Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour, Savannah #VisitSavannah

Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour

The American Institute of Parapsychology has named Savannah “America’s Most Haunted City.” When night falls, the streets of Savannah most certainly take on a spooky ambiance, which makes it a great time to take a haunted tour like the Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour. They offer day time tours as well, but when the ghosts come out at night, Oglethorpe Tours will take you on a 90 minute tour of some of the Savannah’s most popular haunts.

*Disclosure: My husband and I received complimentary admission to the trolley tour in exchange for this post about our experience. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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Chris and I decided to take the Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour when we were in Savannah recently and loved hearing our guide, Debbie, entertain us with tales of ghosts and famed citizens–long dead–who may still be walking Savannah’s streets. She told us verifiable accounts of some of the murders, mysteries, and spirits of the area’s past.

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As we made our way through the historic district of Savannah, we loved being able to hear some of the stories of murders that took place in the various squares in Savannah. We also heard tragic tales about many of the hauntings in Savannah.

Telfair Academy
This museum was once a classical mansion completed in 1819 and is one of the oldest art museums in the South. It was home to the Telfair family until Mary Telfair, the last of the Telfair line, left the house and it’s belongings to the Georgia Historical Society in 1875. She still haunts it to this day.

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Owens-Thomas House
Now a house museum, the Owens-Thomas House was built in 1819, and according to several accounts, a ghostly figure of a man has been haunting the building since the upper floors were being used as apartments. Even now, the staff occasionally hears the sounds of footsteps, noises that they assume originate with straggling members of their tour group, only to find that there are nothing but empty rooms.

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Mercer Williams House
The Mercer House, now the Mercer-Williams House Museum, was the scene of the shooting death of Danny Hansford, a story that is retold in the 1994 John Berendt novel ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.’ Before his death, the house had already been the scene of two deaths: In 1913, the owner at the time tripped over the 2nd floor banister, fractured his hip, and suffered a concussion, dying three days later. In 1969, a boy who was trying to shoot pigeons with a slingshot from the roof fell over the edge and impaled himself on the iron fence below.

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The Pirates’ House
The Pirates’ House, constructed in 1794, was originally a bar and boarding house for sailors. Reportedly, the basement was used to shanghai “roofied” men through a secret tunnel which led to the Savannah River. These men were forced into pirate service against their wills.

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Davenport House
Built to be a private residence by Isaiah Davenport, the Davenport House is now a house museum and is home to several different ghost stories, including the most famous story surrounding a cat. While there is no cat living in the Davenport House, many visitors have reported seeing a cat run from room to room or sit in the window sill and watch the people walk by outside.

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The Old Orphanage (117 Houston St)
This building served as Savannah’s female orphanage. There were 17 girls residing there at the time it was burned to the ground. Eleven of the 17 girls died during the fire when the building’s roof collapsed. To this day, the people who live there claim they can hear the sound of girls singing and playing, especially up in the attic.

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We also drove past Savannah’s Old Candler Hospital, which is Georgia’s first hospital and the second oldest continuously operating hospital in the US, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which is the oldest Roman-Catholic church in Georgia and the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, home of the founder of the Girl Scouts. Sarah, Juliette’s grandmother, is said to still haunt the old mansion, which is now a house museum.

We also passed this house, which I was completely fascinated by. This is just someone’s house and they have all their windows installed upside-down. Apparently when you do this, it keeps evil spirits out. That was the first time I’d heard that, so I was intrigued.

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Christian and I did multiple ghost tours during our time in Savannah. We heard several stories more than once, but we heard a few different ones on this tour. We did another trolley tour that had us get off at two different stops, but this tour was done entirely from the trolley.

I also liked that they offer free hotel pick up and drop off. When we called to make a reservation, they told us what time to be waiting outside of our hotel for them to come and get us.

This tour costs $29 for adults and $18 for kids ages 5-11. Tours run nightly at 7:00 p.m. with additional 9:00 p.m. tours on Fridays & Saturdays. Reservations are required as the tour often sells out and is only offered on a limited basis.

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125 comments

  1. Mykidsguide

    Some of the buildings look really haunted. I bet they look scarier at night.

  2. Catherine S

    I agree some of them do look haunted. I will make sure I do this tour next time I am in Savannah.

  3. Theresa

    Oh why don’t you live closer to me? I need awesome friends like you to do stuff like this with! This sounds like such an exciting tour!

  4. crystal

    I feel the same way! I love this stuff!

  5. fancygrlnancy

    That looks like a very interesting tour. So much to learn.

  6. Alissa Apel

    I didn’t know they had/have haunted trolley tours. How fun! I’d love to go on one.

  7. Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    This looks like so much fun!! I want to visit Savannah so bad, it’s on my bucket list.. tried to get there when I was living in Florida, but never did find the time / money. Ugh! Great post, thanks for sharing! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  8. Liz Mays

    That’s a nice change of pace you didn’t have to walk for this tour. I imagine you could get to more places that way!

  9. Pam

    That’s what I love about trolley tours! You get to see more of the city than you would walking!

  10. ascendingbutterfly

    This sounds like a fun tour, I’m a big fan of the horror genre and all things spooky so the next time I find myself in Savannah this tour sounds like a must, I love the hotel pick up and drop off service, that is super convenient! I have actually heard of the Mercer Williams House before, but not many of the others!Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  11. Liz Mays

    I’m starting to think my daughter would want to come along. She’s a big horror movie fan!

  12. Annemarie LeBlanc

    It was an interesting tour, however, I don’t think I would be able to handle a haunted trolley tour. I feel sorry for the spirits that have not accepted their fate and I think I should just leave them to mind their own business. Scary!

  13. becca112971

    We love a good Ghost Tour. It’s our favorite thing to do in St. Augustine.

  14. Ourfamilyworld

    My husband and I love ghost tours as well. We hope to do this tour.

  15. Diana Villa

    I don’t like nothing scary but I have friend that like this spooky stuff. I will share with them

  16. Jennifer

    I’d love to go on a tour like this. I’ve never had the chance to take a haunted tour before!

  17. Kecia

    My husband and I had an anniversary trip to Savannah planned in 2012, but had to cancel due to an unexpected surgery for me. I LOVE all things paranormal/haunted, and would have loved to seen these houses up close and personal. Hopefully we can actually make it there soon!!

  18. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    My husband and I have got to take our kids on this tour. We don’t live very far from Savannah.

  19. {Erica}EverythingMomandBaby

    So fun!!! Daveport looks like it has some crazy energy there!
    I hope you “cleansed” (ie: white light around you etc) yourself so no spirits followed you home!

  20. tamaralikecamera

    One of my other blogging friends did something like this and it looked so cool. I’ve done haunted tours in New Orleans but I’ve only been to Savannah once, and it was morning. It was gorgeous, though.

  21. CandyO

    Oh man this gave me chills!! I’m a bit of a scaredy cat! LOL We had lunch at the Pirates House, I had no idea it was haunted!

  22. jmanandmillerbug

    This would be such a fun tour! I’d even be able to overlook the scary because of the amazing architecture! I sure wish I was closer and could check it out!

  23. Savannah miller

    This would be so much fun to take at night time! I never knew Savannah was considered one of the top haunted places!

  24. milkandcuddles

    What a fun tour, and just in time for Halloween! I’ll def be adding this to my must do list, next time I’m in Savannah!

  25. Catherine S

    This looks like a lot of fun. Whenever I travel I always try to fit in a ghost tour.

  26. lisa

    This sounds like a fun tour! I love ghost stories and all things haunted and scary so I would love to take a haunted trolley tour!

  27. dailycynema

    Awesome! Savannah is one of my favorite cities, although I’ve never done one of the ghost tours. Maybe I’ll check it out next time I’m there!

  28. Pam

    I have taken several trolley tours in Savannah, but I don’t think I have taken a haunted one. All of your Savannah posts have made me want to go back.

  29. arv8

    This tour looks amazing, Savannah is on my bucket list!!

  30. Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome)

    I am so impressed you are on all these haunted tours.

  31. Andi Reis

    I’ve done ghost tours before and one time I felt some pressure, but I’m usually disappointed at “thrills.” These are lovely homes, though, and I’d love to do a walking tour in the daytime.

  32. Jenna Wood

    I never knew there was such rich history in Savannah or so many great ghost tales! This is the sort of ride I’d love to do in October!

  33. CourtneyLynne

    Omg! This trolley tour sounds like it was a blast! I don’t know what it is about haunted things, but as much as they freak me out, I can’t get enough of them.

  34. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama

    Yeah, you’re in my home state! *waves!* I love how much history Savannah has. I could go every year and still learn something.

  35. Sarah Bailey

    Oh I love the sound of this, it sounds like you get to learn so much as well as spot those spooks! x

  36. Onica (MommyFactor)

    Those are some awesome looking homes and building. I would visit just to learn the history.

  37. Amy Desrosiers

    Checking out spooky places is right up my alley! I bet I would LOVE this tour so darn much!

  38. moesly15

    Sounds scary as heck and I’m not sure I could do it. I would die and turn into a ghost myself!

  39. Donna

    A trolley tour sounds like a great time! I probably would have been scared.

  40. Jessica Beal Harlow

    I think this would be an amazing day trip! I love history and the appeal of the spirit world is definitely something I’d like to check out. I’ve never heard of people installing their windows upside down to keep spirits out, but it kind of makes sense…and my superstitious side thinks there might be something to it. lol

  41. sicorra

    Those pictures look great. I love playing tourist and going on guided tours. You learn so much more having a guide talk you through the tour.

  42. listen2mama

    Oh I visited Savannah many years ago and liked it very much. Loving your photos and I wish I would’ve had the chance to go on one of those tours, they look like fun!

  43. tara pittman

    This would be a fun way to see the town. My mom loves old houses.

  44. Lisa Nolan

    Spooky fun, and picturesque! I want to take a trip to Savannah!

  45. Simply Stacie

    This looks like a fun trip. I love haunted houses.

  46. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I just love Savannah so much and can’t wait to go back to it. When we do I’m sure we’ll check out the haunted trolley tour, we’d all enjoy it I’m sure. Thanks for the heads up.

  47. Kelly Hutchinson

    What a cool idea! I would never have thought to take a trolley for the haunted house tour! Sounds fun!

  48. queenofthelandoftwigsnberries

    This looks like so much fun, yet terrifying for a scardey cat like me. We went on a tour like this in Charleston and it was a unique experience from what we are used to in Chicago.

  49. Amber Edwards

    I’m normally not up for anything “scary” but this sounds like a tour that would be so much fun! Just enough spook mixed with history to make it right up my alley! I really want to see The Pirates’ House!

  50. Scarlet of Family Focus Blog

    Savannah is such a pretty place to visit. I haven’t been at Halloween but I bet it is a lot of fun with all their ghost stories.

  51. meagan

    Oh my goodness, what a fun tour! My husband would totally love something like this.

  52. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself. Very interesting site seeing!

  53. maxandmylesstyle

    I absolutely love Savannah…it is so pretty! Sounds like an awesome tour. I wish I would have known about it when I visited Savannah a few years ago. I will definitely put it on my list of things to do next time I visit which will probably be around Thanksgiving this year.

  54. shaunatorres

    I could totally see Savannah being so haunted. It sounds like so much fun to me. I love haunted histories… thanks for sharing

  55. Elizabeth O.

    It would’ve been a lot scarier at night, but then I’m not sure if I can handle that much horror. Lol. It seems like a nice tour though! I’d love to experience it.

  56. Shelley Zurek

    Did any of your tours include the PINK House? When we where there some celebrities dropped in very late at night to do the ghost tour there.

  57. Rosey

    So many of the boarding houses have ‘history’ that sticks around, don’t they? This looks like an interesting tour!

  58. Kathy

    This would be an awesome experience. I love haunted places like this. This tour looks really neat! I’d love to take the tour if I’m ever in the area.

  59. lisa @bitesforbabies

    I love love love this!! I did a ghost tour in Edinburgh and it was so interesting!

  60. rebecca

    We took our family on this tour eight years ago, and your comment brought back some fun but creepy memories! Did you get off the bus to go into a home? I seem to remember that as part of the tour.

  61. Susan Pazera

    It looks so beautiful there! Have to put a trip to Savannah on my list and this looks like a great time of year and a fun way to tour the city!

  62. susannabarbee

    I so love haunted tours! This sounds like so much fun.

  63. Nancy L.

    Oooh…The tour sounds spooky indeed. How fun! I would love to do this the next time I am in Savannah. I really want to see the house with the upside down windows too! Very interesting superstition!

  64. socialite123l

    The Owens-Thomas House is beautiful. I like that the City was able to preserve these structures. The next time I’m in Georgia I should do something like this

  65. littlemisscant

    I am such a chicken…even looking at your photos gave me goosebump.
    Looks like you had a blast!

  66. casavilorainteriors

    What a cool tour! I love old buildings, but not when they are haunted. I would still like to have the experience just once of touring structures like these

  67. Autumn @ Mamachallenge

    That looks like a really fun and interesting tour! I am not sure if I would want to be around there at night though!

  68. @SensiblySara

    The Davenport House is BEAUTIFUL!! I bet that tour is really fun but I’d be totally freaked out!

  69. crystal

    What a fun and super creepy tour. I really like doing things like this, although I do get mildly freaked out. It sounds like I need to head to Savannah.

  70. Samantha Pierce

    This sounds like a really fun tour. I love learning about history, and the haunted factor makes this even more fun!

  71. Ashley

    What a fun tour!! That last house is beautiful.

  72. Pam

    I bet this was a ton of fun. Savannah sounds like a great city to visit, especially in the fall. I think a haunted trolley tour would be a highlight.

  73. Ann Bacciaglia

    The Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour looks amazing. I love to listen to ghost stories. That is a gorgeous house.

  74. Vera Sweeney

    What a fun tour!!! This would be such a fun date night to get in the Halloween spirit.

  75. Dogvills

    It really looks like fun. My husband would love to do something like this.

  76. Claudette Esterine

    Seems like an interesting tour and place to visit. Love your photos!

  77. tonyacoleman

    I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah! And…I just love Halloween. So fun! One more reason to visit.

  78. crystalandcomp

    I could POSSIBLY do this in the daylight. After dark, forget about it. My husband and boys would likely be up for it!

  79. Amanda

    This looks like a great Halloween season date night!

  80. Rose

    This looks fun! And creepy. Very very creepy. I’ve never been to Savannah, but something about the old Southern buildings just has a very eerie vibe!

  81. toxict15

    The pirates house intrigues me the most. I wonder how pirate life came to be and what a roofie was like back then lol

  82. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    This looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never been to Savannah but definitely want to visit.

  83. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    You’ve been going on a lot of haunted tours lately! Sounds like you’ve really been enjoying it!

  84. rika

    Thanks for sharing this awesome list! I would love to visit Davenport House. I am very obsessed with Ghost stories!

  85. Christie

    Lots of those houses do look creepy! It was nice that you could compare stories with ones you’ve heard too

  86. kristimaloney

    Love that house with the windows installed upside down. Sounds like a great trolley tour!

  87. thriftychicmom

    That looks like so much fun I have only done a brief day visit to Savannah. I did a carriage tour in New Orleans that felt like a haunted tour as every house had a ghost story and it was fun so this looks great.

  88. Jeanine

    Wow this looks like such fun! I’ve never been to Savannah but this looks like it would be fun and to learn a lot. I love your photos! I think the house that has upside down windows is beautiful!

  89. Jacqui Odell

    Sounds like a fun place. I would love to visit sometime. I haven’t been on trolley ride yet.

  90. kwhiz84

    I wish that I lived closer to Savannah. This would be so cool.

  91. amushro

    So much fun! I’d love to try a few haunted tours but I am pretty chicken! I might not make it!

  92. [email protected]

    I would love to go on a haunted tour. We have one in Kansas City that I ben curious to go on the tour.

  93. Karlyn Cruz

    Old buildings are interesting. I’d love to see them on person.

  94. Dogvills

    I agree. Especially mysterious buildings like these. This must really be a fun tour.

  95. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}

    Sounds like a fun tour. Old hospitals always seem to be the most ghoulish and scary places. We live near the Waverly Hills hospital – and it’s supposed to be “haunted”. Creepy!

  96. Ricci

    I’ve done a lot out tours but never a haunted trolley tour! How awesome!!

  97. Chubskulit Rose

    I have never been to any type of tour like this before. It muist be thrilling.

  98. lisamc7

    Okay the Owens-Thomas House would freak me out! Hearing noises but nothing but empty rooms. Yeah – I’m out! lol!

  99. mburbage

    Cool! Those are really cool looking houses! Love going on tours like this, spooky yet you just can’t not go! ha I would want to go through each house

  100. winifredjac

    I did this one years ago on my honeymoon actually. Savannah (named our daughter after the city) is our fav place ever. We also did a haunted walking tour and we were the only ones there… it was the best. This makes me want to go back!

  101. Kam Kay

    Trolley tour sounds fun but touring haunted places is not for me. You make it look so exciting though. Your story telling skills are awesome!

  102. Uplifting Families

    This sounds like a fun tour. Some of these houses look a bit older. The windows being placed upside down is bizarre but on the upside it would be harder for kids to sneak out. Lol

  103. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman)

    I bet this spooky but fun. It is I bet educational too while learning history of haunted old houses.

  104. Stephanie Pass

    This looks like fun! I love learning about the creepy history of places.

  105. Ms. Katrina

    You make going on haunted house tours look so much like spooky family fun.

  106. Janell @ Saving You Dinero

    My sister just got back from a trip to Savannah. I think she visted some of these places.

  107. chbernard

    I would love to go on the haunted trolley! It seems like it would be so much fun and a great group activity!

  108. Maria

    I’d love to take a trip this time of the year… The Pirates’ House sounds awesome. Love everything paranormal.

  109. Kira T

    I love haunted anything, especially this time of year. I’m hoping to take my kiddos on a little haunted tractor ride (nothing too scary). This looks like a ton of fun.

  110. NPC

    WOW, this is seriously such a cool experience. I’d be spooked but, intrigued.

  111. Nita

    It looks like a fun adventure! Never been to a haunted trolley but I’m sure my kids would love to go to those things.

  112. toughcookiemommy

    This must have been a really spooky experience. You are braver than me, I would have been scared out of my mind.

  113. Julie (xfallenmoon)

    Seems like a fun adventure. I’ve never been on a ghost tour. The architecture on this ride was beautiful!

  114. Lisa Rios

    Oh my, The Pirates’ House & Owens-Thomas House looks so scary in the day light & I can imagine how scary they could be at night when you walk alone in that street. I am sure you had a different experience altogether.

  115. Amanda || Growing Up Madison

    I’ve never been on a haunted anything before but would love to one day. Seems like you two had a blast in Savannah.

  116. Bonnie @wemake7

    You go to some awesome places! I would love to go there with the hubby. Thanks for sharing.

  117. Nicole Haas Etolen

    I’ve never been there yet, I wanna go there with my hubby looks really fun and I think I would enjoy.

  118. joychasing

    Wow! The most haunted place in America. My aunt lives there. I’m second guessing my visit.

  119. HilLesha

    I actually don’t believe in ghosts, but it would have been fun to go on this tour, nonetheless. I love buildings that have history behind them!

  120. Ashley

    These types of tours are so fun! My hubby and I did a haunted tour in San Diego on our honeymoon. That was 10 years ago and I’ll never forget it!

  121. alexisakamom0616

    That looks like so much fun! I so want to go!

  122. Shannon Gurnee

    Anything haunted freaks me out! Sounds like an interesting experience though. LOL

  123. LifeAsAConvert

    This looks like it would be a blast – as long as it was during the day time.

  124. Jennifer

    I’m too much of a chicken to go on tours like this but I’m glad the tour isn’t at night! lol. The free hotel pick up and drop off is a great plus

  125. Becca Wilson

    This looks like so much fun! I have always wanted to visit somewhere haunted and ride a trolley. It’s a win-win!

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