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Since we often take trips in the summer, we try to avoid too much outdoor activity during the heat of the day.  One thing we’ve learned is that ghost tours can be a great way to see the sites while staying as cool as possible.  We are especially fans of ghost tours that use transportation. We discovered Ghosts and Gravestones on one of our St. Augustine trips, so when we saw the tours were also available in Savannah, we couldn’t wait to try one!

Ghosts and Gravestone Trolley of the Doomed

One thing you should realize about these tours is that they are not the kind of experience where you get all kinds of gadgets to test for a ghost’s presence.  These tours mostly involve traveling to different areas of the city while hearing ghost stories.  You get a great overview of the city while your host tells you about murderous jilted lovers and the like.  It’s not too scary for a school-age child.  Kristin went on her first one when she was five years old.

The tour picks you up on River Street.  It was a little confusing for us to find the pick-up spot at first, but after making a call to Ghosts and Gravestones, we were able to figure it out.  Before our tour, we ran into a gift shop and purchased some bottled water.  Just a reminder–it is hot and humid in Savannah in July, even at dusk.

Soon, our host joined us on the bus, and we were off.  We weaved our way through the streets and squares of Savannah. We passed several landmarks in the city, including the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

 

One of the highlights of the tour is a stop at the Andrew Low House.  Low’s daughter-in-law, Juliette Gordon Low, founded the Girl Scouts.  You get to step off the trolley and go into the house.

Andre Low House Ghosts and Gravestone Savannah

There is also a tour guide at the property.  Our group was divided into two, and we were shown rooms that depicted the elegance and opulence of the wealthy during the mid-1800s.

We entered the home through the back door.  I love how the entire back of the house is shuttered.

Outside of Andrew Low House Savannah

 

We were encouraged to take many pictures throughout the tour.  We were instructed to look for anything interesting in our photos that may indicate we had a ghostly presence.  I didn’t have any anomalies, but I have some beautiful pictures of the inside of the home.

 

We also went upstairs.

And we saw the room with the creepy dolls.

It was soon time to board the trolley again.  We headed back to River Street for our second stop at Perkin’s & Son’s Ship Chandlery.  I won’t give away what happens here, but it is storytelling at it’s best.  Kristin was a little nervous here, but in the end, she was fine.

We finished our tour at sunset.  River Street was really beautiful at this time of day.

Savannah River Street

We really enjoyed the tour.  Again, this is not a ghost-hunting adventure, and it highly unlikely that you will capture anything unusual, although we were told that there is plenty of ghostly activity at the Andrew Low House.  Still, I think it’s a great way to see the city.  It’s cooler, and you get to see many of the notable sights that make Savannah such a charming place.  We look forward to taking another Ghosts and Gravestones tour!

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29 Comments

  1. What a fun tour! I love to go on ghosts tours – it’s fun to hear old stories. We have never been to Savannah – I’d love to go! I’ll keep this on my list of things to do when we get there.

  2. Awesome post! We did a very similar tour in Gettysburg, PA and loved it. Same deal, no gimmicks, just scary stories. My kids loved it and are begging to go back. Those dolls. Eek. Creepy. Looked really fun though!

    • Stacey Reply

      Thanks! We are planning a trip to Gettysburg and Virginia Beach in June. I am hoping to do a ghost tour there. Do you have a recommendation?

  3. What an awesome way to see a different side of the city. I love a good ghost story and those sites look like the perfect setting. Beautiful pictures of the interior of that house! Wow. Great idea to escape the heat too 😉

    • Stacey Reply

      We had a great time. I hope to go to Savannah again someday.

  4. This sounds like a lot of fun! You have some beautiful pictures here as well. And, I have officially subscribed to your blog today! Yay! 🙂

  5. This looks DAAAMN creepy!!but it is interesting, i guess after a glass.of wine.or.two… i could join the tour haha

    • Stacey Reply

      Nothing wrong with wine before a ghost tour. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Eeeek! The first photo of those creepy dolls gave me the shivers! Ha! I’ve never taken a ghost tour, but I am big fan of all things witchy and cemetery…I know, I’m a weirdo. Reading through this and seeing your photos was so fun!

  7. What an interesting way to see the city of Savannah and learn a little history. I’ve never seen a ghost tour like this, only ridiculou ones where people try to scare you. It’s good there’s a little bit of truth to this ghost tour.

    • Stacey Reply

      Yes, some ghost tours are a little cheesy. We certainly like these historical ones (at least the sites are historical, maybe not some of the stores.) We also like to ride in the trolley!

    • Stacey Reply

      Thanks for stopping by. Wine can be helpful in these situations!

  8. I had never heard of such tours. My gosh! It looks so intriguing. Mysterious yet so much fun! 🙂 Would love to go on one.

    • Stacey Reply

      There are tours under this brand in many cities. However, many cities have a ghost tour of some type. We’ve done two Ghosts and Gravestones. They are really fun.

  9. This is a family-friendly tour but not all kids would be interested. My nephew is scared of dolls. He would freak out when he sees those twin dolls.
    However, I do not think any of the items in the house are creepy. They are like a collection of antiques.

    • Stacey Reply

      Yes, the dolls are creepy! At least they were only in one room, and you were not required to go in there!

  10. Really fun way to take a city tour; i really enjoy this combination of seeing historical landmarks while learning a bit about their history.

  11. A neat tour discovering Savannah in a whole new way. The Andrew Low house seems like a fun experience. I would hope to not find any ghostly figures in my photos!

    • Stacey Reply

      It is a great way to see Savannah! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. So fun! I want to do a ghost tour so badly… but I will have to way for a child-free vacation for that (and child-free trips are few and far between these days). These tours seem like an extra interesting way to learn about the history of an area.

    • Stacey Reply

      You know your kids best, and I don’t know how old your kids are, but Kristin did her first ghost tour when she was four. Some ghost tours really aren’t very scary at all. We mostly go to hear the history. And if there is a trolley, all the better. As she gets older, I think her imagination plays a more active role. Still, she likes to come along with us.

    • Stacey Reply

      We have such fun on ghost tours. It really is a great way to explore after hours!

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