Ghost hunting on a “spring like” day in January

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I finished up my early morning “volunteer work” ahead of schedule today.  The sun and 60º  temperature on a January day quickly convinced me to find something to do outdoors.
I happened to be in Beaufort S.Carolina, so cruising around the “sea islands” with the serene scenery is just what I needed to calm my mind and spirit.
I started out by crossing the Beaufort River over the Woods Memorial Bridge onto Lady’s Island.  In recent years this area with all it’s beauty has become a vibrant community. You’ll easily come to that conclusion when you see the fancy new Walmart.

If you ever watched the movie “Forest Gump” you will recognize the bridge.

Traveling south on US 21, I crossed onto St Helena Island. Things slow down a bit here and the island is rich in history of the Gullah Culture.

Bring a sack to fill up at the roadside fruit and vegetable farms.

I turned  onto the 7 mile highway to Lands End. This is where things get interesting because I hope to “see the light”. I have no fear of the haunting tales because if there is a spirit surrounded by the beauty of this area it surely has to be at peace.

To read more about the mysterious light: https://eatsleepplaybeaufort.com/beauforts-haunted-history-the-lands-end-light/

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You have arrived….Lands End, South Carolina…

After leaving my first stop is at the “Chapel of Ease”, another “haunted area” on the 7 mile road.  I tried real hard to get a dose of scary but just peace and quiet here for me.

For more information: https://eatsleepplaybeaufort.com/beauforts-haunted-history-st-helenas-chapel-of-ease/

I find myself frequently pulling the car to the side of the road to snap a photo or just sit and think about things. The idea that this area has been  inhabited since the 1700’s, renews my faith in the fact that we are of a kind and gentle folk. The untouched marshes, creeks and rivers are a sanctuary to the natural wildlife freely living in harmony with us.

The Gullah culture is rich and “Praise houses” are still on the island. In my travels this is the only area I have seen this.

To read more  : http://gullahcommunity.org/our-community/praise-house/

Places to fish, shrimp and launch a boat are everywhere.

At the end of my brief vacation  from “busy busy life” , it’s definitely time for a lunch and thrift store shopping..

 

Happy travels…get off the I95 in South Carolina exit 33 and find your way to Beaufort…there’s so much to see but don’t visit during a big storm it gets a windy…:)

 

 

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Step back to the 1890’s at Fort Fremont on Lands End Road-Beaufort S Carolina

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I don’t have a whole lot to say about this Fort except that it was rather spooky to me even in the afternoon.  It is located in Beaufort County  a coastal S Carolina county and this is on St. Helena island that has a wealth of culture,  marshland, wildlife and the after life.

For those who seek out the hauntings  you may want to take the 2 mile drive from Frogmore to Lands end in the evening, there is a mysterious light that has been known to chase vehicles.

I’m a beleiver because I felt the chills on a hot humid afternoon.  Also, I would not rate this Fort as family friendly, so keep the young and old nearby.

For a reference point this is located not far off the I 95 between Charleston S Carolina and Savannah Georgia.

Read all about the spooky stuff: http://ghostsnghouls.com/2013/04/28/lands-end-light-beaufort/

Happy scary travels 🙂 If you want to taste the delicious local shrimp or Gumbo  I would suggest the Foolish Frog http://thefoolishfrog.com or any of the casual dining spots in the area….Low Country cooking…yummy

 

 

Friday the 13th…..It’s what you make of it

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Although I have never experienced anything unusual on this day it may be because I drift through the day with extreme caution.
My Grandma Rose was extremely superstitious, she believed every Friday and every 13th day was unlucky, so I had lots of practice never making any big decisions on these days.

If you have an Italian Grandma you probably know these do’s and don’ts

  •  drop a dish towel (unexpected company will come over)
  • go to bed between 11:55 pm and midnight (will have bad dreams)
  • buy a broom in May, (you’ll sweep someone away)
  • wash blankets in May (you’ll wash someone away)
  • go to the zoo or look at monkeys during pregnancy, (it will affect your baby’s behavior)
  • sneeze at the breakfast table (bad spirits will be with you all day)
  • carry a shovel thru the house (you’ll be digging someones grave)
  • walk under power lines that crossed (just plain unlucky)
  • seat 13 at a table (one will die within the year)
  • drink out of a cup with a crack (just unlucky)
  • wear red or purple to a funeral home (means you’ re happy they’re dead)
  • cross knives (you’ll get in a fight)
  • stir your coffee 2 or 4 times around not 3times (uneven numbers bring bad luck)
  • we could only live in houses with even street numbers,
  • use white sheets and pillow cases only (bring good spirits around)
  • no dirty dishes over night in the sink (unwanted company will be coming)
  • the foot of the bed could not face the door, (you’re on your way out)
  • never wear a hat in the house (going to a funeral)
  • if you enter the house through the front door had to leave through the front (or more people will keep coming)
  • sweep the house out every New Year’s Eve (get rid of the dirt)
  • buy a new broom every time we moved (don’t take the dirt with you)
  • move the furniture around in her house because we would change her good luck

Grandma lived happy and healthy until 85, and when we giggled about all this she would always say a few choice words in Italian and then say “someday you’ll miss me honey”
She called that right and I’ll admit I always wash my blankets in April.