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Spend an Evening in one of Georgia's Haunted Hotels

Potential ghost encounters add to the experience at these Georgia hotels.

  • Windsor Hotel Haunted Historic Tours

Sometimes a simple spooky story can leave you constantly looking over your shoulder. Especially in the wee hours of the morning, when it’s darkest outside, and the creaks in an old house are amplified. The ghosts of these haunted hotels in Georgia are mostly friendly, but their presence can still keep you up at night. What do you think? Are you up for a stay at one of these haunted hotels in Georgia?

The Marshall House, Savannah

A lot has happened in Savannah since the Marshall House opened in 1851 -- most notably, the Civil War. During the war, the Marshall House was used as a hospital. The hotel was again used for medical purposes two more times when yellow fever broke out in the 19th century. Guests report seeing ghosts in the hallways, locking bathroom stalls, turning on faucets, and the sounds of marbles and rubber balls rolling in the hallways.

Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel, Americus

Legend has it that at night you can hear the laughter of a little girl running down the halls. The hotel was built in 1892, and the girl is said to be the daughter of a former housekeeper. The housekeeper and girl were pushed down the elevator shaft in the early 1900s and have haunted the hotel ever since. Floyd Lowery is another Windsor Hotel employee that loves the hotel so much he can’t leave. He served as a doorman and elevator man for 40 years and is apparently still quite helpful. The hotel celebrates their paranormal activity with a 45-minute guided tour highlighting the deep history of the hotel, as well as the ghost stories.

The Partridge Inn Augusta, Curio Collection by Hilton, Augusta

Photo Credit: The Partridge Inn

The Partridge Inn is a beautiful Southern mansion built in 1836 with a wide veranda perfect for outdoor weddings. The story goes that a beautiful young girl was preparing for such an event at the hotel when she received the news that her fiancé, who was mistaken for a solider wanted for treason, was shot on the way to the wedding. The heart-broken girl is said to wander the halls of the hotel in her wedding dress.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island

Founded in 1886, the Jekyll Island Club was once the private winter retreat of America’s wealthiest families. Now, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is one of the top resorts in Georgia. - Evangelio Gonzalez MD via Flickr

Jekyll Island was once a winter retreat for America’s richest families, including the Rockefeller, Pulitzer and Vanderbilt families. It seems that one of the club members, J. Pierpont Morgan, never left. While vacationing in the Sans Souci condos, Morgan enjoyed the scenic views from the third-story balcony. His spirit still enjoys watching the Jekyll River, enjoying his favorite cigar. Guests who get up early in the morning can sometimes smell the cigar smoke.  

Barnsley Resort, Adairsville

Sometimes you just can’t make up all the twists and turns in a true-life story. The story behind the beautiful Barnsley Resort is such a tale. The Manor House was built by Godfrey Barnsley for his true love, his wife Julia, on former Cherokee land. The estate was originally called Woodlands, and you can learn all about the colorful history in a museum located in the kitchen house adjacent to the stately manor house ruins. If you’re lucky, you may even find Godfrey and Julia walking around.  

Sue Rodman is Georgia's official Smart Travel Explorer. Find more of her budget-friendly trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org. And, for more fall fun, visit the Field Trips with Sue Fall Guide, with lists of pumpkin patches, u-pick apple orchards, ghosts tours, haunted houses and more.

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