Haunted Places in Salem, South Carolina



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    Pickens County Museum

    Pickens, South Carolina

    15.4 miles from Salem, SC

    The Pickens County Museum of Art and History, formerly the county jail, is said to be home to the ghost of a boy named Willie Earle who calls out in anguish, "I didn't do it!" So the story goes, in 1944 Willie was blamed for killing a cab driver when, ...


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    York House Inn

    Rabun Gap, Georgia

    23.3 miles from Salem, SC

    York House Inn is Georgia's oldest continuously operating Inn, since 1896. All manner of living, births and deaths have taken place in the ensuing 120 years. It has been rumored by various employees that a Civil War soldier smokes cigars in one room and several children play in the Inn. ...


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    Old Hester Store

    Easley, South Carolina

    25 miles from Salem, SC

    The Old Hester Store was built in 1893 by William Hester and is now taken care of by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation and Pickens County Historical Society. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of an African-American man who was hanged in the back of the ...


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    Three Bridges Road

    Powdersville, South Carolina

    27.3 miles from Salem, SC

    Three Bridges Road is known to ghost enthusiasts as the place where Eloise, a Civil War-era slave, roams. So her story goes, Union soldiers killed Eloise's master nearby, and the distraught slave woman was reluctant to leave her master's body. When soldiers found her there mourning his death, they killed ...


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    Children's Graveyard - Duncan Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery

    Greenville, South Carolina

    31 miles from Salem, SC

    Duncan Chapel Methodist Church, built in the 1850s, has a cemetery known as the Children's Graveyard. The road to get there is across from a McDonalds. Apparently the cemetery is older than the church, as the dates on the gravestones are said to range from the late 1700s to the ...


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    Western Carolina University - The Moore Building

    Cullowhee, North Carolina

    31.3 miles from Salem, SC

    As rumor has it, in the mid-1960s a student was murdered after she refused a man's amorous advances. She now is said to haunt the third floor, crying, screaming and pacing. The man was caught and served a few years in a mental hospital, but then was released. He passed ...


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    Southern Oaks Inn

    Lavonia, Georgia

    32.1 miles from Salem, SC

    The Southern Oaks Inn was originally a home built by Charles P. Ray in 1918, who died here in an upstairs room, and that's who the current owners believe haunt the place. Apparitions of a man and woman have been seen, and strange footsteps have been heard. Reports from workers ...


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    Chiquola Club Hotel

    Anderson, South Carolina

    32.5 miles from Salem, SC

    The apparition of a nun in a habit has been by staff and guests on several occasions throughout the hotel building. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Anderson Muncipal Business Center

    Anderson, South Carolina

    32.7 miles from Salem, SC

    The origin of the haunting within this building is unknown, but staff working late hours claimed to have seen a shadowy figure materialising and disappear throughout the entire edifice. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Cry Baby Bridge

    Anderson, South Carolina

    37.3 miles from Salem, SC

    One of the most famous cry baby bridges in the state, the iron construction still sits alongside a modern concrete bridge connecting two sides of the county. Passer-by's claim to have seen a lady in a white dress on the old bridge, looking for someone. She vanishes when approached. (Submitted ...


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    Embassy Suites

    Greenville, South Carolina

    37.3 miles from Salem, SC

    Many strange things can be said about this location of Embassy Suites. According to witnesses, lights turn on and off at will, doors come flying open by themselves, and during a period of construction when the electricity was disconnected, lights came on during the night. In addition, the golf course ...


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    Poinsett Bridge

    Travelers Rest, South Carolina

    37.4 miles from Salem, SC

    The 1820 Poinsett Bridge, named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, was is one of the oldest in the state. It has a 14-foot Gothic arch and is no longer in use, and is rumored to be haunted. Folks say the ghost of a slave who was once hanged here may let ...


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    Balsam Mountain Inn

    Sylva, North Carolina

    37.6 miles from Salem, SC

    This early-1900s inn has two haunted rooms: 205 and 207. There are logs in the room where guests can write about anything strange that occurs during their stay. Folks have reported footsteps, jiggling doorknobs, unexplained noises, and other sounds of someone making a racket in the hallway.


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    New Salem Church Cemetery

    Taylors, South Carolina

    38.4 miles from Salem, SC

    At the New Salem Baptist Church Graveyard, visitors have reported unexplained moving lights, voices, temperature anomalies, eerie feelings, touches from something unseen, and other strange phenomena.


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    Piedmont College

    Demorest, Georgia

    39.1 miles from Salem, SC

    At Piedmont College, an orange-outlined ghost is said to roam the Getman-Babcock Dormitory, usually in the lobby. Also seen here is a ghostly little girl in a blue dress. Witnesses have reported the door handle turning on its own in the laundry room as well.


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    Devenger Road Bridge

    Greer, South Carolina

    40.2 miles from Salem, SC

    Local legend tells us that one Halloween night, a woman and her kids were killed on the Devenger Road Bridge when their car was hit by a truck. The woman had stopped the car to retrieve something from her trunk. Now folks say the woman's ghost will push you backward ...


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    Georgia Guidestones

    Dewy Rose, Georgia

    45.7 miles from Salem, SC

    The Georgia Guidestones, known as "American Stonehenge," is a granite monument consisting of six astronomically aligned slabs inscribed in four ancient languages: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The origin of the structure is a bit of a mystery, perhaps leading to the opinion that the place may be ...


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    Thomas Divide Overlook

    Cherokee, North Carolina

    46.2 miles from Salem, SC

    Night-time visitors to this overlook area off the Blue Ridge Parkway (near mile marker 464) often claim to see strange, glowing lights in the sky. No one has yet been able to definitively explain the source or reason for these lights.


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    Calvary Episcopal Church

    Fletcher, North Carolina

    46.6 miles from Salem, SC

    The grounds near Calvary Episcopal Church are known for being a favorite "haunt" of the Phantom Rider of the Confederacy. This ghost is a woman with long blonde hair on a palomino seen near the road, then she gallops away quickly. She wears a Confederate cape and a filmy dress, ...


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    Mountain Brew Cafe

    Arden, North Carolina

    48.4 miles from Salem, SC

    Mountain Brew Cafe is no longer in operation, reports say. But its building may still be haunted by many ghosts. One, according to local legend, is the spirit of a woman who was murdered on the second floor. Witnesses inside the restaurant often heard footsteps on the stairs when nobody ...


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    Pond Road

    Asheville, North Carolina

    50.1 miles from Salem, SC

    The locals may tell you that Pond Road has a ghost dog, seen near the quarry. First, you hear the phantom black hound howl, and then he appears, trotting. Next he starts to run, leaps, and disappears.


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    Isis Restaurant and Music Hall

    Asheville, North Carolina

    52.2 miles from Salem, SC

    Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, formerly Pastabilities Restaurant, is housed in the historic 1930s Isis Theater. One of the ghosts here is Susie, a former owner's little girl who passed away. One time, a restaurant patron's young daughter was having a lively chat with someone unseen, and when asked whom ...


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    The Biltmore Estate

    Asheville, North Carolina

    52.7 miles from Salem, SC

    The famous Biltmore Estate was owned by George W. Vanderbilt, died from complications of appendicitis in 1914. Afterward, his wife would sit in front of the marble fireplace in the library and talk to George's spirit. Now, witnesses say you can still hear her voice talking, and both spirits are ...


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    Reed House - Biltmore Village Inn

    Asheville, North Carolina

    52.7 miles from Salem, SC

    The inn was originally built as the Reed House in 1892. There have been many spooky occurrences here, such as one night in thw 1970s when heavy footsteps were heard climbing the back stairs late at night, but no one was there. Another time, after folks were laughing and scoffing ...


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    Smith-McDowell House

    Asheville, North Carolina

    52.8 miles from Salem, SC

    The Smith-McDowell House, built in 1840, is said to be haunted by two little girls who died in the building, named Carrie and Sarah, as well as a specter called the Dark One, who is believed to be the spirit of a slave owner. Witnesses have captured photos of a ...


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    Biltmore-Oteen Bank Building

    Asheville, North Carolina

    52.8 miles from Salem, SC

    Biltmore-Oteen Bank Building, most recently used for The Melting Pot restaurant, stood abandoned since the flood of 2004. But a ghost from the early part of the 20th century is said to still linger here. The apparition of a man, witnesses say, seems to be looking for something that has ...


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    Midnite Rodeo Club

    Asheville, North Carolina

    53 miles from Salem, SC

    The building that used to house nightclubs Coolworld and the Midnite Rodeo Club (now closed) is a century-old warehouse complex that is said to have a ghost in residence. A blurry gray form has been spotted in a hallway on security cameras or walking across the dance floor toward a ...


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    Craven Street Bridge

    Asheville, North Carolina

    53.5 miles from Salem, SC

    The ghost on the Craven Street Bridge is said to be a naked boy's apparition. Legend has it he drowned when he jumped off the bridge to take a swim in the river below.


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    South Asheville Colored Cemetery

    Asheville, North Carolina

    53.8 miles from Salem, SC

    South Asheville Colored Cemetery is where African Americans were buried for about a century, beginning in the 1840s. As few records were kept, it is uncertain how many people were buried here, but estimates guess from 1,500 to as many as 5,000. Witnesses here have reported dark, shadowy figures along ...


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    Church Street

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54 miles from Salem, SC

    Church Street is said to have been built overtop old churchyard graves, causing a restless spirit or two to appear. One is a nun, and the other is a woman in old-fashioned garb who seems to be looking for something.


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    Scandals Nightclub

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54 miles from Salem, SC

    Scandals Nightclub, which began in 1982, is a dance club for the LGBT community. It is haunted by an apparition of a Native American woman who is also blamed for unexplained lighting issues.


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    Riverside Cemetery

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.2 miles from Salem, SC

    Riverside Cemetery has more than 13,000 graves, including authors Thomas Wolfe and William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) and influential politician Zebulon Baird Vance. Witnesses have heard gunfire and seen a phantom Confederate army marching here, perhaps toward the site of the 1865 Battle of Asheville, fought a mile away on ...


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    First Presbyterian Church

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.2 miles from Salem, SC

    First Presbyterian Church was built in 1841 but was burned in 1865, during the Civil War. The churce was rebuilt in its present Gothic style in 1884. Although author Thomas Wolfe's funeral was held here, it is not his spirit who walks the halls. She is called Black Abbey, an ...


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    The Historic S & W Building

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.2 miles from Salem, SC

    The Historic S & W Building used to house Shotzy's Bar, where employees said a couple of ghosts hung out. A spectral girl appeared on the balcony, and a phantom waiter walked down the hall toward the kitchen. Coolers were known to open and close on their own as well. ...


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    Pritchard Park

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.2 miles from Salem, SC

    Pritchard Park is inside the triangle formed by Patton Avenue, College Street and lower Haywood Street. Ghostly Confederate soldiers are said to linger here, as this was a staging area during the Civil War. It also used to house the city's post office.


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    Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.2 miles from Salem, SC

    In the area where Barley's now stands, a massacre took place in 1906 when Will Harris shot and killed five people, including two policemen, and then killed himself. To add to the eerieness, the town gallows once stood nearby as well. Folks say the taproom is home to several spirits ...


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    Miles Building

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.2 miles from Salem, SC

    The 1901 Miles Building was a gentlemen's club originally, and is now used as an office building. In an office for the Mountain X-Press, according to reports, a ghostly arm in a white long-sleeve shirt appears reaching toward a desk, then vanishes. The sound of a squeaky desk chair is ...


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    Battery Park Hotel

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.3 miles from Salem, SC

    Although it was a hotel from the early- to mid-1900s, this building now has been renovated into apartments. Apparitions have been reported here; it is said that a man was murdered on the hotel premises and liked to materialize for the hotel employees.


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    Jackson Building

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.3 miles from Salem, SC

    The 15-story Jackson Building is a tourist attraction and the first skyscraper in western North Carolina. It's ghostly inhabitant is said to be a man who committed suicide during the Depression. The man's face appears in one of the upper windows, and reports say there is a bulls-eye on the ...


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    Basilica of St. Lawrence

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.3 miles from Salem, SC

    The Basilica of St. Lawrence is said to be haunted by architect Rafael Guastavino, who was buried there in 1908, and his wife and daughter. A priest who died in the building is also thought to reside here in spirit. Witnesses report cold spots, apparitions, orbs and lights and ...


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    Asheville City Hall

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.4 miles from Salem, SC

    One of the many men who committed suicide after the stock market crashed is said to still remain in the Asheville City Hall. The man's apparition wears old-fashioned clothes and has been spotted waiting in line at the snack bar. He isn't really noticed until he vanishes, frightening the employees ...


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    Thomas Wolfe Memorial

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.5 miles from Salem, SC

    Old Kentucky Home, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, was the home of the renowned writer and featured in his autobiographical novel "Look Homeward, Angel." The place has a couple of spirits in residence: those of a woman and a man. The woman's apparition has been spotted in the dining room; the ...


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    Waneta Street

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.5 miles from Salem, SC

    A 1920s unsolved murder along Waneta Street centered on two women who were beaten to death. The killer's apparition has been seen carrying the murder weapon, a sort of pipe or club.


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    Merrimon and Broadway

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.5 miles from Salem, SC

    James Sneed and James Henry were convicted of stealing a horse and hanged at this crossing in 1835, although they claimed to be innocent. Now, the phantom sounds of horse hooves, a wagon, and a gallows trap-door are heard here.


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    Asheville Seasons Bed and Breakfast

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.6 miles from Salem, SC

    Grace is the ghost who haunts this early-20th-century establishment. She is the relative of a former resident here, and she is most active in her own room. Grace's dog has been seen here as well. Some guests have reported that Grace climbed into bed with them and hugged them.


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    Chicken Alley

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.6 miles from Salem, SC

    Chicken Alley is a narrow lane named for the fact that chickens used to hang out there in the city's much younger days. It even has a chicken mural, painted by local artist Molly Must. Legend has it the alley is haunted by the ghost of Dr. Jamie Smith, in ...


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    Helen's Bridge - Zealandia Bridge

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.7 miles from Salem, SC

    Zealandia Bridge, aka Helen’s Bridge, was built in 1909 as a carriageway for the Zealandia Estate. It was mentioned in a passage of Thomas Wolf's "Look Homeward, Angel," as the novelist used to frequently walk under the bridge. Its ghost, Helen, is believed to have been a woman who lived ...


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    Highland Hospital Site

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.8 miles from Salem, SC

    A mental asylum used to stand on these grounds, but in 1948, a fire destroyed the property; nine died including the former wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda. It is believed that the casualties could have been zero, but the patients were drugged and locked in their rooms awaiting further ...


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    1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage

    Asheville, North Carolina

    54.8 miles from Salem, SC

    1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage is said to be haunted by Marion Bridgette, or Miss B., the nurse who bought the house in 1928. Her room was what is now the Robert Frost Room. Floating orbs have been photographed, footsteps have been heard on the stairs, lights click off and ...


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    Church of the Redeemer

    Woodfin, North Carolina

    55.2 miles from Salem, SC

    Church of the Redeemer, built in 1888 with two Tiffany windows, was originally the family chapel for a nearby mansion. The mansion has since burned down. According to witnesses, a female apparition has been spotted coming down the stairs of the sloped cemetery in back. She then crosses Riverside Drive ...


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