A shamed and mortified spirit is trying to redeem herself.
A restless male participant of this incident visits or stays.
A spirit of a Cavalier also hangs around.
In the early 1800s, before the Civil War, this grand old mansion was, in this time period, a fashionable boarding school for teenage daughters of wealthy South Carolina cotton and rice planters.
This acclaimed finishing school was run by a Madame Talvande, who was a French Haitian emigrant, who took great pride in the fact that her school was considered one of the finest in the South, which stressed “firm discipline and a thorough training in the social skills needed in this Southern society.” She earnestly put her heart and soul into her duties as Head Mistress.
Unfortunately her troubles began when a 15 year old, Marie Whaley, enrolled in Talvande’s school. While at first Marie flourished at the school, she brought shame and wrecked the reputation of Madame Talvande, as a guardian of young women.
During a party, that was sponsored by the good Madame Talvande, Marie ran off and eloped with a young man, George Morris, who Marie’s father had hated.
You can imagine her utter mortification and embarrassment that one of her dear young women foolishly eloped, right under her authority.
After this incident, the mansion was walled in, and broken glass was placed on top of the imposing brick masonry, giving it the feel of a prison.
Spirit of Madame Talvande
Owners have reported that the apparition of Madame Talvande walks the halls of the mansion, carefully checking the bedrooms, and then vanishes.
She’s still keeping a watchful eye on her beloved girls.
Spirit of an Upper-Class Male
Owners have heard the front door swing open and heavy footsteps clump through the entry to the north hall.
The family’s cook saw the apparition of a cavalier walk through the large, old dining room, on the way to the game room.
(Some think this gentlemen ghost is Marie’s Beau, George Morris, or Marie’s father.)
Over a hundred years later, these occurrences still happen.
32 Legare Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
As this mansion is now a private residence, please respect the owner’s privacy. No tours are given.