Local rumor says that the only reason the columns survived the massive fire was because they were made from horse hair, which is flame retardant. The columns are on private property behind an electric fence. We pulled in the property's driveway to snap a few pictures. A replica of the mansion was built in downtown Florence several years after the house burned. The replica house is currently the home of Region's Bank.
Near the Forks' columns, County Road 282 comes to a "dead" end at The Ghost Bridge.
The Ghost Bridge is an old one-lane wood and metal bridge that is closed to traffic.
We tried to enter the road from the south end (closest to the Forks) but a locked chain-link fence blocked our way. We drove around to the north entrance and were excited to see that the only thing blocking our entry to the bridge was a rotten pine log.
The infamous ghost bridge was said to be the site of many hangings in the mid-to-late 19th Century. It has also been rumored that satanic rituals, cat hangings, and "ghost sightings" have also occurred here.
The spookiest part of the bridge is the large burned-out hole right in the center.
During the day it is not very spooky, but the boys think that if a big enough turtle jumps into the water at night it could be pretty bone-chilling.