432 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA

Status: Former Residence, Abandoned, Famous Haunted House; Urban Legend; Private Property


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Rumored to be the most haunted house in Savannah – which, in turn, is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in North America - there are countless stories and legends about this house. A very few of them true; most of them not so much.

Construction was begun on this house in 1868 on grounds that had been a slave graveyard. Much like the burial grounds of the Aboriginal Peoples the graveyards of slaves were not given any thought much less respect by the white European settlers.

There are many burial grounds belonging to slaves and the Indigenous Peoples of North America underneath the structures and streets of Savannah. This has led to many saying the city is cursed. With the epidemics of Yellow Fever and Cholera as well as battles in the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War leading to thousands of deaths here they might be right.

Many also believe Calhoun Square – where this house is located – is the soul and center of the paranormal activity and curses of the city.

The house was completed in 1869 for Benjamin Wilson – a Civil War veteran – and his family becoming one of the most expensive houses in the city. Shortly after moving into the house Wilson’s wife passed away in the Yellow Fever epidemic. It is after this that stories separate from the truth.

While Mr Wilson may have been strict with his children there is no truth to the story that he punished his daughter so severely that she died resulting in him killing himself. Wilson did not die in the house – let alone by his own hand – or even in Georgia. He passed away in Colorado in 1896.

He did have 2 daughters; but both lived long beyond childhood.

There is also no truth that 4 young girls died (3 being murdered) in the house in the 1950’s or 60’s depending on which story you believe. Then there’s the story a student of the nearby art college disappeared in the house – apparently sucked into some demonic dimension – which is nothing short of ridiculous. Finally, the head of the Church of Satan wanting to buy the house is also just another Urban Legend.

The house now sits behind a fence and completely empty – although it does have an owner and is private property – and is definitely the local haunted house.

Because, although all the urban legends are just that, the house is actually haunted.


Paranormal Activity

Most commonly experienced is a powerful sense of negative energy that surrounds and emanates from the property.

People have also both seen and photographed shadow figures, as well as shadowy apparitions, in the windows of the house.