The Castle is the 1850 Italian Renaissance home of Dr. Joseph Johnson, and it is rumored to be haunted. Its legend centers around the ghost of a dwarf named Gauche, who was a jester brought to the area by the French explorer Jean Ribaut in 1562. Gauche’s apparition has been seen by folks as far back as Dr. Johnson himself, both inside and outside of the home. Dr. Johnson’s daughter Lily played tea party with the ghost many times as a child, and visitors to The Castle have seen him while on tours. The ghost has been known to tap out messages in 16th-century French, move furniture, open and close doors and leave his red handprints on windows. When he’s around, some say, you can hear the ringing of the bells on his costume. In one coded conversation, Gauche revealed that his spirit remains in the castle because it reminds him of his former home in England.
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- 411 Craven St
Beaufort, SC 29902
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- 32.43302, -80.667777
- Beaufort County, South Carolina
- Nearest Towns:
- Beaufort, SC (0.2 mi.)
Burton, SC (3.3 mi.)
Port Royal, SC (4.0 mi.)
Shell Point, SC (5.2 mi.)
Laurel Bay, SC (6.9 mi.)
Hilton Head Island, SC (15.8 mi.)
Bluffton, SC (17.6 mi.)
Ridgeland, SC (18.5 mi.)
Edisto Beach, SC (19.7 mi.)
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