Mysterious And Haunted Homes In Savannah, GA

    Mysterious And Haunted Homes In Savannah, GA

    Jun 14, 2018

    The old adage "There's no place like home" is certainly one that we can all agree with. In Savannah, the concept of home is taken to a different (and scary) level with the city's lineup of homes believed to be haunted or filled with paranormal activities. Whether these homes are truly haunted or not, there's no doubt that they are one of the biggest crowd drawers in Savannah which, incidentally, is known as one of the most haunted cities in America.

    Ready for some spooky ghost-hunting fun? Here are the mysterious and haunted homes that you can find in Savannah.

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    1. The Haunted Owens-Thomas House

    Where: 124 Abercorn Street, Oglethorpe Square

    The story of Owens-Thomas House goes all the way back to 1816, the year when plans for building the house were conceptualized. Completed in 1819, it was originally known as the Richardson House, inspired by the home's first owner, Richard Richardson, who was a cotton merchant and a banker. Owing to the long stories of its past, it's no wonder why the ghosts of former residents and guests continue to haunt the property. Today, the Owens-Thomas House is deemed as one of the most intriguing houses found in Savannah. 

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    2. The Ghost-Sighted Andrew Low House 

    Where: 329 Abercon Street, Lafayette Square

    The Andrew Low House was designed and built by New York architect John Norris in 1848. Prior to its completion, a tragedy struck when Low's wife Sarah and their young son died of illness, which left Low a single father of two girls. Nevertheless, Low moved his family into their new and beautiful mansion whose interior was just as elaborate as the exterior. Over the years, many famous people have visited the Andrew Low House. These include William Makepeace Thackeray, a critically acclaimed English author, and Robert E. Lee, former commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. It is believed that the ghost of Robert E. Lee continues to haunt the Andrew Low House up to this day.

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    3. The Tragedy-Surrounded Mercer-Williams House

    Where: 429 Bull Street, Monterey Square

    The Mercer-Williams House is considered as the most mysterious house in Savannah. In its several years of existence, the house has seen a number of tragedies. Likewise, the people who have called it as their own home may have been more affected by the hauntings as compared to any other resident of Savannah. These tragic events which have transpired throughout the history of Mercer-Williams House are a clear explanation on why it is said to be haunted. 

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    4. The Lost Souls At Davenport House

    Where: 324 E. State Street

    Currently running as a museum, the Davenport House is famous for the number of lost souls that have resided in the house through the years. It was originally owned by Isaiah Davenport who arrived in Savannah in 1808. Isaiah married Sarah Rosamund Clark who bore him ten children. However, only six of them survived childhood. It is believed that the spirits of the four departed children still haunt the house up to this day. Other ghost sightings include a cat and a young girl which are usually spotted by visitors while doing museum tours.

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    5. The Sorrel-Weed House And Its Sad Tale Of Love

    Where: 6 W Harris Street

    Unexplained experiences such as throat tightening, nausea and electronic malfunctions have all been attested to by those who have entered the Sorrel-Weed House out of curiosity. Some would attribute these strange occurrences to the indiscreet behavior of Francis Sorrel, a rich plantation owner. Stories say that he had a longstanding affair with a slave who's been identified as Molly. Her quarters were located only above the carriage house. Eventually, Matilda, Sorrel's second wife, learned about the affair. Heartbroken, she decided to end her life by jumping from the second balcony to her death. A few weeks later, Molly was found hanging from a noose. 

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    6. 432 Abercon Street, A Multiple Ghost Inhabited House

    Where: 432 Abercon Street

    Situated on the east side of Calhoun Square, this house in 432 Abercon Street is reportedly inhabited by multiple ghosts. One of them is identified as General Wilson who was the home's first resident in the latter part of the 19th century. According to legend, Wilson forced his daughter to sit for several days while facing the window as a punishment for playing with the children of Massie School which is a nearby school for the poor. As a result, the little girl suffered from dehydration which led to her death. Later in life, Wilson also died out of natural causes. Other restless souls include three sisters who came from Florida in 1959. They were reportedly murdered while on a visit with their family. 

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    7. The Long-Abandoned House At 12 West Oglethorpe

    Where: 12 West Oglethorpe

    This long-abandoned haunted house at 12 West Oglethorpe is certainly one of the favorite haunted houses in Savannah. Some of the sightings that are attested to by people who are passing by include shadowy apparitions that are skulking around the alleyway as well as ghostlike appearances at the back corner of the house and one that is near the parking lot. There is also an apparition of a guy wearing a cap who was seen leaning against the house and seemed like he was waiting to get a ride.

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    8. The Most Haunted Hampton-Lillibridge House

    Where: 507 East Saint Julian Street at Washington Square 

    A story says that upon the death of Hampton Lillibridge, the original builder of the house, his widow remarried and later disposed of the property. Its ownership has been passed on from one person to another until it eventually became a boarding house. During this period, a sailor reportedly hung himself in one of the guest rooms found on the third floor. Other ghostly stories surrounding the house include ghostly visions, demonic presences, and spiritual sightings. 

    9. The Two-Century Old Willink House

    Where: 426 East Saint Julian Street 

    Neighbors or people who are passing by would routinely hear the front door of the Willink House creak open before it slams itself shut. Strangely, this happens even when there is clearly no one who seemed to be leaving the house. It is believed that the action is executed by the ghost of Henry Willink who opens the front door and then closes it with a noisy bang for the purpose of making a statement.