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Exchange Club's 20th Annual Beaufort Ghost Tours Begin October 12, Proceeds Benefit The Child Abuse Prevention Association

BEAUFORT, S.C., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This October, the Exchange Club of Beaufort's annual ghost tours reach a 20-year milestone of retelling haunted stories about the historic town. Ghost tours begin on October 12 and proceeds will benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Association of Beaufort, an organization that offers outreach programs focused on child abuse prevention and intervention.

Ghost tours will be available as a 45-minute carriage ride or a 60-minute walk through Beaufort's historic district while costumed storytellers reveal ghost stories passed down for generations.

Legendary ghosts of Beaufort include Gauche, the Huguenot dwarf rumored to roam "The Castle" at 411 Craven St and said to be one of America's oldest ghosts. Other ghosts include the Land's End Light, the ghostly lovers of Fripp Island Beach, William Baynard, and the unknown spirits living in Wigg-Barnwell House and Frogmore Manor.

Carriage tours take place October 12-13, 19-21 and 26-28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tours leave every 20 minutes from the parking lot at 1006 Bay St. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child, ages 3 to 11.

Walking tours take place October 19-20 and 26-27, beginning at 6:50 p.m. They leave every 20 minutes from Cannon Park, across the street from 611 Bay St.

To make reservations, call (843) 52-GHOST (843) 524-4678; MasterCard, Visa and personal checks are accepted.

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About the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce represents the city of Beaufort, the second oldest city in South Carolina. Founded by the British in 1711, the city has a rich history that dates back centuries with ties to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. It is made up of Port Royal Island and its surrounding area within the Lowcountry. The city generates approximately two million visitors annually, and is regarded as one of the most diverse communities because of its history and architecture. It is home to one of the largest population of Gullahs, a culture known for preserving its African linguistic and cultural heritage more than any other African-American community. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Air Station and Naval Hospital call Beaufort home.

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SOURCE Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce