PENDLETON, S.C. – With a combined age of almost 400 years, Ashtabula (above left) and Woodburn (right) plantations have plenty of history contained within their walls. So it stands to reason those walls and the surrounding grounds might be home to a ghost or two.
This Halloween season, the Pendleton Historic Foundation will explore these haunted mansions on the Ghosts of Pendleton tour. The tour, which raises money for the foundation's educational and preservation efforts, takes place at Ashtabula Oct. 23 and 24, and at Woodburn Oct. 30 and 31. The tours begin on the twisty roads leading up to each house, as guides share stories about the homes' histories, as well as the ghostly stories attached to the plantations. Candlelight will illuminate the path, although visitors may bring their own flashlights.
There will be six tours each evening between 7 and 9:15 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes. Cost is $10, and reservations are suggested. For more info, visit www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org
Source: Donna Isbell Walker, The Greenville News, October 14, 2015.