If you’re headed near Georgia, I suggest you spend a little quality time in the beautiful town of Savannah. And hop aboard an open-topped hearse while you’re there.
An easy way to learn a bit of the history of Savannah is to join a 75-minute tour run by Hearse Ghost Tours. My producer recently did just that, and her guide was Mike Bolechala, known locally as “Mad Mike” Bolechala.
Mike told his clients that one reason there are so many reports of ghosts in town is that so many Civil War soldiers died there in battle. It’s not uncommon for someone to begin digging a pool in their backyard and encounter the remains of the dead.
This city, of course, was made famous in the best-selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, but with its mansions and oaks dripping with moss, it’s also the story of a city’s re-birth. Savannah fell into disrepair early in the 20th century, but concerned citizens and historic preservationists revived in in the ‘70s.
Oh, and it’s sort of a liberal place. Mad Mike says feel free to bring along a cocktail during your tour around town. You might need a cocktail after you hear some of his stories.