One of our most popular stops on our Savannah ghost tours is the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant (locals refer to it as ‘the 1790′). The ghost stories, most centering on a girl named Anna, are some of the most popular legends in Savannah. I delve pretty deeply into the stories of 1790 in my book, Haunted Savannah, but I cannot simply repost the chapter from the book because it is 20 pages long. I have prepared a small excerpt on the subject which explores the ghostly legends. If you’d like to examine this property in-depth and the real people behind the legends, you can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon, or come out and take our haunted pub crawl, which usually includes a stop at the downstairs bar.
The 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant
Every tour guide in Savannah has their own version of the tale of ghostly Anna at the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant. I could write an entire book just transcribing the varied (and remarkably different) story offerings of perhaps this city’s most famous ghost story. This is a ballad of lost love, and either suicide or murder, depending on the version. But regardless of the variations, Steele White’s bride Anna always winds up dead after exiting a window the hard way, plummeting to her death from the third floor.
Room 204 has become the center of much of the spectral activity occurring at the 17Hundred90. Management at one time had a waiver form that guests would have to sign in order to stay in the room. The waiver stated that guests who stayed in room 204 would not be issued a refund if they left the Inn abruptly in the middle of the night. The waiver form policy has been discontinued because of the room’s incredible popularity with guests, mostly thrill-seekers or amateur ghost hunters. It is quite possibly the most popular room in Savannah, so people wishing to reserve the room for a night’s stay are urged to make their reservations far in advance—particularly around Halloween.
Guests who rent the room have reported feeling a feminine presence in the room, and have also reported than Anna likes new technology. She apparently enjoys playing with light switches, even waking some guests out of a sound slumber with her mischievous habit of turning the switches on in the middle of the night. This has been confirmed by many guests who stay in the room, including a man who claimed that the bathroom light kept turning on multiple times—on consecutive nights. In yet another strange instance, a couple staying in the room next door to 204 in May of 2004 claim to have videotaped a mysterious fog in the hallway.
Pop sensation and actress Miley Cyrus, along with her mother, stayed at the 17Hundred90 Inn in 2009 while filming the movie The Last Song. Miley and her mother requested the famous haunted room, and management obliged them. Apparently, Anna obliged the starlet and her mother as well, if what Miley reported (and took photographic evidence of) is true. While the pair were out of the room, someone removed the teen idol’s cowboy boots from her bag and placed them on top of the suitcase, leaving a clearly visible wet handprint on the leather. Rather than being frightened, Miley posted the images to social media site Twitter along with the explanation: “Look what Ana [sic] did (ghost in room 204) My boots were put on top of my suitcase & left with a handprint while I was out.”
Downstairs at the bar one evening, a bartender and a waiter kept hearing unseen children laughing and running through the bar area. The candles on each table which had been lit at the beginning of the night were suddenly blown out by a strange wind which rushed through the area, extinguishing them all. The apparently unchivalrous waiter fled, leaving the poor bartender to fend for herself.
Another incident with candles in the bar involved a bartender named Amy. She asked a waiter to light the candles on each table. He did as he was instructed as she prepared the bar for a busy evening. The waiter completed this task and left the room to get the dining room ready for the dinner crowd. When Amy looked up, all of the candles had been extinguished. When the waiter walked back into the bar, he asked, “Why did you blow them out?” Amy simply shrugged and said, “I didn’t… but don’t re-light them. Whoever’s here doesn’t want them lit yet, so we’re going to let her have her way.”
Sometimes keeping the spirits happy is the wisest choice in the 17Hundred90.