Sleeping With The Spirits

Savannah’s Haunted Lodgings put Ghost Hunters to the Test

Atmosphere, music and menu may set the mood but as savvy hosts know, it’s ultimately the guests who add the spirit to any event. Long hailed as the South’s hostess city,  and most fervent haunt, Savannah is home to several venues that supply both mood and “spirit.”


The decadently stylish Mansion on Forsyth Park, arguably Savannah’s finest hotel, is steeped in romantic indulgences. Completed in 2005, this impressive hotel is a seamless addition to a much older structure, a true mansion known simply by its address – 700 Drayton. This Romanesque gem, complete with tower and gothic arched entranceway, has been a commanding presence on Forsyth Park for more than twelve decades. Built in 1888 as a private residence for the Lewis Kayton family, the mansion serves as the hotel’s 5-star restaurant, as well as a cooking school where guests can hone their culinary skills. That’s the good news. The mansion at 700 Drayton hasn’t always catered to the living. Its gracious parlors with their rich mahogany trim once hosted the dead. 

In 1953 the Lewis Kayton mansion became the home of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, one of Savannah’s oldest and most respected undertaking businesses. For the next five decades the red-brick and terra cotta mansion served as Savannah’s finest mortuary, hosting the funerals of notorious Savannahians such as Danny Hansford, the high-spirited victim of Savannah’s most notorious crime made famous by John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Today the beautifully appointed parlors that were once viewing rooms for the deceased are now opulent dining rooms in which some of the finest cuisine in Savannah is served. Just don’t pass up the spirits on the second floor. A trendy hotspot with Bohemian decor and a rooftop patio, Casimir’s lounge is renowned for some of the best martinis in the Coastal Empire. If you need to powder your nose there is a nicely appointed restroom just down the hall – a restroom that once served as an embalming room.  If you’re looking to experience some of Savannah’s finest spirits, deceased or otherwise, a party at 700 Drayton is your ticket. For the full article subscribe now!

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