Savannah’s reputation for being both “good and evil” is well known, and visitors often explore both “the eerie and the elegant” side of Savannah. Fortunately for the thrill seekers among us, it’s not hard to find a scary good time in beautiful Savannah, especially if you plan to stay in one of the city’s authentic historic Inns and hotels.
Here’s a look at five historic, haunted hotels in Savannah:
The Kehoe House
Ghost stories and strange phenomena abound at the Kehoe House. Built in 1892 for William Kehoe, his wife, Anne, and their 10 children, The Kehoe House is a stately building on Columbia Square. From the hauntings perpetrated by a story of twins that died while playing in a chimney in one of the rooms, to the eerie occurrences in several different guest rooms, The Kehoe House has one of the most haunted reputations of any downtown Savannah inn. Guests have reported hearing voices of children and doors unlocking and opening by themselves.
The Marshall House
In 1864, General William T. Sherman began his famous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. After capturing Atlanta, Sherman’s Union troops marched for weeks — destroying almost everything in their path — until they reached Savannah. There Sherman set up an army hospital at The Marshall House. Guests have claimed dead soliders still haunt the building, along with the spirits of those who died while the hotel was used as a hospital during the city’s devastating yellow fever epidemics.
Olde Harbour Inn
Many of the old buildings along Savannah’s River Street were once warehouses used to store cotton. Built in 1892, the Old Harbor Inn was originally one such warehouse. Legend has it that the Inn is haunted by the spirit of one of the old warehouse’s employees, an unfortunate fellow nicknamed “Hank”. The tale goes that the warehouse caught on fire one night, and when the rubble was being cleared a very gruesome discovery was made — the charred remains of a body was found in the smoldering ashes, burned beyond recognition. Many think that Hank moves around the Inn in a ghostly form today. Guests at the Old Harbor Inn have experienced the smell of cigar smoke in empty hallways, objects being moved on their own accord, even mysterious coins falling out of nowhere.
East Bay Inn
Built in 1852, East Bay Inn is just steps away from the dark and scary waters of the Savannah River. The riverfront, with its cobble-stone streets and historic buildings is now a vibrant, pleasant place, but some say it still holds the spirits of long-past sailors, traders and pirates. The ghost of a former warehouse worker, affectionately named “Charlie” by the Inn’s staff, is said to haunt the Inn. He reportedly fell to his death from one of the Inns third story rooms, and it is alleged that he haunts that room to this day.
Eliza Thompson House
The Eliza Thompson House was the very first home to be built on Jones Street, which has been called the prettiest street in Savannah. The home was constructed in 1847 for Joseph and Eliza Thompson and their seven children. It’s been said that some of these children may still be in residence, making their presence known with giggles, and attempts to entice guests to play with them. From the street, visitors have claimed to see a confederate soldier standing in the window looking down. This apparition is believed to be that of James Thompson, one of Eliza and Joseph’s two sons, who survived the Civil War, but died of wounds inflicted after a horse kicked him in the stomach right in front of the house.
So whether you’re just curious about Savannah’s spooky past, or haunted to get to the truth, one of these Inns, combined with a Savannah ghost tour, can be an intriguing and unique adventure. The city offers fun pub crawls, spooky nighttime walking tours, thrilling hearse tours and even some very serious explorations of the supernatural. Book your visit to Savannah and ask your Concierge to assist you with ghost tours that will shed light on some of Savannah’s haunts.