Calhoun Square is located on Abercorn Street between Taylor and Gordon Street. It was named in honor of John C. Calhoun, a Senator from South Carolina, who later served as Vice President under Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. The entire square is said to be one of the largest mass graves in Savannah where thousands of slaves are buried without coffins or tombstones. To the West of Calhoun Square is the Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church which features a Gothic Revival architectural style. Construction on the church began in 1875, but it took twelve years to fully complete due to outbreaks of Yellow Fever in Savannah. The building serves as a monument to John and Charles Wesley who were founders of the the Methodist movement in the United States. Also West of the square is 421 Abercorn Street which is where a local crooked judge allegedly killed his granddaughter in a drunken rage while arguing with his wife. East of the square is one of the most haunted places in Savannah, 432 Abercorn. This is where ‘The Boo Hag’ supposedly tormented families in the home for decades. A young girl may or may not have died from heat stroke after her father’s cruel and unusual punishment resulted in her death. You can ready more about this particular house in a nearby pin. South of Calhoun Square is the Massie School. The school opened in 1865 and was the first public school in Savannah catering to poor children who yearned for an education. The school closed in 1974 but reopened a year later as the Massie Heritage Center, a museum that takes you back in time to the early days of Savannah. Calhoun Square is said to be extremely haunted due to the mass burials and tragic occurrences nearby. People claim they’ve seen black masses and shadow people who attack at night before disappearing into the dark. Just being nearby can leave an unsettling feeling.
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