Apparitions, unexplained noises and sad histories combine to make Nightmare Plantation a truly haunted spot, according to those who live there.
A centuries’ old oak tree is a sad spot on the property, according to Cheryl Carswell, who has lived on the 21-acre site at 1110 Dodge Lane in Grovetown for more than 30 years and has experienced her share of strange happenings as have former owners and visitors. Nightmare Plantation opens Friday, Sept. 27.
“We think someone was hung from the tree,” she said. “You get a feeling of mourning like a mother. People have seen her. She wears a long brown coat.”
Two paranormal societies have visited and indicated lots of spectres on the site, particularly in the barn, where there was a suicide.
“A lot of people have heard dogs barking in the barn,” said Carswell, who doesn’t have dogs or close neighbors. When people leave the barn, the barking ceases.
Carswell said a former owner had dogs, including one that was his constant companion. They spent a lot of time in the barn.
This is the fourth year Nightmare Plantation has been open during the Halloween season. Carswell said the event had been held in the barn until this year. The trail ride will provide a different experience where guests can learn more about the spooks that supposedly haunt the site. The attraction is open from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays-Sundays until Nov. 2. The hayride costs $15 or $13.50 for military with ID and proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Channeled Paths, a program for at-risk youth, said Carswell.
Nightmare Plantation is one of several haunts opening for the season.
PLANTATION BLOOD offers chills and thrills with pyrotechnics, interaction with performers and games.
At 4127 Wallie Drive, Plantation Blood opens at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28.
Beginning Oct. 3, the plantation will be open Thursdays-Sundays until Nov. 2.
In addition to the haunted house, there will be hot food and other concessions.
Tickets are $22, but there will be nights when discounts will be available for certain professions. Check the Web site plantationblood.com or call (706) 793-3100 for details.
A NEW HAUNTED house is open this year at 308 Holly Lane in North Augusta. Designed by John Carter, the House of Terror promises to be “an intense, graphic, theatrical show that will take you on a gut wrenching ride of visceral thrills and psychological horror.”
The Web site also promises more monsters than in any other site in the area.
Open since Sept. 20, hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30-11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. For more information, visit schouseofterror.com or call (803) 599-7038.