On our visit to Charleston, South Carolina, we visited the graveyard at St. Philips Church, considered one of the oldest graveyards in the country with gravestones dating back to 1695. Some trivia: a graveyard is located with a church on the grounds; a cemetery has no church on the grounds.
So this story is about Sue Howard Hardy, a woman in her late twenties (which was old by that time to not have children) who desperately wanted to have a baby. Well, she finally got pregnant, but gave birth on June 10, 1888, to a stillborn child. Her child, unnamed and unbaptized, was buried in an unmarked grave in the graveyard. Six days later, Sue passed away (maybe from complications from the birth, but no one is really sure). The grave was opened, Sue’s body was placed in it along with the child, a headstone was added that only listed Sue’s name.
But, here’s the haunted part: 99 years later, in 1987, on the day of that stillbirth, a local amateur photographer named Harry Reynolds snapped a picture of that headstone. In the negative, there’s a image of a translucent woman bending over the grave. He sent his camera along with the pictures and film to Kodak for testing & no one there could explain it. See the image here.
And here’s a fantastic short video about the haunting. It’s definitely worth your time if you’re into paranormal/creepy stuff. Haunted or a hoax? You’ll have to decide.
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