#325: Take a Ghost Tour of the Old City Jail in Charleston

Old City Jail

Old City Jail

LOCATION: Charleston, SC

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When I went to Charleston a few months ago, the Old City Jail intrigued me with its dark gloom over the city. The jail was operational from 1802 until 1939 and is known to be haunted by several spirits, but most famously haunted by Lavinia Fisher.

Old City Jail Orbs

Old City Jail Orbs

Lavinia and her husband John were convicted of robbery and murder and Lavinia was known as America’s first female serial killer. She was held there from 1819 to 1820. Upon the day of her hanging, she was asked if she had any last words. She turned to the crowd and said, “If anyone has a message for the devil, give it to me.” Now, people say they see her spirit in the window or a woman walking around asking about the devil.

The window people see Lavinia Fisher at

The window people see Lavinia Fisher at

When I found out about the ghost tours here, I couldn’t wait to go. Taking pictures of the castle-like jail at night produced many pictures full of orbs. Our tour began in the basement where stretching devices were hung and the room was painfully hot.

Basement with the stretching device

Basement with the stretching device

Throughout the 45 minutes we made our way up the 4 stories of the jail and went into 5 rooms, hearing about the various spirits in each.

orbs in a room

orbs in a room

jail11While many seem to haunt the place, I never had a paranormal experience like I did in Gettysburg. You can read about my Gettysburg paranormal experience HERE. The tour was good, but I would love to go back and try a paranormal investigation there. Bring on the ghosts!

*Thank you Kyle and Jocelynn for letting me stay at your house and also for accompanying me on this adventure.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? It’s nice to hear the stories, but I need to go back to do the paranormal experience tour!!


Various tours available.



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