In an old worn down building on East State Street in Savannah sits Bradley's Lock and Key. On some of our Savannah Ghost Tours we pass by Bradley's and inevitably someone has a question about it. Since we do not stop at Bradley's Lock and Key during every tour I figured I would share a little information with you about this fascinating location in Savannah.
The building which houses Bradley's Lock and Key was built in 1855 for Patrick Duffy. After transferring hands for the first few years, the building became home to Bradley's Lock and Key. As the signs placed on the side of the building state, they have been in business here since 1883. While on your Savannah ghost tour with us, if you have any questions or would like to stop and hear the stories of the ghosts of Bradley's Lock and Key make sure to let us know.
When you look inside of the Shoppe while on your ghost tour you will notice that the entire store is filled with all sorts of nostalgic goodness. A common theory when dealing with ghosts and spirits is that they can attach themselves to objects. Another way of seeing this is that if an object meant a lot to a person it can retain the person's energy, which sometimes exhibits itself as a spirit or ghost. Bradley's Lock and Key would be an excellent setting for Attachment Hauntings to take place. Hauntings that occur because of attachment to objects tend to be residual hauntings. Residual hauntings are hauntings with no intelligence behind them. Events which happen over and over again are considered residual hauntings.
While I have not personally experienced any of the hauntings which take place at this location many other people have. Shadowy figures have been reported being seen moving through the aisles of old tools and other assorted oddities at night. Above the store is an apartment. Over the years, people have come forward, who live in this apartment, and reported all sorts of strange phenomena. Objects moving by themselves, strange scents and sounds, ghostly figures...you name it, this place seems to have it.
One interesting piece of information regarding this location is the idea that the ghost of Harry Houdini may be haunting Bradley's Lock and Key. While I personally find this to be a little far fetched, as the relationship between the Houdini's and this location tend to be exaggerated, I have no idea. I have never investigated this location though it is on the list. Once we spend a few nights inside we will be sure to report back on anything we find.
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