Welcome to October!!!
This is my favorite month. If you've been a reader of mine for more than a year, you know what every Friday in October is on my blog...
Scary October means every Friday, I'll bring you a new spooky story. And today's story is about a ghost who haunts this beautiful place:
Like many coastal locations, Pawley's Island, South Carolina has had its fair share of storms. Yet some say they have a warning when a storm is coming that has nothing to do with the Weather Channel. Locals call him "The Gray Man."
According to legend, the story of the Gray Man began in the 1800s. An unidentified young man was on his way to Charleston to see his fiancee when he and his horse became stuck in the marsh and gradually sunk. His fiancee, devastated, wandered the beach for years, pining for her lost love.
One day, while walking the beach, she saw a man dressed in gray. He was staring out at the ocean. As she drew closer to him, she realized he was her lost love.
Instead of greeting her excitedly, though, he issued a warning. He told her the island wasn't safe and she should leave. Before she could respond, he disappeared. The next day, she and her parents left for the mainland and when they returned, a hurricane had destroyed much of the island. (Possibly the 1822 hurricane mentioned on the sign below?)
In the years that have followed, the Gray Man has reportedly made several repeat appearances. He always appears prior to a catastrophic storm and is always seen dressed in gray. One of these appearances was in 1893, when a family saw the Gray Man and understood it was a warning, even though he didn't speak. They evacuated and survived the Sea Islands Hurricane, which killed more than 2,000 people.
The last known sighting of The Gray Man was 1989, when Hurricane Hugo caused mass destruction in the area.
The couple shared their story with Unsolved Mysteries:
“We were talking a walk late in the afternoon which we usually do,” Jim Moore said. “You see so many people walking on the beach at this time of the day. That particular afternoon we only saw the one, and he was coming directly toward us. When I got within speaking distance, I raised my hand to say ‘hi’ or ‘beautiful evening’ or whatever, and he disappeared.”
Hurricane Hugo decimated Jim and Clara’s neighborhood, but the couple’s home suffered little damage. Clara attributes their good fortune to the Gray Man, and the Lord.
Be sure to come back next week for the next stop on my ghost tour: