If you are looking for real spooky and hair-raising experiences, then bookmark these places for your South Carolina witchcraft, ghost and goblin trip:

  • Winnsboro Courthouse (Fairfield County)

Although Salem is renowned for its infamous witch trials, South Carolina has its own history with trying and executing those suspected of witchcraft. And one such incident occurred in Fairfield County back in 1792. Back then, it appears that cattle were getting sick mysteriously and die. There were reports of people being “possessed”, and acting strangely. No one had a plausible explanation – so they chalked it up to witchcraft, and so began the witch hunt. 

Winnsboro Courthouse

Residents in the town of Winnsboro eventually concluded that a local resident, woman by the name of Mary Ingleman, and her three neighbors, were the root cause of the issue. They suspected the women of being witches. Eyewitness accounts surfaced of how Ingleman used her powers to lift a cow off the ground, spin it in the air and throw it back down, breaking the animals back and killing it.

One account had her turn a local man into a horse, and ride him to a convention where the devil himself presided. The use of herbs, magic portions and hypnosis were all “evidence” that the 4 women were indeed witches. Eventually, the townspeople convicted Ingleman of witchcraft and sentenced her to death – but there was a problem.

It is believed that the 3 others were successfully executed, but Ingleman survived several attempts – four, in fact! – to execute her, including a hanging. She was finally let go and died of old age.  Her ghost is what puts the Winnsboro Courthouse on our South Carolina witchcraft list. It is believed to still haunt the courthouse, in search of justice for herself and her four fellow convicts. 

  • The Old Charleston Jail (Magazine St, Charleston)

Because they are dark, depressing and places where violent people live, jails and prisons often have a reputation of being haunted or ghost infested. But the Old Charleston Jail makes it into our list of South Carolina witchcraft and spooky places based on historical facts. 

South Carolina witchcraft

Legend has it that, among many other tormented souls, the Jail harbors the ghost of Lavinia Fisher, America’s first convicted female serial killer. A husband and wife team, the Fishers ran an inn by the name of Six Mile Wayfarer House. There, Lavinia and her husband practiced and perfected the dark art of serial killing.

It started with lacing the tea, or other drinks of lone guests who checked-into the inn, with a sleeping portion. As the effects of the drug hit the guest, and they passed out, the couple would carry the drowsy guest up to a room which had a trap door in the floor. They would throw the sleeping guest into the basement down below to their deaths.

Those unfortunate not to die from the fall, had an even worse fate awaiting them. The couple would then come down to the basement and, upon finding them alive, would proceed to stab them to death.  When eventually caught, Lavinia’s husband was hanged first. When a last-ditch ploy, involving wearing a wedding dress for her date with the noose to stave off her own hanging, failed to garner pity, Lavinia hurled herself to her own death from the hangman’s platform. 

Visitors to the Jail say that they see many apparitions there. However, the most notable is one of a pale-skinned woman in a white wedding dress wandering aimlessly.


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