So many tours, so little time. You can climb aboard the Trolley of Doom and traverse the hilly seaside, or choose one of the guided walking tours. Old Town San Diego is a must for the true believer, as is a stop at the notorious Whaley House. Its premises have been investigated by well-known ghost hunting teams and all have been impressed by an apparition or a sound or a book flying through the air. You can also find tours that combine true crime and murder with haunted buildings and cemeteries. Enjoy fresh scallops and an icy cold beer when you’re done with your explorations, then start again tomorrow. If you manage to sleep, that is …
Moon River Brewing Company: Today’s brewery and restaurant is housed in the former City Hotel, which opened in 1821. This was Savannah’s first hotel and many notable people enjoyed its hospitality, including James Audubon who reportedly stayed for six months. The hotel closed just before Sherman made his march through Georgia during the Civil War. The building didn’t reopen again until the early 1900s when it was used as a warehouse and for storage. In 1999, Moon River Brewery opened its door and the spirits have been in full force ever since. The old building is so haunted that it has been featured on paranormal TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and Buzz Feed. Apparitions fill the brewery from the basement to the upper floors and women have been grabbed and kissed in the rest rooms. Staff have come to know several spirits and a ghost named Toby who lives in the basement.
Hamilton-Turner Inn: Historic. Grand. An exquisite example of French Empire architecture in the Deep South, with wrought-iron balconies and moss-draped oaks. This four-story inn was built in 1873 and was home to the Hamilton family, a well-established, social clan who hosted lovely galas and festive parties within its walls. There’s a long, rich history to its past and ghost hunters will not be disappointed with the many hauntings reported today. Cigar smoke, thought to be from a former guard who met a murderous end, wafts through the Inn. The Billiards Room, which spawned another tragedy involving a child, is known to be especially eerie. There are reports of mysterious footsteps and sounds of gunfire coming from the mansion when it was unoccupied. All told, one of the most haunted homes in a very haunted city.
Pirates House: True to its name, Savannah’s Pirate House was a popular gathering spot for seafarers of all persuasions, including pirates. Around 1773, it opened as an inn about a block from the Savannah River. As locals know and visitors learn, Savannah was a thriving seaport and Blackbeard himself was known to sail the Georgia coast in the 1700s. There are said to be tunnels that lead away from the house where hapless sailors were kidnapped through when they were drunk on grogg. Ghostly voices have been heard crying out through the building and apparitions of men in 1700s dress have been glimpsed in corners of the rooms.
The Kehoe House: This iconic Queen Ann Mansion was built in 1892 by William Kehoe, a wealthy entrepreneur who made his money in iron. His former home became a showcase for his iron work with ornate iron columns and window casings. The reported hauntings today may come from the Kehoe Home’s past life as a funeral parlor. Visitors who stay the night have said they were touched or pulled on by an invisible hand and others report the sound of laughter down empty hallways.
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