old Candler Hospital East Huntington St & Drayton St, Savannah, GA

Status: Operational Historical Hospital; Mass Casually Site; Execution Site


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This hospital was originally founded in 1804 as the Seaman’s Hospital and Poorhouse making it the second oldest continually operating hospital in the United States.

In 1876 one of the largest – and thankfully final – yellow fever epidemics broke out in the city. This hospital was at the forefront of the treatment at the time. A tunnel was dug from the hospital’s basement under Forsythe Park to discreetly move the large number of fatalities from this epidemic.

There are also stories of other tunnels long since sealed up from both ends filled with the dead who had no where else to be buried.

Yellow Fever burns up and shuts down all your major organs resulting in you vomiting up a fluid that looks like wet coffee grounds.  The survival rate was quite low and with the medical treatments of the time it took nothing short of a miracle to live through it.

It is said that were times were the bodies of the dead were stacked full in this tunnel awaiting a horse and carriage to take them away for burial.

The tunnel still exists but there are no longer any exit points.

By the end of the 19th century it was called the Savannah Hospital and changed to it’s most well known name in 1931 by the founder of Coca-Cola who named it after his brother; Warren Candler.

In 1980 the hospital moved to it's current location on Reynold Street.

The hospital was later merged with St Joseph’s Hospital and now contains the region’s National Cancer Center a level II NICU and the Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital.

It has 384 beds.


Paranormal Activity

The paranormal activity listed below concerns the Old Candler Hospital not the new site.

This location is one of the few haunted places in the world where apparitions are the most commonly reported paranormal activity. If you want to “see” a ghost this old hospital is one of the best place to do so.

On the hospital grounds there is a very large old oak tree known as the hanging tree. People have reported seeing apparitions of the people who were hung on the tree still twisting in the wind and hear the sounds of creaking rope.

Apparitions are also frequently seen both in and near the so-called morgue tunnel. They are also seen in the nearby Forsythe Park which the tunnel goes under.

In the old psychiatric ward of the hospital people have reported phantom screams and powerful empathic sensations of being trapped and fear. This thought to be due to the “treatments” considered normal in all hospitals in the 19th and early 20th centuries; we would call them torture in modern times.

There are multiple reports of people seeing the apparitions of former patients in hospital garb wandering the halls throughout the building. Most of them look sad and lost.

Other activity: touches, tugs and pulls by unseen entities; what has been described as being surrounded by disembodied voices no one else can hear; light anomalies; phantom footsteps; phantom knocks on doors and walls and feelings of being watched and not being alone.