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  Many people say they have seen an old lady on a wheelchair being pushed by an old man and having 2 big black dogs by each side. Many people I know have seen her, she can be seen at 12:00 pm. It doesn't matter the weather, she crosses the road in front the grave yard beside the IGA so be careful.
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Located within the nature trail of Olanta's woods bay State Park is the old road to Sumter. You can identify it easily, as it is the only bare patch wide enough for a wagon to get through. As you are walking down the trail, with the nature center as your starting point, it will be along the left side of the trail. There have been many reports of seeing an apparition of a woman without a head walking down the road. The story was originally told to me when I lived at the park (my father was the superintendent there) by a long time resident of that area. In fact, he worked at the old mill that was on that very road when he was a boy. The man passed away many years ago at the age of 101 (if I am not mistaken). He told me that when he was a boy, the body of a decapitated woman was discovered on the road, near the mill. Nobody knew who she was and there were no missing persons reported anywhere near the area.
The head was severed with a clean cut and was never found. He recounted that he had not only seen the body but had also seen her ghost multiple times, allegedly looking for her head. I was around 13 years old when I had my first experience with this spirit. I had been at the ranger's house, playing video games and decided to head back to my house. The ranger's residence is on one side of the park and the superintendent's residence is on the other. Instead of walking down the paved road, I decided to take shortcut through the woods, using the old Sumter road. I had just hit the road, near the site where the old mill used to be (there is still part of the mill stone there) when I saw a figure coming towards me. I immediately moved into the woods to hide. From where I was hidden, I saw the figure of the headless woman walk past me. She did not turn nor acknowledge me at all, she just kept walking. After she was out of sight, I ran all the way home from my hiding place. This first encounter was nearly 19 or so years ago, but I have seen her twice since then. I now live in Dillon and have not been back to wood's bay State Park in some years. .
Submitted by Curt

 
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