Halloween season is the perfect time to learn about the ghosts stories that have long been shared in Myrtle Beach SC and the Grand Strand. Some stories are so popular, ghost tours have been created. Here’s a look at some of the hot spots for ghosts and the tours available.
There are so many stories along the Grand Strand along with Charleston and Wilmington NC, that this is just a small sampling of the ghost tales. Note: We are not claiming these are facts, just scary stories that may or may not be true. It’s all in Halloween fun.
- Alice Flagg – The ghost of Alice Flagg is said to roam along the waters in Murrells Inlet. This ghost story tells the tale of Alice’s family who did not approve of the man she loved. The couple were secretly engaged, however while Alice was sick, her brother found the ring and through it into the inlet. Her ghost is apparently roaming the waters in search of the ring.
- The Gray Man – In another tragic love story, the Gray Man is said to have been returning home to propose to his girlfriend. However, he was killed in an accident as he rode a horse home. After his death, his spirit saved her life by warning her of an approaching hurricane. It is said that the ghost of the Gray Man appears before hurricanes.
- Litchfield Plantation – Some believe Dr. Henry Tucker, the plantation’s owner in the late 1800s, still remains. People have reported seeing him in the Blue Room. It is said he used to ring the bell at the entrance gate in the middle of the night, until the bell was removed several years ago.
- Haunted Harbor – There are many stories of ghosts along the harbor. From stories of pirates to lost ships.
- Morgan-Ginsler House – Could the ghosts of Union soldiers still be roaming there? This home was once used as a Civil War hospital for Union soldiers. There have been reports of strange sounds coming from the dining room.
- Strand Theater – Some believe a ghosts roams around the balcony, because there often sounds of footsteps, but no one is up there.
- Boone Hall Plantation – The ghost of a soldier may be roaming the grounds. There have been reports of a soldier trying to save another soldier by removing a bullet.
- Fort Sumter – Is a Civil War soldier haunting Fort Sumter? Witnesses claim they have seen a Union soldier on the grounds. There have also been reports of the smell of gunpowder.
- USS North Carolina – This World War II battleship may be the home to ghosts. A blonde sailor is said to show up in passageways. Another soldier has been seen peeking out of portholes. Witnesses have also claimed to hear doors slam, hear footsteps and feel cold spots.
Now that those ghosts tales have sparked your interest, listen to professional story tellers. There are several ghost tours in the area. Here’s a few of them.
Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry
- Professional storytellers will share spooky and humorous ghost stories as you walk through the historic streets of downtown Conway. The tours are October 22-24 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The tours will leave the Conway Visitor Center every 15 minutes. Each tour is about 60 minutes and you will walk about one mile. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Click here for more information.
Haunted Myrtle Beach Ghost Tours
- A tour guide dressed in costume will lead you by lantern through the streets of downtown Myrtle Beach. During this 90 minute tour, you will hear stories about the Old Pavilion, Blackbeard’s ghost, the tragic love story of Alice Flagg and more. These tours begin nightly at 8 p.m. in front of the Visitor’s Connection at 312 9th Ave N. Tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for children 7-11 and Children 6 and under are free. Reservations are required. For more information,click here.
- In Murrells Inlet You can learn about ghosts, pirates and legends during Miss Chris’ Inlet Walking Tour. You will be guided along the MarshWalk to hear stories such as the tragic love story of Alice Flagg and the Gray Man who warns families to take cover from hurricanes. This tour is held Wednesdays-Sundays in front of the Lazy Gator, 3986 U.S. 17 Business. Call 843-655-4470 to schedule a tour.
Ghosts of Georgetown Tour
- Learn about the ghosts of historic Georgetown. This 1 ½ mile walking tour is lead by lantern. The tour takes about 1 ½ hours to complete. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for ages 8-12. Reservations are required and they only accept cash. For more information, click here.
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
- Walk through the historic streets and alleys of Wilmington while listening to the tales of ghost encounters. The tours are nightly at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The tours meet at the riverfront at Market and Water Streets. For reservations call 910-794-1866 or click here.
Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour
- Walk through the historic streets, cemeteries, churches and more during this 1 1/2 hour walking tour. Listen to ghost stories, superstitions and more. The Tours are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tours begin at 18 Anson Street. For mroe information click here.