I got spooked in Savannah…
Spooky sounds, inexplicable orbs of light and an eerie chill in the air; now I know why Savannah is considered America’s Most Haunted City. On my most recent visit to Savannah, I took the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour out of curiosity. Although I was never one to fully believe in ghosts, I do feel that there are some things in life that go beyond the realm of our world. And I wanted to see for myself what a real haunted house looked and felt like. I got to do just that when the tour took us into the Sorrel-Weed House, which is known to be one of the most haunted places in the city…and for good reason!
The mansion itself is gorgeous, a magnificent, stately Greek Revival home, and on a sunny afternoon I am sure it looks like a warm, friendly, storybook Georgian home, but once you go inside(especially after dark), you can almost feel the heaviness that fills the air. The story goes that Francis Sorrel’s wife killed herself by jumping off the second floor balcony. Visitors to the house have reported hearing a woman’s voice calling for help–and although there’s never been confirmation of who actually haunts the place, the Travel Channel’s Ghost Hunters Show did a whole segment here and found real evidence that spirits from the other side were present.
I loved walking through the Sorrel-Weed house, and I must admit, I was a tiny bit scared as I wandered through some of the hallways. I also enjoyed when the tour took us past the Colonial Cemetery. It’s the oldest burial ground in Savannah and holds so much history that is apparent in the some nine thousand graves that are there. As my Gravedigger Guide for the tour gave fascinating facts and told intriguing stories about Savannah‘s past, I was amazed at the fact that some of the first settlers to the city were buried right there. I heard from a few fellow tour guests that the Colonial Park Cemetery has had various accounts of supernatural activity so I was sure to remain alert as we drove past. Although I did not see any actual ghosts (that I am aware of!), I was sure I saw what looked like a white light flash more than once. Was it my imagination? I couldn’t tell you. But the rest of the tour–which included a look at Juliette Gordon Low’s house, which is also haunted they say, I had goosebumps.
All in all, this visit to Savannah was one of my favorites, the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour was a totally new, unusual way to see some of the city’s most beautiful attractions, and to discover Savannah‘s Haunted reputation. Do you believe in ghosts? Next time you’re in town, find out!