HALLOWEEN IN THE HOLY CITY: EERIE EVENTS FILL CHARLESTON THIS FALL

Blood-stained Civil War uniform at Charleston Museum
Blood-stained Civil War uniform at Charleston Museum
  • Blood-stained Civil War uniform at Charleston Museum
    Blood-stained Civil War uniform at Charleston Museum
    Blood-stained Civil War uniform at Charleston Museum
    Blood-stained Civil War uniform at Charleston Museum
  • Blood-stained manuscript from Charleston Library Society
    Blood-stained manuscript from Charleston Library Society
    Blood-stained manuscript from Charleston Library Society
    Blood-stained manuscript from Charleston Library Society
  • Confederate scribe Henry Timrod, whose bloodstains can be found on his final manuscript at Charleston Library Society
    Confederate scribe Henry Timrod, whose bloodstains can be found on his final manuscript at Charleston Library Society
    Confederate scribe Henry Timrod, whose bloodstains can be found on his final manuscript at Charleston Library Society
    Confederate scribe Henry Timrod, whose bloodstains can be found on his final manuscript at Charleston Library Society
CHARLESTON, S.C., August 15, 2012 – Charleston’s illustrious history has long been a draw for visitors to explore the “Holy City,” but in the weeks leading up to the Halloween holiday a different side of the destination’s past is revealed – one of foreboding personalities, thieving pirates and spiritual unrest. This spooky season, visitors can explore the darker side of the area’s history with a host of events ranging from a mysterious masquerade to a family-friendly pumpkin patch. A sampling of activities is below:

Chilling Civil War Collection at the Charleston Museum, Ongoing
Artifacts of Charleston’s hair-raising history are part of the permanent exhibit at the Charleston Museum, including a uniform worn by James Wiley Gibson when he was killed by a sniper’s bullet during the 1862 Battle of Secessionville. The fabric tear over Gibson’s heart and bloodstain from the wound can still be seen. Additionally, visitors can examine a gold pocket watch that was found on a soldier’s corpse in 1862, but still remains in working order today. For more information, visit www.charlestonmuseum.org or call 843-722-2996 x235.

Bloodstained Book of Henry Timrod at the Charleston Library Society, October 1-31
The death of Confederate scribe Henry Timrod in 1867 from Tuberculosis marked the end of a life filled with agony and illness. Devoted to his craft, the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy was writing until the day he died, with numerous bloodstains found splattered across his final manuscript. The manuscript can be seen at The Charleston Library Society throughout October. For more information, visit www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org or call 843-723-9912.

Pumpkin Patch at Boone Hall Plantation, October 1-31
Hundreds of pumpkins will cover the grounds at Boone Hall this October for the family-friendly event featuring an eight-acre corn maze, hayride down Monster Alley, pumpkin patch play area, inflatable play structures and various competitive events to win prizes. For more information, visit www.boonehallplantation.com or call 843-884-4371.

Masquerade Wine Stroll at Middleton Place, October 31
America’s oldest landscaped gardens welcome visitors to the Secret Gardens – two lush areas filled with majestic landscaping and ethereal marble statues – for a masquerade wine stroll at dusk. Guests can explore the gardens first settled in the late 17th century while sampling old and new world wine vintages.
For more information, visit www.middletonplace.org or call 843-266-7477.

Boone Hall Fright Nights, select nights September 28-October 31
This terrifying legendary event celebrates its eighth installation this year and is the largest of its kind in South Carolina.  Guests should prepare to be scared by live performers lurking in the shadows at four haunted spaces, including the new Asylum and Little Amy’s Nightmare. For more information, visit http://boonehallfrightnights.com/  or call 843-884-4371.


The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit explorecharleston.com 

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