BrentwoodGhost

The Brentwood Ghost(s)

Featured on
A&E’s Biography Channel

Original Air date:
Oct 29, 2011
Episode 21

Strange Happenings

A dark fast shadow has been sighted several times passing by the upstairs bathroom into the front room. It’s been recently spotted going through the upstairs fireplace.

Several witnesses saw a face in the upstairs window when no one was there.

Multiple Orbs in digital pictures.

Sighing voices in the walls.

Ashtrays teetering on the edge of tables.
(Employees told us this story)

We no longer have ashtrays, now the wine glasses are just falling off the tables.

Customers coming in and swearing they “feel” something (upstairs)

Some say there are two ghosts, a lady and a man. Some say there are more.

A strange feeling in the upstairs bathroom. People have gotten locked in the bathroom.

OrbMotionEquipment starts by itself.

A small child appearing in the surveillance cameras next to the owner.

A shadow in the corner of the bathroom that disappeared as quick as it came.

There is not much documentation on the house. We know the original owner used to charge fishermen $1.50 for a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast the next day. Is it Essie Bessent-McCorsley looking out the window to see if there are fishermen coming for a room and hearty meal?

It’s all general info. If you have information, we would love to hear from you! Email your info on the Brentwood House to kamasson@hotmail.com

People told us the Brentwood was haunted…

We didn’t really believe them. Then after taking a Ghost Tour in Charleston, we knew what to look for. One thing that happens if you have a ghost is your phone has static. Well we have bought many phones, called the phone company and we get static like crazy. Okay, we are still not convinced. Then glasses started smashing and staff told us that before we purchased the Brentwood, ashtrays would always be found broken or teetering on the edge of a table the next day. Well, it still didn’t convince us, we truly didn’t feel like there was a ghost. Then one day when we moved the old picture in the men’s room to the entrance, a glass fell from the bar very hard and broke in a million pieces! Now that got our attention. I started looking at pictures I took a while ago and sure enough there it was, an ORB! Is an orb a ghost? Read the excerpt below and you decide!

Are Orbs Ghosts?

Orbs are believed (by many) to be ghosts in the form of balls of light. They are life forms that travel in groups and are believed to be the human soul or life force of those that once inhabited a physical body here on earth. Psychics claim to talk to them on a regular basis, and ghost hunters encounter them quite frequently. It is said that they are those spirits that have willingly stayed behind because they feel bound to their previous life or previous location for whatever reason. Because of this obsession they tend to become similar to psychotic human beings. It should be said that the majority of us when we die proceed gladly and willingly to the next level of existence after saying our quiet good-byes, which means we’re off to the spirit world. Then again, as stated, a select few elect to stay behind because of a refusal to move on. Apparently the longer they stay behind, the harder it is to find their way to the next level, which again, is the spirit world.
To read the full story go to: Ghoststudy.com

What are Orbs?

by Dave Juliano
One of the leading theories concerning what orbs are and the one that I lean towards the most is that they are not the spirit at all.   The orb is the energy being transferred from a source (i.e. power lines, heat energy, batteries, people, etc) to the spirit so they can manifest.   This may not even be a conscious thing the spirit is doing, just a natural way they get their energy.  This would explain why the orbs are round balls.  According to the laws of Physics energy being transferring like that would assume is natural shape of a sphere.  This theory can also be tied into the EMF readings we get during spirit activity.
To read the full article go to: Theshadowlands.net

McCorsley House aka Grandma Mary’s aka Abbey Green
aka The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

EssieBessentMcCorsleyEssie60sThe details on the age of the house are not 100% clear. They possibly started to build the house in 1910 and finished in 1912. Those are the only two dates ever mentioned in past records. Back in the early 1900’s Clarence Curtis McCorsley of the local Mercantile, married Essie May Bessent of Little River Traders (where Jay’s Bar is now located). The Mercantile stood at what is now The Star Tavern next to Toby’s Old World.

Clarence built a beautiful Victorian house for himself and his new bride across the street on the corner of McCorsley and Rt 17. It was a thriving little fishing village. There was a successful lumber company (Hammer) paying the men a $1 a day, they felt like millionaires! Essie was also surrounded by her large family who lived in the same area on Bessent Ave in Little River. They had four children, Lottie, Katherine, Clarence Jr., and Eugene. Clarence passed away at an early age, compared to our modern standards.

EssieEssie was left with the large Victorian house during World War II. Clarence Jr. and Eugene, the youngest, went off to see the world in some type of patriotic way. Katherine attended nursing school and there are very few records for Lottie. We have to assume Essie loved the Brentwood House, as in order to maintain the house she operated a tourist home. Many salesmen and fishermen traveled through the area and stayed at Essie’s Tourist Home. There would be people sleeping on the porch,
probably due to a shortage of accommodations.

In 1974, Essie passed and the house did not remain in the family, as the children had moved out of the area. It was sold to Elbert T. Adams who lived there until he died of a heart attack on the golf course.

It sold in 1976 to Mary Platt who opened it as Aunt Mary’s Restaurant with her daughter Charlene. They lived upstairs in the house.

In 1978, they sold the restaurant to Pam Bellamy and she renamed it Grandma Mary’s Restaurant. Pam raised a family in the house while operating the restaurant. The house was sold to Adrian & Dee Moore who opened the house as Papa Dees Restaurant.

Brentwood70sIn 1986, the house was sold to Bernard Gerstemeier who renamed it Abbey Green and ran it as a restaurant and guest house.

In the early 1990’s the Stublick Brothers (from Brentwood, Long Island) and Irene Short purchased the house and did many renovations and opened it up in 1994 as The Brentwood Restaurant.

In August 2007, Kim & Eric Masson (Saratoga Springs & France) purchased The Brentwood and added the Wine Bistro. Little did they know of the rich and very spiritually active history of the Victorian house in the transient unincorporated township of Little River, South Carolina.

Do you have a story to tell? Do you want a ghost tour? Email chef@thebrentwoodrestaurant.com or call 843-249-2601