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The Battery

Charleston, South Carolina
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

In a place known for Southern hospitality, itâ??s no wonder that some residents would want to linger. But the residents of some Charleston, South Carolina haunts seem unwilling to ever let go… Even after death.

Charlestonâ??s Battery, also known as White Point Gardens, sits on the edge of the meeting place of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Long before the area became a scenic retreat and peaceful park, both Fort Broughton (established around 1735) and later Fort Wilkins occupied what was then known as White or Oyster Point, named for the eerie white and skeletal piles of bleached oyster shells covering the peninsulaâ??s point. The Battery has been a place of conflict since its colonial beginnings. Frequented by pirates and later a key location as Charleston tried to defend itself from the Unionâ??s invasion during the Civil War, Charlestonâ??s Battery has seen enough death to explain it being haunted.

â??Charlestonâ??s Most Haunted Innâ?

Behind the wrought iron gates of â??No. 20,â? known more popularly as the Battery Carriage House Inn, ghosts have continued on well beyond their expected stays. Built in 1843, the battery Carriage House is part of a larger, private home, but visitors who dare overnight are welcomed by the B&Bâ??s staff. Heavy footsteps are heard on stairways where no one is seen walking. Strange glowing masses appear, change shape and fade away and cell phones act oddly in Room 3 of the Inn. Shutters open and close on their own and some visitors report seeing faces on one of the Innâ??s beautiful mirrors.

Beginning in the early 1990s, reports started coming in about more oddities. People report feeling like they were being watched in the middle of the night, and perhaps most disturbing of all, some visitors claim to have seen a headless torso dressed in layers of clothing, overcoat on top haunting Room 8.

The strange headless torso is thought to be either the remnants of a colonial pirate or a man from the Civil War period. His overcoat is of a coarse material, which, depending on additional details could belong to a man of either historical period. Speculation rages over the figureâ??s identity and people get an uneasy feeling when he appears. He is possibly one of the many pirates and near-do-wells that met their end â??dancing the hempen jigâ? in 1718 when Charleston tried and hanged nearly 50 pirates. Charleston was overrun by pirates and was one of Blackbeardâ??s favorite ports. Anne Cormac (later Anne Bonny, the famous female pirate) grew up in the area and met her husband, pirate James Bonny in Charleston. It was from Charleston that Blackbeard kidnapped Council member Samuel Wragg and his young son, holding them hostage until his crew received necessary medicines. Stede Bonnet, â??the Gentleman Pirateâ? met his end at the end of a hangmanâ??s noose after his pleas were ignored. He was buried on White Point Shoal (now the Battery Garden); although most pirates were dumped unceremoniously into the ocean. Is it possible Bonnet still roams the area, displaced and angry, threatening in a raspy, breathy way because his final words were useless?

The other frequent ghostly visitor is the â??gentleman ghost.â? It is believed that the gentleman ghost is the spirit of a well-bred well-educated young man whose family owned the house decades ago. A college student with a supposedly sensitive nature, the young gentleman jumped to his death, leaving his motivation a mystery to friends and family alike. Now he seems to frequent Room 10 of the Inn, ghosting by like little more than a shadowâ??sometimes with the scent of fresh soap as if heâ??s just bathed. Occasionally he is rumored to take a liking to certain members of the opposite sex, ghosting nearby them and giving the sensation he is lying beside them, his arm gently around them.

Whether you visit Charlestonâ??s Battery for its history or the pleasant Southern hospitality and authentic warmth, be aware you may not be aloneâ??even in your most private moments!

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Korey says:

October 10, 2006, 6:24 pm

I go to Charleston every year, I take tours and try to hear new things of the history. I have heard of the British hanging the pirates at the Battery…but I have not heard of hauntings out there. Charleston is a place to defnately go if you wanna learn about hauntings. But Even my aunt who grew up in Charleston has not recalled a story of pirate ghosts.

If anyone has more info on this….I’d like to read it.

moviefan116 at netscape dot com

Bob says:

October 25, 2006, 2:06 pm

Ghost Pirates! Sweet!

car250 says:

October 29, 2006, 8:57 am

This story is nothing but a story I’ve tried it and nothing happend.
-Car250

talysc72 says:

October 31, 2006, 12:26 pm

Listen ya’ll, I have lived in Charleston area for like over 25 yrs and I have been in the huses, on the tours, hung out at the Battery, even sober! Only one time did I ever see anything freaky or creepy or whatever you wanna call it. It was on Tradd St. But the Battery was not hildin any spirits, pirate or otherwise. I am unbiased on the subject of hauntings, so i am not here for any other reason but curiosity!

YOU KNOW WHO I IZ says:

January 29, 2007, 11:03 am

Chucktown is indeed haunted…. by some people who be dressin up in pirate costumes and jumpin off the Battery when you see them sooo no one be on crack if you seen something and girl who was talkin earlier I’m sorry but your cousins be on crack fo real. and Sheniqua you ain’t no Chucktown O.G. so please girl just shut up! Go talk to your local dealer and visit this place for more details! Bye.

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August 2, 2007, 4:23 pm

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riz says:

October 8, 2007, 1:58 pm

OMG ya’ll make us Charlestonians sound so unintelligent. The stories of the ghosts are just that stories, Every year during Halloween, my daughter and I catch the haunted tours. We get a kick out of watching the faces of the tourists. It is all in the way YOU perciweve it. If you believe in ghosts then you will see them if not it’s a great history lesson.

vanessa lewis says:

October 10, 2007, 3:06 am

i lived in charleston for many years and i took several tours and the battery is certainly a haunted place there are several stories that are not mentioned on any sites that iv seen but i have been a 1 hand witness to and i dont touch drugs ty vm but it would scare you mindless freaks to even step foot there after dark!!! i have been to all points in the battery and surrounding areas and all of them have “hot spots” go and tell me then ok

vanessa lewis says:

October 10, 2007, 3:10 am

i lived in charleston for many years and i have been to the battery and surrounding areas and i tell you that you can not have the horrible history charleston has and not have residue left behind! number one do you not recall that charleston was the number one city that housed the slaves? hence the old slave market downtown charleston umm wake up peeps ok dont act like you have been there when you most likely are still in your mommas house. go and see for yoursleves and i do not do drugs ever!!!

suthernmom says:

October 22, 2007, 12:11 pm

Wow….I don’t know if I sould LOL or what. Sorry guys I want born and raised in Charleston and nope nothing on the battery. Now, if you want the **** scared of you then there is a place on sullivan’s that you are not a loud to enter nor does anyone talk about it anymore. There are a set of hills which has an old, I mean old as in the fort times, jail. It has a couple of interesting things going on there….if you try it remeber a couple of things…a big group..lots of back-up on lights..tell only a few people you are going there..for the just in case…and DON’T GET CAUGHT! (By the law because you are breaking the law.) Enjoy.

Glennda says:

November 10, 2007, 1:27 pm

all this is true. i go to the battery about once ayear and i have seen the ghosts myself when i was younger since then i refuse to go back.

PJ says:

December 1, 2007, 1:54 pm

I am a charlestonian and I am offended about how others talk about my city! There are in fact ghost and I have never spent a damn dime on any of those dumb tours. I went on a tour of the old jail house and yes it was pretty lame. If you want to see and hear real ghost you have to be open minded and know the right spots to go to in Charleston and the outskirts of Charleston. I have seen and heard plenty of things. I don’t smoke crack, as you can see and I am spelling correctly and using proper grammar unlike the rest of you who can’t not spell or speak proper english. There is a story of Edward Teach, Blackbeard! Hmmm! Look that up! Just so you know they chopped his head off and his buddy Bonnett was hung downtown Charleston! Many pirates came here, because we are right of the coast of atlanta and it was far enough away from the caribbean islands where they usually stole treasure from other pirates! Any their ghosts do infact exist!

Timmer says:

February 11, 2008, 1:05 pm

Wow, there are some interesting people responding to this!
I have lived in Charleston for several years and while there are many stories about hauntings, and there are ghost tours for the tourists, the truth is that Charleston is a beautiful city that has a lot of mystique surrounding it. The city is very old and many things have happened here over the years. It’s easy to believe that ghosts tour the city, and you really don’t have to believe it, but the city is conducive to tales from the crypt so it’s best to just have a little fun with it.

Chuck says:

February 20, 2008, 4:26 pm

i have to agree with Timmer on his point. people do tend to take little things and blow tehm out of proportion. i lived in charleston most of my live, so i spent a lot of time at the battery and surrounding areas. ive never had much of an experiance. i thought i heard footsteps once but thats about the extent of it.

Melissa van Niekerk says:

March 30, 2008, 5:10 am

Hi, I’m from South Africa and we have loads of ghosts. If anyone is interested in a few stories you can email me at tongringdrummer@gmail.com

Rachel says:

June 3, 2008, 8:52 pm

I live in Charleston and I took a ghost tour one night downtown. It was veryyyy scary! At one stopping point near the Battery, our guide stopped. We were at the front of an alleyway that had something to do w/ pirates. She said that when you walk down the alley, you feel something pushing on your chest,like it’s trying to make you leave. I was the only one who walked down it, and I will never EVER do it again!! The pushing was soo hard I could barely breath.

Tony says:

August 28, 2008, 6:32 am

Where exactly is this at?

chris says:

September 2, 2008, 5:16 pm

i live in lexington va and i see stonewall jackson in the cemeatary

Kirsten says:

September 5, 2008, 3:19 pm

Ive never been to South Carolina and after hearing that I want to go

MJ Thompson says:

September 6, 2008, 9:14 pm

We have visited Charleston many times(our favorite place to go..LOVE IT!!)We have taken 3 different Ghost tours.. The ones we went on were wonderful..We loved hearing the History and of the “GHOST”.. We stayed in an older Motel(Not The Mills House) My daughter and I heard footsteps all night long coming in and out of our room..We even looked into our hallway and did not see anyone walking..(about 1:00 a.m.) We do not drink,smoke pot or use any drugs.. We were scared to pieces.. But also excited, We will absolutely visit again.. and if you really want to be scared stay at “THE MILLS HOUSE” very haunted and lots of GREAT History!!!!!!

John says:

October 5, 2008, 8:51 pm

Yea man, it is haunted all right. Check out http://WWW.PARANORMALKNOWLEDGE.COM
to read more about anything that is paranormal!

Claude says:

October 30, 2008, 9:47 am

Lived in Charleston over 53 years and spent much time at Fenwick Hall Plantation.Saw and heard many unexplained things such as a statue becoming life like, turning it’s head to stare at me. Also many sightings of a headless horseman roaming the grounds, who is suppose to be an Irish stble boy who ran away with Lord Fenwick’s daughter and Lord Fenwick caught them and had her slap the horse to hang the stable boy who was beheaded.She never left the house and supposively died of a broken heart.Of course she inhabits the house now. I believe.

sinky says:

October 30, 2008, 11:24 am

oh my are these real gohst

Henry Westermeyer says:

November 19, 2008, 3:43 pm

Went to Charleston South Carolina this summer for our late honeymoon. Went on quite a few ghost tours but went on a history tour and he has lived their his whole life and said no ghost sightings until after 50’s when tourism started to boom. Charleston is beautiful and would love to go back again but for what I don’t know?

Sid says:

December 11, 2008, 1:23 am

There aren’t any ghosts stories at this web site, however there are great photos.

Travey says:

December 22, 2008, 5:16 pm

I saw the haunted here because I live in James Island, Charleston. Very spooky but I was interested. I had written some facts about the haunted house. I heard there were ghosts. So I said there is no real ghosts in James Island, Charleston. I want to visit again.

Abigail says:

January 29, 2009, 4:50 pm

I grew up in Charleston, and while I have never heard anything of the Battery itself being haunted, I have heard of many of the houses that line the other side of East Bay St. being haunted. Also the Old Exchange Building’s dungeon is rumored to be haunted. There is also an alley called Bloody Alley where Blackbeard himself had over 300 KNOWN duels, as well as the many other people who favored that alley to duel in. Washington Park as well as a house across the street are supposedly haunted. Also the Circular Church Cemetary is rumored to be haunted as well. There are many other spot, but as far as the Battery itself being haunted, I have never heard or experienced that one myself.

Jessie says:

March 9, 2009, 10:59 pm

I lived in North Charlston when I was a little girl. I was about seven or so. My family and I lived in one of the newer housing editions at the time, and me and my siblings were always seeing crazy things. We were really too young to know much about ghosts or really even be freaked out by it. But when I think back on all the things that we saw as kids, I know that charelston is haunted.

Joanna Michaels says:

August 8, 2009, 8:01 pm

I have just returned from Charleston. While there I went on two ghost tours: the old jailhouse and a graveyard. I snapped a picture in the jailhouse when the tour guide felt a cold spot and caught orbs. I took more than a dozen photos in the graveyard and caught just one orb. It’s true that they could just be dust particles, but I don’t think so.

Brad says:

September 9, 2009, 11:46 pm

I live in summerville about 15 min out side of charleston. There are more hunted place then posted here, Monks Corner cherry hill chapel, Summerville parks graveyard and light road. I have done alot of studies on hauntings in my area. In total i have found around 10-15 haunted places in the charleston, summerville, monks corner, and some small towns in between. All of these towns are 15-20 mins apart and all you have to do is ask and everyone knows where these places are. I have been to the jail and dungeon downtown, yet nothing had hit me as hard as when i went to cherry hill church in monks corner. This and a few other “houses” that have been abandoned for some time are really good places to go yet you can get in trouble for being there. I havent done any video or anything like that but i have had a lot of personal experiences. Do some more research i found a website once that had a list of 30 or more places in these areas that are supposed to be haunted. i have been to a few and nothing happened and a few where alot happened. For non believers come with me one night to cherry hill and i bet you wont be around for long.

Cymone says:

September 10, 2009, 8:21 pm

I live in the Charleston area and I’ve walked past the Carriage House Inn plenty of times. Me and my boyfriend were walking back to the car and he suddenly stopped in front of the house and was like “DID YOU SEE THAT?!” The first thing I thought to do was RUN. That’s just me. On other occasions… my aunt and her fiancee went down there and it wasn’t the carriage house but my aunt is some what of a medium… she can see Things Perseid. She decided to take a picture of one of the houses because she said she suddenly felt something inside. She took the picture… brought it home and showed us on the Wii. In the window there were at least 5 ghosts in that window. Transparent but almost a bright enuff white/glow to see it vividly. And then in the other window was a man peeking out from behind the drapes. The Battery….? Haunted Indeed.

Ebonne says:

September 23, 2009, 9:23 am

Hey this is nothing but lies cause I went there and nothing happened I mean it’s nothing but a bunch of bologna!!! I was very disappointed really disappointed!!!1

Kate Kellner says:

October 30, 2009, 5:38 pm

If anyone lives in NJ there is a place called the “spy House” In No. jersey. I will never go there again. I was standing talking to my daughter when I had the program ripped out of my hand and thrown across the room. I wanted to leave then but was pressured to stay. We walked up the stairs and both of us felt dizzy and nauseous. When we came down one of the attendants heard us and told us a young girl many years ago fell down those stairs and died. For those who don’t believe and want to see if for themselves, go there.

Scott says:

November 23, 2009, 3:23 pm

The spookiest place in Charleston is an old jail near Colonial Lake – on Franklin Street, if I remember correctly. I get chills just walking by that place in daylight, and it just looks like a place that is haunted. Very creepy indeed. Definitely off the beaten path away from tourist activity.

Bryan says:

December 3, 2009, 10:17 pm

Yeah, Charleston is a great place. I was stationed there for three years and lived there for five…I did experience some things, non in downtown though, I lived in a horrible little place in Goosecreek. As far as the slave market…from what ive been told (not saying this is a fact) by two seperate historians (charlestons full of them) slaves were never sold there, supposedly its a marketing scheme (?) Any way, battery was my “lets get sobered up before hitting the next bar” place…even drunk I never saw anything. Beautiful area though.

Bob says:

March 5, 2010, 11:51 pm

I lived in Chucktown for many, many years and spent countless evenings walking downtown and along the Battery. Never once saw anything supernatural. Now, the Dock Street Theater is a completely different story. I was involved in production work on several plays there and have experienced several unexplainable things which scared the daylights out of me.

Bryan says:

March 9, 2010, 4:42 am

I have lived in Charleston for 26 years and I have had many experiences with paranormal activity. I have lived in houses where I experienced things and I have been Downtown (not on any tours) when I’ve had feelings that my friends and I were not alone. I haven’t experienced anything at The Battery where I’ve read is supposed to have activity but I do not like to be Downtown after sundown. The real reason anyone should come to Charleston is to see the beauty of the area and to just bask in the culture of my hometown.

cofcgirl2013 says:

April 14, 2010, 11:34 pm

I am currently a freshman at the College of Charleston. Before I came to Charleston I had never experienced anything in my life that could be attributed to paranormal activity. But within the first month of moving into the college strange things began to happen in my dorm room. I currently live in Joe E. Berry dorm at the college. This dorm sits on the spot where the Charleston Orphan House used to sit. The Orphan House burnt down in the late 19th century. I have experienced many things in this buidling. Yes I know it sounds crazy to say that my dorm building is haunted but if you would like to know what me and my roommates and friends have experienced for the past eight months email me and I’m sure you will be intrigued.

Miranda Bunker says:

May 3, 2010, 1:31 pm

One day my dad was working at the belfast high school in maine and was with one of his friends and they where washing the down stairs floor and they herd the elevator coming down and they where the only ones at the high school at the time and the elevatro came down and no one came out. so my dad and his friend got a little scared and when my dad got back from work that day he told me the whole intire storie and i said i cant beiliev it,and he said believe it.

LP says:

August 16, 2010, 3:53 pm

There are a lot of ghost stories and I will give the abridged version of the one where I work (City Hall, Downtown Charleston). We have at least one ghost and he is believed to be the ghost of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard. Beauregard is the man who led the attack against Fort Sumter starting the war. While he was stationed here from 1861-63 City Hall was his headquarters. Strange things that have happened: Unexplainable footsteps (ie. old military style bootsteps in the attic when no ones up there), the sound of windows ratteling at night when there’s no wind, the elevator running on its own at night and on weekends (I’ve heard many reports about that). A lot of people don’t know about our elusice ghost. He’s just mischevious, not menacing. It’s one of the interesting things about working in old historical buildings. I would like to apologize now if I made any typos or grammatical errors.

Whittiany says:

September 20, 2010, 2:16 am

I am from Alaska. Will be traveling back to South Carolina and plan to visit historic places of Charleston and will be traveling between Charleston and Bluffton. I would be interested in information regarding high activity hauntings and of course other awesome must sees’. email me at whittiany_ciecchi@yahoo.com…headline the email with the name of this website! Ill exchange great places of Alaska as well. Born and raised here I know hundreds of miles of Alaska’s different towns and citites.

Laura says:

May 12, 2011, 1:44 pm

I am going to Mount Pleasant, SC at the end of May and I would like to find a good ghost tour. Any suggestions??

KathyM says:

June 11, 2011, 8:55 pm

I was born & raised in Charleston, SC. I moved to Pittsburgh 4 years ago with my husband. I grew up hearing and reading the stories of ghosts & hauntings in and around Charleston. They are all true. If you ever visit the beautiful Holy City, visit the Old Exchange Buikding, The market, Poogan’s Porch, Boone Hall Plantation where portions of Gone with the Wind were filmed, Middleton Plantation and Magnolia Plantation. North & South with Patrick Swayze was filmed in Charleston as was Scarlett & the Patriot. Army Wives is also filmed there on the old Navy Base in North Charleston. Visit the Hunley in North Charleston. God Bless the South. American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.

Elise Renee Gingerich says:

August 11, 2011, 8:29 pm

How Do You All Know That There Aren’t Strange Things Afoot? And How Does One Really Know For Sure, That We Don’t All Become Ghost Like Things, When Our Supposed Flesh Bodies, Rot Away, And Vice Versus Of Both Said Statements Above? Yes, How Does One Know For Certain…Once We All Split Our Supposed Fleshed Selves, And Crawl Away Like The Creepy Things? That We All Probably Are? How Does One Really Know For Sure…?? Thank You And Bye Bye For Now, Amen! From Elise Renee Gingerich, Age 39 In Lovely Little Lawrence Kansas, Usa. Ps: Don’t Worry About Mis Spelling You All, We All Mis Spell, Even Me Sometimes Believe It Or Not…!!

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