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Exchange Club Ghost Tours raise money for CAPA

The 26th annual Exchange Club Ghost Tours kicked off Oct. 12, bringing a full complement of ghostly spirits and spooky happenings to downtown Beaufort.

Left: Dennis Adams gathers up his severed heads while he gets read to portray Capt. Edward “Black Beard” Teach during the annual Exchange Club Ghost Tours, a fundraiser for the Child Abuse Prevention Association, on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The walking tours and carriage rides feature a host of haunting tales centered around the historic district and serve as a fundraiser for the Child Abuse Prevention Association of Beaufort County. 

Tours last about an hour and run in the evenings of Oct. 19-21, 26-28, and 30. All proceeds benefit CAPA of Beaufort County. 

Some of Beaufort’s oldest residents have shared stories from their childhood and the Exchange Club of Beaufort brings these stories to life each October. Costumed storytellers spellbind tour participants with the ghostly happenings while traveling the Spanish moss-lined streets of downtown. The oldest ghost in America is said to live in “The Castle,” a 19th century renovated estate located on the river in downtown Beaufort. Beware, ghostly visions have been known to appear on past tours. 

Walking tour tickets are $12 for all ages and carriage tours are $12 for children ages 3-11 and $22 for adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult. A pet- and stroller-friendly walking tour leaves each night at 7 p.m. 

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at or by calling 843-52-GHOST.  

Photo at top: Beth “Capt. Elizabeth Swann” Lewis seems to be held captive by Dennis “Black Beard” Adams as surrounding lights appear to be making their own haunting escape. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

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