With October right around the corner, ghost tour companies in one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. are hoping to recoup some of the losses due to the shutdown earlier this year.
One of those companies is Savannah Supernatural Tours.
Jodie Thomas started the company in Feb. 2019, and like so many others, had to close for a few months. "It was so strange seeing everything go away in April."
Now that Thomas is able to start tours again, he said he’s happy to see how well his guests are responding to new safety regulations.
"There are still a lot of people who are out taking tours right now."
Thomas wears a mask during his tours and lets his guests know about the city’s mask ordinance. He also limits the size of his tour groups. According to Thomas, Savannah allows up to 30 people on a tour, but he’s been keeping his under 20.
Thomas is in no rush to add to the haunted Hostess City’s ghost count.
On a hot Saturday night, I met with Thomas on one of his ghost tours. It started in the basement of the Moon River Brewing Company. Originally built in 1821, and known as the City Hotel, the building that currently houses the brewery has been featured on various paranormal programs such as BuzzFeed’s "Unsolved: Supernatural" and "Ghost Adventures."
While many countries are dealing with the current pandemic, Thomas likes to remind his guests that Savannah has seen something similar before. He told our group that 1820 was a year everyone wanted to forget due to the widespread death and sickness.
"We had a yellow fever epidemic in 1820. Our final death toll for just three months of the fall was 666 documented deaths."
1821 saw a recovery. Part of that recovery included the opening of the building we were standing in as a hotel.
"I always give them a good dose of history and then a good dose of haunted."
Walking the streets as Thomas talks about the strange tales and even stranger deaths Savannah has seen certainly puts our current situation into perspective.
Thomas reminds each tour group that Savannah keeps moving forward. He said he hopes that means we’ll see a return to normal sooner rather than later.
"I have a feeling that October will pick up. I’m already seeing some pre-bookings."