Built in 1840, the Sorrel-Weed House in Savannah, GA is famous for its history and infamous for its ghosts. But is the legend surrounding the historic home true or is it mere folklore?
The Sorrel-Weed House first belonged to wealthy shipping merchant Francis Sorrel. Though Francis was married, legend has it that a beautiful slave named Molly caught his eye. In fact, Sorrel was so enamored by the slave that he arranged for her to live in private quarters above the carriage house. There, the two romped until Sorrel’s wife Matilda discovered the sordid affair. Devastated by her husband’s betrayal, Matilda leaped from a second story balcony and died in the courtyard below. A few days after Matilda’s death, servants discovered Molly hanging from a noose in the carriage house. Now, the tragic women reportedly haunt the Sorrel-Weed mansion.
In 2005, the Ghost Hunters crew recorded this EVP which some believe is Sorrel’s slave screaming in pain (or pleasure).
Other eerie events at the 175-year-old site include odd thuds and bangs, disembodied voices, and shadowy forms. Many visitors also report feeling violently ill.
“Our investigation of the Sorrel-Weed House in Savannah, Georgia, gave me a three-alarm hangover,” Ghost Adventures star Zac Bagan writes in his new book, I am Haunted. “It was very similar to a real one—headache, nausea, dizziness, throbbing, memory loss—but weirder. I can usually gauge how bad my hangover is going to be by the interactions I have with spirits during a lockdown, but this one threw me for a loop.”
If the Sorrel-Weed House is truly haunted, it’s unlikely that Molly or Matilda are to blame. Census records show no proof of a slave named Molly ever living in the home, and there’s no evidence of a Sorrel-slave affair. And though Matilda Sorrel did leap her to her death, records show that she did so next door, not at the home she allegedly haunts.
Is the Sorrel-Weed House truly haunted? Or has the legend of Molly and Matilda led people astray? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
For detailed information about the true history of the Sorrel-Weed House, check out Haunted Savannah: America’s Most Spectral City.