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Sorrel Weed House and the Ghosts of Savannah Architecture

The Sorrel-Weed House is a saffron-colored Greek Revival jewel tucked into a leafy green enclave on the edge of Madison Square. It just so happens to have a sordid history of ownership.

If you ever find yourself looking for things to do in Savannah, paying a visit to the historical landmark is an absolute must.

What is the Sorrel Weed House?

The Sorrel Weed House was built back in 1835 by Francis Sorrel, a young plantation owner, and prominent Savannah ship merchant. The family mansion is said to be plagued with paranormal activity resulting from the house’s horrible history. Soon after building the estate, Francis married a young woman named Lucinda.

After five years of marriage, Lucinda passed away, leaving Francis no choice but to get married again, this time to his late wife’s younger sister Matilda. Throughout his marriage to Matilda, Francis engaged in an ongoing affair with a young slave girl named Molly. He had special quarters built above the carriage house so he could conveniently continue his affair with Molly.

Eventually, Matilda found out about her husband’s affair and jumped off the second-story balcony of the Sorrel Weed House. Later, Molly was discovered in her quarters, hanging by a noose.

Visitors who walk through the popular tourist attraction report experiencing cold sensations, hearing unnerving noises, and noticing other paranormal activity.

Ghosts roam the Savannah Historic District

Several different locations in Savannah are said to be haunted by ghosts. People who visit the Hamilton-Turner Inn report that they can hear the sounds of children playing and noticing a gaunt ghost-like figure sitting on the roof, smoking a cigar. 

The Marshall House is also a popular spot for tourists who love paranormal activity. The large estate was used as a hospital three different times for soldiers and patients of the Yellow Fever epidemics. Many people died in the Marshall House, and visitors report seeing ghost children running through the hallways and appliances turning on mysteriously by themselves. 

There is even a haunted restaurant called the 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Restaurant. Many years ago, a slave cook and a servant boy were killed at the restaurant. Diners might be lucky enough to see the ghost of the servant boy. There is also another very well-known ghost, named Anna, who stays at the Inn. She entertains those who stay overnight. 

Savannah architecture invites history

The rich Greek Revival architecture of the Sorrel Weed House and the famous architect Charles Cluskey who designed it created one of the first two homes in the state of Georgia to be made a state landmark in 1954.

Today, the Sorrel Weed House hosts daily ghost town tours seven days a week. Guides will educate and entertain tourists on the events within the house walls, streets, and cultural history of the time period. And the hidden histories showcase the beautiful architectural history of Savannah through a paranormal light.


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