Some towns, even large cities, boast one or maybe two famously haunted spots. Savannah, Georgia, on the other hand, has so many that it has become known as America's Most Haunted City. If you're planning a ghost-hunting vacation, you'll find at least six haunted places to stay, all with long and storied histories.
The 17hundred90 Inn has been called the most haunted hotel in America. Its name refers to the year it was built. In addition to the 14 rooms and the fine dining restaurant on the premises, a number of ghosts make their residence here. The most famous is Ann Powers, believed to have thrown herself out of a second floor window -- unless she was pushed. This ghost has a particular dislike for female guests, who are advised to avoid Room 204. The inn's restaurant also has a ghost, and a small boy haunts the second floor hallway. A pair of maids round out the ghostly residents of 17hundred90.
The Marshall House
The Marshall House Hotel was opened in 1851 by Mary Leaver Marshall. It served as a hospital during the Civil War. In 2000, after an extensive restoration process, the building was entered onto the National Historic Building register. In 2006, Marshall House was featured on the Travel Channel's Haunted Hotels show. It's proud of its haunted heritage and tells potential guests not to worry as its ghosts are friendly. Guests report sightings of Civil War-era figures including a soldier carrying his own severed arm. The Marshall House has 65 rooms and three suites to choose from and offers free wireless, a complimentary afternoon wine reception, valet parking and use of the business center.
The Olde Harbour Inn
The foundation stones upon which the Olde Harbour Inn now stands were first laid in 1812, making this one of the oldest spots in the city of Savannah. The inn itself has been open since 1985. The inn affectionately refers to its resident ghost as Hank. Hank likes to smoke cigars, drop coins on the floor and move objects around. He is believed to be the spirit of someone who died in one of the many fires that ravaged this stretch of Savannah in the 19th and early 20th centuries. All the accommodations at the Olde Harbour Inn are suites with an efficiency kitchen included. The inn also offers complimentary breakfast and a complimentary afternoon wine reception as well as free wireless.
The Kehoe House
The Kehoe House opened as a bed-and-breakfast in 1992. Before that, it was a mansion originally built for a local businessman in 1892 and, later, briefly owned by Joe Namath. Legends are told of a pair of twins who died in a chimney somewhere in the house and continue to haunt the rooms today. Guests report the sound of children's footsteps and laughter in the halls. Kehoe House is romantic and upscale; no guests under 21 are allowed. It offers a full breakfast, afternoon wine reception and evening coffee reception for all guests.
The East Bay Inn
The East Bay Inn is in a Greek Revival building that once housed cotton warehouses and a meeting hall. It was restored in 1984 after years of neglect and turned into a hotel. Its resident ghost has been nicknamed Charlie by the staff. Charlie favors Room 325 on the third floor from which he fell to his death. Charlie can be heard at night, walking the halls and jiggling the doorknobs. Pets are welcome at the East Bay Inn. It offers free wireless and complimentary breakfast in the on-site restaurant as well as an early evening reception in the parlor.
The Eliza Thompson House
The Eliza Thompson House was built in 1847 and turned into an inn in 1978. Resident ghosts include Confederate soldiers on the top floor and a young girl in a white dress who walks the halls.The Eliza Thompson House offers 12 rooms in the main house and 13 rooms in the carriage house, each with a private bath. The inn holds complimentary afternoon wine and evening dessert receptions in addition to offering a full breakfast.