The Marshall House was constructed in 1851 and it was named after Mary Marshall, who thought that the city was badly in need of accommodations for visitors. It is Savannah’s oldest hotel. During the past, it has served as a hospital and boarding house. Although the hotel has been through extensive renovations and expansions, it has retained many of its original fixtures. It still has some of its original features, including 19th century doors, windows, moldings’, high ceilings, and railings. Some rooms even have claw-foot tubs and wrought iron verandas.
When you check in the hotel, you will see that it still has its original staircases, brick walls, wood floors, fireplaces and many authentic pieces which came with the original hotel. The most recent renovation of the hotel took place in 1999. During the Civil War, the hotel was used as a hospital and was first occupied by the Confederate forces and then by Union armies.
The hotel was the refuge of hundreds of wounded soldiers, many of whom died. Some were also amputated in the hotel during the war. Human remains were found during one of the hotel’s renovations. People believed that the bones were those of the amputated soldiers who stayed in the hotel during the war.
There are a number of said haunting’s at this beautiful hotel. Many believe that, based on the history of death that has occurred in the structure that spirits remain lurking around the structure. In its history, this structure has served as a hospital. It was set up as a place to treat the sick and wounded during the time of the Civil War. In addition to this, the infamous “yellow fever” broke out several times in the area. When this occurred, the hotel was once again converted into a hospital. During this time, several people died. To this day, many say that the spirits of the individuals still linger in the structure.
• It seems that several spirits of children linger in the Marshall House. There have been times when people staying at the hotel and even those that work at the hotel have heard the laughs and playful voices of children within the building. Upon investigation, there were no children registered on the books, and there were no physical pieces of evidence that indicated children were present. Many claim that the echoes of children are a result of spiritual beings that reside in the structure.
• In the hotel, there is a hallway as well as an area that is referred to as the “foyer”. Several individuals who have visited the home hotel have reported that they have seen paranormal activity in these locations. This includes spirits, as well as objects moving on their own.
• Throughout the structure, many individuals have reported very unusual events that seem to be related to spirits that appear to be in the hotel. Examples include water turning on and off, lights powering themselves, and even electronic items powering themselves on and off. There is absolutely no explanation for these particular events, so they are accounted to the fact that there seem to be restless spirits in the room.
• In the area of the fourth floor in the hotel, several have witnessed loud noises. They seem to sound like a crash of some sort. Upon inspection, there is absolutely nothing that could have made the noise, nor is there anything in the area to indicate that something has fallen. Many have reported that door knobs in the area even wiggle a little as if someone is attempting to open them.
We have checked into room 421 and have set up our equipment.