With the most spooktacular time of the year quickly approaching, get into the Halloween spirit with all of the most haunted places in Savannah! Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities, Savannah also happens to be the most haunted in America and attracts paranormal enthusiasts from around the globe. From hundred-year-old cemeteries to historic buildings as far as the eye can see, there are plenty of ghost stories that will turn the most fervent of skeptics into believers. So, here are a few of the most haunted places in Savannah along with what makes them so spooky!
The Marshall House
As if you needed yet another reason to pick a vacation home over a hotel, the Marshall House is one of the most haunted in hotels in America. With a storied past dating back to 1851, the Marshall House has served as a hospital on three separate occasions – once during the Civil War and twice for Yellow Fever epidemics. With a history like that, it’s no wonder that visitors have reported hallway apparitions, nonexistent children playing, flickering lights, faucets turning on, and disembodied voices echoing through the halls.
Haunted Places in Savannah: The Pirates House
A list of Hostess City haunts would be incomplete without The Pirates House, especially with Tybee’s Pirate Fest around the corner! Located in the Trustees Garden and now a well-known restaurant, The Pirates House served as a rendezvous for sailors and pirates from the sea starting in 1753. Even as a popular restaurant, The Pirate’s House can’t escape its dark history as the location where countless have been shanghaied and forced to serve at sea. On your next visit, maybe catch a glimpse of the former sailors wandering through the dining rooms or hear the sounds of heavy boots against the plank floors, which are sure to send chills up the spine of unexpecting dinner goers!
Moon River Brewing Co.
Maybe the most haunted place in Savannah, Moon River Brewing even makes an appearance in Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”! Built in 1821 as the City Hotel, the building served as a hospital during Savannah’s many yellow fever outbreaks. While the building now serves as a brewery and restaurant, the past is still alive within its walls. There’s no shortage of paranormal activity, no matter what floor you find yourself on. In the basement, the staff-named ‘Toby” creeps through the shadows spooking anyone who dares to go down. On the upper floors, the ‘Lady in White’ has been known to chase people out and push unsuspecting visitors down the stairs.
Haunted Places in Savannah: Colonial Park Cemetery
What’s a list of haunted places in Savannah without a cemetery? Founded in 1750, Colonial Park Cemetery is actually where over 10,000 people have been laid to rest, despite only featuring around 1,000 gravestones! Voodoo ceremonies, former dueling grounds, unmarked graves, and lost bodies all add to the wild history of the cemetery and fuel is ghostly activity. At night, walk around the outside of the locked cemetery and maybe you’ll see shadow figures wandering the grounds.
Mercer Williams House
A fan favorite in Savannah, the Mercer-Williams house is at the top of places to visit because of its mention in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. However, the mysterious building is unquestionably one of the most haunted locations in the city. Built in 1868, the building has seen the passing of a number of Savannahians, all of which are still said to haunt the halls of the Mercer Williams House. From lavish ghost parties to the spirit of a young boy roaming the ground, you never know what you might see!
Ghost Tours in the Haunted Hostess City!
If you’re like us and want to get up close and personal with the spooky side of Savannah, book yourself a ghost tour! Grave Encounters Ghost Tour by Old Savannah Tours offers a night of frights for the whole family as you encounter Savannah’s most notable ghosts. If you’re over the age of 21, Boo Y’all is a comedy ghost tour that sheds some light on the dark! Visit the Savannah Theatre, on of America’s oldest theatres, for a paranormal investigation hosted by Truth in Evidence Paranormal Tours.
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