Haunted Savannah Hotels

Savannah's Ghosts & Spirits

With so much history in Savannah, it’s no wonder its Inns have a haunted reputation. All of our inns were built in the 1800s, and they do get lots of attention from local ghost tours!  Trolley tours, walking tours, hearse tours and paranormal investigations are just a few ways Savannah's haunts and ghosts are explored.  But there's no need to be afraid; there's more fun than fear here.  If you need some courage to explore haunted Savannah, we recommend the haunted pub crawls and a to-go cup!  Here are our stories, rumors and legends.

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The Marshall House
An Award-Winning Haunted Hotel

The Marshall House is one of the most talked-about "haunted hotels" in the United States.  Recently it was named #5 in a USA Today 10 Best Haunted Hotels survey.  Every October, the hotel is featured as a must-see haunted hotel on The Travel Channel, Today Show, TripAdvisor, Savannah Morning News and others. 

Why the Haunted Reputation?   The Marshall House opened in 1851, and has a history that's very conducive to ghostly experiences. It was used as a hospital three times, twice during Savannah's 19th century yellow fever epidemics and during the Civil War.  The Marshall House was shuttered for many years before making its way back to a hotel in 1999.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and many of its original features remain untouched, including 19th-century doors, windows, moldings, staircases and railings.   

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The Kehoe House

Ghost stories abound at the Kehoe House, a four-story mansion built in 1892.  William Kehoe lived in the house with his 10 children and wife, Anne.  Over the years, the Inn has become one of the more popular stops on local Ghost Tours.  

What's the Ghost Story?  You'll hear lots of different stories on the tours, but a reoccurring one is about the children.  It's said that two rooms on the second floor have reports from guests who have been awakened by loving caresses of small children.  Other guests have said they heard children running and playing in the hallways after hours, when no families with children had checked in.  The spirit of Anne Kehoe has also been rumored.


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Olde Harbour Inn

Olde Harbour Inn's history goes back to 1812—making it one of the oldest inns in Savannah's historic district.  Once a warehouse, the original structure was burned to the ground, and then rebuilt with brick in 1892.  The building is mentioned in several books about Savannah ghosts, including Ghost From The Coast by Nancy Roberts.

So What's the Spook Here?  Olde Harbour Inn's ghost is named  "Hank," and he is the most-often sited ghost among the six inns in the Historic Inns of Savannah collection. Guests have reported smelling cigar smoke when no smokers were present, experienced things moving around and seeing coins drop on the floor.  Although there is no evidence that anyone perished in the fire of the building's early years, legend has it that "Hank" is the spirit of a worker who died in the fire.

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East Bay Inn

East Bay Inn was built in 1852, just steps away from the dark waters of the Savannah River. The building was constructed with a simple design with it tall windows and elegant brickwork, echoing the Greek Revival Style popular in Savannah around the time of the Civil War.  Inside, the building's original cast iron columns are still present.

Haunted or Not?  The Inn has a place in Savannah's spooky folklore, thanks to our "ghost," who has been affectionately named "Charlie" by our staff.   Guests have claimed to see a man in a dark suit and top hat who stares off into space before fading away.   Flickering lights and disappearing objects have also been noted. 


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Eliza Thompson House

The Eliza Thompson House on Jones Street was built in 1847 for Joseph and Eliza Thompson and their seven children. Joseph, a cotton dealer, died just eight years later, and Eliza managed the estate on her own. The home stayed in the family until the 1920s before becoming a doctor’s office, a dental practice, and eventually an inn.

What About the Ghosts?  Legend has it one of the Thompsons’ sons, a Civil War veteran named James, died in front of the home after a horse kicked him the gut.  The tale appears on several sites covering Savannah ghost legends, and some believe James haunts the hotel today.  "Sightings" include Confederate soldiers in an upstairs window, a young girl wearing a white dress in the hallway and even a cat. 

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