Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in America. Walk into any historic building or cemetery in Savannah and you may have an odd feeling of ghostly presences surrounding you.
“Haunted Savannah” got it’s nickname from it’s share of misfortune and tragic events:
- The Yellow Fever epidemic in 1820 – The plague that ravished the city, claiming the lives of 700 victims
- The Civil War – Union soldiers used many of Savannah’s older homes as hospitals for wounded and dying soldiers. Visit one of the historically preserved homes, the Marshall House, to learn more about Savannah’s role in the Civil War.
- Colonial Park Cemetery – A well known sight where Union soldiers dug up graves to sleep in on cold nights. For fun, they slightly altered information on various headstones throughout the cemetery.
All of these events have helped to make Savannah as haunted as it is now. Check out our recommendations below to ensure your next trip to the Hostess City is a hauntingly good time!
Tours/Private Tours of Haunted Savannah
Old Savannah Tours. Ghost tours are hugely popular in Savannah because it’s a city built on the dead. Old Savannah Tours will take you on a journey into the dark side of America’s “Most Haunted City.” They offer two experiences, the popular “Grave Encounters” tour with an optional dinner add-on at The Pirates’ House, and the “Boo Y’all Comedy Ghost Tour” for those 21 years and older. Tour
Haunted Savannah Tours – Discover Savannah’s hidden cemeteries, learn about the Haunted History and get to know the stories of those from Savannah’s past. Who still lurks in that old mansion looming on the corner? What secrets are buried beneath your feet? Haunted Savannah offers two tours, the “All Ages Savannah Ghost Tour” and the uncensored “Adults-Only Spirits and Scoundrels Ghost Tour.” Tour
Old Town Trolley Ghosts and Gravestones – Unseen spirits stroll among the living in the streets and squares of Savannah – “America’s Most Haunted City!” Hear the tales no other tours dare tell as shadows play tricks on your mind. Journey through time with EXCLUSIVE nighttime entry into TWO of Savannah’s most haunted venues. Tour
Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl – The Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl tour starts at Madison Square. After the group assembles the tour will visit its first pub. From there, it’s off on an evening walk to see this wonderful city. The tour will stop at several sites to revisit some of the famous, and infamous, haunted happenings. Along the way the guide will share some Savannah history with you all the while making new friends in a fun atmosphere. Tour
Although Bonaventure Cemetery is not Savannah’s oldest cemetery, is certainly its most famous and hauntingly beautiful. Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time. Military generals, poet Conrad Aiken, Academy Award-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer and Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair are among those buried at Bonaventure. The approximately 100-acre cemetery is also historically significant as a reflection of changing views on death and dying in the Victorian era. As death became more romanticized and ritualized during this period, cemeteries became lush, beautiful “cities of the dead.”
The Colonial Park Cemetery, one of Savannah’s most beautiful restorations, is the final resting place for many of Savannah’s earliest citizens. Established about 1750, it was the original burial ground for the Christ Church Parish. More than 700 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic were buried here. There are also many victims of Savannah’s tragic dueling era. Savannah history records the first dueling death in 1740 and the final shot fired in 1877, some of which were fought in and around the cemetery grounds.
The cemetery was closed to burials before the start of the Civil War and no Confederate soldiers are buried there, but the war did leave its mark. Federal troops took over the grounds during their occupation of Savannah and many of the graves were looted and desecrated. It has been said that Union soldiers changed the dates on many of the headstones. Its no wonder why this cemetery would have supernatural activity after such activity and situations occurred within its gates.