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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15 Cannon Street
Georgetown, SC
United States

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33.3637469, -79.28054199999997
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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  1. 100% haunted. I stayed here when this place was a B&B. We were in the honeymoon suite (which we found out later had been the master bedroom.) Jets in the spa bathtub turned on all by themselves and the on switch was clear across the room by the bathroom entrance next to the light switch. We chalked it up to “old house, faulty electricity” and went to sleep, but then the water faucets turned on by themselves multiple times in the night. Finally at around 3 am after shutting them off 4 times we gave up and just left them running until morning. We asked the inn-keeper about it in the morning and she got deathly pale and changed the subject. It was only then I took real notice of the number of crucifix’s positioned around the house over every window and doorway that I had previously written off as a reminder I was in the Bible Belt. I’m pretty sure there was more to that in hindsight. First time anything like that has ever happened to me, you just can’t make that shit up

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