The Creepiest Tour In Charleston, South Carolina
I love a good ghost story as much as the next girl, so when I heard about a ghost tour being offered in Charleston, South Carolina, my only question was “Where do I sign up?”
Featured on the Travel Channel on “America’s Most Haunted Places”, the creepy Charleston tour I speak of is the Old Jailhouse Tour by Bulldogs Tours. Not gonna lie, more than once goosebumps spread up and down my arms, and I definitely know it had nothing to do with the 100+ degrees of balmy summertime weather. The history of the jail goes a bit like this…
The jail was in full operation from 1802 to 1939, under the same conditions the entire length of its operation. No running water, no electricity. Corporal punishment was in full swing. At any given point, the jail housed up to 400 prisoners. Pirates, Civil War prisoners, serial killers of Charleston…they were all sent here. Due to the brutal conditions…the heat in the summer reaching up to 130 degrees, the coldness in the winter so cold that the floors would freeze over if a cup of water was spilled, the disease, the violence in the jail between the prisoners, the violence between the warden and the prisoners…a prisoner’s expected lifespan in the Charleston jail was 2 months.
Our tour guide pointed out that often times in photos you’d see round white orbs appear…these are said to be the spirits of the prisoners who still linger in the jail. I rolled my eyes and laughed along with the other tourists…until reexamining the photos at dinner later that night and seeing this:
See those little white orbs on Adna’s dress?
And to the left of my shocked face, hovering next to the girl with the pink shorts? I promise, no photoshopping or photography tricks were used. Next time you’re in Charleston, bring your camera, head to the jail, and see for yourself.
TICKETS: To make reservations for the tour, please visit the Bulldog Tours website.
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By: Jessica Tiare Bowen