USA Today list Savannah as one of the most haunted cities in America. The city is literally built upon massive grave sites and countless bad juju.
I lived in Savannah for two years as a grad student. Studying in a city with such dark history was exciting. I love haunted places!
A few weeks ago, I found a copy of James Gasky’s Haunted Savannah in my garage. It highlights Savannah’s spookiest spots including a couple I’ve personally toured:
- The Olde Pink House
- The Pirates House
- Colonial Park Cemetery
- The House on 432 Abercorn Street
The Olde Pink House
Location: 23 Abercorn Street
Eyewitness report ghosts of a 19th century servant girl and a little African boy. The primary owner James Habersham Jr. has been seen around the restaurant. It was originally a private home. James’ probably making sure the current owners are taking good care of his place.
I dined at this place. Did I see any ghosts? Nope. Nada.
At least, they had good food.
The Pirates’ House
Location: 20 E Broad Street
This restaurant used to be an ol’ sailor’s tavern where pirates made merry and fought in deadly brawls.
There’s a room where you can peer down into a hole leading to a former underground tunnel. Pirates used to smuggle illegal goods and kidnap unfortunate drunks there.
The pirates never left the restaurant. A cook who used to work there claims he has seen a man walk through a wall. After that incident, he never worked in the kitchen alone and always had a cross with him.
A tour guide warned me about the second floor. It used to be a pirate’s inn and a jazz club. Now, it’s simply a storage room. Staff reportedly heard laughter coming from the room when no one’s there.
This restaurant has awesome Southern style food like the Olde Pink House. You must try their buffet!
Colonial Park Cemetery
Location: 200 Abercorn Street
Colonial Park Cemetery was a great place to do homework on sunny days. The park opens at 8am and closes strictly at dusk with good reasons.
Apparently, this cemetery was an excellent place to perform animal sacrifices. A dead dog and a dead goat with its heart wrapped in foil was found here.
An old dueling ground lays nearby the graveyard. Button Gwinnett, who took part in signing the Declaration of Independence, died dueling at the spot.
I was with a tour group viewing the site. We rushed back to the bus minutes later.
A lady freaked out because her camera’s batteries flew out. She was trying to snap a picture of the dueling ground. I was looking elsewhere, but I remember her scream.
One night, I visited the dueling grounds alone.
You know that weird feeling you get in your stomach when you go down a roller coaster? I felt that when I was standing on the grounds by myself.
Everything was eerily silent too. I didn’t even hear a cricket. The normal sounds of the city finally came back to life as soon as I left the premises.
The House on 432 Abercorn Street
I always had a bad feeling about this house. It was built near a unmarked slaves’ cemetery. Not a good place to settle for starters.
Rumor goes three girls were ritually massacred here, a college student mysteriously disappeared, and a Civil War general left his daughter to die tied up to a chair. I used to believe these stories were true until I found a source stating otherwise.
432 Abercorn Street is privately owned so no snooping around the property!
Something else about this place creeps the crap out of me.
Maybe I’m just jittery.
Would I Go Back?
I’m returning to Savannah someday. There are more haunted places waiting to be explored.
Savannah overall is a freaking fun town!
Are you interested in any Savannah ghost tours? I recommend the following:
Other haunted cities I plan to visit soon (and read about):
- Charleston, South Carolina
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Salem, Massachusetts *Note: I read a book about this one*
Have you visited any haunted cities? Read about any?