Discover Mystery and History on a Savannah Getaway
One of the most interesting aspects of a Savannah vacation is being presented with the opportunity to walk though some of the most historically significant streets in the country. After all, the city’s history began in 1733 and it was the first planned city in America. From 1778 to 1782, the city was held by the British. When the Civil War happened, the town was spared the wrath of the Union Soldiers because of its overwhelming beauty. In fact, Union General William Sherman was so taken by Savannah that he offered it to Abraham Lincoln as a Christmas gift.
If you want to explore the paths that many soldiers have walked, you can sign up for a Revolutionary or Civil War walking tour. These tours will include visits to the remaining war forts, and your tour guide will also provide you with historical anecdotes about each location that you stop at.
Because Savannah is such as old city, it naturally attracts a lot of people who have an interest in the paranormal. There are several different local groups that offer ghost tours, but one of the most well-known is the paranormal tour of the Sorrel-Weed house. Locals believe that this is the most haunted location in the city, and the house has been featured on the TV shows “Ghost Hunters” and “Most Terrifying Places in America.” Visitors to the house will have the opportunity to take a 90 minute tour of the mansion and the carriage house. As an added bonus, all of these tours take place after dark.
Another ghost tour, hosted by Ghosts and Gravestones, takes paranormal enthusiasts on a trolley ride to explore several different haunted locations. The Gribble House and the Perkins and Sons building are included in the tour, and your guide will tell you in gruesome detail about the triple murder that took place at the Gribble House in 1909.
If you want to take your ghost hunt to another level, you should consider booking a room at one of the city’s haunted hotels. According to both the staff and previous visitors, it is easy to experience paranormal activity by staying at the 17 Hundred 90 Inn, The Foley House Inn and the Ballastone Inn. Each hotel has its own haunted history, but the physical location of the 17 Hundred 90 Inn makes it the best choice for many travelers. If you prefer less spooky accommodations, choose from one of the more traditional Midtown Savannah hotels.
The Pirate’s House
Many locals and visitors flock to the Pirate’s House restaurant to enjoy a slice of the supernatural along with a delicious meal. In fact, many people claim that the Pirate’s House is the easiest place to have a paranormal encounter within the city limits. Regardless of whether you meet any ghosts, though, you will have the opportunity to dine in an area where actual pirates used to gather.
Booking Your Trip As you can imagine, the ghost tours and other activities do book up fast, especially around Halloween. Therefore, it is important to book your hotel and other paranormal related activities as far in advance as possible.
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Molly Pearce is an Atlanta freelance artist and writer who has taken getaway trips to Savannah for the past 8 years. Those on a mission to discover mystery and history in Savanna will be looking for the best Midtown Savannah hotels. The Marriot Fairfield Inn is 4.5 miles from City Market and River Street in the Savannah Historic District and offers perks like an indoor pool, deluxe continental breakfast, and 24-hour business center.