Kehoe House – Chatham County, Savannah, Georgia
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123 Habersham Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
The historic William Kehoe Inn has been renovated and restored to make it into the four story grandeur that it is today. This classic Victorian was turned into a bed and breakfast in 1992, and then renovated and remodeled further to make it into a four-star luxury inn that stands proudly on Habersham Street today.
The inn was named after Mr. William Kehoe, who migrated here from Ireland when he was ten years old. William came from a poor, but God-fearing family. However, when William grew up he flourished in the iron business and became quite wealthy.
William married a woman named Annie and together they had ten children. No one really knows for sure how many children Annie birthed; it is thought that a few may have died of birthing complications or disease. The only certain deaths among the Kehoe children was a set of twins who apparently were playing and had some sort of fatal accident in the chimney, killing both children.
Many who have visited this inn have reported hearing children’s voices and the sounds of children running and playing on the second and third floors. One guest in particular claimed that she was awakened in the middle of the night by someone gently stroking her hair and cheek. When she opened her eyes she was face to face with a child who quickly disappeared right before her eyes.
William spent a lot of time on the fourth floor where he had made himself a little retreat. This was his quiet spot to relax and enjoy some peace and solitude. William’s apparition has been said to use this same room in the evening hours and many have reported the lights being on there, when no living person was responsible.
One of the desk clerks also assumed it was William who rang the doorbell three times one night only to have the clerk open the door to an empty terrace. After the third time, the clerk sat back down and suddenly all of the doors on the first floor opened on their own!
Annie spent quite a bit of time with her children and at night she would routinely tuck all of the children into bed on the second and third floors. It is said that Annie still looks after those who are sleeping on these floors. Annie’s apparition has been seen sitting on the bed next to awakened guests and once she was reported to have kissed one of the former owners on the cheek. The strong scent of roses has been associated with Annie’s apparition and her presence has been reportedly felt by many on the second and third floors.