Haunted Places in Savannah That Will Scare You Silly

In HAUNTED EVENTS by Steve

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!

17Hundred90 Inn
haunted hotelThe 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

haunted kehoe houseIrishman 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

haunted marshall houseBuilt 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

haunted eliza thompson houseBuilt 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. Read about my stay in the Eliza Thompson House.

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

Olde Harbour Inn

haunted olde harbour innThe 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

haunted east bay innBuilt 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

Olde Pink House

haunted olde pink houseRevolutionary 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 moon river brewing companySavannah’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. Learn more.

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

The Pirates’ House

haunted pirates houseThe 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 Restaurant

haunted 17 hundred 90 inn restaurantThough 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

haunted six pence pubLocated 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

haunted rail pubThe 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 vGA 31401
(912) 238-1311

432 Abercorn Street

 

For generations people have talked about one house in Savannah more than any other, with horrifying tales of the past owner (Benjamin Wilson) becoming more and more grim with every decade that passes by. This house is known not by a name like the Winchester Mystery Mansion or the Myrtes Plantation.

No, it is known simply by its address: 432 Abercorn Street.

The house at 432 Abercorn is a place of endless rumors, rumors that draw tourists from around the country, where even rock star Alice “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Copper has made the trip. The privately owned home is not open to visitors, so when we (Ghost City Tours) bring our guests near the house, we always treat the house with great respect, not just for its residents, but also for any ghostly inhabits it may contain or any curse it may emit.

On a tour with Ghost City, we, unlike most other ghost tours in Savannah, do not wish to spread the controversial rumors that swirl around the house and its past owner as facts. We prefer to tell the truth. While the stories that have been passed on and on again are indeed fantastic, they are just that: fantastical stories. Stories meant to insight drama, and send unnerving chills down the spine of those looking to hear a frightful tale. However, it is important to separate the facts from the fiction when dealing with the haunted house at 432 Abercorn Street.

The History of the Haunted House at 432 Abercorn Street

The story of 432 Abercorn begins in the year 1868, when its ground was first broken, or, rather re-broken. You see, long before plans to build the 432 Abercorn house came to fruition, the land was home to a slave burial site.

Suggestion: don’t ever build on top of burial ground, not just because it’s in poor taste, but because you and your home will forever be cursed.

But, in a city like Savannah, this situation was seemingly unavoidable as many of its structures were built on the forgotten graveyards of the Native Americans and the enslaved Africans. This has lead many people to believe that Savannah is a cursed city, haunted by a curse that has burdened the city with the endless bloody battles of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. A curse that has also plagued the city with innumerable outbreaks of yellow fever and cholera. Countless people in Savannah have perished at the hands of the curse, leaving these departed souls to linger the grounds of the city for eternity.

The area around 432 Abercorn, known as Calhoun Square, is part of Savannah’s haunted equation, and is considered a hotbed for supernatural activity (if you want to try your hand at ghost hunting, Calhoun square is the place for you). Some even consider Calhoun to be ground-zero for Savannah’s curse, as it has endured more than just battles and diseases. Over the years, Calhoun square has witnessed murders, suicides and disappearances, that have only further wounded the city, leaving it infected with an incurable darkness.

The misery and death that lays upon Calhoun Square and Savannah as a whole fills its atmosphere with pain and despair. When visiting the square, you can feel the presence of a sorrowful energy in the air; you can hear the cries of the fallen in the wind; but you may never know who is actually trying to reach you . . . perhaps the ghost of a soldier, the soul of a slave or the spirit of a Native American.

The Origin of 432 Abercorn Street

The main street that follows alongside Calhoun Square is Abercorn Street, and the most infamous house on Abercorn is without question no. 432. Construction of the house built for Benjamin Wilson and his family wrapped up in 1869. Wilson was a veteran of the Civil War, with an ambition to climb the Savannah social ladder. The home he had built was considered to be one of the most expensive houses in all of Savannah, and was valued at over 20,000 dollars, a staggering amount at the time.

Shortly after the family moved into the new house, Mr. Wilson’s wife died, one of the many victims claimed by Yellow Fever. Reportedly, Mr. Wilson fell into a deep depression, but tried his best to pull himself together, as he was now the only parent his children had. It is believed that Mr. Wilson was not the warmest of individuals, hardened by war and lost after the death of his wife. Some say he did do the best that he could given the circumstances, while others claim he was too strict and overbearing when it came to his children.

From here on out the facts about 432 Abercorn become hazy. No one is quite sure when or how the legend of 432 Abercorn started, but the twisted versions and various accounts of the tale are unsubstantiated. The lack of facts, and evidence to the contrary, have done little in the way of discouraging many tour companies and their guides from telling the story as though it were gospel.

The Ghosts and Rumors about the Haunted House at 432 Abercorn Street

When we give our Dead of the Night Ghost Tour, the first question we tend to get is about 432 Abercorn. The wild and outlandish rumors that surround the house have a far reaching legacy, thus it brings out our natural curiosity. So, we understand that the rumors are why many people wish to take a ghost tour when they visit Savannah.

Problem is: while it’s likely the house is haunted, there is no truth to the story about Benjamin Wilson.

The story of Benjamin Wilson is a disturbing tale rooted in fiction, and laced with tabloid magazine flare. This fallacy about Benjamin Wilson centers around his “disciplining” of his daughter. According to rumors, Mr. Wilson’s punishment techniques went well beyond a spanking or sending his child to their room without supper. His punishments were said to be excessive and borderline cruel.

Then one day Mr. Wilson crossed the cruelty line.

The incident that pushed him over the edge should never had been considered an “incident” in the first place. It was the Post-Civil War era, when racial tension and hatred were still threatening to completely destroy the United States of America. The country had just reunited after being split in half by a gruesome and bloody war. Also, one must remember, that the United States had only been a country for less than a century, still an infant when compared to their counterparts in Europe.

But, enough set up.

The story began innocently. Mr. Wilson’s daughter was seen playing with the children for the Massie School.

What could possible be wrong with that?

Well, the children who attended Massie were a collection of the city’s poor, mainly orphans and African-Americans students. Mr. Wilson was not pleased by his daughter’s choice of friends and heartily disapproved of a proper young girl like his daughter playing with children from a “lower class.”

Upon his daughter’s arrival home, Mr. Wilson proceeded to berate her without mercy until he believed she received the message. However, this would prove not to be the case, as his daughter had no intention of obeying her father’s command. No, she knew he was wrong in his beliefs and was determined to pay him no mind.

The very next day, the daughter went back to the Massie Schoo, and played with her friends. It did not take long for Mr. Wilson to learn that his daughter had not heeded his warning. She needed to be taught a lesson, he thought, a lesson that she would not soon forget, a lesson that would forever end her defiance.

Little did he know how literal of a lesson this would become.

The Punishment of Mr. Wilson’s Daughter

For his daughter’s continued disobedience, Mr. Wilson grounded her to her room, isolated from everyone (solitary confinement).

But this wasn’t a simple case of locking her away in her room. In Mr. Wilson’s eyes that wasn’t extreme enough.

He took a chair and placed it right in front of her bedroom window, a window that overlooked the area outside of the Massie School, where the students routinely gathered to play. He then dragged his daughter to the chair, while she desperately kicked and screamed for help.

No one would come to her aid.

Mr. Wilson forced his daughter to take a seat, tying her wrists and binding her ankles to the arms and legs of the chair.

There she was left to look out of the window, down on the children from Massie, as they played without her. One day of the tortuous punishment was not enough to satisfy Mr. Wilson. He left his daughter tied to the chair for days, ignoring her pleas and cries for forgiveness. To make matters all the worse, the conditions she was subjected were unbearable, as Savannah was experiencing one of the hottest heatwaves to ever hit Georgia and with each passing day her body was left to roast in her room.

Some have said that she was imprisoned for several days, but as the end of week approached, she no longer had any fight in her. She was unable to hold on and died from heat exhaustion. Her father didn’t even bother to check on her until the following day. When he finally entered her room, he noticed that she was unconscious and called out to her. Needless to say, she not respond. Mr. Wilson futilely rushed to her side, frantically untying her from the chair. Once free, her lifeless body fell into his arms (not yet frozen by rigamortis).

It wasn’t until that very moment that he realized just how wrong he was. He couldn’t believe that he had just killed his own daughter.

In the days to follow, no charges were filed against Mr. Wilson, as he was viewed as an important man in Savannah. Thus, his crime was swept under the rug by the police and went unreported in the newspapers. However, one person could not let his sin go: Mr. Wilson himself. He was distraught over what he had done. He had done awful things during the war, and knew he wasn’t the most honorable man, but never believed that he could be capable of such an evil act.

There was one other who was unable to let Mr. Wilson off the hook, the departed soul of the daughter he had left to die. His daughter’s spirit never crossed over to the other side, instead opting to stay in the house in which she had perished. She contentiously showed herself in apparition form to her father, with the intention of serving as a constant reminder of what he had done. But, her afterlife plans were shortly put to a stop, as the sight of her drove her father into further madness more quickly than she had anticipated.

After only a week of haunting her father, he’d had enough. Mr. Wilson went up to his daughter’s room, his LeMat revolver gripped tight in one hand. When he entered her room, he saw it, the chair his daughter died in, still facing the window.

Mr. Wilson walked over to the chair, took a seat and there he sat. As, he looked out of the window, viewing the last sights his daughter saw, he began to weep for the first time since childhood and with the knowledge that he was undeserving to live, he rose the revolver to his temple and pulled the trigger, taking his own life in the very same spot he’d ended his daughter’s.

432 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA