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Ghosts In The Attic

We love ghost stories! Two years ago we wrote about our resident ghost, Matilda. Although we have not heard from her since the April 2011 tornados, to this day, several SA team members still tell stories about her.

Quite often we will hear murmurings and have speculations about the presence of spirits in a structure that we are salvaging. Such was the case on our latest salvage mission in Spartanburg, SC. One of the few remaining descendants of the estate told stories about a particular cabinet door in the kitchen. He stated that each time he or his wife would walk into the kitchen, this one door was always open. They would close the door only to find it mysteriously re-opened. He said that eventually they gave up and just left that one door open. When asked if he thought that the house was haunted, his only response was a huge grin across his face!

The blue walls and little star stickers attached to the ceiling was a reminder that this was once the baby's room.

The blue walls and little star stickers attached to the ceiling were reminders that this was once the baby’s room.

This crib was found in the attic.

This crib was found in the attic.

One story passed around by some of the locals is that a small graveyard was moved before the house was built in 1884, which caused unrest among the spirits of those buried. While we can not confirm that story, we did find numerous bones in an area beneath the cellar. We do know that one of the children, a baby boy, passed away in the house and that the mother was never able to recover from the grief of his death. While the baby’s room was eventually turned in to a library, to this day, the blue walls with little star stickers on the ceiling remain. In addition to the baby’s death, we also know that one of the owners died in the house.

This mask, believed to be a death mask, was found in one of the bedrooms.

This mask, believed to be a death mask, was found in one of the bedrooms.

Having heard that the house was haunted, experiencing our own encounter during one of our trips, while frightening, did not catch us off guard. On more than one occasion, the sound of shuffling feet could be heard moving down the stairs and across the wood flooring. With each occurrence, there was no one present to account for the sound. During one of the encounters, one of our team members saw what looked to be two eyes standing in the doorway that lead to the cellar.

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This picture shows an unexplained reflection of what appears to be one, possibly two children traveling down the stairs.

Looking through pictures taken in the house, we came across one picture that seemed odd. While hard to make out in the picture above, when enlarged, there seems to be one, possibly two children coming down the stairs. Another team member was trying to record some video from his phone. Each time he turned toward the staircase his phone would mysteriously shut off.

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There was something about this staircase that was inviting, yet at the same time creepy.

While we can’t say for sure that what we encountered were restless spirits, there were many aspects of the house, like the staircase pictured above, that were haunting! This particular staircase, which lead to a dark, damp, dreary attic, seemed to beckon. Yet, upon making our way to the attic, filled with personal artifacts, none of us wanted to linger too long!

mask

While this is nothing more than an old halloween mask, scenes like this, scattered throughout the attic, did not make our time there any less frightening!

Are ghosts real… you decide! Our stories from this past adventure are ones we will be talking about for quite some time!


Salvage Project Video/Picture Tour

Last week we posted a video tour of one of our latest salvage projects, an 1884 Second Empire style house in South Carolina. You can view the YouTube video here.

We have begun a process of documenting our salvage projects in an effort to preserve the memory of these structures for future generations. Part of our documentation process includes lots of photographs! Since posting the video, we have had numerous requests for photos. Here’s a few of the photos used in the video along with descriptions. Enjoy!

1884 Empire Style structure with 1920's Neo-Classical additions

1884 Empire Style structure with 1920’s Neo-Classical additions

The house has been unoccupied for approximately 10 years

The house has been unoccupied for approximately 10 years

Remains of what use to be a formal garden can be seen from this side view of the house

Remains of what use to be a formal garden can be seen from this side view of the house

Approximately 1 year ago, the house received significant damage when several large trees fell on top of it

Approximately 1 year ago, the house received significant damage when several large trees fell on top of it

In addition to the main house, the 6 acre lot includes a tea house and well house.

In addition to the main house, the 6 acre lot includes a tea house and well house.

The tea house served as the focal point of many garden parties and festivals that were held on the property

The tea house served as the focal point of many garden parties and festivals that were held on the property

Inside view of the tea house

Inside view of the tea house

Well house

Well house

This small structure housed the very first fire hydrant to be installed in  the area

This small structure housed the very first fire hydrant to be installed in the area

Front foyer.

Front foyer.

One of two keeping rooms located at the front of the house

One of two keeping rooms located at the front of the house

Second keeping room

Second keeping room

Family room located on the ground floor

Family room located on the ground floor

Ground floor bedroom

Ground floor bedroom

Ground floor bath

Ground floor bath

Formal dining room. The dark spots on the wallpaper is mold

Formal dining room. The dark spots on the wallpaper is mold

The original kitchen was detached from the house. This kitchen was added, probably in the 1920's, when other changes/additions to the house were made

The original kitchen was detached from the house. This kitchen was added, probably in the 1920’s, when other changes/additions to the house were made

This was originally an open breezeway between the house and the original kitchen. The breezeway was later enclosed.

This was originally an open breezeway between the house and the original kitchen. The breezeway was later enclosed.

This kitchen, original to the house,  was once detached

This kitchen, original to the house, was once detached

Cellar

Cellar

Stairway leading to the second story

Stairway leading to the second story

Second story hallway

Second story hallway

One of six second story bedrooms

One of six second story bedrooms

Bedroom

Bedroom

One of two upstairs baths

One of two upstairs baths

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bath

Bath

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

This room was once a nursery but was later turned into a library room

This room was once a nursery but was later turned into a library room

Stairs leading to the attic

Stairs leading to the attic

The attic

The attic

In this corner of the attic you can see an exposed area from where the house was damaged.

In this corner of the attic you can see an exposed area from where the house was damaged.

Room off of the attic and stairway leading to the upper room

Room off of the attic and stairway leading to the upper room

Upper room. From this room you can see the back side of the slate roof tiles.

Upper room. From this room you can see the back side of the slate roof tiles.

Remains of what use to be a playhouse

Remains of what use to be a playhouse

Two door garage

Two door garage

Remains of the entrance to the root cellar

Remains of the entrance to the root cellar

Brick chimney on the back side of the property which we believe is the only remains of what use to be the help's quarters

Brick chimney on the back side of the property which we believe is the only remains of what use to be the help’s quarters

The SA Team on our first visit to Spartanburg

The SA Team on our first visit to Spartanburg

Photography by Lisa Jones. All photos copyright 2015, Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. All rights reserved.


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