Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Selling Savannah Spirits

"How many believers do we have in here?" asked Elizabeth, our ghost trolley tour bus driver (pictured above).

Only a few hands among us passengers tentatively rose in response. Nevertheless, touring the haunted sites of Savannah (supposedly the most haunted city in America) is big business. There are three separate companies offering such motorized tours, including one that rides along in a hearse. And at least that many walking tours that take visitors to cemeteries, dark mansions, and other venues of which chilling tales can be told.

Elizabeth told such tales well, whether it was a tragic end to young lives or local mysteries involving voodoo and murder--as is the subject of the well known book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. We were told to inspect the photographs we took for "orbs", little moon-like dots of light that indicate the presence of spirits. Didn't get any on my snapshots, though a fellow trolley passenger got several on his digital photo near a reputedly haunted house.

Not everyone takes such spooky stuff seriously. At one cavernous mansion, while our tour driver spoke in serious tones of a pair of twin spectres seen in the upstairs on many occasions, we passengers noticed lights flickering on the walls in the third story of that very house. Then we saw faces of kids holding flashlights. They obviously knew why our bus was parked outside. Good prank.

Later, we toured the dank cellar at The Pirate House, a restaurant where in olden times sailors were lured downstairs to be clubbed and shanghaied, dragged through underground passages to waiting ships. But other diners when they learned of our mission teased us as we passed, going, "Wooooooo, oooooooo" among titters from other diners. If I had any pirate tendencies, I would have dragged them to the cellar for a little clubbing of my own. Twerps! (That's me in the cellar here)

Even my wife Wendy didn't seem to take seriously our spook-hunting. We stayed at the Olde Harbour Inn, where the spirit Hank is supposed to reside. Our room contained a journal where previous guests wrote of their stay. The initial entry mentioned disembodied voices and shuffling footsteps outside their bedroom in the dead of night.

That didn't impress Wendy. Once, when I asked if she wanted to take a walk, she responded, "You go. I'll stay here with the ghost."

Well, Hank was a no-show, I must admit. No orbs, mists, disembodied voices, or shuffling.

Guess I'll have to make something up now to justify the money we spent. That's probably what keeps the ghost-hunting business booming there in Savannah.


Blogger Kacey said...

Shucks, Dave--- the ghosts were there --- they were just too quiet to hear them. Didn't it freak Wendy out getting undressed in front of perfect strangers? Oh, well, I guess they won't tell anyone!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Even if there are no ghosts, it must have been fun....Who knows, maybe they were taking a vacation too.....Glad you are back.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Babette said...

You don't look a bit scared, Dave. Practice that look for you'll be needing it when your #25 team plays the Fighting Illini this Saturday!

6:28 PM  
Blogger Iron-Man said...

Sounds like you had a great time and a lot of fun! I am not sure if you noticed, but there is a big ghost with a striped shirt in that cellar you were in.

I forgot what movie (Amityville?) had red eyes from behind the windows when various cast members had their photos taken.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

Dave, you have made me want to take a vacation in Savannah! Maybe 2010? We have our vacations lined up until then. But I love a good ghost story-and to see it/hear it/be it and tour history at the same time?!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Matty said...

Good God...that clown up there is real scary..wouldn't want to meet him in a dark lane.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Good post, Dave...that tour would be fun to do. :)

3:53 PM  
Blogger Trucker Bob said...

Ah, finally get to see you. Sounds like a fun time.

3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daves Dad here.Hey Dave I just noticed, that looks like Casper the ghost standing at your right,in front of the bricks.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Nankin said...

Sounds like fun to me whther you "saw" a ghost or not. Do you ever watch MOST HAUNTED? Sometimes it's pretty lame, but still kind of interesting.

4:42 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Just because you didn't see any spooks doesn't mean that they are there. As your wife said.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous vicki said...

Here in Chicago the "gangster tour bus" comes rolling by the house every day. Makes me want to take my machine gun and shoot it.

Thanks for the Shakey link. I miss even the idea of him hanging around Afternoon Delight and Kilwins.

Ms. Bonnie is probably thinking about what she can make up to justify those Spartans today.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Babette said...

GANG GREEN is even scarier than ghosts, Dave. See ya (Wouldn't wanna be ya!) in 2 weeks.

Vicki: May I borrow a match?

8:17 AM  
Blogger Iron-Man said...

Good call on Casper, I see it too. It is really is there!

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Deb said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Makes me wanna go ghost hunting. :o)

11:00 AM  
Blogger WordWhiz said...

Sounds like fun. And I'd have undoubtedly imagined the ghosts, there or not!!

7:08 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hey Dave,

When I enlarged the picture, I thought I saw some kind of spooky face peering out of the hole above you...and it looks like they're spilling some slime on the top of your head. ;)

BTW, how nice to place a face with the blogger! I kept picturing a little cowboy typing away at the computer.

8:01 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

Dude..I totally thought that was Hank in the cellar!

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Savannah, Dave. But no ghosts? Geeze! I was really looking forward to a ghostly tale from you.
You look great in the photo. Funny....never pictured you looking like that. Because of the "Big" in your name, guess I visualized a huge man...lol
But wait.....what's that misty figure standing in back of you?

2:51 PM  
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