Jail Tour is the scariest ghost tour in Charleston. Join a behind the
scenes tour of The Old City Jail, which housed some of Charleston's
most infamous criminals, 19th century pirates, Civil War prisoners and
horse thieves, who paid for their crime with their ear. Hear that
story and many, many more on Bulldog's most popular tour.
Highlights of The
Haunted Jail Tour:
Hear about people being
burned at the stake, branded, drawn and quartered and horse
thieves having their ears nailed to a post.
fully-licensed tour guides
During its operation,
until 1939, over 10,000 people died on the property
The scariest Charleston
Most popular Bulldog
Tour Company walking tour
Bring a camera and
capture a ghost
Conserving America's rich history and
landmarks is one of Bulldog Tours most important commitments. Bulldog
was founded in 2001 in effort to raise money for the preservation of The
Old Exchange, one of the country's most historical buildings. To date,
they have raised over 600,000 dollars for this building as well as several
others. A portion of everyone's admission is donated to the preservation
of the historic landmarks of Charleston.
The Old City Jail was in operation from 1802 until 1939 and most of the
building's original structures remain intact including the cells and
warden's quarters. The Haunted Jail Tour takes you through the cells,
hallways and into the places where Charleston's worst criminals lived and
The first structures were erected on the site in 1738, as the property was
used as a workhouse for slaves and makeshift hospital for "paupers,
vagrants, and beggars." Criminals were kept separate from non-offenders,
and were punished with shackles, whippings, and deprivation of food and
water. As the operation expanded over the years, and numerous structures
were built then demolished, or burned, tortures and executions at the site
increased. These included being burned at the stake, branded, drawn and
quartered, or having one's ear nailed to a post (until the ear was finally
sliced off; often used for horse thieves).
Though it was intended to hold around 128 prisoners, over 300 were
frequently kept there. In some rooms, prisoners were locked in cages,
barely the size of a person's body, packed in like sardines. Disease was
rampant, and tortures continued. Rapes of both men and women were common.
During its operation until 1939, over 10,000 people died on the property.
A lot to see and even more to see, if you dare!
If you have the courage, make your reservation and buy your eTicket today
for The Haunted Jail Tour. It will be the scariest 45 minutes you'll ever