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About Charleston Ghosts

Charleston is one of the oldest cities in America. For all of the city’s palm tree-lined beauty and gorgeous pastel architecture, its pristine appearance cannot hide the paranormal activity that creeps in Charleston’s shadows.

Charleston has plenty for the eager tourist to do, get to know the second home of Jazz at the Charleston Music Hall, or stroll the pastel streets or waterfront district. But know that anywhere in the historic core of Charleston’s peninsular you will not be more than a jazz trumpet blast from the site of a haunting. Charleston is considered one of the most haunted places in the Lowcountry, the South, America, and perhaps the entire world.

Our standard tour takes about an hour to walk the mile or so around the historic core of the city. If you choose the extended tour, we add other locations and just over an extra half-mile to the route.

Charleston Terrors’ ghost tour route has been thoughtfully chosen, to both paint a vivid picture of the historic life of this vibrant town, and to bring the past to life through the harrowing personal tales of its resident ghosts.

Charleston Terrors is a tour open to anyone curious about Charleston’s haunted reputation. Visitors can explore the city and sightsee in an unforgettable, unique way. Locals can delight in a fresh look at their hometown. History buffs and paranormal enthusiasts will both appreciate the tour, although you don’t have to be an expert in history or the supernatural in order to enjoy our tour.

After experiencing our tour, you’ll leave with greater knowledge about Charleston, its history, its paranormal activity, and its local culture. Guests will have a different perspective on one of the oldest cities in America, and on the nature of the divisions between “our world” and the “spirit world.” You will carry home haunting memories from an extraordinary time well-spent.

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Why is Charleston so haunted?

Charleston was founded in 1670, and by the 1800s had grown into a bustling, wealthy city, due to its convenient location on the water and the surrounding farms and plantations.

Then, in 1861, the Civil War began at Fort Sumter in the city’s harbor. The war ravaged Charleston. Economic losses made new construction impossible. Instead, the city had to rebuild and repair the damaged buildings it already possessed. While Charleston’s historic buildings have managed to survive since then, the many spirits remained trapped inside.

Because of its strategic coastal location, pirates often descended upon the city. At least one known pirate crew, led by an associate of Blackbeard named Stede Bonnet, was hanged in Charleston. The raucous and vengeful spirits are believed to have left behind.

Though Charleston is a gorgeous place, there is a profound ugliness to its history, especially in this aspect, from both criminals and their punishers. It is these places that are the most paranormally active of all, as perhaps the ghostly prisoners are constantly still trying to escape, even after death.

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As befits the most mannerly city in America, there are rules we ought to follow:

  • Remain calm.

    Ghosts don’t often harm people, if you see one, squeeze your buddies hand three times. But remain calm!

  • Be polite.

    A small nod of the head and a smile should be enough to assure any spirit you mean no harm.

  • Do not provoke the spirits.

    Most spirits are not evil, just trapped, imagine they were your grandparents and you can’t go wrong

  • Stay together.

    Charleston has plenty of ghosts, it does not need any more, buddy up and stay safe!

  • Watch your step.

    As above, cobbles can be tricky, and slippery


You can read their experiences at Charleston Terrors in the reviews belowABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC TOUR , and even see how many stars they rate our tours with.

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Billybadass

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June 27, 2020

John was our tour guide and he did a great job explaining the history of each site we visited and th...
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Ilyse Crawford

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March 30, 2020

I wasn't sure my kids would like this tour but they ended up really liking it.
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