BREAKING: The area should be on high alert, as more Upstate Urban Legends have been spotted in the vicinity. We know how much you love hearing about supposed hauntings and activity around the Upstate and with Halloween coming up we figured it was the perfect time to share our newest findings. This is the Reckoning, Upstate Urban Legends – The Reckoning. Stay alert Upstaters.
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Oakwood Cemetery – Spartanburg, SC
This could be one of the most notorious haunted sites in the Upstate, so we had to share it with you! Oakwood Cemetery has the nickname “Hell’s Gate,” and as such, things there tend to get a little intense. The further into the cemetery you travel, the older the graves become, and the hauntings really start. Visitors to the cemetery report seeing orbs, hearing disembodied laughter, or hearing screams. People have also noted that as they enter the cemetery their cell phones die. There have also been rumors of satanic rituals. This rumor was strengthened when in 2012 a grave was found opened and the head of the remains stolen. The thief was never apprehended, but the skull was returned to the cemetery. Regardless of what you believe, the creep factor at Oakwood Cemetery is off the charts.
The Historic Belmont Inn – Abbeville, SC
If you haven’t visited the Belmont Inn, you have to. The inn is gorgeous, and the staff is extremely friendly. This gorgeous building is full of history and as legend has it; also full of ghosts. Well… if you consider two ghosts enough to fill a building. Either way, there are two accounts of hauntings in the inn. The first is the spirit of a Scotsman who roams the halls. It is said that he is a mischievous spirit who will knock on your door and then run away down the hall. The second ghost goes by the name of Abraham. He is mostly seen out of the corner of your eye, and predominantly on the first floor of the inn.
John D. Long Lake – Union, SC
The tale behind the John D Long Lake haunting is a sad and dark tale, one that made national news. In 1994 Susan Smith drowned her two sons by rolling her car into the lake. Only two years later, five people drowned as their car accidentally rolled into the very same lake. With the death toll of the lake rising (as of last year it was at 23), many claim the lake is cursed. Can you blame them? The Weekly World News even ran a feature on the “Lake of Evil,” claiming that the lake is home to an evil spirit with the power to draw people to their deaths. Sounds like it is working. All of this negative energy has left the lake extremely haunted. Visitors to the lake have claimed to hear disembodied laughter and baby cries. There have also been sightings of mists, orbs, and shadowy figures. One stranded fisherman even claimed to have seen unexplainable lights in the sky.
Cobb’s Way – Anderson, SC
If you want your haunting to be extra creepy, make sure there is a killer involved. Cobb’s Way in Anderson is the home to one such haunting. While it can’t be confirmed, there was said to be a crazed killer who slaughtered people in the area in the 1500s. While not much can be found about this killer, those brave enough to drive down Cobb’s Way in the dead of night have reported seeing a figure wearing a white mask. If it weren’t creepy enough, the killer also wears a mask. Perfect.
Lydia Mill – Clinton, SC
Sometimes, you don’t need all of that pesky backstory to make a good haunting. Sometimes you just need a terrifying ghost. This is the case with the haunting at Lydia Mill. The ghost of Lydia Mill is a headless woman who roams the grounds as well as the train tracks adjacent to the mill. On rare occasions, her grisly apparition has been seen inside of the mill.
T-Bridge – Gaffney, SC
If you haven’t heard, all bridges are haunted. Golden Gate Bridge? Haunted. London Bridge? Haunted. Bridge from the Three Billy Goats Gruff? Haunted by a troll. So, it should come as no surprise the T-Bridge in Gaffney is also (say it with me) haunted. There isn’t really a spooky story associated with the bridge, it is just haunted. The legend goes that if you drive over the bridge without stopping, a car will appear behind you. However, if you are brave enough to look at this car, there will be no one driving it. There are also stories of a ghostly woman carrying a basket who crosses the bridge. If you stop and ask her if she needs help, she will disappear.
Brewer Middle School – Greenwood, SC
School can already be scary enough as it is without the risk of hauntings. Local legend states that, a long time ago, a cheerleader was murdered under the bleachers in the gymnasium. This would have taken place in the old location. As such, the basement of the school became haunted. It was said that if you went into the basement of the school, you could hear the cheerleader’s blood-curdling screams.
Pickens City Museum – Pickens, SC
The Pickens City Museum not only offers your daily dose of history, but you get double the amount of ghosts. The Pickens city museum previously existed as the town’s police hall. As is the tradition, things were different back in those days. The sheriff and his family would live in the quarters on the premises. As is also the tradition back in those days, people got mysterious diseases from their wells. The sheriff’s wife is one such person, it is said she died of typhoid contracted from their well. If you a riding by late at night and happen to glance up at the second-floor window, you just might see the apparition of the unlucky lady. The second haunting is due to the fact (once again) that the building used to be a police hall. They would hold criminals in the building, and as such, it is said you can hear disembodied moaning and spot ghostly figures during the night.
Clifton – The Old Mill House – Spartanburg, SC
There are two stories surrounding the haunting at the Old Mill House of Clifton. Both are terrible, but one is infinitely more horrifying. One story tells of the house catching fire, and the family perishing in the fire. The other recounts that the father of the house killed his entire family and then himself. Regardless of what happened, the haunting is the same for both. Visitors have reported hearing heavy footsteps, as well as witnessing doors being slammed shut.
Leroy’s Bridge – Gaffney, SC
Here we have another haunted bridge. This one is far darker than many of the other bridges we have covered. In the 60s, Gaffney was home to its very own serial killer by the moniker The Gaffney Strangler. Where would he dump his victims? You guessed it, under Leroy’s Bridge. This dark history has made the bridge incredibly haunted. If you are so inclined, you can walk across this bridge at night. When you do, it is said that you will hear screams and moans. These are the screams of The Gaffney Strangler’s victims. That is a haunting that will surely stick with you.
NHC – Mauldin, SC
This is one that would be hard to investigate. NHC in Mauldin is an elderly care facility. The story of this haunting states that nurses who were working the facility saw an elderly woman walking down the hall in a white gown. Not too odd for an elderly care facility, until you take into account that the woman had died the night before they saw her wandering the halls. As if a ghostly figure wasn’t enough to inspire fright, it is reported that the trash can in the patient’s old room slid across the floor when a nurse tried to throw something away. As any sane person would do, the nurse made a hasty retreat only to see the woman coming down the hall one more time. This could all be written off as one person hallucinating, except two nurses claim to have seen the same thing.
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