Just like any good horror movie franchise, some things don’t stay buried for long. That is why we are back with another installment of Urban Legends from around the Upstate. Who knew we lived on such haunted grounds? All across the region, there are spooky stories filled with history and sometimes tragedy. When it comes to the Upstate, there are plenty of things that go “bump” in the night. Here are 10 more Urban Legends to make you sleep with the lights on.
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Blast Battleground – Gaffney, SC
Who would guess that the unassuming county, Gaffney, is one of the most haunted in the Upstate? Off of Highway 11 near the Crestview Church is the area known as Blast Battleground. You’ll know you’re in the right place because you will see the ominous and all too creepy Blast Cemetery. While there isn’t much information about the battle fought here, the rumors of hauntings are quite frightening. Test your fortitude and visit on a clear night. If you’re (un)lucky, you’ll hear gunshots and cannon fire along with frantic shouting. Some individuals have even reported seeing ghostly figures fighting. A few brave souls have even claimed that they were injured by the spirits. So, if you’re visiting Blast Battleground, use caution.
Greenville Army Navy Store – Greenville, SC
Opened in 1946, the Greenville Army Navy store is an institution in Downtown Greenville. With all of the various and sundry military items for sale, you could while away your time browsing the store. After hours is when things really get scary. Employees and paranormal investigators have claimed to have heard a disembodied voice exclaiming “Get Out!” If that doesn’t make your blood run cold, there have also been reports of flashing lights, boots that move on their own, and a drawer that refuses to stay closed. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can visit them here.
Sleepy Hollow Lane – Union, SC
Traveling along Highway 49 can be a slightly unsettling experience regardless of spectral activity. Things become even more harrowing when you learn some of the dark legends that exist around this lonesome stretch of road. Somewhere between Union and Lockhart, SC there is a tributary road that offshoots Highway 49. Sleepy Hollow road doesn’t harbor any headless horseman, but what it does house is an armless soldier. Legend has it that a Civil War soldier who had his arms blown off in battle wandered the road searching for help, only to perish when none could be found. If you are brave enough to travel Sleepy Hollow in the dead of night, you may hear the soldier’s pleas for help, you may even see the ghostly specter himself. So what are you waiting for? Get in your car and head there now.
Converse College – Spartanburg, SC
If you visit Converse College, you might be in for more than just an education. Like most colleges, Converse is rumored to be incredibly haunted, so much so, that there are no less than five spirits. The first is said to inhabit the laundry room of the Williams dorm. A ghostly boy will want you to play with him while you are doing your laundry. The second specter resides in the Hazel B. Abbott Theater and is none other than Hazel herself. One of the more unsettling spirits can be found in Wilson Hall. It is here that visitors report seeing a spirit with glowing red eyes. Pell Hall has what is the most tragic ghost of the campus. Legend has it that a ghostly woman in white jumped from her window in order to elope with her lover, but unfortunately, the fall killed her. Pell Hall is also haunted by Betty Payne who hanged herself in her room. Click this link to get yourself there.
The Tunnel – Gray Court, SC
Tunnels are already creepy as they are, but when a tunnel is also haunted, you have a recipe for pure terror. The story goes that a young man was going to borrow some eggs from a family that lived near the tunnel. The young man had heard that the elderly woman who lived next door had a lot of money. So, instead of being an upstanding citizen, he decided to try and rob her. His original plan was to simply render her unconscious and steal her money. However, he struck her upon the head so violently that the blow killed her. This violent act led to The Tunnel’s haunting. On rainy days you can drive your car through The Tunnel where you will hear anguished cries of pain. Be sure not to stop your car; it is said that if you turn your car off, it won’t turn on again.
Rock Church Graveyard – Greenwood, SC
Located off of Highway 72 in Greenwood sits the Rock Presbyterian Church. The original church structure burned down in 1959, leaving only one communion table untouched. The church was then rebuilt into the form it is today. The stone structure is somewhat spooky in its own right, but the graveyard attached is downright scary. It is in this graveyard that witnesses have reported disembodied singing. If that isn’t enough to chill you to your core, there have also been sightings of mysterious mists, full-figured apparitions, and blue orbs that will appear near the graveyard. If you want to see for yourself, check this out.
Rose Hill Plantation – Union, SC
Tucked away in the dense woods of the Sumter National Forest, Rose Hill Plantation is locked away in time. One of the many historical sites in Union, the plantation was constructed in 1827 by the Gist family. The house was named after the abundance of roses on the property. Many generations of the Gist family lived and died on the acres that surround the main house. Even during daylight hours, Rose Hill has an eerie aura about it. It has been said that the spirits of various family members roam the halls of the house or haunt the family graveyard just down the road from the plantation. Intrigued? Here is where you can go to see it in person.
Star Fort National Park – Ninety-Six, SC
Built as part of a frontier settlement during the Revolutionary War, Ninety Six is a sleepy town located in Greenwood County. The fort is worth a visit as its unique star shape lends itself to an informative and historical time. As you explore the grounds, you can’t help but feel as if you are being watched. The creepy level is ratcheted up a few levels when you notice that shadowy cutouts of soldiers and Native Americans dotted throughout the forest that surrounds the fort. This could be a sly nod to the haunting that roams the grounds. Those who have witnessed the spirit are unsure if it is a soldier who was killed in battle or a Native American man who was murdered on the site. Regardless of who the spirit is, witnesses have reported a figure running through the forest. Some even report hearing the anguished cries of the slaves who were forced to build the fort. Go see the fort for yourself using this address.
Ware Shoals High School – Ware Shoals, SC
Why are places of education always so haunted? Ware Shoals High School in Ware Shoals is no different. Other than the ever-scary teenagers, these halls are said to be haunted by multiple spirits. It has been said that the original superintendent of the school can be seen roaming the school’s gymnasium as well as the balcony of the auditorium. It is also said that if you drive around the front of the school in the middle of the night, some of the lights in front of the school will illuminate on their own accord. The girl’s locker room is another area where hauntings have occurred. Showers turn on and off with no one touching them, locker doors slam shut from unseen hands, and disembodied footsteps echo off the walls. Ready to go back to high school?
Ghost Creek Road – Laurens, SC
Weaving its way through Laurens, Ghost Creek Road already has a spooky enough name, but things get slightly scarier when you learn the harrowing story behind this road. Legend has it that many years ago a couple was driving down Ghost Creek Road when tragedy struck and their car crashed on a bridge. The husband did not make it through the crash. Fast forward to present day where it has been said that if you stop your car on Ghost Creek Road and walk around it clockwise, it will not start again. Look around in the trees lining the road, and you will see the ghostly white apparition of the deceased husband watching you…lamenting his loss of wife and life. Check it out here!
Bonus: 3 Eyed Man – Columbia, SC
Yes, this legend isn’t in the Upstate, but really it is too good not to share. It’s a dark night in Columbia. You find yourself walking around the USC campus by yourself as steam rises from the ground. Up ahead, you see a man. No big deal, there are men walking around Columbia all the time. As you approach, you see the man has something in his hands. Is that a mutilated chicken? Fear rises in your chest, and you realize something else disturbing about this man…he has three eyes! Sightings of Columbia’s three-eyed man date back to 1949. No one has taken the time to explore the tunnels, so there is a possibility he still lurks the tunnels to this day.