Labor Day is too short!

7 Sep

Well, as you guessed it, we cancelled the New Orleans trip and decided to go to Savannah and Tybee Island.  I was still happy we got to get out of town for a bit.  Savannah is such a gorgeous little town!  I booked us a ghost tour in a real hearse (that had been in use for 15 years as a transporter of the dead)  and was quite surprised to learn that it was the most haunted town in the country.

 

Almost every street had one or two haunted buildings and the cemeteries were suggestive by description.

You see, according to our guide, one cemetery had like 800 headstones but actually contained over 6,000 bodies.  Also, a lot of buildings stood on old cemeteries with the bodies still buried underneath.  Back in the day, workers moved the headstones and left the bodies. We drove on streets and parking lots that were technically cemeteries since they had bodies underneath.  Scary stuff.  We drove by the old Candler Hospital where a lot of patients died of yellow fever during the epidemic of 1876.  Over 200 people had died in two days and in order to prevent the spread of the disease and city-wide panic, doctors dug a tunnel where the bodies were deposited for burial in the then wooded grounds of Forsyth Park (which is now just a “park” with no headstones).

Yup….those stairs lead to the tunnel where bodies were taken to a make-shift morgue…

And there are  bodies under the concrete….

 

 

We drove by another park, I can’t remember the name – I think it is the Wright Square – where a wedding was taking place.  Our guide said, “see that spot the couple will stand and take their vows?  That used to be a public execution spot.”

 

We heard the tale of Alice Riley, the first woman to be hanged publicly for killing her employer William Wise, a really bad man by several accounts.  They say she haunts Wright Square where she was executed after giving birth to a son and her body was left there for three days.  Wright Square is said to be the only place where spanish moss does not grow on the oak trees.  There is a saying, “Spanish Moss will not grow where innocent blood has been spilled.” 

There were a couple of Spanish-Mossless areas that had haunting attached to them.  Another is of a house where two little girls died in a fire…it goes on and on.

After the tour (and hundreds of pictures later …I really hoped to snap a picture of an orb or ghostly figure but no dice).  We went to the Planters Tavern in the basement of the Olde Pink House, another haunted place and had a few drinks.  Afterwards we strolled along the river where I bought a few earrings for myself.  We walked around town for a bit before going to bed.  The next day after checking out, we went to Tybee Island and hung out on the beach for a couple of hours before a 20-minute down pour. It took Turtle quite a while to convince me to wander that far out to sea.  What with being black and all….

Despite the rain, we dined in at the Crabshack right near the marshes where you could watch alligators as you ate.

It was a fun Labor Day outing and I was not happy to be back in Atlanta where we have had three days of rain.  I would like to complain about it but our parched grounds really need some nourishment!

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3 Responses to “Labor Day is too short!”

  1. EDJ (@egodujour) September 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Aww cute. I’m glad y’all did SOMETHING. I wonder about all these stories of hauntings! The other day I was watching Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel (because my mother made me watch it) and I was almost dying of laughter at the “hauntings” they experienced”.

    With that said, some places are really scary. Glad you had a fun trip!

  2. Myne Whitman September 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Sounds scary, lol but fun. I love me some hauntings, though my more rational side thinks those are not real.

  3. Ginger September 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Wait, you didnt explain why this particular city/county has so many dead people..haba. I wouldnt go there oo. too scared of ghosts.
    My college accommodation is next to a cemetery but i must say i never felt scared of the place..well apart from the first two weeks. there was just sthing RIP-ish about the place.

    Good you guys had fun shaa

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