By Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
This year’s Savannah Book Festival (February 12-15, 2015) features acclaimed spooky stories author Anne Rice as one of it’s featured authors and if you’re coming to town for the event, here are five ways to enhance your trip with the city’s spooky surroundings:
1.) Take a ghost tour. Savannah is famed for their ghost tours and there are several tour groups that take people around the city either on foot or by trolley.
2.) Stay at a haunted hotel. Whether you’re booked at the Foley House Inn, a bed and breakfast where human skeletal remains discovered behind a wall have set off an otherworldly chain of events or The Marshall House which served as a Federal Hospital during Sherman’s March to the Sea, there’s a type of haunted lodging for everyone.
3.) Have a beer at a local pub. Considered one of Savannah’s most haunted attractions, Moon River Brewing Company on West Bay Street, the building was originally the City Hotel, built in 1821. Today they brew their own beer with a rotating, seasonal selection on tap.
4.) Walk through one of Savannah’s cemeteries. Though not all of Savannah’s cemeteries claim to be haunted, many are well worth a walk through. Colonial Park Cemetery on Abercorn Street has the spookiest reputation and is the final resting place of most of Savannah’s original inhabitants.
5.) See a house featured in a famous Savannah novel. The backdrop in the famous novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Mercer Williams House on Monterey Square was the site of the infamous murder, which resulted in in four murder trials in the 1980s. Today, the house is home to The Mercer Williams House Museum.