In Savannah, we have five famous Savannah spirits that wander our historic halls and scenic streets. Get to know the eerie tales firsthand from the famous ghosts that make Georgia’s First City one of America’s most haunted.
1. Toby at Moon River Brewing Co.
It’s no secret that Moon River Brewing Co. has its fair share of ghostly happenings. The brewery’s sinister reputation can be traced back to one mischievous ghost. Toby, named by staff, likes to hang in the billiard room with customers. He has been known to shove them and knock their drinks down when they get in his way.
Although he hasn’t been linked back to a specific historic figure, he’s made enough of an impact beyond the grave. They’ve created a beer called “Apparition Ale” dedicated to Toby and the mysterious incidents in the building.
2. Broken-Hearted Anna
Said to be one of Savannah’s oldest inns, 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant, is home to the ghost of Anna Powers. Anna lived there in the late 18th century. At that time, the inn was a house her father owned and rented out to sailors passing through. One of those sailors caught the eye and heart of Anna. The two fell in love fast, but their love affair quickly turned into lover’s quarrels.
After one nasty fight, Anna, in distress, jumped out of the second-floor window to her death. Her broken heart still haunts the building, particularly couples who stay in room 204, her old bedroom. Anna’s spirit makes her presence known by switching the lights and fireplace on and off and locking and unlocking doors.
3. Maître D’ James Habersham Jr.
Most of Savannah’s ghosts were sticklers for order and tidiness, and James Habersham Jr. is one such spirit. James spent nearly two decades constructing The Olde Pink House to perfection. Sadly, he ended his life after only 10 years of living in it. Said to have died to be with his wife, who had passed two years before him, James’ soul still walks the halls of the house.
Now a restaurant on the haunted Reynolds Square, The Olde Pink House is always in pristine condition due to James’ role as Maître D’. Staff and guests have spotted his apparition straightening tablecloths and utensils and pushing in chairs that have been left out. Even in ghost-form, James takes great pride in his house, and all who visit it.
4. The Davenport Feline
The Isaiah Davenport House is a popular stop when visiting Savannah, and it was just as popular when it was first built. The house has hosted up to 11 different families. And while their ghosts may still reside in their old rooms, the most famous spirits strolls on four legs.
The Davenport cat is an orange and white tabby. This famous feline dashes between the different rooms in the house. The Davenport cat is particularly fond of the younger visitors. You can take home a plush toy of the Davenport feline, sold in the gift shop.
5. Lady in Gray
The stunning Owens-Thomas House is one of the most beautiful historic houses in Savannah. The spirit of the Lady in Gray still lives in the house. The Lady in Gray refers to Margaret Thomas, who inherited the house from her grandfather, George Owens.
Margaret poured her love into the house and its tranquil gardens in the backyard. She makes her grand appearance in the twilight hours. She walks through the mansion and gardens in her iconic gray shawl and large hat. With a house like that, it’s no wonder why her soul doesn’t want to leave.