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Charleston: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

1. Charleston: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

"There is only one essential ingredient in a ghost story: death." So say Charlestonians Ed Macy and Geordie Buxton in their introduction to their book about the haunted streets of Charleston. By rambling through the oft-forgotten enclaves of the Holy City, the paranormal authors bring guests face to face with a group of orphans who haunt a dorm of a Charleston College, a Citadel cadet who haunts a local hotel, and an angelic spirit in a Freedman Methodist graveyard, to name just a few. We will hear tales of a bookstore phantom, notorious for rearranging books in perfect vertical stacks, and a gruesome 19th-century amputation taking place in a medical student’s apartment. This tour is not for the faint-hearted! Based on historical events and specific details that are often lost in our general notion of ghosts, each haunting encounter will send chills down your spine.

Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

2. Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

With an expert guide, enjoy a 90-minute walking tour to uncover the best of Magnolia Cemetery’s history, mystery, and spirits. Hear startling stories such as the unsolved murdered socialite, an outraged politician that ordered his butler’s execution, and scandalous tragedies that are never told in history books. Originally a 1790’s rice plantation, Magnolia Cemetery was founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River in Downtown Charleston. Home to 35,000 permanent residents, including authors and poets, artists, Confederate generals and soldiers, prominent politicians, bootleggers, prostitutes, and socialites. Magnolia Cemetery served as a Confederate encampment to defend the city from the Union bombardment during the Civil War. Over 2,000 Confederate soldiers lay at rest in Magnolia, including the eight-man Hunley crew, eighty-four soldiers who fought in the battle at Gettysburg, and six confederate generals.

Charleston: Death and Depravity Ghost Walking Tour

3. Charleston: Death and Depravity Ghost Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Charleston's secret dark past on this walking tour. Explore everything from the city's brothels to gritty true crime stories with your local guide, passing through the walls of Chalmers Street and the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Meet your guide at the Ravenel Waterfront Park and begin your journey into the darker side of human nature. Get a unique look into the horrific, the scandalous, and the just-plain-weird aspects of Charleston's history. Hear stories of brothels, murders, suicides, and demonic entities as you stroll along Chalmers Street and past iconic landmarks such as the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.

Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

4. Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

Take an up close and personal look at the spooky history of Charleston, known as the Holy City. On this 1.5-hour walking tour, allow your guide to take you where others don't dare to tred. With this exclusive opportunity, you will walk inside the gates of one of Charleston's oldest graveyards after dark. Explore its corners, check out the headstones, and take a moment to step across the graves, if you dare. Listen as your experienced guide gives you a full history of Charleston’s graveyards, focusing on the stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City.

Charleston: Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience

5. Charleston: Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience

Hunt for ghosts on this paranormal walking tour to historical locations in Charleston. Hear about the city's chilling past and use real paranormal investigator equipment to search for signs of the mysterious spirit world.  Meet your guide at Big John's Tavern and learn about the different paranormal tools that your lead investigator will employ to seek out signs of phantoms. Enjoy using audio recordings, spirit box recordings, thermal imaging videos, and full-spectrum videos. Begin your walking tour through Charleston's strange past. Visit various locations where hauntings have been reported. Listen as your guide reveals the inexplicable details behind the ghost stories.  Record your findings in real-time which your guide will send to you after the tour. End your tour at Powder Magazine on Cumberland street. 

Charleston: Haunted Pub Crawl of the Market

6. Charleston: Haunted Pub Crawl of the Market

Learn about Charleston’s haunted past while sipping on a local craft beer or a relaxing glass of wine. Hear tales of the ghosts that wander the streets of Charleston and haunt some of the local establishments from an expert guide. Explore the local market which is a designated National Heritage site. This haunted pub crawl tour will also cover the vast history of Charleston’s sordid and seedy affairs.

Charleston: Ghost Stories Guided Walking Tour

7. Charleston: Ghost Stories Guided Walking Tour

Charleston may be one of the most beautiful cities in America, but there is a deeper darker side to her. Come hear their stories, chilling tales of death, of lost love, of vengeance. Come hear the stories of the Dead that still walk our city streets; the chilling tales of the Shades and Shadows that haunt these stones. Walk with us and you may find, we're not walking alone. We will share with you our in-depth knowledge of Charleston. There are so many fascinating and innovative people and events that have occurred on such a small little peninsula. Touring with Revolutionary Charleston you will see the City through the eyes of licensed tour guides that cherish Charleston for her beauty and her flaws.

Charleston: 1.5-Hour Private Ghost Tour

8. Charleston: 1.5-Hour Private Ghost Tour

You are invited to walk the streets of Charleston, which have been weathered by both time and tragedy. You can follow in the footsteps of lords and generals, murderers and thieves, slaves, and the free. Throughout your tour you will take a step back in time to when duels were all but law. Throughout your 1.5-hour tour, your guide will weave you through the gas-lit streets of Charleston, painting another world with their words. Your guide will tell you all about tales of the "macabre", oddities of history, legends of pirates, the whispers of poets, and paranormal events. You will also peer into graveyards, and hear stories of intrigue and murder. You will truly find yourself transported back in time, discovering the town as the sun sets and the otherworldly come out to play. It is time to retrace their steps, relive their history, and pray they don’t follow you home.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Our guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and went into detail on a lot of Charleston history as well as providing details, stories and facts about local ghosts and hauntings. Total walking was about a mile.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Everyone in our group had a piece of equipment and we caught some wild stuff! We got recordings and all our evidence back to go through it ourselves. 10/10 recommend

Nick was awesome! It was really cool getting a better understanding about ghost hunting equipment and the history of Charleston!

Keith Kirkland was a fantastic Guide !!!! The history and knowledge he shared was amazing !! This is a must do tour !!!

The guide was extremely knowledgeable, charismatic, and funny.