Learn About Savannah's Sordid Past on the Uncensored Zombie Tour #VisitSavannah

Uncensored Zombie Tour Savannah

I love, love, love going on ghost tours. I am truly fascinated by the paranormal and I am genuinely interested in learning about history, which makes going on ghost tours so much fun for me because they combine a little bit of both. While my husband, Christian, and I were in Savannah recently I dragged him on we had the chance to go on a few ghost tours. There are over 35 different ghost tours offered in Savannah and one of the ones we chose was the Uncensored Zombie Tour by Blue Orb Tours. The Uncensored Zombie Tour is a late night (10 pm), all adult tour which leaves from Chippewa Square next to the Oglethorpe Monument.

**Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to take this tour in exchange for this article about our experience. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Adam was our tour guide for the night and he was a very entertaining and engaging storyteller! He was very well spoken, provided many historical details and had great images on his iPad to show us of some great photos and videos captured by people on the tour in the past. We had a fairly large group, but Adam did a great job making sure that we all could hear him & made sure that we all had a chance to see the pictures & videos on his iPad that went along with the tour. We left Chippewa Square right on time and when the tour first started he said he was doing the tour backwards (just for tonight) to avoid all of the other tours out that night, but I suspect each night is actually the same.

What I loved about this tour is that it was less gimmicky. Adam, was just a regular guy giving a tour. A few tours that Chris and I encountered in Savannah had guides dressed up in costumes and come on, that’s pretty corny, right? The haunted Savannah stories on this tour are edgy, uncensored and focus on both the Colonial and Conjurers viewpoints of ghosts, spirits and the afterlife.

They have over eight hours of material for this particular tour, so stops vary. On our tour, we stopped at the Sorrel-Weed house, Dr. Corson’s house, the Mercer House, the Espy house, 432 Abercorn, and Colonial Cemetery. Although I don’t think that anyone on our tour saw anything supernatural, 432 Abercorn really creeped me out. Adam told us that Calhoun Square (which is located right in front of the house) is actually an unmarked mass grave for slaves that were buried there without coffins. More about that later.

You do not go inside any buildings, just walk to the ones that have had the most paranormal activity and hear the real stories behind what happened in those homes. Don’t worry, you will have an opportunity to take photos at all of the stops.

Our First stop was the Sorrel-Weed House.

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Here’s the backstory:

The Sorrel-Weed House first belonged to wealthy shipping merchant Francis Sorrel. Although Francis was married to his first wife’s younger sister, the story goes that he fell in love with one of his slaves, Molly. Those two carried on until Sorrel’s wife, Matilda, discovered their affair. Devastated by her husband’s betrayal, Matilda leaped from a second story balcony and died in the courtyard below. Just a few days after Matilda’s death, servants discovered Molly hanging from a noose in the carriage house. These days, reportedly both Molly and Matilda haunt the Sorrel-Weed House.

Here are a few photos I took during the day:

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The very first ‘Ghost Hunters TAPS’ Halloween special and an episode of Ghost Adventures were both filmed in the house. Chris and I were both so impressed with the Sorrel-Weed House enough on this tour to go back and actually tour the house the following night. We didn’t experience anything paranormal while we were there, though.

Stop #2 was Dr. Corson’s House.

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It may just seem like an old brick townhouse on the corner of Jones and Bull streets, but it’s got some very interesting history. In the early 1900’s the house was home to Dr. Eugene Corson, the president of the Georgia Medical Society. He was definitely a man ahead of his time. He set up his own x-ray machine on the ground floor of the home and it was right in this house that the first x-ray photograph is believed to have been taken.

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Dr. Corson died in the 1940’s, killed slowly by his own radiation experiments. He took repeated x-rays of his own hands to the point where they had to be amputated. He died of cancer a year after his hands were removed and Some say he’s still at home in his lab.

The next stop was the Mercer Williams House.

The story began when two young boys snuck onto the roof of the house with slingshots to shoot pigeons. While they were up there, something came over one of the boys and he plunged off the roof head first. He fell directly onto the wrought-iron fence, breaking the tip off one of the spikes.

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Of course, if you saw the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, you’ll recognize this house right off the bat. The movie was based on the book of the same name. They tell the story of Jim Williams, a local antiques dealer in Savannah and how he was tried for four times for the murder of a local prostitute, and his lover, Danny Hansford, who was shot in the house.

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It’s a true story.

Next we stopped by the Espy House.

The house is located on the corner of Abercorn and East Wayne in downtown Savannah (next to Calhoun Square). During the time of Prohibition, it was the home of the Espy family. The head of the family was Carl Espy. He was a federal judge who made extra money bootlegging alcohol. He and his wife were fighting one night and accidentally killed their six year old granddaughter, who supposedly still haunts the property.

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Then in 1934, Wesley Espy, who is Carl’s son, had a “thing” with a local gangsters girlfriend. The Gangster didn’t like that all that much and he had Wesley kidnapped. Wesley was found on the porch of the house with his testicles cut off and placed in the breast pocket of his jacket. Carl apparently brought in a surgeon the save his son, but he died and word is that his ghost haunts the balcony of his room.

On to 432 Abercorn!

This was the most creepy part of the tour for me. And as if the house at 432 Abercorn wasn’t creeptastic enough, the adjacent square ranked just as high on the creep meter. It’s on the western corner of Calhoun Square just opposite of the Espy House where we had just come from.

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432 Abercorn is said to be the one of the most haunted houses in Savannah. Of course that is debatable, but 432 Abercorn is certainly the center of many different ghost stories and Savannah ghost tours. There were three or four tours there at the same time we were there. 432 Abercorn is also called hag house and over the years many black shadows have been seen and photographed on the property.

Today the house sits vacant. The same family has owned the house since the 70’s and still pays for maintenance and taxes on it. They refuse to sell it to anyone because of their traumatic experiences while living in the home.

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Adam seemed quite freaked out at this stop, explaining that he, himself, had experienced some weird phenomenon at this spot and wouldn’t step any closer than where he stood in Calhoun Square.

The tour ended near the back of the Colonial Park cemetery, where we heard some stories of some of the hauntings there. The thing is with the tour ending at the cemetery, which was on the edge of historic Savannah, it left Chris and I with an approximately 15 minute walk back to our hotel. To be honest, the city had really died down (no pun intended) by that time of night and neither of us really liked walking back alone at midnight on the empty streets of Savannah. Adam did offer to walk people back to where the tour started at Chippewa Square, but he was busy answering questions from other people on the tour and we didn’t want to wait (midnight is way past our bedtime and we were exhausted). I would have liked to have seen the tour actually end closer to a more populated area of the city, but that’s really my only complaint about the tour.

The Uncensored Zombie Tour is a walking tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. It costs $30 per person and if you can find parking on the street, meters are free after 5 pm.

But why is it called the zombie tour? Is it about zombies? Classic Western representation of zombies was made popular in 1929 by a book called The Magic Island by William Seabrook. However, the concept of the undead walking among us both spiritually and physically is originally a Voodoo concept and Blue Orb was zombie, before zombie was cool because of our strong commitment to researching the Conjuring communities in the low country. Savannah, Georgia is home to many large communities comprised of hoodoo and voodoo practitioners, also known as Conjurers. This tour focuses on the Conjurers view of ghosts, spirits and the undead as well as the Colonial viewpoints. So, when Blue Orb says zombie, we are referring to the spiritually undead-ghosts. We just use the Conjurers word for it.

Reservations are very highly recommended because this tour fills up fast. The Uncensored Zombie Tour is an 18 & older tour, which gives adults the opportunity to tour with other adults. It’s nice to have a chance to hear the material uncensored and have access to a late night option with alcohol available (they have an open container policy in Savannah), minus the bar scene. Blue Orb Tours runs a family friendly tour earlier in the night if you want to take your older kids/teens kids along.

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114 comments

  1. Mykidsguide

    That looked like a fun tour. My husband loves ghost hunting. I’m sure he would love to experience this.

  2. Pam

    I love ghost tours and ghost hunting. This one sounds nice because it is all adult.

  3. Amanda || Growing Up Madison

    I have never been on a zombie tour. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun!

  4. Amanda Ripsam

    I don’t think Bella would handle the scary places like Savannas well but oh the older kids and the hubby would have a fun time. Looks like you all had a great family outing minus the pinging of the fence oops. Boys will be boys I guess.

  5. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    Ok I’m never reading one of your ghost tour posts before bed again! ‘Yikes’ on the wrought iron fence incident and the unexplained feelings of the tour guide at Calhoun Square.

  6. Theresa

    I agree Ai! A little history is nice to learn along with the spooky stories!

  7. Ourfamilyworld

    All the houses look spooky at night. What scared me the most is the story of the Mercer Williams House.

  8. Annemarie LeBlanc

    This is not for me. I will surely freak out. I would rather leave those ghosts alone to mind their own business, but this is one tour I do not have any desire to sign up for. I mean, its just me. Maybe there are a whole lot more who would love to go ghost hunting.

  9. becca112971

    How fun. We love ghost tours thinking of taking one in St. Augustine again this halloween. Oh a side note you take great selfies any chance you can have a class on how you do it.

  10. milenabarrett

    This is totally up my alley! I would love to take this tour!

  11. kristimaloney

    I love the story about Molly and Matilda! Creepy! I would love the chance to take more ghost tours like this one.

  12. Alissa Apel

    I love the stories that go along with everything. It’s not like they just tour you around and say, “There’s a ghost there.” They actually tell you real stories. I love the wrought iron fence one. That’s cool you got a shot of the tip being off!

  13. Jennifer

    That looks like so much fun! I’m obsessed with zombies, so I’d love to do this.

  14. Rachel Mouton

    Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun. We live near New Orleans and they have similar tours, but I am too scared to go LOL

  15. Rorybore

    this would be so cool!! I love hearing about the history of these old homes too, so combining it with a bit of the spooky would be really fun and interesting. I remember going to the so called haunted house in my neighborhood where I grew up. And I don’t know — some things just cannot be explained, but that house had bad vibes. I think my body was in constant state of goosebumps whenever I was there.

  16. littlemisscant

    How deliciously creepy!!
    I find stories like those fun..I don’t necessarily believe them to be true but it’s sure fun!

  17. Melissa Pezza

    How fun is that?! I’d love to do this. Ghost tours are my favorite!

  18. Jamie H

    We went on a ghost tour when we were in Florida and had a ton of fun. This tour looks awesome too! I’m always creeped out for days after a tour like this!

  19. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    I love that it is less gimmicky. The gimmick vibe is why I never go to these.

  20. lisa

    What an awesome tour! I love all of these kinds of things. Halloween is my favorite holiday and this tour would be perfect for that.

  21. Jeanette

    I freak out way too easy to do this tour, but I have a friend that lives there, I wonder if she has been on this tour, she would love it!

  22. Kristi

    Sounds like it was a great tour… loved how described it as less gimmicky. We just did a tour recently and it was sooo cheesy and gimmicky, I gave a bad review online it was so bad.

  23. Daisy

    This would definitely scare me! I need to visit with my husband.

  24. Pam

    Sounds like a tour I would like. I will have to check it out next time I am in Savannah.

  25. Jessica Beal Harlow

    I think this would be an amazing “date night”! lol I love history and there is definitely an appeal for anything a little bit spooky! Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was an amazing book!

  26. The Traveling Gals

    I’ve never done a ghost tour before but Savannah is a really neat place if I ever go back I might have to do one.

  27. arv8

    I love going to ghost tours, Savannah is on my bucket list!! Thanks!

  28. Maria @ closetohome

    you are much braver than I, I would go to savanahh for the food b/f the zombies.

  29. Blogging Mummy

    I really really want to do one of these, however i would crap myself lol. My other half has been trying to get me to do a ghost walk for ages and i just can’t do it. Looks like you had a good time though.

  30. Liz Mays

    Wow, I had no idea there were so many houses with such tragic histories in that area. The tour sounds great!

  31. Christie

    This sounds like spooky fun for the Halloween season. I had no idea the Savannah area offered this

  32. Scarlet of Family Focus Blog

    I love Savannah. I have never been around Halloween but this looks like so much fun!

  33. Kelly Hutchinson

    I had no idea there were so many ghost tours in Savannah. We are not that far from there. We should check it out this Halloween.

  34. Liz Mays

    It definitely seems worth checking out. I’d like to bring my daughter along.

  35. sicorra

    I would have enjoyed that too. Sounds like a very fun adventure.

  36. Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom)

    We did a ghost tour in Cape May. So much fun!

  37. Leslie

    I would absolutely love to go on this tour! It would totally creep me out but I love history like this. Thanks for sharing since I can’t go!

  38. Tiffany Washko

    Looks like great fun! Makes me want to look into similar offerings in my own area. I love the historical scary aspect rather than gore and fun houses.

  39. Patty Leonard Woodland

    We went on a ghost tour when we were in Savannah. It was a lot of fun. It’s such a beautiful city – ghosts or not it’s great to walk around at night.

  40. livingoffloveandcoffee

    I love scary things and history about horror but I just get too scared to walk through them! My boyfriend would love to do this.

  41. Catherine S

    This looks like a lot of fun. I will keep this in mind the next time I visit Savannah.

  42. tara pittman

    I would love to go on this tour. I may not be able to sleep that night though.

  43. listen2mama

    Oh I have never gone on one but I have always wanted to and I have visited St. Augustine and Savannah, where they are offered, and just keep forgetting to take the tour!

  44. bloodcravephotography

    The spooky house sounds like fun. A perfect time of year for a little scare.

  45. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    Wow, I don’t do scary like at all, I become the biggest chicken. I actually hate everything bout Halloween except the cute little kids in their adorable costumes.

  46. meagan

    This tour would be awesome! This would be such a fun fall activity!

  47. Whitney Jordan

    I absolutely LOVE Savannah! My brother lived there for a few years when he was in PA school. It is such a fun place to visit with loads of history. I think it’s neat that the first ‘Ghost Hunters TAPS’ Halloween special and an episode of Ghost Adventures were both filmed in the Sorrel-Weed house!

  48. Vera Sweeney

    This would be such a fun date night!! What an amazing way to explore the city’s history and streets at the same time.

  49. Jeanine

    You always do the most fun things. I love love love this. I would do this for a date night. Even though I’m a scardy I think this would be such fun. My husband would love it too!

  50. Carlee C

    I would love to take a tour like this. I have always wanted to do it and I think for what is included, the price is great.

  51. Aimee

    I have a friend who is a huge zombie fan. I will have to show her this, so fun!

  52. Pam

    That looks like so much fun. Especially this time of year. We use to take those type of tours with our sons when they were in middle school and high school. I am wondering if I could get my husband to go on a few this year. Would love to take the ones in Savannah.

  53. Stacie

    I would love to check out these places. This would be perfect for Halloween.

  54. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}

    Ooohhh so creepy and fun! I’m a big scaredy cat. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of Waverly Hills Hospital (Sanatorium). We live near that and I’ve never been! My sister always tries to talk me into going and doing the overnight tour. NOOOO WAYYYY!!!

  55. Sarah Bailey

    This sounds amazing – I would dearly love to go on ghost tours sadly my legs aren’t up to it these days. x

  56. Amy Desrosiers

    Wow, thank you so much for all this background info! You has me hooked–I also had no idea there was a history behind the term zombie there different than say, The Walking Dead.

  57. Jennifer Van Huss

    You are much braver then me! Although I don’t mind a good ghost story or two, my just too scared to go on an actual ghost tour!

  58. shaunatorres

    I want to go on this… like right now. I think I would plan a trip to Savannah just for this tour. It sounds so cool…

  59. Ashley @irishred02

    I toured a haunted campus before, it was fun

  60. Valerie

    I’m not sure I am brave enough to go on a tour likes this. It sounds kind of fun though!

  61. Nicole B

    You are braver than I am! I have heard that Savannah is the most haunted city in the US. I love all the old historic places and stories.

  62. Stace Werner

    We have something similar to this in Philly. I’ve never gotten up the gumption to go to it. I’m such a scaredy cat!

  63. Stephanie @CopyKat.com

    This sounds like a great tour. I would love to go when I am in the area.

  64. April G

    I may be making my way up north this winter and I would love to check this out. I love all things scary and I think I’d have a blast.

  65. Danielle

    I have been wanting to do a tour like this for some time now. I always watch paranormal shows on TV and it’s all very interesting to me, although a little scary too, haha. I may be doing one in Key West soon.

  66. Felicia

    We don’t have anything like that here. I know that I would be super scared!

  67. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    I bet that was a lot of fun! I am not sure if I would be able to do it myself.

  68. Carol Bryant

    I am a true Halloween fan and would love to do something like this – with a group because I’d be screaming like a loon LOL

  69. casavilorainteriors

    I am too much of a scaredy cat to take this tour. I guess I could do it with a group

  70. Tammi Roy

    I have always wanted to go on a ghost walk. This would be a great way to spend the evening. I will have to see if we have any Zombie tours near us.

  71. Dee Mauser

    Oh how cool. I too am interested in the paranormal. I think my interest began more so because we have things going on in our own home which at times can be a bit creepy.

  72. Paula Schuck

    This would be so exciting. I would love to go on a Zombie tour. My kids would love it as well.

  73. Ann Bacciaglia

    My kids would think this was amazing. I will have ti share this with them. I am a big chicken.

  74. Jennifer S. Mitchell

    Wow, I am getting goosebumps just reading these stories! I would definitely be creeped out even if I didn’t see anything supernatural.

  75. Ricci

    I love these kinds of tours!! I would love to go to Savannah one day and go on a ghost tour!!

  76. toxict15

    I need to see if they have anything like this in denver. Looks like a complete blast!

  77. Tonya {The Traveling Praters}

    I’m not much for scary tours, but I do love to hear the history behind the haunts.. I remember seeing the Sorel House when I was in Savannah, but had no idea of the backstory.

  78. Julie (xfallenmoon)

    I get scared easily, not sure if I would have liked it. Lol.

  79. miss (@thedealmatch)

    Looks like a great place to visit during Halloween month! I don’t think we have anything like this place in San Diego.

  80. Elizabeth O.

    You guys get to tour at night? How exciting! I barely know of any tours like this and it would be a delight to join one.

  81. The L's Mum

    These ghost tours look like so much fun. I love things like this but I am also easily scared. Looks like the perfect place to visit for some halloween fun.

  82. Onica (MommyFactor)

    How cool your tour guy took time to make sure everyone was ok and enjoying the tour. That’s just as important as the tour itself.

  83. Rosey

    Some places just do have a certain creep vibe to them. And whoa to the fella who liked the gangsta’s gal. Poor guy.

  84. Chubskulit Rose

    I am a scardy cat so I’d be scared to go in there, lol. Looks like fun though.

  85. Nikki

    Those histories of these houses are creepy, but Im sure my hubby would love to visit in savannah.

  86. Allison

    What a fun thing to do as Halloween approaches! Did you have trouble sleeping afterwards?

  87. [email protected]

    We have a ghost tour in Kansas City that I would love to go on.

  88. Lynndee

    I am such a scaredy cat so I’ll never have the guts to do the tour. My boys would be excited to do that though. No doubt about that.

  89. thewomentalk

    I am always fascinated by the ghost stories but never had a chance to go on such tours. I am sure I ‘ll chicken out though! Thanks for sharing your ghostly experience!

  90. Kristin

    This looks way fun. What a cool tour. Awesome share.

  91. Eliza Ferree

    Looks like a very fun tour, especially around Halloween. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, just haven’t lived near any places that did it. Love that you shared not just pictures but the history. Thank you.

  92. Jasmine Espinal

    SO cool!! I wish they had stuff like this down where I live! I love creepy stuff like that

  93. just1mommysopinion

    I’m so bad with scary things! There’s just no way I could do something like this, lol.

  94. upliftingfam

    This tour sounds cool. I have read some creepy books about old houses like this. I would enjoy this tour but not sure I could walk that far.

  95. Shannon P

    I am a total fan of ghost tours! I wish we had them locally!

  96. Ms. Katrina

    A good tour guide makes all of the difference. Maybe I can find something like that to do on Halloween.

  97. Travel Blogger

    I’ve heard about Savannah’s sordid past before but never with so much detail! This is definitely a place we will be visiting soon, although I think I’ll wait until next Halloween!

  98. Amber C.

    Wow that looks so crazy! I used to love scary stuff but I think I’m too old for it now lol

  99. Lisa Bristol

    I would love to go on a tour like this. It would be fun if the tour guide was dressed up. I love to hear ghost stories.

  100. CourtneyLynne

    This sounds like it was pretty neat!!! When I was in savannah afew years ago I did a haunted bar crawl. Savannah really is a spooky place!

  101. CandyO

    What a cool tour! We still have so much touring to do in Savannah!

  102. socialite123l

    Wow .. I think the Sorrel house is the scariest by far .. Imagine a house being haunted by a Wife and Mistress .. it must be quite hostile

  103. Babita

    That looks like a very cool and scary experience. However, I don’t think I would be able to handle. I get spooked easily.

  104. toughcookiemommy

    I’m afraid of zombies so I’m not sure I would appreciate this tour. It looks so creepy and mysterious.

  105. Courtney

    This sounds so cool! Its neat that its real houses with real history rather than some kind of cheesy attraction.

  106. Tiffany @ Daily Leisure

    Oh my goodness, this looks so scary! Do things jump out at you?

  107. joychasing

    I don’t find being scared to be fun. I pretty much steer clear of anything haunted. Glad you enjoyed it though.

  108. Bonnie @wemake7

    How awesome! I would love to take tours like this with my hubby. I will have to see if they do something like that in our state.

  109. Shell Feis

    I’ve been watching a lot of Supernatural lately so this would be so much fun! Especially now with Halloween coming up.

  110. Krystal's Kitsch

    I can’t wait to go one day! I am loving all these spooky Savannah spots.

  111. Kristin

    I have been wanting to plan a Savannah trip for so long! We should put this on the list!

  112. jessicasimms

    I need to go on a tour like this with my kids, they have been itching for something as scary and informational like this.

  113. sacha

    I can never go to a haunted house or anything like it. I think I would just faint

  114. danii

    This looks like fun! Have always wanted to do something like this so will check out what we have in my town.

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