Monday, October 23, 2017

Savannah, Georgia: Part 2 (the spooky part)

The Kehoe House (and trolley)

Following the Civil War, business boomed for William Kehoe. Soon after, he built this beautiful brick mansion for his wife and 10 children. Unfortunately, after a mysterious disaster in one of the many chimneys, the Kehoe's were left with only 8 children. 

These days, guests of the bed and breakfast (which doesn't allow children) might hear the whispering of playful youngsters in the bowels of night. Some (lucky?) guests, have been startled awake in the night by the gentle strokes from tiny fingers. Of course, the home's haunted history probably wasn't improved by the fact that it was a funeral home for much of the 1900's.

A ghost walk?

The resident flute guy of Johnson square. (He's very much alive)

Guess what was discovered in the backyard of this hotel? 
Human remains. 

During the civil war, the hotel was utilized as a hospital for union soldiers. Local experts decided that the remains were most likely the digits, arms and legs of those unlucky fellows. Now, guests of the hotel report sightings of dismembered ghouls in the black of night. Creepier still, are the mysterious nurses who are on midnight mission to check the pulses of certain guests - after all, the nurses need to find out if you are sleeping or perhaps...dead.  

Amputation... I mean, ice cream anyone? 
The famous Leopold's. 

Skeleton keys to the city. 

We stopped by this pink beauty for an estate sale. (the resident must have passed on to you know where)

This slab of granite is the memorial for Indian leader Tomochichi. The local knowledge that the Indian leader passed on to the founder of Savannah, James Oglethorpe, was crucial for the early survival of the colony. You can find the rock in Wright Square - which was the location of the first female hanging. It is said that the ghost of Alice Riley still roams the square looking for her baby. 

She was pregnant before she was hanged. 

The bloodiest hour of the Revolutionary war happened in Madison Square. This statue is a memorial to Sergeant Jasper (see below) Now, this square is considered the most haunted place in Savannah - as disimbodied moans, growls and curses are often heard in the night. 

The unfortunate history of the Owens -Thomas House includes 350 slaves. The walls of the slave quarters seen beyond the courtyard still harbor original "haint" blue paint. The indigo hued color was thought to ward off spirits.  (I guess spirits can't cross over water) 

Ghost busters?

Now, for my favorite kind of Savannah activity - the imbibing of spirits (whiskey) in Johnson square.  


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Teresa Kindred said...

Love the south! So pretty! And I'm an ice cream fan too!

Fun60 said...

Very spooky. I don't fancy staying in that hotel or any of those places to be honest.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photography tour ~ Savannah is so fascinating ~ captured well ^_^

Love and light,
A ShutterBug Explores aka (A Creative

Photo Cache said...

I enjoy this cyber tour so much. I have a friend in Savannah and I do plan on visiting the city and her of course. After all she promised to feed me the very best fried chicken there is.

Worth a Thousand Words

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

These places may be spooky but they are beautiful. I like to hear stories about the people who lived in different buildings. It is like the places come to life. Yes, even when the stories sound scary or weird.

Margaret Adamson said...

Spooky but the buding and grounds are still lovely sharon

DJan said...

You know how to write (and show) a scary story, Sharon. It's that time of year, and I'm not ready. I don't like to be scared but put on a brave face. Love your pictures. :-)

NC Sue said...

Great shots!
Thanks for joining us at

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love this post - great images, and fun spookiness

Molly said...

I LOVE that pink house


Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots and some good spooky stories.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Sharon, this post gave me goosebumps! Loved the haunted tales. I've seen a couple "ghosts" at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, which inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining" after he stayed there.

Mandy 'n' Justin said...

The interior of the Marshall House is gorgeous. You don't even think of ghosts when you are there. (Or at least I don't.) During October they have a trick or treating event for dogs where you take your dog down the main historic street (I don't remember the name) and your dog gets treats for being dressed up. It's really cute and a tad bit ridiculous at the same time. Savannah is a fantastic place to visit in October!

With Love,

Angie said...

Sharon - I cherish Savannah, and now even more so with the new (darker) sides you have shared with us. And your commentary had me giggling throughout. The garden of the Owens-Thomas house is exquisite.

Pat Tillett said...

I LOVE your photos tours! No matter where you go, you make me want to also.
Really great photos Sharon. Haunted or not, it is a gorgeous area, and major historical area. I can handle the ghosts, just as long as there isn't any demonic clowns. Really though, to me all clowns are demonic...

bettyl-NZ said...

These are some great views and I love all the info about the area, too. I admire architecture like these buildings.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

A perfect pre-Halloween post! This area has an amazing history, spooky or otherwise. I like those skeleton keys in the cement. Enjoy your weekend!

Linda Hensley said...

I've been to Savannah, but I missed some of these sights -- and I'm thinking I'm glad to have missed some of them! Too bad you couldn't catch one of the ghosts on film :)

A Colorful World said...

Oh this is a great post!! You did a wonderful job showing all the wonderful history of this amazing city! Loved all the great photos. So much fun. Wish I could go back and spend more time than I had when my daughter and I were there.