Hampton Lillibridge House

The Hampton Lillibridge residence is considered to be the most haunted house in Savannah. It was built in 1796 for Hampton Lillibridge from Rhode Island.

Despite the discovery of a mysterious crypt beneath the new property, which has never been opened. Since then, no fewer than 26 families who have lived in the house have complained of various ghostly goings-on that forced them to move out. These strange encounters included furniture moving around and doors locking themselves. Hampton Lillibridge constructed his home from 1796 to 1799.

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The beginning

In 1801, Hampton Lillibridge passed away from yellow fever leaving his wife a widow and his young daughter the home. After, Mrs.  Lillibridge sold the house. Shortly after it, it was a boarding house for quite a while and that’s where its unsafe repast began. It is said the first death to take place in the house was a sailor who hung himself. After several mysterious deaths, the house was sold again and sat empty for many years. In 1969 Jim Williams, from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame, purchased the home and had it moved from Bryan Street to St Julian where it stands today.

The Hauntings

Later, that’s when strange things started to happen. Workers restoring the home heard footsteps and voices on the floors above them, but when they went to investigate, no one was there and the voices had moved to the floors below them. Neighbors reported seeing a man in a black suit and bow tie standing in a window and hearing a woman’s screams. A bishop from the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia reportedly performed a 45-minute exorcism that year with no effect. It was later discovered that a crypt had been found under the home during renovation.

As a result, you can’t walk past the Lillibridge house without feeling a certain bit of tension in the air. It’s beautiful widow’s walk and its windows look like they are staring down at you. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see the man in the suit with the top hat who still haunts the home today.


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