HAUNTED SOUTH CAROLINA

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Subj:     Haunted House

Date:    95-05-03 13:24:26 EDT

From:    aa103516@dasher.csd.scarolina.edu

 

From: aa103516@dasher.csd.scarolina.edu (Stretch)

To: THOR181@aol.com

 

Here's some info on a house in Columbia, SC. I hope it's what you are

looking for:

 

On Monday, January 23rd 1995, I arranged a private tour of the

beautifully restored Hampton-Preston Mansion. The mansion is closed

to the public on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. My guide,

Neill Rose, agreed to give me this private tour because we shared

an interest in the paranormal and because he was slated for losing

his tour-guide job due to city budget cuts. Whereas before, he was

reluctant to tell what he knew, now he was ready to show-all, tell-

all. I was allowed to see the basement, the attic and was even

allowed to probe around on the rafters behind the attic walls. I

must say that while in this mansion, I never once felt any strange

sensations that you would imagine would accompany such a visit. I

did my darndest to "be sensitive" to the spirits in order to catch

a glimpse of the afterlife in action. My hour and a half visit

during that rainy morning was NOT a waste due to spiritual in-

activity. Just being in the presence of where paranormal activities

were reported was reward in itself. During my visit, the following

stories were relayed to me with the utmost of seriousness.

 

                                  

 

               HAMPTON-PRESTON HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR

 

ROCKING CHAIR BY RE-ENACTMENT SOLDIER: There was recently a civil

war re-enactment of Sherman's burning of Columbia which took place

on the grounds and basement of the Hampton-Preston mansion. There

were about a dozen re-enactment soldiers that spent the night in

the basement. The next morning, the soldier who slept near the

staircase leading to the first floor, complained to the tour guide

(who was also participating in the re-enactment), that he had been

unable to sleep soundly due to, what sounded to him, to be someone

squeaking the floor-boards by rocking in a rocking chair. The

soldier had no prior knowledge that the house was "haunted". The

tour guide unlocked the door leading to the first floor and took

him upstairs to the first bedroom at the head of the stairs. By the

doorway to the bedroom stood the antique rocker. There had been no

one beyond that locked door all night.

 

 

GRAY LADY ON STAIRS SHAKING FIST AT AIRMAN IN BLUE: The Mansion had been owned by a staunch Confederate supporter who hated the

presence of Union soldiers in house during the Union occupation of

Columbia, during the Civil War. During one tour, the tour guide was

just getting started with her tour and had the group with her in

the foyer on the first floor. One of the members of the tour was an

Air Force officer dressed in his military uniform. The tour guide

directed their attention to the beautiful banisters when coming

down the stairs appears the faint image of an elderly woman shaking

her fist. She seemed to be singling out the Air Force officer

because of his blue uniform that reminded her of the Union

uniforms. She disappeared before their eyes before she reached the

bottom of the staircase. They elected to discontinue with their

tour and departed immediately.

 

FIRE MARSHALL WITNESSES CANDLES RE-LIGHTING ON THE BANISTER:

During the Christmas season, there are candle-lite tours of the

mansion. A prerequisite to this event is the presence of a City of

Columbia fire marshall with fire fighting equipment should there be

an unexpected fire start. Numerous candles were affixed to the

banister of the spiral staircase to illuminate the way to the

upper floors. At the conclusion of the candle-lite tour, it was the

job of the Fire Marshall to see that all fires were extinguished

before the house was vacated for the night. Starting at the top of

the spiral staircase, he snuffed out each candle as he made his way

down the stairs. when he reached the bottom of the stairs, he

turned around to check on the job-well-done only to find the

candles re-lighting themselves on-by-one starting at the top and

continuing all the way down to where he stood. He then ran out of

the building in haste, violating a city fire ordinance, and has

never set foot back inside the mansion.

 

VELOUR CHAIN COVER DISAPPEARS & REAPPEARS BEHIND TOUR GUIDE'S BACK:

The original candle chandeliers still hang from the ceilings of the

downstairs rooms. The ceilings in each room are easily 20 feet

high. The cleaning crews assigned to keep the building in order

used to clean the cobwebs that gathered on the brass chains that

suspend the chandeliers. At some point, it was decided that a

velour chain-cover would be a better solution to the cobweb

problem. Each chain-cover could be easily removed, cleaned, then

replaced each time the cleaning crew came through the house. A

missing chain-cover was a sure sign that the cleaning crew was

presently in the house, or that they had forgotten to re-install

one after they were done. Each day before the house is open to the

public, the tour guide inspects the house to see that all is in

order for viewing. On one such day, the guide noticed that the

velour chain-cover was missing and immediately suspected that the

cleaning crew had forgotten to re-install it, since he was the

first to open the house that morning. He immediately notified his

superiors that there was a missing chain-cover and the cleaning

crew would have to come back and re-install it quickly. He learned

that they had not been out to the mansion lately. He went to show

his superior that there was indeed a chain-cover missing, only to

find that it had been re-installed during his brief absence.

 

CHILDREN HEARD PLAYING IN THE ATTIC: There have been instances

where tour guides heard the sounds of children playing wildly in

the attic, only to find no one up there.

 

CHILD'S FACE SEEN IN ATTIC WINDOW FROM VISITOR ON THE GROUNDS:

During an Autumn-fest celebration, the mansion was host to a

minstrel group that played out on the back patio. Hundreds of

people were dancing and mingling on the grounds. Although the

mansion was strategically lit from the inside, it was off-limits to

the general public. Several of the guests on the grounds noticed

that a child's face could be clearly seen peering out on the

activity below, from the attic fan-window. A quick check of the

attic made only to find it, as well as the rest of the mansion,

unoccupied.

 

HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING PEOPLE THAT WEREN'T REALLY THERE: One

day, the tour guide was giving a tour. As the group went through

the house, they could not help notice the noises originating from

the attic area. The guide dismissed it as the heating & air

conditioning men who had been called to come and service the A/C

unit. When the tour group departed, the guide went up into the

attic to check on the progress of the HVAC people, only to find

that they had not yet arrived to the house.

 

HURRICANE LAMP FALLS FROM BANISTER & NEARLY HITS TOUR GUIDE: At the conclusion of a candle-lite tour, one of the tour guides was

narrowly missed by a small hurricane lamp globe as she stood at the

foot of the stairs. The globe shattered when it hit the floor. An

inspection was made of the remaining hurricane lamps, which were

affixed to the banister of the spiral staircase. None of the

globes were loose. None of the globes could have vibrated loose

from their deep holders.

 

CANDLE MISSING FROM CHANDELIER, NAPKIN RESTING ON PLATE: When closing the Mansion for the day, the tour guide assigned to the

house locks himself in and makes a room to room check for stray

guests, unlocked windows and anything out of the ordinary. On one

particular closing day, my guide did just so and locked himself out

as usual. The next morning, he did his opening search of the house

prior to guest arriving to insure that all is in order. On a sweep

through the family dining room, he noticed that a single candle had

been removed from the crystal chandelier that hung directly above

the dining room table. Instinctively, he searched for the fallen

candlestick on the tabletop, then on the floor under the table.

When no candle could be found, he extended the search to the far

corners of the room as a measure of over-kill. No candle was ever

found nor did any of the motion-sensor alarms activate due to

motion in the house the night before. It was then he also noticed

that one of the place settings of silver and china were slightly

altered from the night before. A single napkin had been moved from

beside the china plate and had been laid to rest directly on top of

one of plate.

 

UNION RE-ENACTMENT HAT MISSING FROM ATTIC: My guide had borrowed

Union soldier cap from a friend in Charleston, to complete the

soldier uniform which he would wear in civil was re-enactment which

was scheduled to take place on the grounds. He assured his friend

that if anything happened to the $70 cap, he would see to it that

it was promptly replaced. After the re-enactment, my guide placed

the borrowed cap in the attic in an out-of-the-way place until he

could make arrangements to send the cap back the friend in

Charleston. When that time arrived, the cap was nowhere to be

found. To his knowledge, no one had been up to the attic since he

put the cap there and he had told no one of it's whereabouts. He

had to buy his friend another cap. Traditions has it that the

original owner of the mansion hated Yankees or any resemblance of

them in her house.

 

HVAC MAN WITH SWING BAROMETER NOTICES COLD COLUMNS OF AIR IN ATTIC:

During an initial visit by the new heating and air conditioning

contractors, one HVAC man was going through the house conducting a

heating efficiency test. One of the tools of the trade was a hand-

held gadget called a "swing barometer" that was used to detect

drafts and temperature changes around doors and windows. While up

in the attic, where the old air conditioning unit was located, he

reported that there were mysterious columns of cold air that seemed

to be there one minute and gone the next. Each time he encountered

the cold pockets of air, there was a change in the reading of the

"swing barometer". No source for the cold air was ever located by

the HVAC man.

 

EERIE PRESENCE FELT BY TOUR GUIDE DESCENDING THE STAIRS: On one

occasion, a female tour guide felt a strange presence just over her

shoulder as she descended the spiral staircase. She would stop and

turn to see if someone was behind her on the stairs. This happened

several times on the way down. No one was behind her at any time

while on the stairs.

 

 

BREATHING ON NECK OF TOUR GUIDE WITH GIVING TOUR: Another tour

guide was addressing a tour group while standing in the foyer on

the first floor. While the tour groups' eyes were firmly fixed on

her, she felt someone breathe on her neck. She turned to see if

someone had been playing a trick on her. No one was behind her. She

did not explain her actions to the tour group. Moments later, she

experienced the same sensation, just as before. She reached for the

back of her neck and turned, sure that this time someone was behind

her. No one was even nearby.

 

EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION CREW'S CAMERA FAILS TO WORK IN MANSION:

There was one time when an E.T.V. crew was allowed to film the

paranormal activities that been reported in the mansion. They were

unable to film anything because for some reason, the cameras would

malfunction once inside the mansion. Removal of the cameras from

the house caused to function normally again.

 

The previous stories are sworn to be true. Some can be verified by

calling the Hampton-Preston Mansion in Columbia, SC directly:

 

1-(803)-252-0938 or 1-(803)-252-1770

 

My tour guide was Neill Rose. His home phone number is:

1-(803) 252-9116 He was terminated one week after giving me my

private tour. He gave me three names to help me to continue my

paranormal search. They are:

Ann Hastings, Nancy Vodry and Pat Mantieth. They can be reached at:

1-(803) 252-1770

 

 

                                   Stretch

                                   (davidm@pro-carolina.cts.com)

 

 

 

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