Friday, October 3, 2014

Ghosts & Haunted Places near Summerton in Clarendon, S.C.

About Ghosts and Haunted places near Summerton in Clarendon, S.C. 

A ghost is often defined as the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear in some visible form to the living. Ghosts are also known known as a spectre, phantom, apparition or spook. The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is quite widespread, dating back thousands of years. See Wikipedia 

Descriptions of the apparition of a ghost vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, and is usually done during a séance. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life.

A place where ghosts are reported is described as haunted, and often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide. Some argue that the 'spirits' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy are strong.

Both the Hebrew Torah and the Bible contain a few references to ghosts, associating contact with spirits as being a forbidden occult activity. The most notable reference is in the 1 Samuel 28:3-20, when King Saul has the Witch of Endor summon the spirit/ghost of Samuel. Both Jews and Christians are taught that it is sinful to attempt to conjure or control spirits in accordance with Deuteronomy 18:9-12.

Despite all that that, a 2005 Gallup poll found that about 32 percent of Americans still believe in ghosts.

Here in Clarendon County, S.C., there are a number of reported ghost sightings or haunted locations that you might be interested in knowing more about. For example:

The Old Robert Eli McFaddin Plantation Home - Robert Eli McFaddin, Sr. built this home in 1854 with the help of his nephew John Brogdon McFaddin the son of Joseph Sidney McFaddin. It is rumored that a Ghost that lives in the attic and peers out the rear windows, and may be seen in the late afternoons. This Ghost once took the reins of Jeff’s horse on dismounting at the lot gate and handed them to Earl his brother.

Manning Cemetery & Dead Mans Curve - On the side of the road in dead mans curve you can see an old ghost like figure sitting in a rocking chair on certain nights when the moon is right. It is believed by many that the mans son was ran over and killed in the curve so he sat there waiting on the driver of the car who killed his son until he died but his spirit lives on and still waits on the driver.

Many have also heard of other 'unofficial' ghost sightings around the Santee Indian Mound outside Summerton, S.C., as well as other ghost stories related to the flooded town of Ferguson now lying at the bottom of Lake Marion.

There have probably been many other sightings of ghosts in Clarendon County, or haunted locations, that have never been officially recorded. If you know of any, please consider sharing them with us.

* The following are some selected web sites about Ghosts and Haunted Places that you might want to take a quick look at:


  1. I stumbled across an excellent article about exploring the flooded ghost town of Ferguson by kayak

  2. Ran across an interesting tale of the noisy ghost of Paxville in th Manning Times