In the mid-1800s young Julia Legare was visiting the island with her family and abruptly became ill – falling into a coma. As days passed, she never came out of the coma and the family doctor pronounced her dead. She was buried the same day she died, and was placed in the family mausoleum, J.B. Legare mausoleum, on the site of the now Edisto Island Presbyterian Church.
About 15 years later, the Legare family suffered another death and opened the mausoleum back up only to be shocked at what they saw. Julia’s remains were crumpled on the footstep of the mausoleum’s door – she had been buried alive.
When she was declared dead 15 years earlier, she was in fact still alive. It was detected that her heart and respiratory rates were so low, that the family doctor thought she was dead. When she awoke from her coma, she tried to escape but couldn’t, so she had to wait for her actual death to approach. Julia’s remains were entombed again and the door of the family’s mausoleum was closed again.
Throughout the years the mausoleum’s doors would mysteriously open. Even after using chains and unbreakable locks to secure it, the door would still open and at times unhinge. The family finally gave up on securing the door. Today, the door doesn’t even exist. It’s just broken marble in the doorway of the tomb.