Happy Halloween! In honor of Halloween, today we thought we would share one of the spookiest (and coolest) places in Charleston – the Unitarian Church graveyard. Charleston’s Unitarian Church, the oldest Unitarian Church in the South, was completed in 1787 and is located at 4 Archdale Street in downtown Charleston. The cemetery is always open, and can conveniently be accessed from King Street.

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The most famous ghost in the Unitarian cemetary is that of Annabel Lee, the subject of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem of the same name.

“It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.”
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Annabel Lee’s father did not approve of his daughter’s sailor lover, and so when Annabel Lee died of yellow fever It is said that Annabel Lee’s father dug up the graves of his daughter’s family members before burying her, so that Annabel’s sailor lover could not find her body in order to pay his respects.

So go and check out the Unitarian Church graveyard, you will not be disappointed … and who knows, perhaps on today of all days Annabel Lee will be taking a stroll. Happy Haunting!

Photos via OTIS


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