Originally part of the Lord Proprietor’s Plantation established in 1670 one of the first plantations in the Carolinas, managed by C.C. Bowen; also known as the Bowen Plantation & later the Brown Plantation. This Freedman’s Cottage is still home to so many men, women, and children from those days.
After the Civil War, Maryville became a model city for self-governance by former slaves and their children. Maryville was named after a Local Schoolteacher, Mary Matthews & was operated successfully for 50 years, until their charter was revoked by the City of Charleston in 1936.
Today the home sits in the quiet neighborhood, just a few Hundred Yards from the Ashley River, and the Spirits of all those Men, Women, and Children, who once lived here are still here.
They run around the back porch loudly on planks that are long gone and can be heard snapping twigs in the backyard. They hide in the Attic sometimes, other times they want to play games in the Green Room.
They love interacting with their guests and are very friendly. This is an excellent Level I Investigation House.
The Dewees house, built by Thomas Dewees for his daughter in 1852, is tucked away on a shadowed street in the heart of Downtown Charleston.
It’s once-proud façade is beginning to show it’s age but upon entering it seems that you are transported back to the 1850s with the incredible attention to detail and quality throughout the home. 12 ft. ceilings, pocket doors, 6 fireplaces, wide heart pine floors, and plaster moldings.
However, life was not this luxurious for all those who laid their heads to rest here. Throughout the years it has been a Grand Southern Home, an African American Funeral Home, a well-known brothel, and the site of Charlie Lum’s Laundry!
Along the Banks of the Ashley River This Area became central to the Phosphate Mining Industry in the late 1860s & 1870s. Many companies sprang up along the Ashley River as the South struggled to rebuild itself after the Civil War.
Many Freedmen took jobs as laborers for these phosphate companies and would leave the farm work to their family while they worked for the phosphate company to bring in extra money.
The grounds are home to a variety of spirits, spanning several acres there are endless places to investigate. From the Family Home to the Horse Shed, The Old Clothes Line, The Fields, and the Outbuildings we have documented countless intelligent spirits who want to tell their story!