The Hamilton-Turner Inn was built in 1873 for successful business man Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family. It was the first home in Savannah with electricity. and it was considered one of the most lavish homes in Savannah serving as a social center for the city’s upper-class. Today, it is a functioning bed and breakfast and a popular places to stay in Savannah. Just don’t be surprised if you see the ghost of a Civil War soldier walking through the hall at night. According to local legend, The Hamilton-Turner Inn is where the grim grinning ghosts originally came out to socialize, and Walt Disney was rumored to have come up with the idea for Disney’s Haunted Mansion while sitting on a bench in Lafayette Square sketching on a pad. The Hamilton-Turner Inn, however, has also seen it’s fair share of tragedy since 1873. It is said that an armed guard was shot on the roof of the building in the 1880s in which the shooter was never captured. Locals have seen an apparition of a man on the roof who is smoking a cigarette as he tries to figure out who shot him. Another tale is the of Dr. Francis Turner who bought the house in 1926. It’s believed that he used the home as his office meeting with patients in the basement during the 1940s. Much like Hamilton, Dr. Turner and his wife liked to host extravagant parties. When the parties were held, they banished their children to second floor so the adults could eat, drink, and be merry. The kids often played with the billiard balls rolling them down the stairs so they would have a good excuse to retrieve them and see the festivities. One night during a party, one of the girls lost their balance on the top stair and fell to her death. Visitors to the home recall hearing the sound of a billiard ball rolling back and forth on the floor.
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