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Hammock House

Beaufort, South Carolina
By Cecilia

If you spend time visiting the little town of Beaufort, no doubt youâ??ll be confronted with the localsâ?? stories about ghosts and pirates, especially Blackbeard. The notorious captain (as well as other pirates) has certainly left his mark on this quiet seaside village, murdering many villagers, lovers, and crewmates who later came back to haunt the living.  One particularly interesting, lust-filled story takes place around Hammock House, a large mansion at the top of a hillâ?¦

Captain Madison Brothers was a young, hard-working sailor admired for his skill and ambition. However, he was infamously prone to fits of rage, especially when he had been drinking. It was rumored that his temper had drove him to fight and even kill. This earned him the nickname of â??Madâ? Brothers, courtesy of the other ship captains.

Somehow, Brothers had managed to win the heart of the beautiful and wealthy Samantha Ashby. Before he left on another sea voyage, they agreed to be married in the Hammock House upon his return. Time passed, and Samantha arrived again in Beaufort with plenty of time to spare. But her fiancé had not been so lucky, and was delayed out at sea with problem after problem. His first mate had fallen severely ill, the shipâ??s masts were damaged beyond repair, and storms were constantly tossing the ship and crew about.

Meanwhile, Samantha had been waiting anxiously back in Beaufort, when she heard news of her brother returning from the British navy. She met up with Lieutenant Carruthers, and the two siblings spent a few days walking along the beach and catching up on each otherâ??s lives. Finally, during a large party in the Hammock House, Captain Brothersâ?? ship finally arrived. Enraged by the light and merriment pouring from the house, the captain stormed inside. Timing could not have been worse, for the first thing he saw was Carruthers giving Samantha a brotherly peck on the cheek. Thinking a stranger had moved in on his bride in his absence, Brothers drew his sword and exclaimed, â??Betrayed!â? loud enough to silence the entire party.

Carruthers drew his sword as well, and although a few guests tried to explain the misunderstanding, the two seamen began to duel. The fight whirled madly throughout the house, until Carruthers was finally killed on the staircase. Two hundred years later, his blood is still visible, and many pay a visit to his grave by the sea.

Another victim of pirate rage was one of Blackbeardâ??s young â??loversâ?. (He is said to have at least two dozen wives in ports all along the coast.) This one, however, was rather disinterested and desperately fought against all of Blackbeardâ??s romantic advances. Fed up with her noise and struggle, he hung the girl from a large oak tree while on their â??romanticâ? stay in the Hammock House. According to folklore, visitors can still hear her screams during the night.

In addition to screams and suspiciously irremovable blood, Hammock House is known for its constant creepy noises, glowing orbs of light, and, of course, violent history.

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Jan B says:

October 26, 2011, 10:42 pm

Hammock House is in Beaufort NORTH Carolina, not Beaufort, SC.

maya says:

January 31, 2012, 9:52 am

The house is in Beaufort NORTH CAROLINA!

Ann C says:

January 31, 2012, 9:56 am

Blackbeard’s Hammock House is not a “large mansion on top of a hill” and it is not in South Carolina. Get your facts straight before telling your tales, you just lost your credibility.

Elise Renee Gingerich says:

March 28, 2012, 7:46 pm

I Am A Pirate…Yes I Am….i am a pirate, yes i am!

O says:

July 15, 2012, 10:49 am

The Hammock House is in BEAUFORT NC. How many hills are there in southern coastal areas? I am not sure why but people always seem to confuse South Carolina and North Carolina. Go gigure!

joe says:

January 2, 2015, 1:30 pm

Maybe Samantha and her ” brother” were from Arkansas?!?! Lol

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