Savannah is considered the most haunted city in the United States, has a wealth of historic places where you have a chance of encountering the paranormal up close. The local buildings and cemeteries have such a long history that a feel of the otherworldly surrounds you. Both ghost story enthusiasts and ghost hunters should put Savannah on their must-see list.
Moon River Brewing Company
Many consider the Moon River Brewing Company's building, dating back to 1821, to be Savannah's most haunted place. The basement and upstairs areas are the two main areas of activity, so guests should beware. Employees have had ghostly tricks played on them, felt the chill as spooks pass by, and encountered bottles thrown around, possibly due to children who died in this location during disease outbreaks. A lady wearing white and a local doctor killed in the building have also made an appearance at the head of the staircase.
In its earliest years, it served as a hotel, housing famous names such as James Audobon, who stayed in the city for six months. After housing its last guest in 1864, the building served as a hospital during yellow fever outbreaks that were common at one time. The building served multiple purposes over the years and saw an uptick in paranormal activity after the opening of the brewing company in 1999.
The Mercer-Williams House
If this building seems familiar at first glance, you probably know it from its appearance in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." The house, currently serving as a museum, has a lot of activity reported to relate to the murder of Danny Hansford personal assistant to owner Jim Williams, and also Williams' lover. This murder, which happened in 1981, remains the subject of a lot of talk about the home's activity.
Some of the ghostly activity centers around figures seen in windows, wearing attire that would have been common at one of Williams' lavish Christmas parties. Another ghost commonly seen around this location is Tommy Downs, an 11-year-old who fell to his death on the iron fence from the roof in 1969. With a history that dates back as far as the 1800's, visitors to this location are sure to have some variety of ghostly encounters.
Although initially laid out in 1837, the area around this square has a troubled history that goes back much further. The Battle of Savannah fought during the Revolutionary War took place in this area. One of the most significant claims to notoriety was the fact that this area was also the location of one of the most prominent mass graves due to the war, with some of those buried not being dead at the time.
There are two houses on this square that you might want to check out. One is the Green-Meldrim House, which housed General Sherman during the Civil War. The Sorrel-Weed House is also reported to have a few ghosts hanging around.
The Hamilton-Turner Inn
This house often called "the Grand Victorian Lady" dates back to 1873 and was also popularized in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." The house became very popular as a gathering place because of its status as the first house in the city to have electricity. This house was also one of few to survive the 1898 fire.
The ghost of a young girl who fell down the stairs during the early 20th century is commonly believed to be behind the sound of billiard balls rolling across the upper floors. Other ghostly appearances include a cigar-smoking man on the roof and a Confederate soldier, thought to be associated with the location because of its construction over his likely grave.
Colonial Park Cemetery
This cemetery goes as far back as 1750, which likely contributes to its significant paranormal reputation. Over 10,000 people have been buried in a 6-acre area of land. The local voodoo culture is active in this location.
Several mass graves are in this burial ground, owing to its pre-Revolutionary War origins. There is also a park with basketball courts south of the cemetery that was used as a dueling ground when dueling was still legal. These factors no doubt contribute to the reported activity.
If you're interested in getting a good dose of the paranormal, Savannah is one of the best places to consider by far.
Kelsey is the Managing Editor at The Lux Authority and is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars, the smell of rich mahogany, and leather-bound books as well! When she isn't working, Kelsey is an avid academic, artist, stargazer, blogger, and yoga enthusiast.