Friday, October 31, 2008

The Shooting Star Ghost of Georgetown, South Carolina

One of the strangest Southern ghost stories is that of the "Shooting Star" ghost of Georgetown, South Carolina.

This spectre appeared repeatedly during the decades following the Civil War and was covered by newspapers around the South.

The ghost was believed to have been that of a slave that killed his "master" during the closing years of the war. He paid for this act with his life and, for years after, reappeared and disappeared rapidly in the area. These quick appearances gave him the name of the "shooting star ghost."

If you would like to read an early newspaper account of the "Shooting Star" ghost, please visit Please be aware that some of the language in the article does not fit with modern standards.

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