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Haunted Places in Our Communities


We are fortunate to live in communities with rich histories, many of which also include urban legends and stories passed down from generation to generation. If you are looking for a different kind of experience this fall, we recommend visiting one of these famous destinations.

USS North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

A battleship during World War II, the USS North Carolina serves as memorial and museum during the day, but it’s also a popular ghost tour location at night. Visitors claimed to have experienced lights turning off and on, items moving without reason and a young blond-haired man walking the passages after hours.

Interested in learning more stories about Wilmington? Try the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, available year round.

Carolina Theatre, Charlotte, NC

The Carolina Theatre opened its doors in 1927 and has a storied history in Uptown Charlotte. Supernatural enthusiasts enjoy not only the shows, but also the resident ghost named, Fred. Fred has become such a big part of the day-to-day activities the staff bid him good morning and good evening each day.

Interested in learning more stories about Charlotte? Try the Carolina History & Haunts Charlotte Ghost Tour, available year round.

The Olde Pink House, Savannah, GA

One of the most famous mansions in historic downtown Savannah, the Olde Pink House is also a big draw for supernatural fans. You can go for lunch and stay for a chance to see the ghost of Joseph Habersham Jr., the original owner or the apparition of a Revolutionary War-era soldier.

Interested in learning more stories about Savannah? Try the Ghost & Gravestones Sightseeing Tour, available year round.

Old City Jail, Charleston, SC

Located in downtown Charleston, the Old City Jail previously housed all kinds of criminals, from Civil War soldiers to pirates. You can take nightly tours of the jail to hear stories of its famous inmates and many ghostly inhabitants.

Interested in learning more stories about Charleston? Try the Ghost & Gravestones Sightseeing Tour, available year round.

Westin Poinsett Hotel, Greenville, SC

The Poinsett Hotel first opened in 1925 before closing in 1987. After sitting vacant for 13 years, the hotel was renovated and reopened as the Westin Poinsett. While business is good for the hotel, there are stories of previous cleaning crews working late into the night and some guests in 1940s clothing wandering the halls.

Longstreet Theatre, Columbia, SC

A familiar landmark on the University of South Carolina’s campus, the Longstreet Theatre was originally designed as a chapel but has also served as a Civil War military hospital, state legislature meeting sit, arsenal and armory and a gymnasium. With such a varied history, it’s no wonder the theatre is known as one of the most haunted places in South Carolina. Stories of slamming doors, cold spots and creaky floorboards and more have been reported by visitors.

The Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA

This historic cinema first opened its doors in 1928 and has become a beloved landmark in Richmond. While most visitors are going to watch second-run movies, you could be one of the lucky to have a run-in with one of the two resident ghosts. A former manager of the theatre has been known to take in a show in the balcony and a little girl has been seen playing in the women’s bathroom.

Interested in learning more stories about Richmond? Try the Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours, available Friday and Saturday evenings from May through Oct. 31.

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