The Sorrel Weed House was the first home in Georgia to be declared a State Landmark in 1953. It was designed by Irish-born Charles Cluskey in the Greek Revival and Regency styles and is one of the finest examples of its kind in the state. Its owner, France Sorrel, was a successful commission merchant from the West Indies. It features many interesting architectural elements such as a parapet, elliptical arches, Doric columnns, and an oval-shaped library. Today it is a museum and contains many antique items and furniture. It is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah. According to local lore, an African American slave was murdered in the carriage house, which located behind the main house, by a member of the family. The Sorrel Weed House has been featured on the TV show Ghost Hunters. Ghost Tours are given after 6pm.
Backstory and Context
Frances' son, Moxley, served with distinction in the Civil War. He was a staff officer to Confederate Lt. General James Longstreet and was a hero at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. He was promoted to Brigadier General that same year. Before the start of the war, Robert E. Lee, who would take command of the Army of Virginia, visited the house in 1861. The house opened to the public in 1940 and is managed by the Historic Savannah Foundation. It is also a National Trust Historic Landmark.
"Sorrel-Weed House." Historic Savannah Foundation. Accessed September 21, 2016. http://www.visit-historic-savannah.com/sorrel-weed-house.html.