October is ending which means Halloween is almost upon us! Folklore tells us that on Halloween night, the “veil” between our world and the ghost world is thin making it more likely to see apparitions of the past. So, what better time than now to explore some spooky and eerie places?!
Photo by Katrina Barrow
- The Bacon Fraser House. Yep, our very own office is a well-known historic and haunted location here in Liberty County. The house was built in 1839 and had members of the Bacon Fraser family living in it for 6 generations. Family members passed stories along to our staff after purchasing the house, that the ghost residing here is Mary Elizabeth Fraser. Mary Elizabeth’s presence can be felt predominantly in the upstairs portion of the house. Occasionally you may see lights turning on and off or see something out of the corner of your eye but her presence here is peaceful. As a reminder, we are open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm; if we are out attending a function or event the sign will say closed. The property is not accessible after hours or on weekends.
- Just a few blocks away from the Bacon Fraser you will find the historic Liberty County Jail. Built in 1892 and utilized until the 1960s, the Old Jail has seen its fair share of inmates and jailers. Although there are no records indicating that anyone passed away inside the jail, there is no shortage of spooky things that happen. Paranormal investigative teams have caught disembodied voices and whistling, shadowy figures and even the feeling of being touched. You never know what you may hear or see while taking a tour of this historic gem.
- Midway Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Georgia so it’s no surprise there are ghost stories associated with this location! Local legends have many different stories about the cemetery such as seeing glowing, blue eyes peering over headstones, hearing the laughter of children and of murders taking place right in the cemetery.
It’s hard to imagine the tale of two young lovers being associated with a cemetery but for Sylvia and her lover, a slave at the time, – that is just the case. The story goes that Sylvia and her lover would rendezvous at the cemetery but once her father found out, life would be forever changed. Sylvia’s father had him hung inside the cemetery and upon seeing her dead lover, she took her own life. People say you can still see two shadowy figures together under the trees.
While you stroll through the grounds, you may notice a crack in the northern wall of the cemetery. It is said that back when the wall was being constructed, two slaves were made to stay late to finish their work. The night ended with one man killing the other with a brick and burying the body beneath the wall. Soon after, the wall began to crumble at an unnatural pace so they ordered the wall to be torn down and rebuilt. During the demolition, the remains of the deceased slave were found and after removal the wall was rebuilt. However, as you will notice – the crack is still there forever marking where the body was buried.
- On the corner of North Main Street and Memorial Drive sits the Caswell House which was built in the early 1900’s. It’s said to be haunted by a murdered salesman who was having an affair with the lady of the house. The husband found out about the affair and sought to get his revenge. The husband set up a fake business trip to bring the salesman to town. On a rainy October evening, the salesman stepped off the train at the Flemington, Hinesville & Western Railroad depot where he was shot three times by the husband who was hiding nearby in the bushes. The husband fled on horseback immediately after firing at the salesman and his wife left town shortly after, neither of them to be seen or heard from again. As for the salesman, he was carried to the second floor of the Caswell House where he later died due to his injuries.
- Come and take it! Infamous words shouted to the British troops at this Liberty County location during the Revolutionary War. Fort Morris is unlike most forts as it is not a traditional building but earthworks created to protect Sunbury and its harbor. It was fought over during the Revolutionary War and many men died on its grounds from both sides. It comes as no surprise when people have ghostly encounters while exploring the earthenworks – some say you can still hear Lachlan McIntosh shouting to his enemy, daring them to come and take it.
Please be mindful of private property signs and operating hours as some of these locations are businesses or only open during certain hours. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, Liberty County has plenty of places to see to fulfill your spooky desires!
Catie Fanucci, Creative & Content Coordinator for the Liberty County CVB
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