Savannah’s Pirates House was built in 1753. It was originally a home, over time it became a tavern, and today it is a well known restaurant. Although the Pirates House itself has changed over the years, some of its residents have not. Sailors, seadogs and pirates of yesterday still roam The Pirates House today.
The Pirates House’s history is a dark one thanks to the dangers of sailing. Not many people volunteered to be sailors. Captains had to go to desperate lengths to gather crews. They would spot well-built men and get them drunk, drug them, or knock them out and drag them down a long tunnel in the basement of The Pirates House that led to the water’s edge. There they would load them onto ships and head out to sea so the men had no choice but to join their crew.
- People claim to have seen the spirit of a privateer wandering the basement and upstairs areas.
- It is said that one particular spirit, Capitan Flint, still cries out for Darby McGraw, his first mate, to bring him more rum just as he did on his deathbed many many years ago.
- On the first floor the ghost of a sailor has been spotted along with another spirit.
- In one dining room chairs get rearranged every night.
- Some people have reported feeling physically ill while inside The Pirates House for no apparent reason.
Jean Lafitte, a famous French privateer, stayed at the Pirates House multiple times when not busy sailing.
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