America has its fair share of haunted grounds, most of which originate from the colonial days. By far one of the most haunted of all is a southern location that once served as the first state capital of Georgia. Established along the Savannah River in 1773, Savannah served as an important port during both the American Revolution and Civil War. Since its beginnings, the town has acquired quite a reputation, one which has warranted its title of the most haunted city in America.
The county seat of Chatham, Savannah was considered to be the British colonial capital of what was at that time the Province of Georgia. Its settlement history began in February of 1733 when General Oglethorpe and his crew landed at Yamacraw Bluff. Today, Savannah continues to serve as one of the main ports of the Atlantic. This unique city in Georgia is the destination of millions of visitors, curious to see the Savannah’s iconic cobblestone streets and park squares.
In addition to the beautiful layout, the city also has some noteworthy buildings, including the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts of America, the First African Baptist Church, and the Georgia Historical Society, which is the oldest of its kind in the country.
For the amount of architectural and natural beauty in Savannah, there is an equal amount of inescapable darkness. Under the shade of the Spanish moss seems to loom a hauntedness which pervades the entire town. These characteristics can truly be seen in the heart of downtown, where the Victorian homes and cemeteries have stood for centuries. What’s unique about this downtown area is that it has changed very little since its original settlement in the 1700s.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what has cast Savannah in such a haunted light, although it seems to be a combination of things. Some of the buildings, such as the Olde Pink House Restaurant or the Kehoe House bed and breakfast lend themselves to plenty of ghost stories. And many of the downtown taverns are known for having at least one ghost-in-resident.
By far, though, one of the most haunted spots in all of the town is the Bonaventure Cemetery. In the fictional work, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, this is one of the famous settings of the murder mystery. Locals will often point this out as the origin of the paranormal activity. The beautiful statues in the cemetery are almost lifelike, and have been said to come alive. One of the most well-known is referred to as “Little Gracie,” a statue of a six-year-old girl who apparently cries tears of blood when toy gifts are removed from her resting place.
Many visitors also claim the town squares to be haunted. During the days of the Revolutionary War, these were the sites where soldiers fought and were killed. Bodies of British soldiers were recently moved during renovations, which may have caused unrest. Some have seen these figures running towards them only to disappear across the road.
Nearly every building in Savannah has a haunted tale to tell, and the city offers some wonderful walking ghost tours which include fascinating history. Despite its spooky traits, this coastal town in Georgia is a must-visit for anyone who has not been.
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