In Charleston, take the Old City Jail, which was built on top of a potter’s field from the 17th century. “There are a few guides who just won’t go into that building,” says Diane Bell, a guide with Bulldog Tours who’s been leading groups around Charleston for more than 15 years. “There are a whole lot of things going on there.” Bulldog offers a number of walking tours highlighting some of the city’s ghostly residents, including a visit to several of Charleston’s haunted pubs, a graveyard tour and exclusive access to a number of bone-chilling buildings.
As the third-oldest city in South Carolina, Georgetown is often considered one of the most haunted cities of the South, and with good reason, thanks to a maritime history rife with sailors lost at sea and pirate battles. Make a reservation with Ghosts of Georgetown to embark on a lantern-led walking tour of haunted places such as the graveyard at All Saints Episcopal Church where it’s said the ghost of Alice Flagg, a lovesick teen, searches for her lost engagement ring; Hagley Landing, where the ghosts of a lovers’ triangle still roam; or the Georgetown County Courthouse—locals say footsteps can be heard late at night.