The Sorrel-Weed House is located on the corner of Harris Street in Madison Square. This house is among the most well-known haunted houses in Savannah. The home was featured in the opening scene of Forrest Gump and has been a destination for paranormal lovers and ghost hunters around the world.
The home was designed by Charles Cluskey for Francis Sorrel in 1837. Francis was one of the wealthiest men in Savannah, he was a West Indian plantation owner from Saint Domingue what is now known as Haiti. As a child, he was saved by one of his enslaved women from a slave revolt due to his age and her pity for him. He would live in Port Au Prince with the enslaved woman’s family and eventually would move to America.
Ironically Francis would eventually become a merchant and would buy and sell enslaved people. This enabled him to become quite wealthy and would marry into the wealthy Moxley family. Francis and Lucinda Moxley were married in 1822, but Lucinda would die from yellow fever only five years later in 1827. Although he lost Lucinda, two years later he married her sister Matilda in 1829. Their marriage, however, was struggling due to the infidelity of Francis who was having an affair. It is assumed that Matilda found out and she threw herself off the second floor of the home and dived to her death.
Although you cannot go to the second story of the home it is a wonderful tour that gives insight into the enslaved and free people’s relationship during the 1820s in Savannah. I highly recommend going and seeing the house TWICE! Take the day tour for the history and architecture and then take the ghost tour and learn about the spirits that haunt the home!
SORREL–WEED HOUSE HOURS
Monday: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm