If you’re looking for haunted places in Georgia, you need look no further than The city of Savannah, Georgia. This city is literally built on its dead.
Following fires during the Civil war, plus the famous battles, famine and plague, there simply was no room for any more graves – so Savannah’s founders chose to simply build over top of where the dead lay buried. This fact by itself makes it a prime target for some very prolific haunting s.
Savannah was founded by James Oglethorpe, a freemason who designed this famous city using the “sacred geometry” well known within this secret society.
Oglethorpe designed it to be made up of several squares; squares said to be known to trap spiritual energy. Because of this, Savannah’s violent past made it the home to what many consider to be one of the most haunted cities in America. One such haunting is at 507 East St. Julian Street, what some call the most haunted house in the country.
not in it’s original location, was bought by Jim Williams and is the site of the murder of Danny Hansford – a story made popular by the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Although Williams was tried 5 different times for the murder of Hansford, he was never convicted. However, a year later Williams himself died in the exact same spot where Hansford was found dead – an act some might call revenge from beyond the grave.
Now it’s said that the spirits of Williams and Hansford still live in the house, as well as a depressed sailor who was reported to have hanged himself there. Construction workers claim to have seen ghosts of men dressed in black and grey numerous times on its grounds and have heard the voices of the deceased.
They have also been the subject of attacks, having objects thrown at them and doors slammed in their faces. Pictures that have been taken on the third floor have reportedly had crosses “burned” into the film after they were developed. The house is for sale to anyone bold enough to attempt living there and, I don’t know the cost, but you have some bargaining power I’m sure.
Yet another haunted location in Savannah is in the right square, located almost directly in the center of the city. This story involves a servant named Alice, who used to wash her master’s hair. One day she simply got fed up with the way her master treated her.
Alice decided she would kill her master by drowning him while she was washing his hair. She was unsuccessful and ended up getting caught. She was hanged..
However, Alice was pregnant at the time and her restless spirit is said to have become trapped here for eternity. Moss is prevalent on the buildings in Savannah, but it will not grow on the side of the square in which she was hung.
Want more? Well another haunted location in Savannah, Georgia is at The Pirate’s House, which is now a restaurant – but when it was built in 1754, it was an inn for weary seafarers and pirates. Hence the name.
The Pirate’s House is claimed to be the setting for the beginning of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island by many, and some have reported seeing the ghost of the pirate Captain Flint sitting at tables or stomping around in heavy boots.
This was an inn where sailors and pirates frequented. There was a tunnel in the cellar that lead to the Savannah River. It was said sailors would be knocked out and dragged through the tunnel. They would resurface at the river and the pirates put them on their ships and forced them to be pirates.
This is only a small sampling of the locations where this city houses the spirits of its dead – and if you’re looking for ghosts in Savannah, you don’t have to walk far. It is said that “even the trees have teeth” because human bones have been found uprooted from the ground and ingrained into the plant life. It seems that every square inch of Savannah is a home to death.
I’m thinking if you are looking for haunted locations in Georgia, starting your tour at Savannah would make a lot of sense.