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Being that it's the oldest city in Georgia, it's no surprise that Savannah is known as the state's mecca for paranormal activity; let alone that it's one of the most haunted cities in America. From spooky sailors that have been spotted at the seaport, to countless unexplained occurrences at some of the city's Civil War-era properties, there's no telling where you might run into the undead when you bring a meeting to Savannah.
We've compiled a list of five of the city's famously haunted lodging options. If spending the night surrounded by things that go bump in the night is your group's idea of a good time, the following properties fit the bill for hosting your group's next visit to this southern city.
- 123 Habersham Street, (912)232-1020
- Built in 1892
The four-story, 13-guest room Kehoe House (pictured above) overlooks Savannah's Columbia Square and features one meeting room for hosting private events. Before the building was renovated into a hotel, the Kehoe House served as the Goette Funeral Home, hence its haunted reputation. Even more, the Kehoe family consisted of 10 children and rumor has it that two of them, a set of twins, died in the home. Perhaps the spirit of the twins lives on within the walls of this historic Savannah site? That's up for you to decide.
Whether it's haunted or not, Kehoe House is a known place for embracing the spirit of haunted Savannah. Hotel staff can assist groups in arranging a local ghost tour during their stay.
- 123 E Broughton Street, (912)644-7896
- Built in 1851
The Marshall House -- now an elegant, 65-room hotel with 2,675 square feet of event space across three meeting rooms -- served as a Union hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War and remained a hospital through two yellow fever epidemics.
Legend has it that guests often encounter ghosts in the hallways and foyers of the hotel late at night. Many have said they saw soldiers with missing limbs wandering about on the first floor. Others have heard children running down the halls of the hotel, or have reported faucets turning on by themselves with no explanation.
To enhance the thrilling experience, groups staying at the Marshall House can book their own haunted and cemetery tours of Savannah through the hotel's management. More information on group bookings can be found here.
- 307 E President Street, (912)236-7122
- Built in 1823
Featuring 26 guest rooms just blocks from the Savannah River, the original plans for the historic 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant date back to -- you guessed it -- 1790, when the city celebrated its first free election of a mayor and city council. With centuries of history etched into the original wood shingles on the building's facade, it's no wonder the establishment is known to be inhabited by at least three spirits.
Guests staying in room 204 frequently report encountering a friendly ghost known as Anna, who likes to tap them or move their items around the room. According to folklore, in the early 1800s Anna was the bride in an arranged marriage who unhappily fell in love with a sailor. She allegedly died by throwing herself out a window of the inn onto the brick courtyard below. Others say she was pushed by her angry husband-to-be who found out about the affair.
Another spirit, a boy named Thaddeus, is sometimes seen on the ground floor in the restaurant. A third, less-friendly ghost inhabits the inn's kitchen. According to the inn's website, the clinking sound of metal bracelets is often followed by pots and pans being tossed, or spice jars being thrown at unsuspecting kitchen workers.
- 508 E Factors Walk, (912)234-4100
- Built in 1892
This 24-room hotel features a 600-square-foot conference room and a resident ghost to shake things up at your next gathering. The Olde Harbour Inn is home to Hank, who has decided to make the lodging his home. Guests have reported smelling cigar smoke when no smokers were present, having their things moving around, seeing coins drop on the floor and other spooky shenanigans that Hank likes to pull.
Although there is no evidence that anyone perished in any of the fires of the building's early years, legend has it that Hank is the spirit of a hotel worker who died in one of the blazes.
- 5 W Jones Street, (912)236-3620
- Built in 1847
The 14-room bed and breakfast features the home's original construction and is registered as a historic inn of Savannah, found in the cobbled stone-lined Jones street neighborhood. Over the years, the Eliza Thompson House has had its share of ghostly sightings. Guests have repeatedly seen Confederate soldiers in an upstairs window and a young girl wearing a white dress in the hallway.
According to the B&B's website, writers from South Magazine included the Eliza Thompson House in an investigation of paranormal activity in Savannah. Writers stayed overnight in the R. Bruce Room and, using their own 'fright meter' scale, concluded that the lodging ranked 4.5 out of 5 in terms of overall spookiness.