Searching for the Paranormal? Here's What to Do in Savannah

This genteel Southern city has a dark side; these are its best haunts.

Savannah may be the most haunted city in America. Many seek out ghosts during a ghost tour or enjoy staying and shopping at these locations that are said to be frequented by residents past.

Pirate's House in Savannah
Pirate's House (©Melanie McCue/Flickr, Creative Commons)

The Best Restaurants

Pirate's House: Seafarers have been frequenting this restaurant since the 1753. Diners report seeing ghosts wandering through the building's 15 dining rooms, heard footsteps on the plank boards and staff have said they feel someone watching them. The living enjoy the Southern-style buffet and wandering through the museum.

Moon River Brewing Company: This brewpub is a regular stop on Savannah's ghost tours and was featured on Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures." The ghosts here throw bottles and wander the unfinished upper floor. Allegedly, a ghost named Toby wanders the billiard room and pushes people around. 

The Olde Pink House: Diners come to the Olde Pink House for the elegant atmosphere and lowcountry dishes like roast duck with hoppin' john and she-crab soup. It's original owner—who built it in 1789—is said to wander the building, talk with guests and vanish. Other ghosts include a sobbing woman and a Revolutionary War veteran.

The Shrimp Factory: Enjoy fresh shrimp cooked any way possible at this River Street haunt, including crab au gratin. If they happen to hear chains clinking or strange noises upstairs, it's probably one of the ghosts.

Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery (©Time Bounds/Flickr, Creative Commons)

The Best Places to Shop

Factors Walk: The Factors Walk along River Street is a row of buildings on the bluff rising two or three stories above the riverfront. Once they were where cotton merchants conducted business, but now they're filled with funky art shops and restaurants. Dark, shadowy figures and a general feeling of sorrow are frequently reported by guests.

Folkorico: On the 400 block of Bull Street is this eclectic little shop with unique finds and contemporary art. Step a few doors away to the Mercer House, made famous by "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Since the death of its infamous owner—whose story is told in the novel—lights and ghostly festivities appear in the mansion.

Madison Square in Savannah
Madison Sqaure (©D. Wright/Flickr, Creative Commons)

The Best Things to Do

Bonaventure Cemetery: The most beautiful cemetery in town is also considered the most haunted. Visitors tell of a pack of ghost dogs wandering the grounds and hear dinner parties that were thrown on the grounds of the original estate. If the sounds of crying at Gracie Watson's grave isn't creepy enough, the statue of a little girl is said to cry tears of blood. 

Ghost Tours: A city with so many ghosts needs plenty of tour guides to tell of them. Take a candlelight ghost walk, a trolley tour, a haunted pub tour, or tour Savannah in a hearse

Sorrel-Weed House: This historic home built in te 1840s by a wealthy plantation owner was the site of a couple of grisly suicides resulting from his affair with a slave. Tour guests describe a sensation of nausea and choking in the basement, feelings of panic for no reason and the depleting of fully-charged batteries in electronic devices. 

Madison Square: Located on Bull Street, Madison is one of Savannah's beautiful square and its most haunted. Solders who died during the Battle of Savannah were buried in a mass grave here. Now people say shadowy figures move through the square at night. 

Where to Stay

Marshall House: Used ​as a hospital during the Civil War and through two yellow fever epidemics, this beautiful, old hotel in the Historic District may be one of the most haunted in the city. Guests have reported hearing children run down the hall, faucets turning on by themselves and ghosts wandering the halls.  

Hamilton-Turner Inn: Guests at this 1873 mansion tell of children laughing, billiards balls rolling across the floor and men who are smoking cigars and holding rifles. A Civil War soldier is said to walk the halls at night and sometimes knocks on the door. 

Marshall House
Marshall House (©Taylor Bennett/Flickr, Creative Commons)