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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

South Carolina - The Gray Man of Pawleys Island. “50 States of Freaky!” Vol. 40

South Carolina - The Gray Man of Pawleys Island. “50 States of Freaky!” Vol. 40

Be sure you’re caught up with this series! “50 States of Freaky”


That’s not how you spell gray, it’s with an “e” not an “a”. It’s spelled both ways OK. A = US spelling; E = UK spelling (I prefer the UK spelling, but that’s besides the point). Anyways, let’s move on from the grammar lesson and head on to our next stop, which is the Pawleys Island in South Carolina. There’s a legend that tells of a ghost called “the gray man”. Now, the gray man is a bit different than most spirits. Instead of causing mischief and havoc like most ghosts, the gray man is actually said to be a helpful ghost. For over 100 years, the gray man, conveniently dressed in all gray, has supposedly been helping people of Pawleys Island survive incoming hurricanes. How does he help? Well, they say he’ll appear as the hurricane is on the horizon and warn whoever sees him to flee the island. Those who listen to his warning have found that their house had been almost untouched by the violent storm. Those who went against the gray man’s warnings found their home destroyed. One tale from this legend is a tragic love story. A woman’s fiance dies in a carriage accident and he later appears to her, as a ghost dressed in all gray, to warn her about impending danger. He disappears and she warns her family. They leave, a massive storm hits and they come back to find their house completely fine. There’ve been many other recorded sightings of this strange ghost, but they all tell of him trying to help save people from incoming storms. To me, this is just another local legend. It’s something that they tell tourists to entertain them and it’s gets you talking about the island. Could it be real though? You know, that’s gonna depend on you. Do you think there’s really a ghost that warns residents of incoming hurricanes and other violent storms, or is this just some made-up local legend?

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