Yes yes yes – I know. We just got back from Costa Rica, so where’s all the fun stuff about that!? Well, in short, it’s coming. I’m working on putting together a video and post about our adventure day briefly touched on in our 2014 recap. In the meantime – we’ve got lots of stuff to tell you about. Don’t worry, we’ll get to it all in due time.
Anyhow we’ve posted a couple of times about our Thanksgiving in the south. Kim also spoke about our enjoyment of ghost tours. Well, we were visiting Charleston and Savannah, both historical southern US cities, so we decided to check out a few of these tours to soak in some of the more unique and macabre history of the cities. We had a great walking tour of Charleston by night, which we’ll touch on in another post; however, Savannah proved to be more… shall we say… interesting?
After an extremely… lackluster first ghost tour in Savannah (again, more on this one later), we decided to book another ghost tour with a different company. After all, we can’t just leave disappointed! Thankfully, Historic Savannah Carriage Tours had just the thing – we booked one of their ghost tours leaving from their stand near the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The hotel is centrally located so that you can grab some dinner at one of a number of local eateries before walking over to catch your wagon.
We lucked out as we were the only couple in our carriage, making for a nice, intimate experience. We walked up to the stand and met our very friendly guide, Kristen, who introduced us to our trusty steed, Batman. With Batman at the fore of our carriage, she also let us know that we were therefore riding in the Batmobile. Well done – you had this nerd hooked from the word go.
Kristen set us on our way, Batman gently clopping along as we made our way through the cool Savannah streets. A movie was being filmed right downtown and we quickly learned that our universe’s Batman was a bit of an edgy tough guy. Every large piece of equipment that we passed (including a random, late evening UPS truck) irritated Batman, leading him to stamp his feet and snort heavily, letting these mechanical beasts know who is really in charge. Kristen spoke to him calmly as he made his empty threats, keeping Batman from acting out his anger over his dead parents… or something like that.
As we escaped the busier streets and made our way out to Savannah’s famous city squares, the ghost stories and history began. We really enjoyed being regaled with stories of the infamous dueling grounds (conveniently located next to the graveyard), haunted inns, restaurants and even a CVS (allegedly, it’s one of the only CVSs in the country with special permission to close up at night due to it’s malicious activity). Kristen was friendly and informative, telling us these tales as she would tell a friend she was showing around town.
One of my favorite, dark stories that Kristen shared was that of the Foley House Inn. Apparently, while renovations were being done in the 1980s, some of the crew tore down a wall in the house to discover a body stuffed inside. After an examination, it was believed that the body was the victim of a murder. The story goes that the house was owned by the widowed Ms. Foley.
Ms. Foley was running the house as a boarding house. One of the boarders was a young carpenter/handy man – whether the two were romantically involved or not is up for debate. Well, another boarder supposedly had been making some unrequited advances on Ms. Foley. After being turned down so many times, he’d had enough. This John Doe made his way into Ms. Foley’s room in the middle of the night. Frightened, Ms. Foley grabbed the candlestick beside her bed and swung, striking the man on the head with all her strength. The John would die from this head wound.
In a panic, Ms. Foley asked her carpenter friend to help her deal with the body. The solution they had was apparently to stuff it in the wall. Allegedly, guests to the inn still hear strange noises from inside the walls. Without a trip to the historical society, it’s hard to tell how much of this is accurate, but it certainly was just the kind of spooky tale I wanted to hear on such a tour.
In short, Kristen, Batman and the rest of the nice folks at Historic Savannah Carriage Tours really redeemed ghost tours in Savannah for us. Our tour in the Batmobile was the right blend of history and spooky tales. If we ever find our way back to Savannah, you bet we’ll be trying to book another ride on the Batmobile!
Hyatt Regency HotelHyatt Regency Savannah 2 W. Bay Street Savannah, Georgia, USA, 31401
Foley House InnFoley House Inn 14 West Hull Street Savannah, GA 31401