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Walterboro: a haunted town

Editor’s Note:

“The Colletonian” is beginning an October series about local ghost stories that have yet to be told. If you would like to be considered for participation in this series, please contact writer Christie Slocum at crlatta78@yahoo.com.

Photo by Jorge Ruiz

Photo by Jorge Ruiz

A town as old as Walterboro certainly has a lot of history and a lot of secrets. Some stories have been kept alive by being passed down from generation to generation, while others were locked away, never to be spoken of again. Many of our local residents have been startled for years as unexplainable things in their homes would happen. Some folks say lights turn on and off by themselves. Others report that doors will open and close on their own. Many of our homes have some strange occurrences that happen frequently. Some people only hear noises, while others see things that they dare not tell anyone about.

The question is, “What is causing the noises in these homes?” How can someone leave the kitchen only to return a few minutes later to find all the cupboard doors standing wide open? Skeptics say the house is “settling” and say the house is “drafty.” They say the person has a wild imagination. They might even poke fun at a person who has had an unnerving experience. The unexplained is just that – unexplained. Some people think you have a sixth sense if you are lucky enough to be chosen to communicate with those on the other side.

In a recent survey conducted on Paranormal Beliefs in America, 71 percent of Americans claim to have had a paranormal experience. Thirty-seven percent of people surveyed said they believe that houses can be haunted.

Over the next four weeks, we will bring you real life experiences from right here in Walterboro. Our town is full of creepy stories and is sure to leave the hair on your neck standing on end. We will not reveal community members names or the address of where their personal experiences took place. We will bring you the raw emotion of what living among the unknown is like. Most have chosen to move on, while others made the choice to cohabitate with whatever it is that goes bump in the night.

If you think you have a story that will knock my socks off feel free to let me know. Nothing will shock me, not after the stories that have been told to me so far.

Christie Slocum (589 Posts)