The Haunted Moon River Brewing Company!

Moon River Brewing Company

The Place: The Moon River Brewing Company is a restaurant, bar, and brewing facility in Savannah, Georgia.

The History: Though the brewery opened its doors in 1999, the building it occupies was once the City Hotel, the first hotel in Savannah, Georgia. Built in 1821, the City Hotel hosted a number of notable guests in addition to serving as a post office and bank. The hotel closed in 1864, just before General Sherman invaded the city, and went on to become a lumber and coal warehouse, a general storage facility, and an office supply store before owners transformed the building into a modern-day brewery.

The Haunting: Today, the Moon River Brewing Company consists of a basement level, a restaurant on the main floor, and three vacant stories that look much the way they did when Charleston native Elazer Early built the City Hotel in 1821. Could this be why the building appears to be such a paranormal hot spot?

The brew pub certainly has no shortage of strange reports. Moon River employees have witnessed bottles flying off shelves, silverware sliding off dining room tables, and shadowy figures roaming about the building. Women in 19th-century clothing reportedly walk up and down stairwells, while the ghost of a child named Toby is said to steal balls from the basement pool table. One customer, a police officer, insists he spotted the ghost of a Union soldier. The general manager felt an unseen entity push past him in a doorway, while a female guest claims a demonic entity attacked her in the basement. Footprints appear in empty rooms, and all efforts to renovate the building have been thwarted by a hostile spirit who once pushed a foreman’s wife down a flight of stairs.

In 2009, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures visited the Moon River Brewing Company and recorded a number of strange events, including footsteps, knocking, dragging sounds, disembodied voices, and a shadowy form thought to belong to the spirit named Toby. Ghost hunter Nick Groff was also reportedly possessed by one of the building’s spirits.


Official site:

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).