The Haunted Sorrel Weed House is the most actively haunted building in Savannah. The house was built by a wealthy shipping merchant named Francis Sorrel for his wife Matilda and is one of the finest examples of Greek revival architecture in Savannah. It is listed as one of the top 10 haunted locations in the United States and has been featured on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. The house is built on the British lines at the site of the Siege of Savannah, which occurred in October of 1779. This was the bloodiest battle of the American Revolution, with over a thousand casualties. After the battle, the dead were buried where they fell and still remain on the property. Link to Sorrel Weed House
The Haunted Sorrel Weed House is unique in many ways. The history surrounding the property is fascinating. Both General Robert E. Lee (1862) and General William T. Sherman (1864) have visited the house. A draft of the confederate surrender, signed by Lee was found on the property in a secret room discovered while doing repairs. A copy of this document can be found on the wall in the front parlor. The Sorrel Weed House is a classic example of a haunted southern mansion. Savannah Tour Company’s, stop in Madison Square to show their guests the outside of the building. When I first moved to Savannah, on walks I would always end up in Madison Square. For me, this part of Savannah feels as though I’ve travelled back in time. The long history seems to radiate in the atmosphere of the quiet square.
To support the maintenance on the privately own residence/museum, they offer an array of tours. The house tour allows the public to see the inside of the home decorated in period furniture. For those interested, they offer a late night paranormal investigation tour hosted by the area’s leading team, Savannah Paranormal Investigations. This allows the public to experience the paranormal activity first hand. A trip to Savannah is not complete, unless you have visited the Sorrel Weed House!
Ghosts of the Haunted Sorrel Weed House
Activity at the Sorrel Weed House is almost a nightly occurrence. Besides the fun house effect in the court yard, seeing shadows and physical experiences like being touched are common. Recently a tour guide hired for the house tour quite after her first day, complaining about being touched constantly throughout the tour. Team member Libby was touched on the face and experienced sharp pain to the stomach area on her first visit. Later that night, I experienced a sharp pain to the kidney as though I was stabbed. Many guests report the similar experiences of pain.
The Haunted Sorrel Weed house is one of the best locations in Savannah for seeing and photographing shadow people. There are a number of photos and videos on the net of shadow people taken on the property. On team members Michelle’s first walk through of the house alone, she captured the photo to the side. Look in the lower right hand corner of the mirror. You are never really alone, inside the Sorrel Weed House!
The House is also a great location for ITC Voice recording. On the pre-investigation visit to the Sorrel Weed House, the manager allowed me a few minutes in the basement to do a test recording. I captured one of my best Real Time Spirit Communication (RTSC) sessions to date, during this test. Molly was a slave who it was claimed at the time, committed suicide by hanging herself in the carriage house. Many believe she was murdered. This recording supports the murder theory.
One month later, I returned for a second session. This time intent on discovering the name of Molly’s murderer, I asked a third party. Apparently this is not correct etiquette and they become upset with me. When requesting the name of a murderer one should address the victim directly, that is the polite thing to do. (They let me know at the beginning of the recording)
More to come!