Frogmore, South Carolina is home to the Land’s End Light, a mysterious, glowing orb that has frightened residents for generations. Here’s the story behind this infamous illumination.
The Land’s End Light
The Land’s End Light, sometimes called the Frogmore Light, is a yellowish orb that appears on a 2.8-mile stretch of Land’s End Road (a few miles from the Chapel of Ease). According to reports, the light usually appears at a distance before zooming up to onlookers and abruptly winking out. In some accounts, the light hovers next to cars or chases vehicles down the road. The Beaufort County Library reports that at least two motorists have died while chasing (or fleeing?) the mysterious orb.
In an article on SCIWAY, Beaufort-area native Barry Gooch describes his encounter with the Land’s End Light:
“When we saw the car approaching from the distance we were certain it really was just another car, probably coming to join us. As we watched in amazement, it came toward us much too fast, and then seemed to slow to an almost imperceptible pace. Transfixed by what we were witnessing, the car headlights transformed into an ethereal ball of soft white light that slowly drifted in our direction until it hovered over the right front fender of my Chevy. ‘Scared’ was not the appropriate way to describe my mental state as I prayed my old Chevy would crank. When the starter caught, that ghostly ball of light disappeared into nothingness faster than the tires on my old Chevy would spin.”
Here’s a video of the infamous Land’s End Light
The Legends of Land’s End Light
As with many light anomalies, a.k.a. spook lights, the Land’s End Light is reportedly supernatural in origin. However, no one’s quite sure which ghost is responsible for the erratic orb. Here are a few theories:
- In 1861, invading Union forces decapitated a Confederate soldier on patrol (though another tale claims a Union soldier died). The headless man now wanders Land’s End Road, an old iron lantern in his hand.
- The light is the ghost of a slave hanged on the island or that of a heartbroken man who was sold away from his wife and now searches for her along the highway.
- A school bus full of children (or a regular passenger bus) careened off the road and into an oak tree. Several people died in the collision, and the Land’s End Light is a headlight from the ghostly bus.
- In 1910, a soldier stationed at Fort Fremont died after a fight with island residents. The man, Private Frank Quigley, now haunts the site of the deadly altercation.
Last week, I visited Fort Fremont with my husband and two kids. The abandoned fort is at the end of Land’s End Road, though I didn’t know about the light during our visit. Here are a few photos from our trip. See any headless soldiers lurking in the brush? 🙂
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Top Photo: SCIWAY.net