The Pirate's House, Savannah

The Pirate's House, Savannah

The Pirate's House is a tavern and restaurant thought to be the oldest building still standing in all of Georgia. It wasn't always a tavern, though- the building was originally created to house the gardener that worked on Savannah's botanical garden in 1734. When the botanical garden was deemed unnecessary by 1754, the gardener's building (dubbed the Herb House) was reinvented as an inn for visiting seamen and traders.

Over time, the building attracted the criminal element, as more and more pirates, smugglers, thieves, and criminals visited it. Sailors would be kidnapped from their beds by sea captains in need of men. Since The Pirate's House is the entrance to one of Savannah's underground escape tunnels, the sailors were usually drunk, and many of them were from foreign ports, it wasn't easy to try to track down someone who went missing from the inn. Captain Flint, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, is rumored to have died in one of the bedrooms of the house.

Today, The Pirate's House functions as a restaurant, tavern, and historical house museum. Visiting The Pirate's House you will get more than just a nice Southern meal. Its fun atmosphere and stories about pirates make it an interesting experience for both adults and kids.

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Sight Name: The Pirate's House
Sight Location: Savannah, USA (See walking tours in Savannah)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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