Savannah Georgia - Americas Most Haunted City

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					Savannah Georgia - America's Most Haunted City
In 2003, the American Institute of Paranormal Psychology named Savannah
America's Most Haunted City. And Savannah is able to support the title.
Ghosts, apparitions and paranormal activities have been reported at many
of Savannah's inns, restaurants, private residences, and of course,
There are many magnificently restored buildings nestled around Savannah's
twenty-one squares. Many of these buildings are stately homes supposedly
still occupied by former owners. James Habersham has been known to roam
around the Olde Pink House, now a restaurant, but formerly his home.
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, was born and raised
in Savannah. Her parents, long deceased, are said to still roam
Juliette's childhood home.
The Sorrel-Weed House, visited by The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS)
in 2005 as part of their SciFi Ghost Hunters Halloween special, is
supposedly haunted. The story goes that Mrs. Weed caught her husband in a
compromising position with one of the Weed's many slaves. Mrs. Weed, very
distraught, ran back to the main house. After a long argument with her
husband, she either threw herself (or was thrown) to her death from a
second floor balcony. Soon after Mrs. Weed's death, the slave found with
Mr. Weed was found hung in her slave quarters. Both women are said to be
still roaming the grounds.
The Hampton-Lillibridge House was said to be so haunted, that Jim
Williams (of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame) had an
exorcism performed at this former boarding house. On countless occasions,
residents and passersby have heard the sound of jazz coming from inside
the home.
The Kehoes were a very prominent family in Savannah, as Mr. Kehoe owned
the ironworks on the riverfront. The Kehoes built this fireproof, all-
iron home and lived there with their 10 children. The Kehoe's heirs sold
the house in 1930 and the property changed hands many times to include
use as the Goette Funeral Home for 65 years. It is now a beautiful bed
and breakfast where many of its visitors report supernatural occurrences
such as a woman screaming, a nurse shushing visitors, the Lady in White
making appearances, and several instances involving ghosts of children.
The list goes on and on!
So, what is it about Savannah that makes it so attractive to ghosts and
ghost stories? Many people start with the fact that Savannah is literally
built on its dead. Savannah was the first city in Georgia founded in
1733. It was established in the same location as the Creek and Choctaw
maintained their burial grounds.
As the colony began to grow and thrive, it needed more room. Buildings
were erected on the burial plots of the original colonists. Tombstones in
cemeteries were moved to make room for sidewalks and roads. Places of
worship were erected on the graves of slaves.
Second, Savannah has a very violent history. Many bloody battles and
skirmishes were fought in Savannah. One of the bloodiest battles of the
American Revolution, the Siege of Savannah, where about 1200 men lost
their lives in one hour, was fought in Savannah.
Also, the city has been victim to many city-wide fires, at least two
yellow-fever epidemics and several hurricanes.
Third, Savannah has been a major port city since the days of King Cotton,
so many a sailor has ventured through Savannah spinning a romantic tale
or two.
Fourth, Savannahians are (proudly) an eccentric bunch, as were their
ancestors, which adds history and volume to the ghost stories.
Lastly, I believe the large amounts of Spanish moss hanging from the
majestic oak trees. The blankets of moss look like ghostly shrouds and
give the entire region an eerie look.
Whatever the reason, the ghost stories are endless, earning the Savannah
the right to the title of America's Most Haunted City.