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 Surrency family in the late 1800s.
The Surrency family in the late 1800s. | Source

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.

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Railroad tracks in Surrency, GA.
Railroad tracks in Surrency, GA. | Source

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

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Erin1983 3 months ago

I have seen the Spook light its an awesome experience that i would recommend to any paranormal lover. I drive thru Surrency everyday and there is a different feeling!

neenee1126 4 months ago

I grew up in the adjoining county to Surrency, Ga. The 'spook light' is the result of a railroad worker death & MANY people in the area have witnessed it multiple times over their lifetime. There are endless accounts of 'hauntings', ghosts, etc. in this area of southeast GA. The stories range from origins of massacred Native American settlements, to slave murders, to Yellow Fever epidemics & Civil War battles. Further southeast (approx. 40 miles) from Surrency, is the GA coastal island of St.Simons, which has multiple documented paranormal incidents/stories, especially surrounding the battle of Bloody Marsh, between the Spanish & British in the 1700's and the ghosts of Ft. Frederica, the 'Beloved Teacher', the 'Lighthouse Ghost' and many more...

Bjenacarter 4 months ago

I grew up near Surrency. Going to see the Spook Light was a dating definite! Every weekend we would go out there and saw it a few times.

The old house burned down but locals say if you go to the site, hot bricks fall from the sky.

Local legend is that the mom experimented with witchcraft before the occurances began. They moved and the occurances continued.

They have since cut down many of the trees around the train tracks. Last time I went, I didn't see anything.

My dad always said the "light" was actually headlights from a curve in the road miles away.

Nevertheless, it made for some great dates and fun scares!

Lindasurrency 5 months ago

Look up surrency unknown origin! dna project going on oh witch ghost oh my ewe boo we do not exist I tried trust medon't worry no one lives past their 60s in that family

Lindasurrency 5 months ago

Bull!!! I lived with crazy, ghost,bible beat into me I'm now minister non religious I actually practiced all religions including witchcraft also unite same sex use a Ouija board from surrency family got proof nothing scary oh scary run away just like everyone else said same to african-Americans or anyone else different if different hang the witch close minded people I laugh!! Except love and embrace difference where are you from 1800's

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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

Not sure that I believe in ghosts, but the stories behind them certainly are interesting. Does that farm house still stand?

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tebo 6 months ago from New Zealand

I had not heard of any of these stories. They are some extreme actions by ghosts and must have been difficult living there to say the least. Interesting that a theory suggests all the family were psychic and attracted visitations like these. In todays age they could probably have dealt with these happenings better as I believe more people are open to spirit and more people can help in situations like this. Great read.

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hubber8893 6 months ago

I think the incident of windows shutting down And up itself will be one of the worst kind of paranormal experience as no logic seems to be explaining for this kind of act. I would like to know about the reason behind the place Surrency home becoming possessed by mischievous spirits? I mean from where did the evil spirit arrived to seek help from Surrency family?

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Nicole Young 07 6 months ago from Chicago Illinois

I had never imagined being able to live in a house haunted by a number of ghosts, and worst, they have the ability to cause the family harm, unlike most of us would believe that ghost literally can't harm you as they are only spirits. Strange indeed, and terrifying too, you did a very good research!

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roselinsojan 6 months ago from India,Kerala.

Is it true I CAN'T BELIEVE.

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kittythedreamer 7 months ago from the Ether Author

Becky - You posted it right. It just takes a while for comments to show up as I moderate them. :) I'm glad you had someone who showed you the way. It can be confusing as a child to go through supernatural things. Thanks so much!

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Becky OBrien 7 months ago from Monroe, Georgia

I really hope I did this write.I read/commented right after I signed up earlier.I can post again if need me.

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Becky OBrien 7 months ago from Monroe, Georgia

I've never heard of this site until about 15min ago.Your Hub is the 1st I read&Iam so excited for both.I live in North Georgia about 200miles away from this location but I live&breathe for these stories.I know a good bit when it comes to Georgia but I've never heard of this.Its unreal.I do look at it the same as most of you that the little girl had some kind of Psychic/Medium sense&that makes it sad for me.The South is consumed by the Bible belt(Not Judging anyone)but this was especially unheard of back then to have these gifts unless they were from the devil.I had my first experience when I was 12,Im now 40.I had several people tell me I was going to hell but Im thankful to a PASTOR who taught me the way I view most things today.I don't judge,Anyway thank you for a great read&place to share.

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bwhite062007 12 months ago from East Coast

You had me from your 1st paragraph. I visited Savannah only one time in my life 10 years ago when I was 17. Ever since then I have sworn thats where I will eventually move to and live for the rest of my life. It was love at first site, or maybe its as you say the ghosts calling out and entrancing me. I even named my oldest daughter after this amazing city. Thanks for the read.

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kittythedreamer 20 months ago from the Ether Author

Seeker7 - I believe there are UFO sightings in that area but I can't remember for sure...I'd have to do some research on the topic again as it's been awhile since I first wrote this article. I agree too that when children are involved, some sort of negative entity is involved. Thanks for reading and nice to hear from you! Hope you are well!

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Seeker7 20 months ago from Fife, Scotland

What a fascinating but terrifying ghost account - especially the attacks on the children. I always think that when kids are involved and there's violence towards them it points to negative spirits. It's almost like the place was a 'hot spot' for spiritual activity - I wonder if there are a large number of UFO sightings in the area as well? Often the two go hand in hand with 'hot spot' area.

Fascinating and awesome hub!

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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

onegreenparachute - Yes, indeed! I believe that too. Thanks for reading.

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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

Very interesting Kitty! It sounds like the Surrency family was plagued by poltergeists - especially because it seemed to be focused on a young girl.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

bac2basics - The only thing I can think is that it has something to do with the railroad tracks...just as shogun experienced too (see his story above your comment). Maybe there was an accident and the railroad workers were killed years ago? Just a theory, but I think I'll have to look further into it now...Thanks!

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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi kitty. What a great story. That kind of activity would have me heading for the hills a lot sooner than the family experiencing it. It must have been very scary indeed. As for the light over the railway tracks, seems likely it could have been the woman who was killed. Are there any records of something terrible happening in this town ? Because the amount of activity in the surrency house does seem indicative of someone trying to get a message across.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Just a follow-up on the story and even more ironic, read what Wikipedia says in it's will o' the wisp article:

"A modern Americanized adaptation of this travellers' association frequently places swaying ghost-lights along roadsides and railroad tracks. Here a swaying movement of the lights is alleged to be that of 19th- and early 20th-century railway workers supposedly killed on the job."

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

shogun - That is an amazing story, my friend and I do believe you 100%! You should post the video here on hubpages as a video hub and tell the exact story that you described above. It would get a lot of hits, I can guarantee it.

My theory on the ball of light that you've seen at the Surrency tracks is that it's not a ghost or an alien or anything of that sort, but that it might be actually what folklore calls a "will o' the wisp"; which is ironic because I'm writing a hub right now on the will o' the will be published shortly, if you're interested in reading it. Anywho, very should try to have the voice on the tape slowed down and listen to it. I can almost guarantee it's saying something like "follow me". Thanks for sharing and don't be scared of it! I don't think there's anything to fear. Blessings to you and your family!

shogun338 4 years ago from Georgia

I went to Surrency Ga on 6-22-2012 to show my kids the spot on the tracks everyone says they see the strange lights .We got there around 11:30 PM. I have been there a few times before as a teenager but never really seen anything . We where always goofing off and acting crazy back then . But what happened the other night has totally shaken me to my soul ! We parked the car just off the tracks in the middle of the dirt road and we all got out and stood on the tracks and looked both directions , but my wife said to look left away from town because she said she has seen the light before . I didn't believe we would see anything because I never did when we came here years ago. I left my camcorder at home but had my cell phone so I turned the camera on and recorded some . We where getting ate up by mosquitoes so I turned the camera off and said I was ready to go . We had seen several cars go across the tracks on crossings hundreds of yards from us in both directions but just when we started to step off the tracks their was a light at the end of the tracks . You can see for miles here , its flat coastal plain, the the light appeared several hundred yards from us and my wife said is that it and then said no its just a car. Then I said no its way brighter than the cars taillights we had seen crossing the tracks . The light moved to the other side of the tracks quickly and my wife screamed that's it . And in a split second the light appeared a hundred yards in front of us and my jaw dropped in amazement . It was a ball of light that appeared reddish orange to me and about the size of a basketball . It flashed very bright and seemed to open up and a green thing shot out of it and moved to the other side of the tracks . The green thing was like a smaller ball with a green mist all around it but more above and below it . The green thing moved toward us and then in a split second it shot at us and seemed to be right on top of us . I screamed at the kids run and get in the car . We all jumped in and I took off as fast as I could almost wrecking the car . The green image of the thing seemed to be burnt in my eyes when I first jumped in the car . This thing was clearly floating in the air and moved at speeds impossible for a human . This thing can't be explained by anything on earth! I'm still sitting here days later trying to figure this out . My kids where all shaken by this event as was I . We all seen the same thing . When we got home I put the video on my computer from my cell phone and to my amazement there's a voice saying something on the video I recorded just before the event I describe above and me turning the camera off because I thought this was a waste of time . There where five people there , my three kids my wife and me . You can hear our voices on the video then a very strange voice says something . You can here it plain as day and it sounds very strange from our voices . We did not here what it said at the time the video was recorded . I have not posted the video to any sights yet or anything . Im still in shock!!! This is 100% the truth!!!

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Dragonfly - I hadn't heard of it before, but found the story in an older hauntings book I got from the library. Then I was inspired for sure!

goody7 - That's fine. Thanks for the support!

lucybell - Yes, I know. When I first read the story I got the goosebumps! Creepy, right?

AP - Hey, friend! I knew you'd enjoy this story if no one else did! I never thought of the ley-line idea, but you are so right about that. It most definitely is on a ley-line. That would make PERFECT sense. Guarantee there are a ton of legends around the place, especially from Native American tribes. I'll have to look further into that. Thanks again!

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

alyessamoore - I know! Well, I live somewhat close...a state away!

hauntedplaces - Yes, I believe the psychic might have had it right.

maryhoneybee - I can't even imagine how powerful the entities must have been that were living in that house with the Surrency family. Yes,'s already difficult for us to bend metal, how about the difficulty for a spirit?

phoenix - I know, I agree. Frightening indeed.

Kelley - I think Surrency is a very tiny town...look it up. Maybe you're closer to it than you think?

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

The Surrancy haunting rivals the Bell Witch if not more so like you said Kitty. Never heard of it up until till now with this intriguing article. Something very powerful and malevolent was going on around that family. With the addition of the track haunt it makes me wonder if the area is on an energy or ley-line, or has a lot of rocks like granite around. Also if the Creeks had any legends or stories about the place. Cool one Kitty, your so very right about Ga. being one very paranormal State!

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lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Wow I'm glad I was reading this story in the day and not at night. It gave me chills just thinking about those horrible things happening.

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goody7 4 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

Kitty this latest hub of yours is something else, and I've been really trying to read all of your hubs on ghost. I'm again going to add a link to your hub from mine, which is still called ghost central here on the hub pages. Again if you don't care for the link, then just please let me know & I'll remove it right away for you. Stop on by and check out my hub - "The most unbelievable story on the hub pages". I just know that you will really find the update very interesting.

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DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

WOW, I've heard of Savannah being haunted but didn't realize it was all over the state. Surprised I haven't heard of this one before. Great hub, voting up ?

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Kelley1987 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow, that story was creepy and as a Georgia native, I'm surprised that I have never heard of this legend, let alone the town of Surrency itself. I'm also surprised that it took an almost lethal attack on one of the kids in order to get the family to move. I would have moved right away if I had been that scared! Great hub, voting up :)

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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

That was an amazing story. That poor family. It must have been so frightening for them to be harassed and not realise why.

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maryhoneybee 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

Every state has its unique ghost stories, and it was interesting to read about Georgia's! It must take a lot of energy for spirits to actually twist and break eating utensils, as even just speaking is difficult for them. Sounds like there were some powerful entities in that house. Great hub!

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Haunted Places 4 years ago from Virginia

Great hub. I have heard of Surrency but not in this much detail. What I found interesting is what the psychic said. That the family had abilities and unknowingly ignored the spirits which in turn increased the activity.

Just like my kids when I ignore them ;)

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alyessamoore 4 years ago from Miami

Thanks to god, i am very far away from Georgia and hopefully safe from these funny and imagination ghost stuff. But sometimes i got a goosebumps, i dnt know why, but frankly speaking i am not afraid of ghosts.. :)

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