The Ghosts of the 17Hundred90 Inn
One of the most visited haunted places in Savannah Georgia is the 17Hundred90 Inn on President Street in the historic district. Almost every haunted pub crawl in Savannah stops at the bar of the 17Hundred90. The building which now houses the 17Hundred90 is actually three buildings in total. The first two parts of this haunted building were constructed in the years between 1821 and 1823. A third part, the eastern part of the building was built in 1888. It doesn’t matter which part of the 17Hundred90 you find yourself in, the possibility of having a ghostly run-in is high at the 17Hundred90.
The most well-known ghost at the 17Hundred90 Inn is the ghost of Anne. Anne has been seen on the top floor of the Inn, in room 204 specifically. Anne, as she is called by the staff, seems to enjoy messing with people and their belongings. Guests who stay in room 204 regularly report having their belongings messed with, rearranged…or even come up missing. People have also said they feel the presence of Anne while staying in the room. Sheets have been tugged by an unseen force, the sobs of a woman crying have emanated from the dark corners of room 204 after the lights go out. It is no wonder that people who come to Savannah hoping for an encounter with a ghost ask to stay in room 204. Those hoping to have an encounter with the ghost they call Anne are not often let down.
So, who is this ‘Anne’? Well, the story goes, that there was a woman living in the building which makes up the east part of the building. Different variations of this story pop up, the premise is the same. Suffering from a loss of a loved one, Anne threw herself over the railing of her second story balcony. Her body smashed into the brick courtyard below, cutting her life short. There are a few problems with this story, though, all of the variations.
The first Anne associated with the 17Hundred90 Inn is Anne White, the wife of Steele White. Steele was the gentleman who was responsible for the building of the first two parts of the building. However, Steele was not around for the finish of construction. He died in a horse riding accident in 1823. His widow, Anne, was obviously heartbroken. This fits the story being told so far. However, after Steele died, she moved from the house. She moved out to the Isle of Hope, south of Savannah. She lived with her sister and her brother in law for a number of years. In addition to this, the part of the building that Anne reportedly jumped from, wasn’t even built until 1888. This two facts seem to rule out Anne White from being the Anne in the ghost story that is commonly told. So, who else could it be?
In 1888, the Powers family bought the building that houses the 17Hundred90. They also added the third part of the building, the east portion of the building. It was this part of the building that Anne reportedly threw herself from. Well, it turns out there was an Anne who lived there, Anne Powers. This is also the name of the Anne who is mentioned in the story. So, is it possible that this is the Anne who was mentioned in the story? Unfortunately, history doesn’t seem to support it.
Anne Powers lived to be in her 80′s. Until her time of death, she resided at 128 Lincoln Street, where the 17Hundred90 is located now. She is mentioned in the 1920 census as being 78 years of age. If you go back and look at an earlier census, they show Anne has lived at that address for a long time, since the 1890 census. Her husband also lived there, Patrick. At the time of the 1920 census, he was 82 years of age. So, was this our Anne, the one who threw herself from the balcony after her husband went off to sea? Very unlikely, actually, I say absolutely not.
So, who is this ‘Anne’ who seems to haunt parts of the 17Hundred90 Inn? I don’t know. I can’t find anyone who lived there, named Anne, that fits the story. Is it possible that someone jumped from the balcony, killing themselves. I guess it is possible, even though I cannot find evidence to support this. I suspect that the ghost that everyone calls Anne is someone who was associated with the building, but not necessarily died there.
Another ghost which has been reported at the 17Hundred90 over the years seems to enjoy taking up residence in the kitchen. This ghost is much more sinister in nature than the ghost which is sometimes seen upstairs. Apparently the ghost which haunts the kitchen isn't very fond of women being in the kitchen. Pots have been thrown, people have been pushed or touched, and pranks have been pulled on women who are working in or around the kitchen. Staff members who have been working late at night in the area of the bar or kitchen have had unnerving things happen to them. While all alone in the 17Hundred90 they will hear the sounds of someone moving in the kitchen, pots banging together and the sound of metal jingling.
The staff believes this is the ghost of a servant who used to serve the family who lived in the house. The woman in question, who's name I cannot track down, was believed to be a practitioner of Voodoo. If this is true, does her believe in the power of Voodoo help fuel the hauntings which are reported in the bar and kitchen area of the 17Hundred90? It certainly seems possible.
The best way to experience the ghosts of the 17Hundred90, or at least, try, is to stay at the Inn. Room 204 is said to be the room with the most activity. You can find out more information about the accommodations at the 17Hundred90, as well as their bar and restaurant by visiting their website. Another great way to experience the 17Hundred90 Inn is by taking a Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl. In addition to spending time and getting at drink at the 17Hundred90 Inn, you guide will walk with you as you go to some of the most haunted bars and pubs in Savannah Georgia.
The 17Hundred90 Inn is located at 307 East Presidents Street in the Historic District of Savannah Georgia. You can also find it by locating the intersections of Presidents and Lincoln Streets.