Old Charleston Jail

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The Old City Jail, built in 1802 and in operation until 1939, today is used by the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) as a laboratory and classroom. In its day, it housed many infamous criminals, including Lavinia Fisher, the first female mass murderer. It is believed to be haunted, and in fact, on an episode of TV’s Ghost Adventures, the voice of Fisher was reportedly recorded. Misty orbs have been seen here as well as other spooky phenomena.

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21 Magazine Street
Charleston, SC
United States

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32.7784978, -79.93716749999999
Charleston County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Charleston, SC (0.4 mi.)
Mount Pleasant, SC (4.5 mi.)
Sullivans Island, SC (5.9 mi.)
Isle of Palms, SC (8.3 mi.)
Folly Beach, SC (8.5 mi.)
North Charleston, SC (8.6 mi.)
Shell Point, SC (9.9 mi.)
Hanahan, SC (10.9 mi.)
Kiawah Island, SC (14.6 mi.)
Goose Creek, SC (15.0 mi.)

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  1. Hi,

    I had sent you a message via facebook with a photo I took this past Saturday night. If you have time, please check that photo out or if you’d like to contact me via email I can email you the photo. I feel there are quite a few images that appear in the photo. I’ve filtered it a few times in different ways which helped my eyes focus on the original to see much more. I believe there may be as many as 8 faces/bodies appearing in the image. It is of the stairwell. It appears there are 3 males at the top of the staircase. An image that came through in color in the middle of the staircase. Two men (a side profile and one facing forward) in the lower left of the staircase and upon further inspection, I think I may see two faces in the lower spectrum of light peering through the iron railing. My friend and I have looked at it each more than a dozen times and I’ve shared it with other family/friends. It’s about the spookiest thing I’ve ever seen. I think the inmates and soldiers were standing in attention that night. 🙂

    Melissa Brown

  2. My grandma went there with her friend Dianne and her daughter, and according to my grandma, this is exactly what happened. It was very hot and there was no wind. You get a very depressing feeling when you walk in. It was very creepy and I felt my hair stand up near the back of my neck. The guide said we were about to go to the basement so I decided to leave. The guide went to the basement with everyone and I went down the hallway to the exit. When I got to the door I tried to open it but it would not open. I kicked it open to get out. Later Dianne came out. Something pulled her sleeve but there was no one there, as for her daughter, she felt a cold breeze go right by her.

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