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6.02.2009

Travel Tuesday: Savannah Walking Ghost Tour



Following up to last week's Travel Tuesday post for a Savannah long weekend itinerary, I wanted to detail out the DIY walking ghost tour the husband and I did during our visit. This information was found by some Google research and Google mapping. Some of the descriptive content below was obtained from a Citysearch listing of the Top Haunted Spots of Savannah.

Savannah is hailed as America's most haunted city. Even if you don't believe in this kind of thing, this is a great way to see a beautiful city with amazing homes, beautiful squares, and incredible architecture. These are also all historical spots, so why not check them out at least for the sake of exploring this city's rich and long history?

To follow the tour as we did, plug the addresses below in Google Maps' Driving Directions, but select the "Walking" option, so that you can get your directions by foot (without the restrictions of one-way streets, etc.). The Historic District is easy to walk around and navigate, and I arranged the tour below in order for you, so if you print your own map this way, it should be a piece of cake.

If you prefer not to DIY, there are numerous paid trolley and walking ghost tours in Savannah each night. But why pay when you can easily find everything yourself in a part of the city that is easily walkable?

Here's the tour we did! Enjoy, and let me know how it works out for you if you ever take this tour on your own!

1) Mercer House - 430 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401. This is the famous house where Jim Williams fatally shot his lover, Danny Hansford. This murder was the topic of the book and film "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

2) Sorrel-Weed House - 6 W Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401. This is a stop on the official TAPS Ghost Hunters Tour. We even got to sneak inside the house at night after one of the paid tours had entered! It was exciting being in a supposedly haunted house by ourselves in the dark at night.

3) Hamilton-Turner Inn - 330 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401. Samuel P. Hamilton is thought to roam the mansion's second floor, which belonged to "Mandy" in "Midnight."

4) Juliette Gordon-Low Birthplace - 10 E Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401. The birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon-Low.

5) Colonial Park Cemetery - E Oglethorpe Ave at Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401. Some say they have seen a deceased couple floating in the graveyard.

6) 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Restaurant - 307 E President St, Savannah, GA 31401. The brokenhearted ghost of young Anna Powers is said to occasionally tease the visitors in room 204 of this brick-and-clapboard inn.

7) Kehoe House - 123 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401. Legend has it that a lady in gray haunts room 203 of this bed-and-breakfast.

8) Marshall House - 123 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401. This hotel once served as a Union Army hospital so it's no wonder guests often report sightings of Civil War soldiers

9) The Olde Pink House - 23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401. This popular tavern is said to be haunted by its builder, Gen. James Habersham, who appears in the restaurant.

10) Hampton-Lillibridge House - 507 E St Julian St, Savannah, GA 31401. Reportedly, a sailor hung himself in one of the rooms in this house once owned and renovated by Jim Williams.

11) Pirate's House Restaurant - 20 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401. Supposedly haunted by sailors, seadogs, privateers, and even pirates.

12) Moon River Brewing Co. - 21 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401. Was investigated by TAPS on Ghost Hunters.

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