The Real Georgia Surrency Ghost Story
Georgia is a beautiful state in the Southern East Coast of the United States of America. It is probably most famous for its sweet, succulent peaches. But there is another side to Georgia that not many people know about, or maybe they do know but they don't like to admit it. The state is outrageously haunted. Savannah is known to be littered with paranormal activity. Many say that once you visit Savannah, you will always want to return, as if something beyond the grave is calling and entrancing you.
One of the most frightening ghost stories from this state is a true story. It scared me even more than the famous Bell Witch haunting. It is called the Surrency Ghosts and it gets its title from its setting in the town of Surrency, GA and from the family involved, for whom the town was named.
The Arrival of the Surrency Ghosts
We go back to the 1800s. Before Surrency was established, there was a family who owned a farm on the edge of the town. That family was known as the Surrencys and they were a pretty normal family for the time; however, they did tend to have a little more wealth than many others in the area. Mr. Surrency owned one farm in Surrency and another home in a different town. But their Surrency home and farm were the ones that they loved.
Unfortunately, things at their beloved home took a turn for the worse. Very unexpectedly, too. Weird things started happening around their house, including windows slamming shut and flying open right in front of their very eyes without any explanations whatsoever. Doors would also slam shut and then open without any explanations. But these were soon to be a mild occurrences compared to the horrors to come.
Frightening things started to happen around their house, including objects constantly flying off of shelves. The trusty old clock began to strike thirteen and the hands would unexpectedly spin wildly out of control. Evil red eyes appeared on their property around the house at night, and meal after meal would be thrown into their very laps at the dinner table. It was as if there were dozens of ghosts in their home that had it out for them—revenge for some unknown and unseen reason.
The family began losing sleep and not eating because of the torment. One source actually mentions that the ghosts would twist or break the family's forks or utensils while the family members were holding them.
While this story may seem elaborate or exagerrated, it was witnessed by hundreds of people from all over the world. The ghosts became almost a tourist attraction, attracting scientists, researchers, spiritualists, mediums, and religious officials from all over. One theory was that Mr. Surrency himself was "in league with the devil," which seemed to explain to the town the strange and frightening occurrences. However, another theory—one which I believe might have been the real case—was put forth by a medium that stayed in the house. They concluded that the entire Surrency family, specifically the young girl, were very psychic people and that perhaps the spirits or ghosts were just trying to get help. The family couldn't help, as they didn't know how. This obviously angered the spirits even more.
As time wore on, the ghosts became more and more outrageous and violent. They targeted the little girl with the most violent of attacks, including pulling her hair, snatching the blankets from her bed at night, lifting her right out of her own bed, and turning her bed sideways with a slam. This was the last straw. The family finally decided to move from the Surrency farm. But the day that they decided to move, there was a life-threatening attack on one of the boys. An andiron was literally lifted from the fireplace, floated down the hallway, and struck the boy on the head numerous times, while his brother watched and tried to help. Then the andiron returned to its place in the fireplace without a sound, leaving the little boy bleeding and helpless on the hallway floor.
The Surrency family ended up moving. They still experienced hauntings, but not as bad as on the farm. The house actually ended up burning down in 1925, having been abandoned for years. The locals would still visit and there were even train rides to attract tourists to the area. Dozens of books were written on the haunting, most being forgotten about now.
Surrency, GA from Satellite View
Other Surrency Hauntings
Strangely enough, the famous Surrency ghosts in the tale above are not the only haunting that has plagued the town. Another plagues the traintracks that run through the town. It is known as the Surrency Spooklight.
A yellow ball of light seems to appear over the train tracks every once in awhile. It has appeared since the early twentieth century and continues to present day. Apparently if you approach the Surrency spooklight, it tends to vanish, as one might expect. Theories circulate as to what this mysterious spooklight could be, but none has been proven yet. Could this spooklight be leftover from the ghosts that resided in this small town in the late nineteenth century? Or is it something altogether different?
One thing is for sure, Surrency is one of many Georgia ghost stories but it is one that will haunt your dreams and memories, just as it has mine.
© 2012 Author Nicole Canfield