Haunted Myrtle Beach

Did you say haunted Myrtle Beach? Not all South Carolina ghosts are in Charleston, you know. The Grand Strand has its share of spirits, scary stories, haunted houses, swamp lights, and more. 

From Little River to Georgetown the spirits of the dearly departed make regular appearances on the beaches, in historic buildings, and along little-traveled back country roads. It is said that if you drive through some of the swamps at night, you may meet one of these earth-bound apparitions. Locals know of the area’s most famous ghosts, Alice and the Grey Man, but other spirits have often made their presence known with lights, noises … and by other means.

The Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church in Georgetown is said to be haunted.

Around Halloween, you’ll find ghost tours and scary events as some Myrtle Beach attractions get spookier, but there are some places that are like that all year long. 

Brentwood Restaurant, Little River

If you’re looking for a delicious meal and a place to unwind, the Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro features fresh seafood and Low Country/French cuisine. They also have at least one documented ghost and maybe more.

Housed in an early 20th Century Victorian home, owners and patrons of the restaurant have experienced various kinds of paranormal activity. On October 29, 2011, A&E’s Biography Channel aired an hour-long documentary of the Ghosts of Brentwood Bistro, citing such strange happenings as dark, swiftly moving shadows, faces appearing in upstairs windows, and sighing voices in the walls. Mysterious glowing orbs have been seen in photos, and glasses regularly fall off tables.  

Litchfield Plantation

Brides who choose this beautiful setting for their weddings don’t expect a ghost to appear as an uninvited guest. So far, one never has, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t watching from the spirit world. 

Built around 1740, the Litchfield Plantation house has withstood storms and several owners, and is today a popular wedding venue. One of the last owners, Dr. Henry Tucker, may have never left, although he’s been dead for over 100 years. Dr. Tucker has been seen in the Blue Room more than once and people have reported seeing strange lights in the house. He must like weddings, however, as he seems to be a friendly ghost.

Pelican Inn, Pawleys Island

The Pelican Inn welcomes ghostly guests on Pawleys Island.

Pawleys island has several ghosts including its two most famous, the Grey Man and Alice. But, other spirits are often seen along the beaches and in the forests. Among other places, the Grey Man has been sighted near the Pelican Inn, which has two ghosts that bark rather than moan. 

The story is that a caretaker who once worked at the inn owned two Boston terriers. One day, one of the dogs heard a boy in the surf crying for help. The little dog swam out and saved the lad, but the dog itself, too exhausted after the ordeal, soon died. Its companion pined away for its lost friend and soon died of loneliness. If you’re ever near the inn at sunset, you may see the two dogs romping on the beach and playing in the surf, oblivious of time.

Waterman-Kaminski House, Georgetown

Georgetown is a wealth of ghostly activity. Among its many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places are several haunted houses. The Waterman-Kaminski House is one of them.

Built around 1770, there are two sad ghosts that haunt this house. One is a little boy about age 8 who’s family left him in the care of others when they set sail from the Georgetown wharf. The ship was lost at sea with all aboard. The little boy soon died of grief and his ghost is said to appear from time to time, waiting for his lost family to come home.

The other ghost is a lady who was in love with a sea captain. One time when he returned from his travels, he brought her a bottle of exotic perfume. After he left, she watched him through the window and saw him enter a nearby tavern where he soon emerged with another woman and the two of them walked to the inn together. Heartbroken, the young woman drank the perfume and poisoned herself. Her ghost can often be seen gazing through the window in sadness.

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The Georgetown Light

Lighthouses are lonely places, perfect for a ghostly inhabitant, and the Georgetown Light is no exception. The 87-foot tall lighthouse was built in 1811 and stands at the mouth of Winyah Bay near the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center. You can see the original Fresnel lens at the South Carolina Maritime Museum. The lighthouse itself is said to be haunted by seven-year-old Annie, the daughter of a former light keeper. 

A photo in the South Carolina Maritime Museum shows a little girl at the Georgetown Lighthouse. Could she be Annie?

One day, Annie and her father, a widower, were returning to the lighthouse in their little boat after getting supplies in Georgetown when they were caught in a terrible storm. The boat began to sink, so the father tied his daughter to his back to keep her safe. He struggled through the violent waves, finally making it to shore where, exhausted, he fell asleep, the child still strapped to his back. Hours later he awoke, only to find that Annie had drowned during their ordeal.

Heartbroken, the lightkeeper began neglecting his duties at the lighthouse. He wandered around calling his daughter’s name and falling to his knees in grief. Annie must have known the danger to boats if her father was not guiding them into the bay with his light. Her ghost began to appear onboard ships, and is believed by seamen to be a guardian angel who comes aboard to warn sailors of hurricanes and other disasters.

More Haunted Myrtle Beach

There are many more tales of haunted Myrtle Beach, stories of ghosts, mysterious lights, and Gullah tales of witches, hags, and monsters. If you dare, you can take a ghost tour with Georgetown native and ghost expert Elizabeth Huntsinger who knows the stories and haunted places of this historic seaport town. Elizabeth is a Licensed Tour Guide who conducts the tours in period dress. She is also the author of The Ghosts of Georgetown and other spirit-filled books. For tour information visit Georgetown Ghost Tour Company or call 843-543-5777.

Happy Hauntings!

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