On Monday, April 22nd, my husband and I spent the night at Savannah’s haunted Eliza Thompson House. According to local legend, a Civil War soldier and giggling children haunt the historic home and occasionally appear to startled guests. I booked the Lee Room, a space once used as the children’s nursery, in hopes of spotting a ghost. Did I succeed?
My husband and I arrived at the Eliza Thompson House around 4:00 p.m. He’s fond of embarrassing me, so one of his first questions upon check in was “will we see any ghosts?.” Like the clerk at the 17Hundred90 Inn, the woman at the Eliza Thompson House clearly didn’t believe in spirits, or at least didn’t think there were any at the inn. After assuring us we’d see no ghosts, the clerk summoned a bellman who gave us a quick tour of the property and showed us to our room.
Our room was at the top of a steep set of stairs, right next to the infamously haunted R. Bruce Room. Only a thin wall separated the Bruce Room from our bathroom, so I saw no reason why the legless Civil War soldier couldn’t float on over and pay a visit. Mischievous children also reportedly haunt the historic home, and what better place to appear than our room, a.k.a the old nursery?
The Lee Room is the smallest room at the Eliza Thompson House, but it overlooks Savannah’s famously gorgeous Jones Street and is downright quaint and cozy. The bathroom is long and narrow with with an old fireplace near the shower and an exposed brick wall. The bricks looked old and I must admit that I stuck my fingers in the crumbling mortar in hopes of finding something amazing stuffed within the cracks. Alas, I found nothing.
So did I find a ghost? The answer, sadly, is no. My husband and I tried an EVP session around midnight, but failed to record any disembodied voices. The room didn’t feel creepy or haunted and there were no strange noises or smells. I left the digital recorder on all night and am in the process of reviewing the results. However, the only things I’ve heard so far are my husband’s snores and cars driving by in the street.
Based on my admittedly limited experience, if you’re looking for a haunted home in Savannah, Georgia, the Eliza Thompson House isn’t it. Can anyone out there say differently?