Established in 1733, Savannah has a long, vibrant history. And with this history comes years of hauntings, stories of which are well known throughout the city today. Walk into any historic building or cemetery in Savannah and you may catch sight of ghostly presences surrounding you. But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself the many haunted inns, restaurants, attractions and more that will send goosebumps creeping up your spine.
As the oldest standing building in Savannah and Georgia, The Pirate’s House is well known for its haunts. Secret tunnels run from the basement of the restaurant to the Savannah River, where unwary men were forced into pirate servitude, and where ghosts still frequent often. You might stop in here on a haunted tour, or you might want to enjoy delicious fare while trying to catch a glimpse of pirate apparitions.
Moon River Brewing Company is one of the most popular haunted restaurants in Savannah. Aside from the fact that resident spirits can be seen moving objects around or breaking glasses and plates, the restaurant has frighteningly delicious entrees and appetizers, and numerous craft beer selections. Just stay away from the basement and upstairs, which are the two most active paranormal spots in the joint.
The ghost of a woman scorned, a slave cook and a servant boy are said to hang around 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Restaurant, haunting guests and diners alike. You may hear the cook banging on pots in the kitchen or see a lost little boy while dining here, but Anna, one of the most famous ghost-girls in the city, haunts the upstairs guest rooms waiting for the return of her lost love.
Built in 1851, The Marshall House, which is now an inn, was once used by Union soldiers during the Civil War as a hospital for the wounded. Visitors now glimpse soldiers with missing limbs on the first floor and sometimes see children in the upstairs hallways. If you’re brave enough to stay there, you’ll enjoy elegant, vintage accommodations in a central location.
It’s said that the Kehoe House is haunted by children who once got trapped in the chimney, but its hauntings could also be due to the fact it once served as a funeral home and mortuary. Now an upscale, adults-only B&B, you’ll love it here so long as you can ignore the ghostly sounds of children playing in the halls.
Take a tour of Savannah’s most haunted hot spots. Grab some drinks on a haunted pub tour, walk around the Historic District on a haunted walking tour or enjoy the spooky sights from a distance on a trolley ride. No matter what you choose, when the sun goes down you’ll see the ethereal come out.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil may have made Bonaventure Cemetery notorious worldwide, but locals have always known there's something otherworldly about this burial ground. Spend your time looking at the headstones of local luminaries—like composer Johnny Mercer or Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Conrad Aiken—or look for Little Gracie's grave, a popular site to honor a little girl gone too soon.
For the truly brave-at-heart, the Sorrell Weed House, which is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah, offers after-dark paranormal investigation tours. Grab your best ghost-hunting gear and head into the building’s dark rooms to hear, feel or even see a resident ghost or two.