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“A disservice to tourists, a blight on Savannah”
Review of Sorrel Weed House

Sorrel Weed House
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Owner description: The Sorrel- Weed House operates Historic Savannah Tours and Haunted Ghost Tours in Savannah. Our purpose is to educate the public on the rich neoclassical Greek Revival architecture of the Sorrel- Weed House and the the famous architect Charles Cluskey who designed it, along with and the cultural history of antebellum Savannah Georgia. A focus is also maintained on Civil War Savannah, and the role of Brigadier General Moxley Sorrel CSA. Moxley served under General James Longstreet and wrote "Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer". We also operate Haunted Ghost Tours in Savannah, as The Sorrel- Weed House was featured on Ghost Hunters with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson in 2005, HGTV "If These Walls Could Talk" in 2006, the Travel Channel in 2010, (the Most Terrifying Places in America) and Ghost Adventures with Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin in 2014. In January 1940 - The Society for the Preservation of Savannah Landmarks opened the Sorrel- Weed House to the public. The name of their exhibit was "The Society for the Preservation of Savannah Landmarks Presents a Loan Exhibit of furniture and fine Arts 18th and 19th Centuries at the Sorrel-Weed House on Madison Square. Jan-April 1940" They were founded in 1939 and eventually became the Historic Savannah Foundation. 1954, The Sorrel-Weed House was designated a Georgia State Landmark. It was one of the first houses in Georgia to receive this honor. 2005- The Sorrel Weed House opened to the public for Historic House Tours and Haunted Savannah Ghost Tours. 2010. The Sorrel Weed House was designated a Museum in the State of Georgia.
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“A disservice to tourists, a blight on Savannah”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Purchased a few years ago by a man who ran out of money before he could renovate it, the bottom fell out of the real estate market and he couldn't sell it. What to do? Turn it into a tourist trap-- um, I mean, house museum-- and hope that its historic name will confuse enough people into thinking it's another Green-Meldrim House or Owens-Thomas House; it isn't. The house has a bona fide history, but it is not preserved. Instead, owners have tried to pawn it off as an authentic haunted experience, which is a rather nebulous claim. In a town where just about every other building is haunted, this one is no different, but it is unexceptional in its experience in that the rooms are devoid of period decor-- in fact, devoid of ANY decor-- and you're left to wander its vacant rooms in search of vacant ghosts. A few years ago owners invited some clown to investigate the premises and decided to perform an exorcism gone wrong. Apparently, this goofball opened up some sort of portal through which all sorts of low-level paranormal parasites wander in and out, disturbing the peace long enough to provide the kinds of stories that can be embellished into a full-scale house of horrors. What is authentic about this house is unassuming and unexceptional; the rest is downright foolishness. I pray for the day when someone with the wallet buys this house and restores it to a former prominence that has been unseen for decades.

Visited March 2013
5 Thank Johnny F
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Cleveland, Ohio
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37 reviews
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“Great potential not yet realized.”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

We got of the Trolley Tour to go to this. Got there about 2:15p.m. and the tour had started at the top of the hour, but the girl at the door offered a private tour. The house is under restoration and work was being done while we toured. Much is made of the deaths of several of Mr. Sorrel's wives/mistresses and the suspicious nature of the deaths. This is supposed to be the origins of the hauntings. The details of the house itself is more interesting and some of the wood furniture in the house is beautiful. With a little imagination, you can marvel at what a gem this house must have been and could be again.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Jim K
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Ashburn, Virginia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Guide was great.”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

This was one of the stops on the Old Savannah Trolley Tour. The guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgable about the history of the house. The house itself seemed incomplete. There were a limited number of rooms you could tour and the furnishings weren't impressive. They did have cameras set up in the basement where you could clearly see orbs floating around in the voodoo room.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Susan W
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Perry, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
“Haunted, but not worth my money!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We went on the tour with our middle school/ high school group. Ummmm I just knew they would have some staged freight moments, but it was merely just a tour. At $25 per person, you would think we would run out screaming or at least get a souvenir! For 90 minutes, all we did was listen and learn. I came out cheaper taking the kids on a tour on my own. Yeah, I am certain the house is haunted, isn't most of Savannah, but before I pay my money again, I will do my own research!

Visited February 2013
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Fresno, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2013

After touring the Owens-Thomas home with an excellent, knowledgeable guide, we thought the Sorrel Weed House would also be interesting to see. Although the restoration is still in progress, the work that had been done looked sub-par and the guide provided some information but also quite a bit of chit-chat and joking. Not worth the ten dollar admission, but would love to see this home restored to her former glory.

Visited February 2013
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