11/6/12

Haunted Savannah: A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”

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Looking for spooky places in Savannah, Georgia? Here are a few of the city’s most haunted hotels and restaurants. Eat, sleep, and be scared!

Haunted Hotels in Savannah, Georgia

17Hundred90 Inn

 Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”The 17Hundred90 Inn was originally three separate residences but is now one of the oldest inns in Savannah. According to local legend, a young woman named Anna committed suicide after leaping from a window in Room 204. Given its history and tragic reputation, it’s not surprising that ghosts reportedly roam the halls of the historic property. In fact, Savannah tour guides often refer to the 17Hundred90 Inn as “the most haunted hotel in the most haunted city in America.”

Employees tell of pots and pans rattling in an empty kitchen and mysterious crashes in vacant guest suites. One staff member heard a man’s voice in the courtyard and felt hands pressing against her back. However, most of the paranormal activity takes place in Anna’s old dwelling, Room 204. Guests have startled awake to the sound of shattering glass or the sight of a shadowy figure standing near the foot of the bed. Women leave their jewelry or toiletries one place only to find them somewhere else a few hours later.

Read about my experience in Room 204

307 East President Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 236-7122

The Kehoe House

kehoe house savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Irishman William Kehoe built The Kehoe House in 1892, and lived in the stately home with his wife and ten children. The house has also served as funeral home and private residence of quarterback Joe Namath (who was going to turn it into a nightclub), but today operates as a four-star bed and breakfast. Though many residents have come and gone, it’s William’s children who reportedly haunt the historic building.

Legend has it a pair of twins from the Kehoe family died after playing in a fireplace. Guests often hear children laughing and playing in the hall, though few kids stay at the high-end bed and breakfast. Rooms 201 and 203 are particularly active, with reports of a child appearing and disappearing and an unseen entity sitting on the bed. Other unnerving events include lights that turn on in empty rooms and a doorbell that rings when no one’s at the door.

123 Habersham Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 232-1020

The Marshall House

marshall house savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Built in 1851, The Marshall House is Savannah’s oldest hotel and perhaps one of the city’s most haunted establishments. The four-story building has served as a hospital for Civil War soldiers, as well as victims of yellow fever, and many believe ghosts roam the 161-year-old facility.

Eerie events at The Marshall House include faucets that turn on and off, lights that flicker without explanation, and disembodied voices that ring throughout the halls. Renovation efforts have also turned up bones buried beneath the floorboards, bones historians believe came from the amputated limbs of Confederate soldiers.

123 East Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 644-7896

The Eliza Thompson House

eliza thompson house savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Built in 1847, Savannah’s Eliza Thompson House was home to cotton dealer Joseph Thompson, his wife Eliza, and the couple’s seven children. Joseph died in 1855, and Eliza managed the home until her death in 1875. The historic home is now an inn.

Ghost sightings at The Eliza Thompson house include a Confederate soldier in an upstairs window and a young woman in white who wanders the hallways. Room 132 is a hotspot for paranormal activity, with one guest reporting the sound of child’s gleeful laughter and an invisible presence at the foot of the bed. Sightings of a Confederate soldier’s torso are also common.

5 West Jones Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 236-3620

Olde Harbour Inn

olde harbour inn savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”The Olde Harbour Inn dates back to 1812, though the original building was destroyed in a fire eighty years later. The owners rebuilt over the stone foundation, and the building served as an oil company and an overall and blue jeans factory before sitting vacant over 20 years. It was re-opened as the Olde Harbour Inn in 1987.

Rumor has it a ghost named Hank reportedly haunts the historic, upscale inn. Guests report coins dropping from the ceiling, cigar smoke when no one’s around, and objects that disappear from one spot only to reappear in another.

508 East Factors Walk
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 234-4100

East Bay Inn

east bay inn savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Built in 1852, the East Bay Inn building has served a number of purposes, including a space for cotton merchants, a steam bakery, foreign consul offices, and cotton and grocery warehouses. The building sat vacant from 1965 to 1983 and was re-opened as the East Bay inn in 1984.

Legend has it that a ghost named Charlie haunts the historic property. Guests and staff have seen a man in a dark suit and top hat who stares off into space before fading away. Some visitors have startled awake to the sound of heavy footsteps outside their room followed by a jigging of the doorknob. Flickering lights and disappearing objects are also common.

225 East Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 238-1225

Haunted Restaurants in Savannah, Georgia

Olde Pink House

 Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Revolutionary war hero James Habersham Jr. originally owned the house at 23 Abercorn Street which is now a five-star restaurant known as the Olde Pink House. Habersham reportedly haunts the 241-year-old building, along with a few mischievous spirits who tap bartenders with wine bottles and toss dice against the walls. Patrons and staff also see apparitions at the bar and hear a woman sobbing on the second floor.

Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 232-4286

Moon River Brewing Company

 Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Savannah’s Moon River Brewing Company has a reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings in the city. Employees have witnessed bottles flying off shelves, silverware sliding off dining room tables, and shadowy figures roaming through the building.  A hostile spirit who once pushed a foreman’s wife down a flight of stairs has thwarted all efforts to renovate the upper floors of the restaurant have been thwarted. The brewery fittingly serves a custom-made beer known as Apparition Ale.

21 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 447-0943

The Pirates’ House

pirates house savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”The Pirates’ House has served guests since 1753, making it one of the oldest restaurants and taverns in Savannah. Seamen and pirates flocked to the establishment due to its proximity to the Savannah River, and legend has it more than few patrons passed out drunk in The Pirate’s House only to wake up on a ship headed to a distant port.

Eerie events at the historic restaurant include shadowy forms that appear in the corner of one’s eyes, laughter that erupts from empty rooms, and furniture that rearranges itself after closing. The heavy atmosphere of The Pirate’s House has also made a few guests and staff members sick.

20 East Broad Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-5757

17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant

 Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Though Anna in Room 204 gets most of the attention from guests and ghost hunters, the restaurant at the 17Hundred90 Inn reportedly has a spirit or two of its own. Legend has it a hostile apparition lurks around the kitchen and dining room, jangling her bracelets at female guests and shoving them from behind. One of Savannah’s most famous ghost pictures shows a woman reflected in the restaurant’s dining room mirror after the restaurant had closed and staff had gone home for the night.

307 East President Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 236-7122
 
Six Pence Pub

six pence pub savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”Located in Savannah’s historic district, the Six Pence Pub reportedly harbors a number of spirits. The kitchen staff talks of pots and pans that jump off counters and fly from shelves, while a former manager saw the chair in her office spin around and roll across the floor. The pub has also had problems with a plummeting thermostat and light bulbs that pop out of their sockets.

245 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-3151

The Rail Pub

the rail pub savannah Haunted Savannah:  A Guide to “America’s Most Haunted City”The Rail Pub opened its doors in 1890 and has served as brothel and boarding house as well as a pub. The establishment got its name from the day laborers who used to wait for work on the nearby railroad. A paranormal investigation team explored the property in 2010, and noticed flickering lights, the strong smell of perfume, and high EMF readings.

405 West Congress Street
Savannah GA 31401
(912) 238-1311

Did you have a frightening experience in Savannah? Know of a hotel or restaurant I missed? Share your tips here or send your spooky pics to ghostsghoul@gmail.com.

PS: One day I’ll finish the rest of the Eerie eats project. Maybe…

Haunted Savannah Resources

10/5/12

Creepy Photo of the Day: The Ghost at 432 Abercorn Street

ghost child 432 abercorn Creepy Photo of the Day: The Ghost at 432 Abercorn Street

This photo from bethdolgner.com shows what appears to be a forlorn looking child staring out the window of  Savannah’s famously haunted home at 432 Abercorn Street. Legend has it a girl died in the house after her father tied her to a chair and left her to die of heat exhaustion. Could this be her or is it merely a case of extreme pareidolia?

Got a creepy pic? Send your ghost photo to ghostsghoul@gmail.com or submit your true ghost story here!

08/30/12

17Hundred90 Inn: The Ghost in Room 204

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Note: My husband and I are visiting Savannah, Charleston, and Beaufort next week, and our trip will include a night in 17Hundred90’s Room 204. Stay tuned for lots of photos and stories!

UPDATE: Read about our experience in Room 204.

The Place: 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant, Savannah, Georgia

The History: Located at 307 E. President Street, 17Hundred90 was originally three separate residences but is now one of the oldest inns in Savannah. Planter Steel White built the western part of the inn’s building between 1821 and 1823, while a family named Powers built the eastern part of the building in 1888. 17Hunrded90 was reportedly a boarding house before it became an inn and restaurant.

The Legend: According to local lore, a young woman named Anna died at the inn after suffering a broken heart. In one version of the tale, Anna fell in love with a handsome sailor who skipped town after promising to marry her. Devastated, Anna hurled herself from the window of Room 204 and died in a crumpled heap on the ground below.

In another version of the story, Anna’s older husband learned of her infatuation with the handsome young sailor. Furious, he beat Anna to death and threw her body out the window to make it look like a suicide. A third tale claims a jealous mistress pushed Anna to her death.

While multiple versions of the legend exist, they all agree on one thing – a young woman named Anna died after plummeting from Room 204.

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The Haunting: Given its history and tragic reputation, it’s not surprising that ghosts reportedly roam the halls of 17Hundred90. Employees tell of pots and pans rattling in an empty kitchen and mysterious crashes in vacant guest suites. One staff member heard a man’s voice in the courtyard and felt hands pressing against her back. Another employee claims he never feels completely alone in the inn, and that he always has the feeling of being watched.

However, most of the paranormal activity takes place in Anna’s old dwelling, Room 204 (above). Guests have startled awake to the sound of shattering glass or the sight of a shadowy figure standing near the foot of the bed. Women leave their jewelry or toiletries one place only to find them somewhere completely different. In fact, legend has it that Anna despises female guests and will pull their hair or push them off the bed in the middle of the night. One female employee discovered a six-inch scratch on her arm which she attributes to a hostile Anna. Some say the unnerving events were so frequent a former inn keeper required guests of Room 204 to sign a waiver acknowledging they were ineligible for a refund should they leave early.

In 2009, actress/singer Miley Cyrus Tweeted about her encounter with Anna’s ghost. The celebrity and her mother stayed in Room 204 while Cyrus was shooting The Last Song in nearby Tybee Island. Anna reportedly left this hand print on Miley’s boot.

 17Hundred90 Inn: The Ghost in Room 204

Does the ghost of a heartbroken young woman truly haunt the 17Hundred90 Inn? I guest I’ll soon find out.

UPDATE: Read about our experience in Room 204. This “ghost blob” appeared outside the doorway to our room.

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Exterior view of 17Hundred90 Inn. The window to the left of mannequin is right outside the door of Room 204.

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Closer view

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Weird orange blob outside Room 204. I took two other photos around the same time I took this one and the orange blob wasn’t there.

Sources: My Ghost Story 2.10, Haunts of America, Examiner

 

05/4/12

Savannah Ghost Photos

Savannah, like Charleston, has a tumultuous history. Both cities have been plagued by war, hurricanes, and deadly disease, and both have a reputation for being exceedingly haunted. Here are a few eerie photos from “The Hostess City of the South.” Which city do you think boasts more ghosts – Savannah, Ga. or Charleston, S.C.?

Colonial Park Cemetery Ghost Photo (and Video)

We might as well start off with a bang (or a boo!). The video below is perhaps the creepiest footage ever to emerge from Savannah, Ga., or the entire U.S. for that matter. Shot by a Ohio teenager in 2008, the video shows what appears to be a ghostly child dashing through Savannah’s 262-year-0ld Colonial Park Cemetery. The figure leaps into a tree, hangs out for a few seconds, and then dashes off. Another, less distinct, figure flows along in front of the boy (or girl). Special effects experts analyzed the video and reportedly found no evidence of tampering.

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