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Ghostly Narratives: Haunted Tourism at Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia

Author(s): Brenna E Adams

Year: 2016

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This paper examines material culture as well as the ghost tourism of Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. Colonial Park is a hot spot not only for ghostly activity but also for stops on numerous Savannah walking ghost tours. However, the information presented on many ghost tours often ignores or alters the history of the cemetery. The tours often embellish certain events, such as the 1820 yellow fever epidemic, but perhaps more importantly, they ignore aspects of the cemetery’s history, like its refusal to bury or even establish a cemetery for slaves until the early 1800s. This paper will discuss the haunting of Colonial Park not only by restless spirits, but also by those forgotten in historical retellings of the cemetery’s past.


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Ghostly Narratives: Haunted Tourism at Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia. Brenna E Adams. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434480)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 570

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America