The state of Georgia may be only thirty percent explored, but that thirty percent has a long and haunted history dating back to the days of the Creek nation. Additionally, the years of slavery scarred the land with an unfathomably brutal legacy, as well as the horrors of the Civil War and a century later the atrocities committed to resist the Civil Rights Movement. With all these spiritual scars, it’s no wonder that Georgia plays host to a number of haunted sites.
Heritage Hall in Madison was built in 1811 and remains out of the most exquisite Greek Revival homes in the United States. However, strange stories emerge from inside its luxurious period rooms. A number of strange specters have been sighted in the mansion, but none quite so famous as the spirit of Virginia Nisbet.
In 1851, she died in the master bedroom from complications while giving birth. Not long after she was buried, a mysterious mark appeared over the fireplace that closely resembles a woman holding an infant. Many have said they saw a woman resembling portraits of Virginia Nesbit in the halls, and others have seen her lying in the bed of the master bedroom. One sighting in particular is that of a young man who had a long and involved conversation with a woman who simply wasn’t there.
17 Hundred 90 Inn and Tavern
The 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Tavern in Savannah is the oldest hotel in the city, and also one with a strange guest who hasn’t left in a long time. Said to be the ghost of Anne Powell, a girl who committed suicide by leaping to her death out of room 204 in the hotel, a number of stories describe her past. Almost all of them describe her as around 17 years old and both pregnant and unmarried, though whether it was by a sailor who she spent a night with before he left town or a man she loved who was lost to death the stories differ.
She’s said to still be in room 204. Guests have reported seeing a young woman watching them sleep, only to turn away weeping and leap out the window. Some stories mention guests missing belongings, typically women’s undergarments. Over the years, the stories have gotten strange enough that the hotel no longer brings in guests to room 204 unless they sign a waiver that promises they will not demand their money back for strange encounters.