For whatever reason, the advent of fall and the impending arrival of Halloween make people want to search out ghosts, potentially scaring themselves silly and learning about the history of an area, building or historic spot.
Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you do or not, this would be a fun afternoon spent driving around Liberty County to see if your spidey senses start tingling. So, in that vein we thought we’d put together a list of some of the best potential ghost-hunting sites for you right here in our beautiful community. If you head out on this spooky tour of Liberty County be sure to obey private property signs, as well as the hours of the location if it is a business.
The Historic Jail in downtown Hinesville. It was completed in 1892, and while no one is known to have died in the jail, it has been the subject of paranormal investigations with people citing significant ghostly activity throughout.
The Bacon Fraser House. Recently purchased by the Liberty County Chamber and CVB, this 178-year-old house was in the Fraser family for six generations. Family members staunchly believe the house is haunted by the spirit of Mary Elizabeth Fraser, who had the home constructed. In particular, her presence can be felt in an upstairs bedroom where she etched her initials in the glass of a window. Her kind spirit lends the house a sense of peace and protection that can be felt today by those who work in the historic space.
3. Fort Morris. Not a fort in the traditional sense of a building, the original earthen works were built to protect the now-lost city of Sunbury and her harbor during the Revolutionary War, there were soldiers on both sides of the conflict who died on the site. Some people claim that they can still hear Lachlan McIntosh telling the British to "come and take it!"
Midway Cemetery. There are two stories about the possible haunting of the Midway Cemetery. The first is about two young lovers who were conducting an illicit affair in the cemetery. The relationship between a white girl and a slave was forbidden, and the story says that when the girl’s father found out about the affair he had the slave hung in the cemetery. When young Sylvia found him, she slit her own throat. Visitors to this day report seeing the two shadowy figures under the tree.
The second story is about a crack in the cemetery’s north wall. The wall, originally built in 1813, was constructed by slaves. The story says that two slaves were made to stay late and finish work. A dispute arose between them, resulting in one killing the other and hiding him beneath the wall. The wall reportedly would crumble at an unexplainably fast pace. And one day, when the master ordered the wall torn down and rebuilt, the remains were discovered and the wall was rebuilt. However, the crack continues to this day even after the wall was completely reconstructed.
Caswell House, on the corner of North Main and Memorial Drive in Hinesville. This house is said to be haunted by the ghost of a murdered salesman. The death occurred in 1914, when a traveling salesman as having an affair with the wife of the house, and her husband found out and arranged a fake business trip to trap the two in their illicit tryst. The story goes that the salesman stepped off the train at the Flemington, Hinesville and Western Railroad depot where it used to be on Main Street (by the traffic circle) on a rainy October evening and the husband, concealed in the bushes, fired a gun three times and rode off on his horse, never to be seen again. The wounded man was taken to a room on the second floor of the house never to regain consciousness and later died. The woman left Hinesville and was never seen nor heard from again.
Millhaven Plantation. Located somewhere in the Riceboro area, this house built by Jonathan Gaulden before the Civil War, was in the end stages of deterioration by 1917. There are people who swear that ghosts could be seen in the ruins of the once beautiful plantation home.
A bonus site for those who like adventure would be the supposed ghost activity on Liberty County’s barrier island, St. Catherines, which is only accessible by boat and visitors are allowed on the interior of the island by invitation only. The island is said to contain the ghost of Mary Musgrove, nicknamed the Queen of Georgia, who died on the island sometime after 1763. It is said that on a particular hill you can see her ghost haunting the island. Musgrove served as Gen. Oglethorpe’s chief interpreter for many years before being given the island.
We hope you enjoy this ghostly tour of Liberty County and that you take the chance to get out and #exploreliberty.