Georgia Ghosts

Georgia is well known for its southern charm and hospitality but this state is no stranger to paranormal activity. Follow along as I go over a handful of haunted locations…

Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta

Photo by J. Glover
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Oakland Cemetery was founded in 1850 as Atlanta Cemetery on six acres of land in the southeast area of the city but was renamed in 1872. Oak trees and magnolia trees grew in the area, aiding in the purpose of its current name. Those first six acres in the cemetery remains to be the oldest and most historic plot of land as most of the city was burned in 1864. Seventy thousand of the deceased are estimated to be at rest here, with continuous burials, the most recent being the former mayor, Maynard Jackson.

There are multiple different areas of the cemetery, one being the Confederate section, of about 6,900 burials. Almost half of these are unknown. During this era, Atlanta was a important medical center for the southern region and was also used for major transportation. Many of the wounded, deceased soldiers are buried in this portion of Oakland for today, spirits of the fallen make themselves known by being heard and seen by visitors. Other areas include the Jewish Section, the Black section for when segregation was at its peak in the States, and Potter’s Field, designated for those who cannot purchase a plot of land.

Other paranormal activity is likely present, as almost all cemeteries come with voices and sights of their late residents. Most of the recorded activity revolves around the soldiers, as maybe they are not at rest yet…

Kennesaw House in Marietta

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Built in 1845, it is one of Marietta’s oldest buildings, standing three stories high, each floor echoing with history. It was initially intended to be a cotton warehouse but in 1855, it was the Fletcher House hotel when it was bought by Dix Fletcher. Later, it too was converted into a hospital for Confederates.

In 1920, the first floor was developed into a floor for retail shops but in 1979, the whole building underwent renovations.

Today, like the Oakland Cemetery, the former Confederates made their presence known to those who visit along with a woman in a dress who smiled at a girl then vanished. Later, the girl identified the woman in a picture as she was the original owner of the Kennesaw House.

Candler Hospital in Savannah

The original building is now home to Savannah Law School
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This previous historic building was once a hospital located on 5353 Reynolds Street in Savannah, Georgia. It was founded in 1804 to serve as a hospital for those in the Navy and was a poor house (government provided homes for the needy and dependent). It is the second oldest hospital in the United States that is still in operation and serves as the Nancy N. and J. C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion and the Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital.

Paranormal activity gives this place of good a chilling outlook. The huge Candler Oak tree that resides on the land is said to be the most haunted spot on the property. It is known as the hanging tree for its horrible, racist past and ghosts have been seen hanging from its branches. Another terrifying piece of the location is the morgue tunnel which was use to transport those that died from yellow fever. I would’t dare go in there…

Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon

Photo by Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
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Built between 1855 to 1859 by William Butler Johnston and his wife Anne Tracy Johnston, the Hay house is a beautifully historic home in the Italian Renaissance Revival style and it has been called the “Palace of the South.”

Two different families resides in the home as the first family did for over four generations. The Johnston family (1860-1896) and the Feltons were connected by marriage through Mrs. Johnston’s daughter Mary Ellen, who married Judge William H. Felton. Their two sons occupied the home until 1926 and when William Sr. and Mary Ellen Felton passed away, the home was sold to Parks Lee Hays and his wife, Maude. Parks died in 1957 and his wife died in 1962. Today, management belongs to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the building is now a museum.

Visitors report hearing odd sounds, seeing shadow figures and chandeliers swinging around. Eerie feelings have also been reported here.

Thank you for reading and as always, feel free to drop a comment below on your thoughts or experiences with haunted locations!

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Sources:

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The following articles are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_Cemetery_(Atlanta)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candler_Hospital_(Savannah)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnston%E2%80%93Felton%E2%80%93Hay_House

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennesaw_House

Disclaimer: The information above is a combination of prior knowledge and research. No works were plagiarized, only referenced as a source of information. While anyone is welcome to comment, I attempt to make this a positive and friendly community where we can share our experiences. Any derogatory or negative comment(s) will be deleted. As always, reader discretion is advised.

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