Cleland House

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Built in 1737, the house has a story to go along with its ghost. So it goes, Anne Withers, a possible relation of the John Withers listed on the historical marker in front of the house as one of the owners, fell in love with a sea captain. He once brought her an ancient Egyptian bracelet with a design of scarab beetles, which she saved to wear on their wedding day. But on the day, when she put it on, she suddenly screamed and fell down dead. The family found blood dripping from under the bracelet, as the scarabs had tiny legs that had stuck into her arm. Confused and heartbroken, the sea captain decided to have the bracelet examined by a chemist, who found that the scarabs’ legs were rigged to open by human warmth and contained poison that would be injected into the wearer. It is thought that the mechanism may have been rigged to deter thieves from stealing from a tomb. Anne’s ghost, wearing her wedding dress, has been seen several times in the garden of the Cleland House.

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Geographic Information

405 Front Street
Georgetown, SC
United States

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33.362996, -79.27916099999999
Georgetown County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
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Garden City, SC (22.3 mi.)
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Surfside Beach, SC (24.4 mi.)
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