Ever since the 1994 publication of John Berendt's best-selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (now known in the city as simply 'The Book') - with its spooky portrayals of spiritual communions, voodoo, and witchraft, Savannah has played host to an increasing number of ghost tours. One guide is Shannon Scott, who has produced segments of Fox's "Scariest Places On Earth" television show and has interviewed hundreds of Savannians who claim experiences with ghosts, poltergeists, demons, witchcraft or voodoo (locally known as "root").
The 20-acre live oak-shaded Forsyth Park, Savannah's largest and perhaps most beautiful open space, is frequented by all manner of Savannians. At its south end is the Sentient Bean (13 East Park Avenue, a delightful coffee shop and cafe, and a haven for indie film, live music and literary readings. Grab a "fair trade" latte and a pain au chocolat, and watch the remains of the day float by. If you're a fan of The Book, keep an eye out for the ghost of Jim Williams, its antihero, at 447 Bull Street, his former residence.
In The Book, Luther Driggers visited Clary's Cafe (404 Abercorn Street) each morning, carrying a bag of a poison said to be strong enough to wipe out the population of Savannah. Today's reality isn't so scary... Clary's, in business since 1903, dishes up omelettes, grits, steaming biscuits, and plain, pecan-strawberry and blueberry malted waffles.
Live oaks with Spanish moss draped carelessly from a limb.... dirt roads that lead deep into the graveyard that is the final resting place for both the famous and not-so-famous. Bonaventure Cemetery is a beautiful resting place for many of Georgia's historically important founders and governors.
Historic Homes and Museums
Andrew Low House
Davenport House Museum
Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace
Owen-Thomas House and Museum
Telfair Mansion and Art Museum
Low Country River Excursions
Narrated nature cruises leave from the Bull River Marina (8005 Old Tybee Rd.) daily at 2pm, 4pm, and sunset, weather permitting. Passengers are taken on a 38-foot pontoon boat, Nature's Way, for an encounter with the friendly bottle-nosed dolphin. Both scenery and wildlife unfold during the 90-minute cruise down the Bull River. Call +1 912 898 9222 for information.