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Something you might not have known: A legend debunked – the pillar of Augusta folklore nothing more than a PR stunt



For well over a century, a 19th century relic stood on lower Broad Street; however, in 2016, an automobile did what an 1878 cyclone failed to accomplish, and the relic was destroyed.

Today, the "Haunted Pillar" has largely faded from public memory.

The storied pillar was once a support colum...

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  1. Good story (though I wish it included concrete information – pun intended – on the actual location now of the pillar’s remnants, and who is responsible for them). My interpretation of part of the misinformation about the pillar being a “whipping post” is that it is a relatively recent historial mashup because of the former Broad Street bar by that name. Tall tales grow like that: People hear there used to be a “Whipping Post” downtown, and they are aware generally of the “haunted” pillar. They then conflate the two unrelated items to come up with the faux history of the pillar being a literal “whipping post,” and the historians of social media propagate the tale.

  2. Although I am not currently informed of the location of the remnants of the pillar that was destroyed in 2016, I can tell you that the historical marker that was in the center median was actually not “quietly taken down.” Another car hit it, busted it, and the pole is still in the ground, leaning in a southeasterly direction. That marker was placed there by the Colonial Dames XVII Century. The same group has now put up a replacement marker next to where the first one stood. But the old post for the damaged marker is still there, listing to one side, at least for now. It’s a bit unsightly, and needs to be dug up by the city and removed.

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