Savannah, GA is romantic, bewitching, and loaded with old South allure. However, a disturbing darkness pervades this enchanting charmer. Chilling tales of angry spirits, haunted halls, and ghost-filled cemeteries has some saying Savannah is Americas most haunted city! Add to this a population, who over the centuries has included Voodoo doctors, witches, and pirates and the stage set for ghostly tales and unexplained events. Here is a short list of the best ways to see and learn about the scary side of sultry Savannah.
Ride in a Hearse with Hearse Ghost Tours
Savannah offers visitors’ dozens of ghost tours with only one lead in a souped-up hearse! Hearse Ghost Tours happen in real hearses, guaranteed to have been in service for a minimum of fifteen years. With the coffins and corpses long gone, a hearse is a fitting vehicle to check out Savannah’s haunted historic district. Hearse Ghost tours modified hearses are open-air vehicles, complete with a canopy to protect guests from sun or rain.
Explore a Graveyard with Bonaventure Journeys
A self-guided tour of Savannah’s famous Bonaventure Cemetery is a worthwhile adventure, but the best way to learn about the graveyards haunted history is with a guided tour. Bonaventure Journeys tour led by Shannon Scott offers tours by day and an eerie after-hours tour. The latter is a unique experience as tour goers wander the cemetery at night behind locked gates! Scott’s captivating storytelling and in-depth knowledge make the creepy tour unforgettable.
Enjoy Some Spirits on Tara Haunted Tours
If you want spirits to go with your spirits, the Boo and Brews Tour has you covered! This top rated tour is a favorite because of its spooky yet playful approach to touring. Tara guides share gripping ghost stories and stop in at the most haunted Savannah pubs. They also offer a variety of customizable tours including family friendly, birthday, and wedding tours. Tara Ryan, the company’s owner operator, is a seventh generation Savannah resident. Her family’s experience with ghostly encounters dates back to the 1840s adding to her ghost expert mystique.
Voted Among the Best – Blue Orb Tours
With the reputation for being the most credible and hair-raising ghost tour in Savannah, Blue Orb Tours is simply the best. TripAdvisor and Condé Nast Traveler included Blue Orb in their 2014 best of rankings for ghost tours around the globe so you can rest assured owner Tobias McGriff’s authentic account and riveting delivery will not disappoint. The City of the Dead Tour includes a bone chilling talk of local events that contributed to haunted Savannah’s active paranormal activity.
Stay at Marshall House, a Hotel Steeped in History
Opening its doors in 1851, The Marshall House is one of the Savannah’s oldest hotels. Deemed a National Historic Building for its original staircases, wood floors and brickwork the hotel has a character all its own. Adding to its historical allure the hotel, between 1864 and 1865 served as a Union hospital for wounded soldiers. Guests in recent years claim to have seen ghosts of Union soldiers and others report seeing children, kid ghosts also known for tickling patrons feet as they slept!