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Drivers beware! This Georgia road is considered one of the most haunted roads in the country
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CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. — Have you experienced a spine-tingling event while traveling down a dark Georgia road?
In the spirit of the Halloween season, RV Trader surveyed drivers from across the country about their SPOOK-tacular stories and created a list of the most haunted roads in the country. One of them is right here in Georgia!
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Savannah is considered one of the spookiest cities in the United States, with several attractions such as the Hamilton-Turner Inn, The Marshall House and The Pirates’ House.
Drivers told RV Trader that River Street is no exception, tormented by the spirits of those killed while working the docks.
According to Ghost City Tours , many dock workers were killed during the construction of these early docks and buildings. Even more were killed by simply working in dangerous conditions.
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In addition to dock workers, slaves brought into Savannah worked at buildings along River Street following their trip from Africa. GCT said there are even the remains of shackles in some of the buildings along River Street and Bay Street.
GCT said the negative energy felt by these slaves and the atrocities they faced still cast a dark shadow on many locations on River Street.
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Those who have walked River Street at night told RV Trader they saw individuals working quietly, not making a sound and vanishing into thin air, while others say vampires prowl the road.
If you walk into a store on River Street, chances are you will hear a ghost story or two regarding the weird happenings and history of the area.
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Ghost car: Post catches serial scofflaw in the act of removing license plates to avoid tickets , tows
Posted: December 23, 2023 | Last updated: December 23, 2023
A rogue driver on the Upper East Side has found a loophole to get around parking tickets — removing his license plates.
The Post witnessed a man in a blue Honda Odyssey park on East 85th Street between York and First Avenues, before yanking the Connecticut license plate off the back of the car and stashing it in a plastic bag.
The man then strutted into a nearby apartment building at 424 E. 85th Street, where he works as a super.
Neighborhood residents say the slippery scofflaw had been pulling the same trick for months, to avoid being slapped with parking tickets and being towed.
They said they called the cops multiple times on the serial parking abuser but officials said police are not able to tow vehicles that have no plates — so-called “ghost cars” — unless the city Sanitation Department first marks them for removal.
But every time Sanitation was called, the car was long gone by the time they arrived, neighbors said.
After The Post witnessed the scofflaw removing his plates last week, a reporter confronted him.
He refused to give his name and gave a convoluted excuse for his lawbreaking, claiming he recently injured a pinky finger in a motorcycle accident, lost work, and was too broke to cough up $680 he already owes in parking tickets.
“I can’t pay all of that right now,” he told The Post. “I gotta eat! I got my wife. I don’t have the money right now.”
It’s no one’s “business” whether he parks illegally, he defiantly added.
He claimed his illicit parking scheme has only been going on for three weeks, but neighbors claimed he’s been doing it since the summer — and routinely leaves his car in front of a fire hydrant, a $115 fine in itself.
“God forbid something happens and [firefighters] can’t access the fire hydrant,” said Tim, a 37-year-old building manager on the block. “That’s the last thing they should worry about when they’re rolling up to a fire.”
Another neighbor, who said she and others had put in countless 311 reports about the super scofflaw, fumed the city is enabling the illicit parking scheme by not seizing his car.
“If the guy knows [cops] are going to come and they’re not going to give him a ticket . . . He’s going to continue to do it,” she said. “We’ve said, ‘Boot the car. Tow the car!'”
Councilwoman Julie Menin (D-Manhattan), who represents the neighborhood, said her office has fielded complaints about the “ghost car” and asked the NYPD and Sanitation to investigate.
“No one can flout local laws for their personal parking convenience,” she said. “Creating a short-term ghost car by temporarily removing your license plate impedes the city’s ability to investigate and will not be tolerated.”
Cars without plates valued at less than $1250 can be towed by the Sanitation Department, but the Honda Odyssey is worth more, making it the NYPD’s job to remove the vehicle.
Sanitation Department spokesman Joshua Goodman insisted the agency is conducting joint operations with NYPD to clear streets of ghost cars.
He said the agency has removed 7,107 vehicles from the street this year through Nov. 26, compared to a total of 4,518 for all of 2022.
“The Adams Administration has made removing derelict and abandoned vehicles from the streets a priority,” he said.
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Ghost Car is the first case investigated on Fact or Faked . A case was sent in from a Police Officers (Officer Wayne Daniels) Dash-Cam of a car pursuit. The car does some freaky maneuvers and then does a hard left; by the time the police car gets back into the chase, the car is suddenly on the other side of a fence.
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A theory is that the car hit a ditch that lifted the car in the air and over the fence. They got a stunt man to go over the ditch and it barely made it over the fence. The car hit the top of the fence making it bend however in the Original Video, the fence was left untouched.
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3 of the Most Haunted Roads (and 1 Parking Lot) in Georgia
Every day is Halloween when your plans include a spooky road trip . The great Peach State has some of the scariest stretches in the South. Headless railroad specters, creepy shadow people, and some all-too-real horrors of Southern history drive these chilling tales of the most haunted roads in Georgia.
Strange sounds abound in an Athens parking lot
The home of the University of Georgia has a lot going for it. The Bulldogs have won two national football titles since 2021. The Athens music scene has been producing indie-rock luminaries as far back as R.E.M. and the B-52s. There’s even an Athens Beer Trail.
Alas, for would-be Bulldogs, the city seems to have at least one drawback: one of America’s few honest-to-goodness haunted parking lots. 295 E. Dougherty St., now a parking lot, once held the 19th-century home of the Gilmore family. In 1862, the story goes, the Gilmores’ 16-year-old daughter lost her beloved at the Battle of Fredericksburg. The heartbroken girl hanged herself from a tree in the yard, forever marking the spot with her pain. Witnesses have reported weeping and screaming coming from the lot.
The adjacent Graduate Hotel is said to have its own specters, including shadow people flickering around the bar and poltergeists in room 119.
Railroad Bed Road is so haunted that locals call it ‘Ghost Road’
Many American ghosts seem to favor cities. Across the country, there’s hardly a town of more than 20,000 people without at least one haunted hospital, hotel, bar, or music venue, usually all of the above.
But Brooklet, Georgia, bucks that trend. About 10 miles outside the city of Statesboro, Brooklet’s population stands at barely over 2,000. The town throws a yearly Peanut Festival, complete with a beauty pageant and parade. There’s also an annual Slow Tractor Race (the last one over the line wins). On paper, Brooklet is positively idyllic — classic small-town America.
Of course, it has a ghost.
When locals skip euphemisms and just call a street “Ghost Road,” investigators know they’ve struck hauntological paydirt. Railroad Bed Road in Brooklet is infamous for unearthly lights and flickering presences that plague motorists late at night. Stories of gruesome accidents — one source claims a man, decapitated after collapsing on the railway, wanders the road looking for his head — and raging specters abound.
There’s even a documentary, The Legend of Ghost Road , directed by Jason Martin, an avowed witness of weirdness on Railroad Bed.
Abercorn Street in Savannah is a notoriously haunted road in Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, is one of the most beautiful, oldest cities in America. Warm weather, antique architecture, a thriving cultural scene, and quick access to some of the nation’s best beaches make the “Hostess City of the South” a delightful place.
The unhallowed dead might agree with that assertion. At 432 Abercorn St., right in the middle of the Savannah Historic District, stands a 19th-century mansion with stories to tell. The most popular tale credits the house to Benjamin J. Wilson, a Confederate veteran who built the home just after the Civil War. As soon as it was finished, the story goes, the house at 432 Abercorn began suffering strange happenings, all chilling, none proven.
Some say the first owner’s horrific war experiences imposed an uncanny atmosphere on the otherwise lovely home. Others say Wilson built over an unmarked burial ground for people once enslaved nearby. As with so many horror stories in the American South, the ghost stories of 432 Abercorn mine the darkest corners of Southern history for their scares.
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Maybe Savannah is so nice that locals, alive or otherwise, simply don’t want to leave. River Street, just a five-minute jaunt from the putatively haunted Abercorn, has its own slew of undead tales.
As Savannah’s waterfront, this street partakes of the same historical horror as Abercorn, being one of the city’s primary landing sites for enslaved people. As was often true in the South, when slave ships landed, enslaved laborers worked the docks, forced under threat of violence to unload cargo, human and otherwise. Just to add to the tragic horror of the place’s history, much of it was reportedly built atop a Muskogee burial ground.
Weeping specters and agonized screams allegedly haunt the homes and businesses lining the otherwise peaceful riverfront. If anywhere in America has earned a ghost or two, Savannah’s River Street qualifies.
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There’s no proof of any of these tales of haunted roads in Georgia. For those inspired by these stories, visit by all means, but keep it inside the lines. Paranormal sightings aside, these are real places full of real people. Treat them respectfully, don’t venture onto private property without an invitation, and stay within the bounds of the law. Happy haunting!
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A New Jersey native with over 15 years of writing experience, Marisa has studied at both New York University and Florida International University. She has lived all over the country, including a decade stint in South Florida. Marisa is well-versed in exploration as she travels a good majority of the year in her self-converted Sprinter van. Her articles have been featured in various notable publications over the years, she has a published collection of short stories, and three completed screenplays under her belt.
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Are you ready for the ultimate haunted road trip in Georgia? Now is the perfect time to plan your spooky road trip, and visit some of the most haunted places in Georgia. We sought out the creepiest, historically spookiest, and most interesting places in the state to scare the wits out of you. It makes for the perfect road trip to spend your upcoming Halloween weekend (and to see just how brave of an adventurer you really are.)
In total, the trip will take you a little more than 9 hours if you’re trekking straight through. However, we do recommend taking time at each stop, and really absorbing yourself in the scene and the scare. If you need some suggestions of some haunted overnight stays, don’t worry, we have you covered: These 9 Haunted Hotels In Georgia Will Make Your Stay A Nightmare .
You can find the entire haunted road trip here . Or take a look at all of the most terrifying stops this road trip will bring you to below:
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I don’t know about you, but I’m itching to hit the road already. Once you complete the road trip, we’d love to hear from you! Share with us your best photos and experiences from your adventure! Or if haunted Georgia is what you’re about, then check out How To Experience A Full Month Of Terror This October In Georgia .
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Before you set out on visiting all the ghosts in Georgia on this road trip, first you should learn about the most famous ghosts in the state. Georgia ghost stories are in abundance, which make it difficult to pinpoint the most famous story of all. However, it’s only right that some of the real Georgia ghost stories come straight from Savannah. One of the most well-known ghost stories in Georgia is the story of Alice Riley. Alice Riley was the very first woman to be sentenced to death in Savannah and is believed to have been hanged in Wright Square. Have you seen her apparition late at night when the fog sets over the square?
What is the most haunted town in Georgia?
While The Peach State is known for southern hospitality and charm, it also is known for being one of the most haunted spots in the country. There are tons of real haunted places Georgia, which is why we can have an epic haunted road trip. If you’re looking to find some real ghosts in Georgia then look no further than Savannah. As the first of Georgia’s cities, there is no debate that Savannah has some severe supernatural prowess. Visit Savannah during the autumn months and take any of the cemetery tours for a unique glimpse back in time on this historically haunted spot.
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Nothing says creepy quite like an abandoned building. The good news for us is that there are plenty of abandoned places in Georgia to explore that will certainly bring the thrills and chills. While some of these spots you cannot actually explore, you can still walk the perimeter and see if you can feel any supernatural beings nearby. Perhaps the creepiest abandoned place in Georgia worth visiting is The New Manchester Manufacturing Company near Sweetwater Creek.
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Georgia is among the 20 most haunted hotspots in the country
Is Lake Lanier truly haunted? Does the ghost of an organist truly play at Fox Theatre?
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, people from all across the metro report hundreds of ghost sightings each year in Georgia. So much so, that Casinos.com has ranked Georgia at #11 for the most haunted hotspots in the USA.
Casinos.com said it monitored the number of ghost sightings per state over the last year through GhostsofAmerica.com and found that there were 1,057 ghost sightings in the Peach State over the last year.
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Topping the list was Texas, with nearly 5,000 sightings. Coming in last was Kentucky, with 706.
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In a tragic turn of events, a Coweta County Sheriff’s Deputy in Georgia lost his life when he was struck by an Alabama police officer following a high-speed police pursuit of a stolen vehicle that crossed the state line into Alabama on January 4th, 2024. Now, both law enforcement agencies are grappling with the repercussions of a pursuit that took a tragic and unforeseen turn.
As described by Coweta County Sheriff Lenn Wood, the incident occurred shortly after Coweta County Deputy Eric Minix had successfully employed stopsticks to disable a suspected stolen Dodge Challenger. The pursuit had started in Georgia and continued into Chambers County, Alabama. While Deputy Minix was outside his patrol vehicle, issuing commands to the Dodge’s driver, another officer approached but was unable to stop in time, resulting in a collision with Deputy Minix. Tragically, he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
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Sheriff Wood stated that an ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine why the officer, Cornelius Robinson of the Lanett Police Department, was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting Deputy Minix. During a press conference earlier today, Sheriff Wood mentioned that he had not received any specific reasons for the incident at that time. Meanwhile, Officer Robinson has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
“Our hearts are heavy today as another Georgia law enforcement officer has lost their life in the line of duty. Earlier today a Coweta County Deputy was killed in an automobile accident after the conclusion of a vehicle pursuit that ended in Alabama on Interstate 85.
Multiple agencies were assisting on the scene including our own deputies who immediately rendered aid to the injured deputy,” a statement signed by Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff said. “We send our thoughts and prayers to Sheriff Lenn Wood, the staff of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, and the family and friends of the deputy.” According to Lagrange News , the Police got their suspect but at an incredibly high cost.
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[Updated August 21, 2023] With the state’s dark history during the Civil War, Trail of Tears , and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, it’s no wonder that some of the most haunted places in Georgia include haunted hospitals, hotels , lakes, and more.
Historic cities like Savannah and Atlanta are home to many of GA’s most haunted places, including famous locations like the Ellis Hotel and The Olde Pink House.
Many of these haunted places in GA are still open to visitors today, whether as operational hotels or restaurants .
They’re often included on local ghost tours, and offer a chance to learn a bit about Georgia state history while having a bit of spooky fun.
Read on to learn the stories behind some of the most haunted places in America!
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The Most Haunted Places in Georgia Guide
(Arranged geographically & alphabetically)
- Ellis Hotel
- The Fox Theatre
- Oakland Cemetery
- Masquerade Nightclub
- Rhodes Hall
- Euharlee Covered Bridge
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
- Lake Lanier
- Mount Hope Cemetery
- Marshall Place Hotel
- Moon River Brewing Company (City Hotel)
- Old Candler Hospital
- The Olde Pink House
- St. Simon’s Lighthouse
- Windsor Hotel
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Haunted Places in Atlanta GA
1. Ellis Hotel
The Ellis Hotel, the location of the deadliest hotel fire in the U.S., ranks as one of the most haunted hotels in Atlanta.
The hotel’s guests have reported hearing screams, smelling smoke, and seeing haunting apparitions in the windows.
Originally known as the Winecoff Hotel , the business was opened by Fleming Winecoff and Grace Smith Winecoff in 1913. The Winecoff hotel fire in 1946 killed 119 occupants, including the 76-year-old owners.
The high death toll was likely the result of inadequate fire safety protocols, such as a lack of sprinklers and fire exits.
Visitors in the years since have regularly claimed to have heard a fire alarm going off in the early hours of the morning, at the precise time the 1946 fire first started.
Want to experience this haunted place in Georgia for yourself? Check rates for the Ellis Hotel on Booking.com !
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2. The Fox Theatre
Downtown Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater has been around since 1929, which is plenty of time for ghostly spirits to latch onto the lavish movie palace.
This haunted building started as a Shriners temple, but ultimately became a grand movie palace that has been saved from disrepair and demolition on numerous occasions.
It’s common to see a Confederate soldier who died during the Civil War standing in the window of the theater. Others report seeing a ghostly organ player who played at the Fox Theatre for 24 years, whose ashes are inside the organ!
The Fox is home to the first automated elevator in Atlanta . Some visitors say that a ghost (who is often accompanied by the smell of roses) enjoys playing tricks on riders by pressing buttons for the wrong floors.
This historic theater is part of 90-minute ghost walking tours in Atlanta every year around Halloween.
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3. Oakland Cemetery
The Oakland Cemetery is a famous haunted location in Atlanta GA : It’s the oldest and largest burial ground in the city.
Founded in 1850, the cemetery is the final resting place of over 70,000 people, at least 3,000 of which are Confederate soldiers who died in bloody battle.
Some visitors have reported soldiers hanging from trees, or wandering the cemetery, calling out their names in a roll call.
From Confederate soldiers to victims of Yellow Fever, many people who have experienced traumatic deaths have been laid to rest in this Atlanta burial ground.
The haunted cemetery is one of the most haunted places in Atlanta, if not one of the scariest places in Georgia .
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours are a popular autumn tradition in Atlanta. They offer historical tours of Oakland Cemetery after dark on two weekends in late October, just a Georgia’s fall colors begin to peak.
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4. Masquerade Nightclub
The former Masquerade Nightclub location on North Avenue is an old, haunted building that dates back to the 1890s.
The building was originally known as DuPre Excelsior Mill , then a pizzeria, before being turned into the Masquerade, one of our favorite haunted places in Atlanta, Georgia.
Many people have reported paranormal activity at the now-closed nightclub, which was once one of the most popular places in the city to see live concerts and music festivals .
Local legend suggests a woman died in an accident at the club, and you can still hear her screams when you’re standing inside the building at night. Others have reported cold spots appearing randomly throughout the club.
Though no one knows where he comes from, some visitors have even seen the apparition of a tall black man hanging around the historic building.
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5. Rhodes Memorial Hall
Located on Peachtree Street, Rhodes Hall is an ominous-looking home built in 1904. It’s reportedly haunted by Amos Giles Rhodes (of Rhodes Furniture fame) and his wife, who passed away there, along with their ghostly children.
These ghosts try to scare tourists away by any means possible. Mr. Rhodes is said to shout “GET OUT!” repeatedly, while Mrs. Rhodes sometimes appears in mirrors by replacing the face of those looking in.
Sometimes chairs and pictures shake, while the children are often heard laughing throughout the house .
But some visitors say that the basement is home to something far more menacing. The dark, malevolent presence of a man is said to linger in the shadows there.
So perhaps it’s best to be wary when touring the ominous castle near the heart of Midtown Atlanta.
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Haunted Places in North Georgia
6. Euharlee Covered Bridge
The Euharlee Covered Bridge was rebuilt in the 1880s after a previous bridge washed away, having killed a man. This violent death could be the basis of the bridge haunting , but witness accounts never seem to reference a man.
Varying tales swirl around the covered bridge. Some locals believe that a Native American girl was hung from the bridge’s rafters, and some accounts mention hearing a rope shift as the body sways.
But many historians suggest that the real story involved a rambunctious young white girl who was crossing over the river with her father in a wagon.
While they were crossing, she jumped up and her hair got caught in the bridge’s rafters. As she came back down, her neck snapped, and she was gone. The creaking sounds are said to be the girl swinging from the rafters by her hair.
Both of these tales are equally horrifying, leaving you imagining their young spirits lingering on the bridge where they died for an eternity.
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7. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
The Civil War was brutal, and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is a testament to that. At least 5,350 men died during one battle, a testament to the bloody nature of war.
It is said that the ghosts of slaughtered soldiers (some of them missing limbs) can still be seen patrolling the battlefield , though they typically disappear before witnesses can get a good look.
Some visitors report hearing these phantom soldiers attempting to end the famous battle, with cannon booms and gunfire off in the distance. Others said they smelled strong odors of blood and gunpowder.
Other guests have said they saw “ghost deer” on the land. These animals reportedly ran directly at witnesses, but as they near, they dissolve into nothing but a slip of mist on the wind.
Visiting this battlefield is spine-tingling, and the history of Kennesaw Mountain makes it an intriguing spot to explore.
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8. Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier, a 37,066-acre reservoir north of Atlanta, is known for being one of the deadliest lakes in the United States.
More than 200 people have died on the lake since the 1990s, and more than 700 have died there since the lake’s creation in 1956.
This haunted lake in Georgia is located between Sugar Hill and White Sulfur Springs, on top of a town that was formerly known as Oscarville.
Oscarville was a prosperous, predominately black community that experienced a horrific amount of lynching, riots, and other racially motivated violence in the early 20th century.
Oscarville was eventually flooded to create Lake Sydney Lanier, which still covers the remains of the town.
Locals claim that souls from the town’s cemeteries still haunt the lake , causing some of the mysterious drownings and boating accidents that happen there today.
There have also been numerous alleged supernatural sightings near Browns Bridge .
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9. Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega GA has existed since before the Civil War, and many ghostly spirits are said to linger among the rare tab-and-slot gravestones there.
Witnesses have given many accounts of unexplainable occurrences, and proof of the specters has also come to light.
Photographic evidence of multiple spirits and an otherworldly mist has hung in the Historic Lumpkin County Courthouse (now the Dahlonega Gold Museum ) ever since it was taken by a librarian in the 1950s.
As for the ghosts in the cemetery, some are said to be Confederate veterans roaming the land where they died, with ghostly figures walking around at night.
The beautiful headstones and remarkable history are fascinating , but the spine-tingling aspects of a nighttime adventure make a trip to visit this marble orchard a must.
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Haunted Places in Savannah GA
10. Marshall House
Built by Mary Marshall in 1851, the Marshall House is another one of the famous haunted hotels in Georgia.
Guests have reported hearing strange crashing sounds and smelling rotting flesh in the haunted hotel.
The Savannah hotel is one of many buildings in Georgia that were used as a hospital during the Civil War and Yellow Fever epidemics.
During renovations in the 1990s, workers found human remains that were believed to be the amputated limbs of Civil War soldiers.
Aside from the chilling sounds and smells, guests have also been plagued by spirits trying to turn their doorknobs from the outside. The 2nd and 4th floors are particularly notorious for paranormal activity.
If you want to experience the phenomena for yourself, check out the rates for the Marshall House on Booking.com or the Savannah History and Haunts Candlelit Ghost Walking Tour .
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11. Moon River Brewing Company
The Moon River Brewing Company is a popular brewery located in what used to be one of the most haunted hotels in Savannah GA.
Formerly known as the City Hotel, the building was used as a hospital during the Civil War and the Yellow Fever epidemic.
The hotel was also the location of a deadly shooting in 1832, when James Stark (a known drunk and frequent troublemaker) was shot by Dr. Phillip Minus.
Some locals say that Stark continues to be a nuisance nearly 200 years after death, haunting the guests and employees of Moon River.
The Savannah building has been featured on popular paranormal TV shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures .
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12. Old Candler Hospital
The Old Candler Hospital in the Savannah Historic District is arguably the most famous haunted hospital in Georgia.
It was built in 1804, making it the first hospital in Savannah and the second oldest operating hospital in the U.S.
Obviously many people have died in the Old Candler Hospital. But never more than during the Yellow Fever epidemics of 1820 and 1854, during which more than 1,700 locals succumbed to the disease.
Bodies of dead patients piled up in the underground morgue tunnel, where they waited to be taken to Forsyth Park.
The 300-year-old Candler Oak outside the hospital, which was commonly known as Savannah’s “hanging tree,” also has an extremely dark history .
Many Savannah locals have reported seeing ghostly apparitions hanging from the tree at night, or haunting the windows and underground tunnels of the hospital.
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13. The Olde Pink House
The Olde Pink House , one of the most famous haunted houses in Georgia, is known for being haunted by the ghost of its original owner.
James Habersham Jr., who built the home in Savannah in 1789, died under suspicious circumstances.
The official cause of death was listed as “declining health,” but many believe that Habersham committed suicide after discovering his wife’s infidelity.
Even after the house was turned into one of the city’s most popular restaurants , he continued to haunt the building.
Employees of the haunted restaurant in Savannah report seeing tables and chairs that have been inexplicably straightened, or candles lit when no one was in the room.
They’d leave a room, only to return moments later to find the restaurant completely clean and organized. Sounds like a ghost who wants a share of the tips!
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14. St. Simons Lighthouse
The famous haunted lighthouse on St. Simon’s Island was constructed in 1872, replacing the old lighthouse that was destroyed during the Civil War in Georgia .
The lighthouse is one of many haunted places near Savannah, Georgia: It’s located about an hour south of the city.
One night in 1880, lighthouse keeper Frederick Osborne and his assistant, John Stephens, were said to have gotten into a disagreement about one of their wives.
The argument turned deadly when Stephens shot Osborne, killing him instantly.
Stephens was later acquitted of the murder, but the ghost of Frederick Osborne is said to haunt the St. Simons lighthouse to this day.
Employees have reported hearing ghostly footsteps on the stairs, and tales of lighthouse maintenance being mysteriously completed while they slept.
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15. Windsor Hotel
Built back in 1892, the Victorian-style Windsor Hotel is a haunted hotel located in the small town of Americus GA.
The story holds that a young girl and her mother, who was the original housekeeper, died in the hotel after being thrown down an elevator shaft. Their ghosts are said to haunt the hotel to this day.
This haunted hotel in Georgia is still open, and guests have reported hearing bone-chilling screams in the hallways at all hours of the night.
The screams sound like those of a young girl and end quickly, as if she had reached the bottom of the elevator shaft.
If you want to visit one of Georgia’s most haunted places, check rates for the Windsor Hotel on Booking.com ! -by Amy Lewis; featured image of Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta GA via Canva
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What to do in Atlanta
- Oakland Cemetery — Built in 1850, this cemetery hosts the graves of notable Georgians like Margaret Mitchell, Maynard Jackson, and Bobby Jones. Many visitors report an eerie feeling and even visions of ghostly figures dressed in Civil War uniforms. Listen closely, as you can sometimes hear a haunted Army roll call and spirits muttering their names.
- Spirit of Oakland —Sign up for a tour during the autumn season to learn more about the hauntings, or enjoy exploring the elaborate mausoleums on a self-guided tour.
What to do in Decatur
- Decatur Ghost Tour —Take an official ghost tour to learn the haunted history of this area.
Where to eat in Decatur
- Kimball House ($$$)—This local Decatur restaurant is in an old train depot from the 1800s. It offers great food in a moody atmosphere, with occasional creaking doors and flickering lights. Ghostly visitor or old house quirk? You decide.
What to do in Dahlonega
- Boos and Brews There are night-time walking tours available, including a popular pub crawl so you can learn the spooky history of the city while enjoying a frothy beverage.
Where to eat in Dahlonega
- The Crimson Moon ($$)—This dive bar is believed to be haunted by a little girl in a white dress. But there’s live music and an excellent menu, so no need to be afraid.
What to do in Norcross
- The Netherworld Haunted House ($$)—This is the perfect balance of kitschy and terrifying, and tickets are about $30.
Where to eat in Norcross
- Mojitos Cuban-American Bistro ($$)—A great spot for a mouth-watering meal (just don’t mind the ghostly Niña who doesn’t like the music).
Pro Tip Many towns offer excellent ghost tours where you can enjoy exclusive access to haunted buildings in Georgia.
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What to do in Marietta
- The Marietta National Cemetery —The final resting ground for many Union soldiers.
- Kennesaw House —Formerly known as the Fletcher House, the house is said to be haunted by those who were here when it was a hospital and morgue during the civil war.
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield —Eight minutes outside of Marietta is the historical home of one of Georgia’s gruesome, blood-soaked battlefields. Approximately 4,000 men died in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield. The grounds are open to the public with trails and exhibits on wartime history.
Pro Tip Some visitors to Kennesaw have reported sightings of phantom cannon smoke and men in battle uniforms. Go just before dusk to have the best chance at a haunted encounter.
Where to eat in Marietta
- Two Birds Taphouse ($$)—Two Birds Taphouse is a local favorite. For a real treat, try the voodoo fried green tomatoes.
What to do in Dalton
- Wink Theatre —Visit this historic theater, where a construction worker who died on the job is said to haunt the building.
- Dalton Ghost Tours —Sign up for a tour to get an expert’s perspective on the area.
Where to eat in Dalton
- Cyra’s ($$)—Cyra’s prides itself on using high-quality ingredients with nothing artificial for their robust menu. There are vegetarian and vegan options so everyone in your party will be covered.
- Oakwood Cafe ($)—For classic Southern fare, look no further than Oakwood Cafe.
What to do in Covington
- Covington Ghost Tours — We recommend Covington Ghost Tours because the guides are incredible storytellers (and there are no gimmicky costumes).
Where to eat in Covington
- Mystic Grill ($$)—Not only is Mystic Grill’s food great, you can fangirl with the staff about The Vampire Diaries while you’re there.
What to do in Milledgeville
- Ghosts of Milledgeville Walking Tour —Learn about the spooky sights of downtown through these excellent tours.
- Haunted Cemetery Tour —If you’re visiting in October, you can take a haunted cemetery tour in which you might meet one of the town’s former residents.
Where to eat in Milledgeville
- Taste and See —If you’re travelling with vegetarians, this is the spot for vegan burgers.
- Bollywood Tacos —Bollywood Tacos features a wide array of tacos from which to choose. If you’re wanting some local flair try the peach country featuring homemade peach salsa.
What to do in Macon
- Hay House —This building is one of the 13 most beautiful haunted destinations in the world , according to Architectural Digest. It’s also home to swinging chandeliers, creepy noises, and a ghostly elderly woman in Civil War garb.
- Riverside Cemetery and Rose Hill Cemetery Macon’s cemeteries are perfect for a fresh-air stroll.
Where to eat in Macon
- Dovetail ($$$)—Dovetail features fancy, southern-inspired fare, including a delicious honey bourbon-glazed salmon.
- H&H Soul Food ($)—For something more casual, head to H&H Soul Food for traditional favorites like biscuits and waffles.
What to do in Montrose
- Haunted Montrose — This haunted attraction has a creepy old house, a cornfield, and a cemetery.
Where to stay in Americus
- Windsor Hotel —A 100-room Victorian-era building, this hotel has hosted gangsters and presidents alike. The most famous ghosts are a little girl who was supposedly pushed down an elevator shaft and a longtime doorman (the in-house pub is named after him).
Where to eat in Americus
- Floyd’s —The Windsor’s in-house pub is a great place to soak up the bad vibes and good food.
- Rosemary & Thyme —The restaurant at the Windsor features a more elevated dining experience.
Where to stay in Savannah
- Marshall House Hotel —If you book a room here, stay alert for a ghostly Civil War soldier holding his severed arm and begging you for help reattaching it.
- Kehoe House —The Kehoe House used to be a funeral home before it became an inn, so you're sure to see some spirits lingering.
What to do in Savannah
- Olde Pink House —Today it’s a fancy restaurant but it still hosts the ghost of the original owner and a few crotchety war veterans.
- Old Candler Hospital —Head to the morgue tunnels at the Old Candler Hospital. It was here that people who died from yellow fever were transported out of the hospital.
- Pirates’ House —Pirate ghosts! Dating back to 1753, this is the oldest standing building in Georgia. Criminals, sailors, and pirate captains used tunnels to smuggle liquor, kidnap people, and store their booty.
Where to eat in Savannah
- Moon River Brewing ($$)—Eat here and see if you can hear the resident spirit "Toby" whispering in your ear.
What to do in St Simons Island
- Lighthouse Trolleys —Go on a tour with Lighthouse Trolleys, which offers extended tours for paranormal fans.
Where to eat in St Simons Island
- Georgia Sea Grill ($$$)—This seaside restaurant has great views and fresh seafood.
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11 Haunted Places In Georgia That Will Creep You Out
July 9, 2021 // by Follow Me Away
So you’re looking for some haunted places in Georgia? Well, look no further, we have got you covered! The Peach State may be known for its southern charm and for it’s cute small towns , but there are no ends of ghost stories in Georgia that are sure to give you the creeps!
Georgia may be known for its stunning natural scenery, but we can’t ignore the dark past that Georgia has. It was the headquarters of the Confederate Army and the place where many bloody battles took place such as the burning of Atlanta. For a state with such a tumultuous past, it comes as no surprise that it is said that many spirits still haunt it.
The Olde Pink House, Savannah
With it’s gorgeous pink exterior, you wouldn’t think that The Olde Pink House would actually be one of the most haunted places in Georgia! You definitely should not be deceived by appearances when it comes to haunted places.
The old colonial mansion is located in Savannah’s Historic District, one of the most beautiful places in Georgia in our opinion! It’s a very popular restaurant that is known for it’s great food, but it has also made a name for itself in the paranormal world, as it is believed to be haunted by its original owner, James Habersham Jr. who completed the build of it in 1789, who would die only ten years later due to suspicious circumstances.
There’s a lot of question marks around his death. Whilst his death certificate simply states his cause of death was ‘declining health’, many believe it was actually a cover up for a suicide in the basement after he discovered his wife was cheating on him. However, there is no historical evidence to back up this theory.
Mr Habersham Jr. was known for his typical souther hospitality, and this trait is said to have followed him into the afterlife. He has often been seen in Colonial clothing in the tavern, drinking ale and people watching. When the place became a restaurant, its said that he would straighten tables and put chairs back into their place. He is also thought to be the one lighting the candles on the tables, as employees have said that they would leave the restaurant area for a second, only to return seconds later to see that all of the candles on the tables have been lit, even when there is nobody else there at the time.
If you’re hoping to get a glimpse of the ghost of James Habersham Jr. it is best to visit during the months of October and March as he likes to avoid the Savannah summer heat – who would’ve thought!?
There are several other spirits known to haunt The Olde Pink house, including a crying woman on the second floor, a friendly war veteran, former house servants, and, sadly, ghosts of children who are thought to be slaves have often been sighted playing in the tavern, which used to be the basement.
Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta
It probably comes as no surprise that a cemetery has become known as one of the most haunted places in Georgia.
Situated in Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery was constructed in 1850. As well as being the final resting place of celebrities such as Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones, there are also almost 3000 confederate soldiers buried at this cemetery. Spanning across 40 acres, there are around 70,000 people total buried here.
Apparitions are known to appear at night, walking up and down the graves. Some even in Confederate Army Uniform. But the most well known supernatural occurance here has become known as ‘the roll call of the dead’. This happens at night where disembodied voices calling names in a military-like fashion are heard, sometimes you can also hear the responses!
This haunted place in Georgia definitely isn’t for the faint of heart!
The Ellis Hotel, Atlanta
The Ellis Hotel was originally opened as the Winecoff Hotel in 1913 and has since become known as one of the most haunted hotels in Georgia. At the time, the 15 story building towered over all of the other hotels and was built out of brick and stone and was dubbed ‘fireproof’. Sadly, this would not be the case as a fire that started on the third floor in 1946 would tragically take the lives of 119 people. Many believed the number would not be this high if the building had sprinklers and fire exits. It became known as the ‘Titanic of Hotel Fires’.
Today, many of the staff of The Ellis Hotel have reported huge amounts of strange and paranormal activity. The elevator is known to have a mind of its own and take guests to the wrong floors even though there is no mechanical explanation for this. There have been cases of footsteps, objects moving, disembodied screams and voices, and there have even been cases of guests seeing reflections of people screaming in the windows.
What is perhaps the most disturbing though, is that the smoke alarm will mysteriously go off by itself in unoccupied rooms at 2:48 am, the exact time the fire started!
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Old Candler Hospital, Savannah
The Old Candler Hospital was the first opened in 1804 and was the first hospital to open in Savannah and the second oldest hospital to be continuously operating in the nation. Over the years, it has become known as one of the most haunted places in Georgia, a true paranormal hotspot.
The hospital is now in ruins, but it saw Georgia through one of the worst epidemics that America has ever seen; the Yellow Fever epidemic. There were so many deaths that morgue tunnels had to be built to transport the dead bodies underground. They would be left there during the day and transported at night to be buried at Forsyth Park. This tunnel is thought to be one of the most haunted parts of the hospital, with many people hearing voices, footsteps, and some people have also been touched.
Another paranormal tale is that of the Candler Oak Tree, which has become known as ‘The Hanging Tree’. It’s a 330-year-old tree and has many stories of people seeing ghostly bodies hanging from the tree at night.
You can book a ghost tour to see Old Candler Hospital – you can check out our blog post for all of the options!
Hay House, Macon
This 1800-square-foot colonial mansion was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1947 and is one of the best examples of colonial houses in the state. It also made a name for itself for being one of the most haunted places in Georgia too!
Hay House has only ever housed two families in its entire existence, which is certainly an accomplishment considered the house was finally built in 1859. Today, the house is open to the public for tours, they even do ghost tours on the first friday of every month.
It’s said that the third floor is the most active place in the house. A lot goes on in this house! Many guests and caretakers have reported seeing an apparition of an elderly woman in the hallways and hearing really strange sounds throughout the house. The sounds cannot be determined where they came from. Chandeliers have also been known to swing violently on the ceiling, doors open and close on their own, and lights often appear they have a mind of their own… Hay House certainly seems to live up to its name as one of the most haunted places in Georgia!
The 17Hundred90 Inn & Tavern, Savannah
This charming inn is located on East President Street and is actually the oldest hotel in Savannah. For that reason, it is incredibly popular amongst tourists, history buffs, and paranormal experts alike.
The ghost that is thought to haunt the 17Hundred90 is one of the most well-known ghosts in Georgia, Anne Powell. Anne was a young girl who fell to her death in room 204. Although there are many different accounts of her death, a couple of things remain the same; that she was 17 and pregnant. Some say from a sailor, some say a lost love, but Anne is known to be an active presence in room 204 and the top floor of the inn.
Many, many guests have had different run-ins with Anne over the years, and it has become abundantly clear that she likes to mess with those who stay in the inn. Guests have reported having their stuff moved from the room, only for it to be found outside in the courtyard, people have heard voices and crying, and have even woken up to a ghostly apparition appearing over them, only for her to jump out the window – seriously creepy!
If you’re brave enough to stay in room 204, be prepared to sign a waiver as some guests haven’t even made it through the night as they felt their bedsheets being tugged!
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Heritage Hall, Madison
Heritage Hall has become a popular destination amongst ghost hunters as it is known as being one of the most haunted places in Georgia.
The Greek Revival home was built in 1811 and is located in downtown Madison. It has been open to the public daily since 1977 and remains one of Madison’s most visited attractions. And who can blame them? The building is absolutely beautiful, even with a pretty creepy reputation!
It is thought that the ghost who haunts Heritage Hall is that of Virginia Nisbet, a woman who died in the master bedroom in 1851 while giving birth.
The master bedroom has subsequently become known as ‘The Ghost Room’ and there is so much activity that goes on in it that many people have refused to enter it! Guests have heard a female voice speaking to them only to find nobody there, there have been reports of people seeing an apparition of a woman lying on the bed, and sounds of a baby crying. It’s as heartbreaking as it is scary!
The Marshall House Hotel
With this Hotel’s history, it comes as no surprise that The Marshall House Hotel has become known as a haunted hotel in Georgia.
Mary Marshall built the house in 1851 with the intention of it becoming a hotel. It would later be used during the civil war as a temporary hospital, and then again during the yellow fever epidemic. As you can imagine, a lot of residual energy remains and a lot of death was seen in these walls. Human remains were even found in the 1990s during renovations, and the place became a crime scene, but it was later believed that these bones were from the amputated limbs of civil war soldiers.
There have been countless reports of paranormal activity at The Marshall House Hotel, particularly on the second and fourth floors. Faucets have been known to turn on and off by themselves, disembodied voices echo through the halls, loud, crashing noises in the middle of the night, and doorknobs that look like they are trying to be opened from the outside – no thanks!
Many guests have also reported smelling the same foul smell on different floors; the smell of rotting flesh. There have been many sleepless nights at this hotel, with female guests reporting being touched inappropriately on their thighs and the sound of bouncing balls and marbles coming from the hallways waking them in the middle of the night.
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Moon River Brewing Company
The Moon River Brewing Company is one of the nicest restaurants in Savannah , especially if you are looking to dine in one of the most haunted places in Georgia!
Popular TV shows Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures have both shot at this location, which gives you a little bit of an insight to just know well-known this microbrewery is to be haunted.
Once upon a time, the Moon River Brewery was one a hotel built in 1821 by Elazer Early, but has since become a place with a tragic and violent past.
The building was used as a hospital many names, most notably during the yellow fever epidemic. Tragically, many people, mostly children, died on the upper floors of the outbreak.
The building has also seen a lot of violence. In 1832, Dr Phillip Minus shot James Stark inside the hotel. Stark was a known drunk and a trouble maker in life, and it is said he is still stuck in his old ways during death, too.
There are many different hauntings going on at the Moon River Brewing Company, so much so that it has become known as one of the most haunted places in the entire US! Perhaps the most well known ghost has become known as ‘Toby’ who resides in the basement. The basement is considered the most active floor on the house, and Toby is known to get physical. Staff have felt someone brush up against them when nobody is there, and Toby is also known to push people! Sudden cold spots are also super common down there, too.
The second floor of the Brewery is where James Stark was shot, and it believed that he is the one responsible for throwing bottles of liquor and the grabbing, pushing, and shoving of guests.
The third and the top floor of the Moon River Brewing Company is where it gets creepy, and where the building’s ‘most haunted place in Savannah’ title comes from. On the third floor, a woman in white who has been called Mrs. Johnson has appeared as a full bodied apparition many times. This was also the floor where many yellow fever patients died, so children talking and playing is heard quite often. There has also been accounts of people being shoved really hard down the stairs, too.
Interestingly, the top floor is the staff’s least favourite floor to be on, even though it has the least activity. The atmosphere is said to be really sad and heavy, and the quietness compared to the other floors is unsettling.
St. Simons Lighthouse
There is something a little eerie about light houses, isn’t there? Especially ones with as dark of a history as St. Simon’s.
The lighthouse was constructed on St. Simons Island in 1872 to replace the one destroyed in the Civil War. 8 years later in 1880, Frederick Osborne was the lighthouse keeper with his assistant. Both Osborne and his assistant lived in the Lighthouse, and problems began when Osborne spoke “in an inappropriate manner” to the wife of the assistant.
The assistant ended up shooting Osborne and he died of his wounds. Even though the assistant was arrest, he was later acquitted of the murder.
Since then, there have been many reports of a ghostly figure walking the walls of the lighthouse. Many believe it is Osborne carrying out his nightly routine of inspecting the lighthouse. There has even been occasions where mechanical problems have seemingly fixed themselves!
Sorrel Weed House
If you know anything about Savannah, you probably know about the Sorrel Weed House. It is notorious for being one of the most haunted places in Georgia due its civil war past.
The house was built between 1835 and 1840 for Francis Sorrel, who would sadly see a lot of tragedy. Just five years after marrying his first wife, Lucinda, she would die. He then married her sister, Matilda, who would unfortunately go insane and also die. It is believed that she threw herself off the balcony.
Furthermore, the house is built on the grounds where The Siege of Savannah took place, which was one of the bloodiest hours in the American Revolution. So it is fair to say that this House has seen a lot of death.
Today, the Sorrel Weed House is a historic landmark and a museum, and it is also said to be extremely haunted. Many people have reported seeing a woman dressed in black walking around the site, and it is thought that it is Matilda, Francis’ second wife looking for a companion to spend eternity with – yikes!
And that concludes our list of some of the most haunted places in Georgia! We hope that you are seriously spooked and plan on stopping by some of the creepiest places that Georgia has to offer on your next trip!