Haunted Savannah: The Marshall House Inn
One of the best ways to get a deeper understanding of the history of Savannah is to stay in one of its famous inns or B&Bs. Many are themselves historic sites, with owners who are more to happy to share a story or two with guests. And since Savannah is America’s most haunted city, don’t be surprised to hear one or two ghost stories as well. We’ll be writing a lot on this blog about haunted spots, starting off with The Marshall House. Why is this place believed to be haunted?
The Marshall House was originally opened in 1851 as the first hotel in Savannah, although it did not remain so. Three times it was turned into a hospital. During the Civil War from 1864-1865, the Union Army occupied the Marshall House using it as a hospital. Twice during the 19th century, it became a hospital to accommodate two yellow fever epidemics. After forty years of lying dormant, the Marshall House reopened as a hotel in 1999.
The staff is said to have a notebook containing many of the experiences of past visitors who have stayed. One such occasion involves the plumbing. For no apparent reason, the toilet began to overflow. The woman and her daughter hurriedly grabbed all the towels to soak up the water and called maintenance. Upon the arrival of maintenance, twovery flustered and bewildered people were found. Apparently, when the mother went back into the bathroom to see if the overflow had stopped, it not only had stopped but the towels and the floor were bone dry.
Or listen to this: Another person awoke with someone holding his wrist but no one was there. This same experience has been reported, in the past. It was like a nurse taking the pulse of a patient. There are many more ghost stories from The Marshall House at Ghostly Talk, which is also the source for the above information.
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November 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm