20 am

!!WOW!! that is some scary stuff!! I cant really believe that but i guess stuff happens, I do really actually think its true because one day i saw my grandma walking threw the woods but then she turned around to look at me and it wasn’t any one i knew!! 😀

josh says:

October 21, 2009, 9:36 pm

lol what a bad cook fair enough burning your hand but burning yourself to death twice lol

Scott says:

November 23, 2009, 1:57 pm

This has nothing to do with Dungeoness Mansion, but I did have a strange occurrence on Cumberland Island back in January of this year. My girlfriend and I were camping at Stafford Beach. That night we were hanging out at the beach, and we saw a black figure down the beach racing straight towards us. It appeared to be the size of a large animal, and it almost seemed to be gliding rather than running. When it got about 20-50 yards away, it took a 90-degree turn and seemed to just disappear. It freaked us out because we had no explanation for what we saw. I’m not saying it was anything supernatural – most likely it was some kind of animal – but the way it moved and seemed to just vanish make me wonder. Anyone else experience something like this?

Rick says:

March 11, 2010, 3:07 pm

One of the most famous estates on the Georgia coast was Dungeness, owned by Revolutionary War hero Gen. Nathaniel Greene, who commanded the Southern Department of the war. While he owned Mulberry Grove Plantation near Savannah, he also planned to build a huge mansion on Cumberland Island near the site of Oglethorpe’s Dungeness hunting lodge. He died in 1786 before he was able to complete his plans. His wife, Catherine, remarried 10 years later to Phineas Miller, and they followed through on Greene’s designs, building a huge, four-story tabby mansion on top of an Indian shell mound. The mansion, with 6-foot thick walls at the base, featured four chimneys and 16 fireplaces, and was surround by 12 acres of gardens. Dungeness was the scene of many special social galas where statesmen and military leaders enjoyed the Millers’ hospitality. When the island was briefly occupied during the War of 1812, the British used Dungeness as their headquarters.

V. Li says:

April 13, 2011, 4:23 pm

I’ve been to Dungeness, but I’ve heard of no ghosts. There is another ghost on Cumberland Island, it’s a ghost of a young girl who died of disease. Some people took photos of the window she would look out each day, and you can see a faint, ghostly outline in the window on a digital camera.

Ashley Martinez says:

May 27, 2011, 10:38 am

i am looking for a REAL haunted house or cemetary here in Ga but everything gets disaproved!

Dawn says:

August 7, 2011, 11:16 am

Cumberland Island is a National Seashore run by the United States Department of Interior. My dad was the Superintendent there for a time back in the 80’s. Yes. Dungeoness burned. No one was killed. Yes. People do live there. The state leases the land to them for 99 years + – some weird formula for youngest family member alive at the time of the lease… Blah blah. If you don’t live there, the only way you can get there legally is via ferry operated by the DOI. There are two trips that leave from the HQ near the St. Mary’s Pavilion. Most of the families out there are related to the Carnegies, Rockefellers, Millers, and others I can’t think of right now. I was married to a Miller and they have a house out there. Actually, I went to the funeral of Mary Miller (my exes Aunt) who was buried out there. Try making a boat trip to the island with a corpse…now that’s creepy!

Rachel says:

November 2, 2014, 2:40 pm

This place is crawling with ancient tombstones, and slavery/ war memoribilia. While there isn’t much documented activity out there, one visit, and you can feel, that the place is crawling with awesome stories, that never crossed the lips of anyone! Not to mention the architectural designs were phenomininal, and I wish I could see inside of Dungeoness.

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