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JULY 2, 2012


Charleston, South Carolina (JFK+50) We are vacationing in downtown Charleston, South Carolina for the next few days.

Today I walked through the beautiful Unitarian Churchyard located at 8 Archdale Street here in the city.

The Unitarian Churchyard, Charleston, S.C. Photo by John White, 2012

The churchyard is said to be haunted by a most famous ghost…..the ghost of Annabel Lee who lived in Charleston before the Civil War.

The story goes that Annabel Lee met & fell in love with a sailor from Virginia, but her father disapproved of the relationship.

So the young lovers met secretly in the Unitarian Churchyard.

Unfortunately, the couple were found out by Annabel Lee’s father & she was locked in her room.  The sailor was transferred back to Virginia.

Annabel soon died of scarlet fever.

When the father learned that the sailor was returning to Charleston to find Annabel’s grave, he had her grave dug 6 feet deep while all other family members graves were dug at 3 feet. 

All the graves were freshly dug, so the sailor was unable to locate his lover’s grave.

They say that Annabel’s ghost still roams the churchyard today in search of her lover.

The Unitarian Churchyard, Charleston, S.C. Photo by John White, 2012

I must admit I walked through the churchyard at a fast pace & in broad daylight and I did not see any sign of Annabel.

Perhaps I should return at midnight & walk through a little slower.  But then again, maybe not!*

*Source:  www.graveaddiction.com/

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