It wasn’t a dark or stormy night. It wasn’t even raining that fateful night. It was just like any other ordinary night in the early 1930’s at the Francis Marion. But today…the sounds at night are eerie and unexplained, and all too familiar to the bell staff and room attendants walking the halls.
Alas, poor Ned Cohen. Found face down, body smashed in the middle of King Street facing toward the old Citadel’s parade grounds. The events leading up to his alleged suicide are not crystal clear. His presence is, though. Sounds of rustling silk drapes, rattling old windows without the wind, and an unexplained vision of what may be a man questioning either himself or the passerby. Is he asking, “…Do I have any other recourse?”
Ned’s sweet Southern belle deserted him after a long, loving weekend on an upper floor in the tallest and grandest hotel in Charleston. Only the note later found in his coat pocket revealed the reason why. “I’m sorry; my family will never understand us. Goodbye.”
They had met in New York, while she was taking a short vacation with friends. Ned never felt so enamored with a woman; and never with a Southern girl. He had to see her again, and hopefully, meet the family. He requested a sales assignment in Charleston from his employer, Florsheim Shoes. The bustling King Street shopping district and the fashionable taste of Charleston ladies convinced Ned’s supervisor to grant him his request.
Their second romantic weekend did not end well. The lady may have felt their families and backgrounds were far too different for her family’s acceptance of him, a Northerner. The South’s Civil War Reconstruction efforts were just then winding down and the divide was still fresh in her people’s minds. Whatever the reason, Ned never saw it coming. A farewell, while he slept, without even a signature. He had given her his heart and now he was left empty and alone.
Today, some see the image in shirt sleeves; others just feel it…usually around midnight. A delicate brush on the cheek or a feeling that someone is gazing upon you as you rest are not uncommon reports. Will he ever rest? We know Ned Cohen’s body is buried in Cooperstown, NY.
We here at the Francis Marion know where his spirit is.
I’m so excited to announce that my Team and I have partnered with Clean the World, in a great recycling effort. We are so proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to helping save lives! Did you know that “every day about 5,500 children worldwide die from preventable hygiene-related illnesses?” “Clean the World is a social enterprise executing their mission to protect the environment and save millions of lives by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families. This is where we come into play and donate all our left over soap bars. They have already distributed 17 million soap bars since Clean the World was founded in 2009 and we can’t wait to add to those numbers. Please check out the website below if you have more questions about the initiative or if you are willing to join the effort and make a change in our world! The Francis Marion Hotel is ready!
Shem Creek Flagship Store
514-B Mill Street
Mount Pleasant, SC
(843) 884-7684/ www.coastalexpeditions.com
Hello friends! It’s Sly here. I’ve taken some time off this summer to be a “Tourist Fox” in my own town. Many don’t realize how much more there is to do in Charleston than just visiting plantations and riding horse drawn carriages! This city is a hub for water sports and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Almost wherever you go in Charleston you are surrounded by water. I decided to hit the marshy waterways and get my foxtail wet to enjoy the gorgeous summer days in and around the Holy City. Just a quick 10 minute ride over the Ravenel Bridge and I found the perfect spot on Shem Creek. The team at Coastal Expeditions, a family owned business since 1992, outfitted me with the perfect gear to begin my journey up the creek and out into the main Harbor of Charleston. Little did I know that I would not only be kayaking, but I found myself enjoying an enthralling history lesson about Charleston and a biology lesson right there on the water.
The team at Coastal Expeditions prides themselves on setting the standard for environmental education and stewardship in the region. Did you know that the Lowcountry is second to the Rainforest in Biodiversity? Neither did I! As we made our way through the marsh waterways of Shem Creek we experienced many types of wildlife from dolphins to pelicans. My life was made complete when I saw the most amazing sunset right over the city and the Ravenel Bridge from the water. I can certainly tell you, I’ve never had an experience quite like this. I absolutely recommend you visiting us and then hitting the water to experience everything Charleston has to offer! Also, be sure to tell the guys out at Coastal Expeditions I sent you! They can take groups up to 200 people out for excursions and we can cater your lunch!
Stay foxy everyone!
Greetings to all my foxy friends of the Francis Marion! I have been a busy fox lately and wanted to share one of my fabulous outings. Recently, I ventured up King Street just a couple blocks to the new and exciting Charleston Distilling Company. Wow! From the moment I saw the beautiful copper-clad exterior of the distillery, I could tell this is a special place. Guests are first welcomed into a small shop to get set up for a tour and tasting or buy some of their fabulous liquors to take home!
The distillery is simply gorgeous inside, and it was especially exciting to get a tour and learn more about the processes they use to make these local libations! Then, a stop in their tasting room will surely be pleasing to your pallet. You can visit them for tastings Monday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm. Plus, if you wish to spend more time enjoying the venue – they book special events! One of my groups at the hotel walked down for an evening outing and the event was perfect – delicious Francis Marion food combined with the distillery’s delicious cocktails, all in a unique setting – wonderful!
So, as you can tell, this fox had a fabulous time at the Charleston Distilling Company – you should check them out too!
501 King Street
Hello to all my foxy followers!! It was a BUSY weekend here in Charleston because Saturday, 4/5 was the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. This 10k race draws upwards of 40,000 people, and at least one fine Fox this year! I got up extra early and caught a bus from downtown, over to the starting line in Mount Pleasant.
The run was tough, but I made it! It is an amazing feeling to cross the beautiful Cooper River surrounded by fellow runners. The view was almost as good as the view from my home at the Francis Marion Hotel.
I even ran with two women who had each participated in the race at least 30 of the last 37 years – WOW! Charleston does a great job putting on the run with plenty of water, lots of bands along the way and wonderful Charleston scenery, so who wouldn’t want to come back each year? After surviving the 6.2 miles, I was excited to relax at the Finish Festival in Marion Square Park (across from the Francis Marion). With food stations, massages and live music, it was the perfect end to my race. Plus, when I was ready to wind down, I was in the perfect location to head home for a nap!
Hope to see you all on the bridge next year!