Colonel Kolb's Tomb

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According to reports, Colonel Kolb, along with his family, was burned alive nearby during the Revolutionary War. According to local lore, those who visit Colonel Kolb’s tomb at night will hear the sound of someone walking in the woods and may suddenly find the apparition of a man right next to them. Inscribed on the tomb of Colonel Kolb is this message:

GRAVE OF COL. ABEL KOLB
BORN CA. 1750
COMMANDER OF PEE DEE REGIMENT OF GEN. FRANCIS MARION’S BRIGADE.
COL. KOLB WAS MURDERED BY TORIES NEAR HERE APRIL 26, 1781.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Co Rd 167
Bennettsville, SC
United States

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GPS:
34.5369371737583, -79.8272632957378
County:
Marlboro County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Society Hill, SC (2.2 mi.)
Bennettsville, SC (9.8 mi.)
Blenheim, SC (10.1 mi.)
Cheraw, SC (11.6 mi.)
Wallace, SC (12.7 mi.)
Patrick, SC (12.7 mi.)
Tatum, SC (15.6 mi.)
Clio, SC (16.2 mi.)
Darlington, SC (16.6 mi.)
North Hartsville, SC (17.0 mi.)

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  1. Southern Spirit Society  |  

    My team and I visited Col. Kolb’s tomb last weekend. We did several EVP sessions and several Ovalius 3-style readings. We captured a couple of relevant words including “commanded” and “troops” on the Ovalius but no actual EVPs. The woods surrounding the tomb are a little creepy. One of our members found shell casings from a fired weapon and we received the word “brass” not long after that. As far as apparitions or anything we didn’t see the like. However, we did capture the word “shot” which leads us to believe the real legend that Col. Kolb was shot and his family spared instead of the legend that him and his family perished in the house fire on his land. As far as hauntings, this wasn’t as haunted as we believed but it’s a really cool place to visit for a historical perspective.

    • The story actually is that Kolb was buried alive while his family was burned to death. My brother and I was out there today because we hunt the surrounding property. As we were walking through the woods, my brother asked “who is that?” I didn’t see anyone. He said he saw a man stand up from leaning up against a tree and watched him walk towards one of the corn fields and he disappeared. I use to have my own paranormal team in Rockingham, NC so your story really caught my attention. Would love to see pictures of the brass you found. Did it look old or fairly new in style? There are many hunters on this road so just be careful if you guys ever decide to visit again. The side you are on doesn’t belong to us. We are near the dead end of the long road you turn on from the highway on the right side. A good distance away from the tomb itself.

      • Many stories online state that his son died young and the two daughters lived up to about 1822. It also states that he was shot while surrendering. As he stepped on his porch, he was shot and killed and the house was burned to the ground. The story we were told was the one stated above.

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