Heriot-Tarbox House

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Built around 1765, this is the house where the legendary Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of United States Vice President Aaron Burr and wife of South Carolina Governor Joseph Alston stayed in 1812 before the ship on which she was traveling disappeared. Her ghost has been seen all along the coastline from here to North Carolina, as well as in the front of this house. The house is also said to be haunted by a young woman who fell in love with a sea captain, but her father, who didn’t approve of the match, requested that the ship be anchored off the coast so the two lovers wouldn’t be able to meet. The two sent signals by lantern, she always hoping for his return. Years went by and the parents passed away, and the daughter became an old spinster who lived with her pack of pet dogs. One night when the dogs were baying incessantly, the neighbors came over to find her dead body, surrounded by her beloved pets. Her ghost is still seen around the premises, surrounded by her ghost dogs, and her signal lantern still lights in the window. Some speculate that this story is a concoction by rumrunners, who actually used the light as a signal.

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Geographic Information

Address:
15 Cannon Street
Georgetown, SC
United States

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GPS:
33.3637469, -79.28054199999997
County:
Georgetown County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Georgetown, SC (1.2 mi.)
Pawleys Island, SC (10.4 mi.)
Andrews, SC (17.3 mi.)
Murrells Inlet, SC (18.9 mi.)
McClellanville, SC (21.7 mi.)
Garden City, SC (22.3 mi.)
Bucksport, SC (23.2 mi.)
Surfside Beach, SC (24.4 mi.)
Jamestown, SC (24.4 mi.)
Socastee, SC (27.4 mi.)

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