Lands End Light – Frogmore, St. Helena Island, South Carolina
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This article and the photos that accompany it were contributed by Barry Gooch, a native of Port Royal in Beaufort County and a resident of Charleston. Barry is Field Coordinator for the Cooperative Research Program run by South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources. In his free time, he enjoys studying local history and exploring our state. He is a valuable resource on the backroads and hidden treasures of South Carolina.
History of St. Helena Island's Land End LightThis old oak tree is a popular landmark for adventurous investigators of the paranormal. If you park on the right side of the road facing the tree, you may see the ghostly "Lands End Light." What first appears the be the headlights of an automobile approaching in the distance may materialize into an eerie orb of soft white light floating several feet above the highway – drifting slowly towards you. If you panic and crank your vehicle, the light will disappear.
However, traveler, do not be so quick to dismiss all that you see as manifestations of your imagination. That car approaching in the distance ... wait a minute, it may not have a driver. Perhaps – just perhaps – it may not even be car!
When we saw the car approaching from the distance we were certain it really was just another car, probably coming to join us. As we watched in amazement, it came toward us much too fast, and then seemed to slow to an almost imperceptible pace. Transfixed by what we were witnessing, the car headlights transformed into an ethereal ball of soft white light that slowly drifted in our direction until it hovered over the right front fender of my Chevy. Released from an almost trance-like state, Kathy screamed and startled me back to reality. "Scared" was not the appropriate way to describe my mental state as I prayed my old Chevy would crank. When the starter caught, that ghostly ball of light disappeared into nothingness faster than the tires on my old Chevy would spin.
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