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How to Spend One Day in Savannah, Georgia

Updated: Apr 30

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A day is hardly long enough to spend exploring a new area, but sometimes a day is all you have. If you find yourself on an exhaustive road trip and need somewhere to stop, the quaint coastal city of Savannah, Georgia might fulfil your needs. For fans of history and the paranormal, it makes for a phenomenal vacation spot. Sure, you should come back for longer sometime, but for now, here's what you can squeeze in.

Eat at the Moon River Brewing Company

Moon River Brewing Company
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The Moon River Brewing Company has worn many hats in its time. First, it was a hotel, then a post office, and in the 1900s, a printing press and store. In 1999, it finally became a brewing company as it's known today. Along with a sizable selection of original and local beer, the menu is loaded with impressive cuisine. I recommend a burger and fries or the low country crab melt.

Like many places in Savannah, the brewery has a haunting reputation. Area ghost tours stop in the basement to see Toby, a spirit who's known to push staff. On the upper floor, there's the ghost of a woman who died in the building after being pushed down the stairs. The stairwell is visible when you dine in the restaurant, but those who wish to explore deeper can book an overnight paranormal investigation.

Walk Along the Historic District and Riverside

Savannah Cotton Exchange
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River Street offers one of the most beautiful views in Savannah. The historic district is lined with antique shops, restaurants, and old cotton warehouses. One of these warehouses has been transformed into the Cotton Sail Hotel, a space fitted with an awe-inspiring rooftop lounge. Scenic riverboat tours can help you cruise along the Savannah River, while 22 park squares will leave you fully immersed in nature.

Visit the Kehoe House

Kehoe House
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In 1892, Ireland businessman William Kehoe commissioned the Kehoe House for him and his family, including his wife Anne Flood and 10 children. Though it's said that two of the children died in the home, the news was later debunked. Still, house guests claim they hear the sounds of children playing. If nobody died in the home, it's unclear why it would be haunted, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to check for yourself.

Stroll Through the Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery
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A cemetery doesn't seem like a fun spot to chill, but its beauty and storied past make it worth a quick stroll. Almost 700 people died in 1820's Savannah due to Yellow Fever - a serious illness sometimes leading to sudden death. So many casualties led to mass-grave burials and the potential for some to be buried alive. Unfortunately, tons of the tombstones are vandalized, likely by Sherman's Union Army during the Civil War.

Marvel at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral in Savannah Georgia
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Steering away from the haunted stuff for just a moment, The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was built in 1873 - after the denomination was banned following the American Revolution. This Roman Catholic Church required reconstruction in 1898 after falling victim to a fire. A visit to the church may feel spiritual to the Catholic community, while others will appreciate the agriculture and beauty of the structure.

Tour the Old Sorrel-Weed House

Old Sorrel-Weed House
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Another haunted hot spot, the Old Sorrel-Weed House's story began with the owner, Francis Sorrel. According to history, Sorrel cheated on his wife Matilda with a slave named Molly, resulting in the suicide of both Matilda and Molly. From there, the details get a little murky. One tale states the suicides actually happened in a neighboring house, and another says that Molly never existed. A third theory says that Molly was actually a victim of murder. Though it's a bit confusing, the house remains a site of paranormal activity.

Enjoy the Beauty of Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park Fountain
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A walk through the 30 acres of Forsyth Park will have you marveling at Southern Live Oak trees and the gorgeous Forsyth Park Fountain, visible in movies such as "The Longest Yard" and "Forrest Gump." Each St. Patrick's Day, the fountain's water turns green to represent the Irish influence in Savannah. You'll also get a taste of history with a Confederate statue and a Spanish-American War memorial called The Hiker.

Where to Stay

Above, I recommended the abandoned Cotton Sail Hotel as well as the paranormally ridden Kehoe House. Another walkable option is the Hampton Inn, conveniently placed in the city's historic district.

I hope this list wasn't too overwhelming for a one-day stay, but if it was, that just gives you a reason to go back. That way you can learn more about the history - and the haunted places - Savannah is known for.

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