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Lovely suite, lovely neighborhood, lovely Savannah!
I could not have been more pleased with the entire accommodation! I felt as though I had a chic apartment, in a fun, mature and inclusive end of town. Perfect for this Yankee Millennial. Can't wait to come back and will stay at Galloway again!
For those visiting in the summer months or simply those that like to pack light, there is washer/dryer access which is a real help! A full kitchen can allow for an entire cozy day indoors, complete with coffee! For the same pricing as flimsy and spartan Air BnB’s or corporate hotels, I was grateful we chose a real Southern gem to rest and cooldown in July. Our trip was greatly enhanced by the Galloway House Inn experience!
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Huge and comfortable bed with personal reading lamps. Lovely living room set-up. Beautiful artwork and decor. Could feel it was a well-loved home and a cherished space.
Gorgeous and cozy front porch. Tropical oasis of a private back garden. Hosts are easy to communicate with and generous in their help. They are open to socializing or giving you 100% privacy; something for both extroverts and introverts to enjoy!
A block or two in any direction leads you to a variety of restaurants for all meals and cravings of the day! To venture into town, the free Trolley has a stop right nearby.
Personalized, private entry to lodging. Abundant shades and curtains. Two Great Danes also reside on the premises- nature's guards!
Quality and quirky breakfast, lunch and dinner spots all around. Close to Bull Street with lots of restaurants and bars, but not so close that you hear any merry-making in the late hours!
Sue and Ari
Boca Raton, FL
July 2024


Nothing short of spectacular!
The Galloway house was nothing short of magical. It was an all-around 5 Star experience in an historic Inn. The Inn keeper Keith was lovely and beyond accommodating. The property is lush and the location perfect. Quiet and feels cozy like home. Don’t forget to spend some time on the front porch.
Room Tip: Make time for a picnic on the front porch one evening! It’s magical.
Tom and Penny
Atlanta, GA
July 2024

Wonderful Experience, First Class Luxury Accommodations, Southern Style.
Stayed in the Renwick Suite. It had the style and charm of a bygone era. Clean, comfortable and very relaxing. Our hosts were very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. Since we were there during the Kentucky Derby, even invited us to the Derby Day party in the main house along with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Francis and Dalton
Ft. Worth, TX
June 2024

Beautiful home in a great area of town!
We absolutely loved our carriage house apartment. It was roomy, beautiful and had everything we needed. The bottled water and coffee were especially a nice addition. The bed was very comfortable and loved the large walk-in bathroom shower.
My favorite part was the main home front porch. We spent lots of afternoon time reading and relaxing There were some great restaurants and coffee shops within a few blocks. It’s a quiet and safe area of town. The owners were great to talk with too!
Red and Macey
St. Louis, MO
May 2024

We would definitely recommend the Galloway House Inn to anyone!!
We really enjoyed our stay. Keith and Jim were great hosts and provided lots of local restaurant suggestions. The accommodations at the Turner Loft suite was perfect!!
Mary and Hansen
Tampa, FL
April 2024

Plush and Serene!
The Galloway House is the perfect location from which to explore Savannah. It's easy enough to get to the big tourist sites, and we were happy to be in this peaceful residential neighborhood once the weekend crowds descended on downtown.
There are also several excellent restaurants and bars right nearby.
Our host Keith was full of good advice, and provided a lavishly decorated, very comfortable suite of rooms, including kitchen stocked with coffee, tea and ice water.
A charming garden and gorgeous front porch provided additional spots for soaking up the lovely atmosphere. Hope to return someday.
Jerry and Maria
Scranton, PA
March 2024

Highly Recommend the Galloway House Inn
Our experience at the Galloway House Inn was wonderful. Our two night stay in the Renwick Suite of this charming southern inn was very comfortable. The suite was clean and offered all the amenities needed for a longer stay.
Keith, our host was very hospitable and accommodating. Even though we arrived a few hours before our check-in time, he welcomed us and met us at the curb to show us around and give us a brief description of the history of the inn, the neighborhood, and Savannah. He even joined us on the quaint porch one evening for a cocktail and some pleasant conversation.
The inn is within walking distance of a few nice restaurants and the free shuttle to the historic district. We walked the 1.5 miles into the historic district, but opted for the free shuttle back after a long day of exploring Savannah by foot. My husband and I would highly recommend a stay at the Galloway House Inn for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Savannah and experience some true southern charm and hospitality.
John and Bev
Orlando, FL
March 2024

Home away from home in charming Savannah
Beautiful historic home in a great location. Jim and Keith are wonderful hosts and very responsive to our needs. Love the third floor loft with its charm and sunny balcony. Everything you need to make it feel like home. Very comfortable stay in a lovely city.
Scott and Nancy
Nashville, TN
February 2024

Perfect in Every Way!
Absolutely perfect! We thoroughly enjoyed our 4-night stay while visiting our daughter. The room was beautiful and comfortable, quiet and private. It was extremely clean and the lush grounds are lovingly maintained.
Take a moment (even if you’re constantly busy and having to rush off) and enjoy the amazing front porch, it will re-set your day.
The location is great, there are fantastic restaurants within walking distance, and they’re better than the restaurants in the crowded tourist section. We have no complaints and look forward to visiting again next year. Thank you Jim and Keith!
Marsha and JB
Pickens, SC
December 2023

Great Getaway in Historic Savannah
We enjoyed the carriage house for 2 nights. Keith the host met us upon arrival, explained the accommodations and spent some time explaining what Savannah has to offer. He is very personable. We really felt at home in the carriage house. It had all of the amenities that we needed.
The grounds are impeccable - landscaped like a resort!
The Galloway House is located on a quiet street in a residential neighborhood, yet an easy walk to the Savannah historic district. We walked downtown, to historic sites, and out to dinner (great dinner recommendations from Keith). Fun couple of days.
Yolanda and David
Linville, OH
October 2023

A Great Find!
I am glad that I trusted all the positive reviews of the Galloway House Inn. The Caroline Suite was lovely - every room was perfectly decorated, clean, and comfortable. We appreciated the great mattress, high quality sheets and towels, reading lights on both sides of the bed, and the ease of free parking on the street.
The location turned out to be great too -- an easy walk to Forsyth Park etc. and many restaurants (we really liked Cotton and Rye). Highly recommend Galloway House Inn!
Daniel and Diane
Jupiter, FL
November 2023

Southern Style, Southern Hospitality
My wife and I chose wisely during our recent stay in Savannah, opting for the quiet, peaceful elegance of the Galloway House rather than the frenetic, tourist-filled downtown riverfront area. It meant a pleasant 30-minute walk to the historic district, but gave us a chance to enjoy the fabulous Forsyth Park and the equally fabulous weather.
It also meant no pay-through-the-nose parking fees and major driving stress in downtown Savannah. If you prefer not to walk, the free trolley to downtown and back stops just a couple of blocks away. Don't trust their schedule too much, though.
Jim and Keith are superb hosts, jealously guarding their guests' peace and privacy, while quick to make suggestions on any aspect of the city which they obviously love. There are several delightful small restaurants and cafes within a few blocks which we thoroughly enjoyed--patronized by the locals (meaning they are good) rather than by the tourist crowd.
The Inn is impeccably clean, quiet, and each unique room has all necessary amenities. The bed was the most comfortable I've enjoyed in all our travels. The Inn's garden is a delight.
Highly recommended. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Tony and Liz
Ashville, NC
October 2023

2 Night Stay
Stayed here for a couple of nights with one of my friends and it was pretty solid. The first night we ended up having a third person which was against the rules so we got fined $300 which sucked, but I kind of understand because of how they actually live there. It was our fault (we didn’t read the terms and conditions). So don’t do that but the hosts were super nice as well as their home. I wouldn’t recommend this for friends visiting together, but more so for a couples trip. The garden is really pretty and the front porch is also awesome. Trollies make is easy to get to places and they recommend you local spots which were really nice.
Brad and friend
River Side, LA
October 2023

Great Place, Great Location
Great place to stay if you want to experience Savannah. Keith was an awesome host. He gave us great recommendations on resturants and places to go. He really knew the history of Savannah. The place was cozy and bed was very comfortable, with every thing you should need. The front porch will a bottle of wine is a must.
Jake and Jo
St. Pete’s, FL
June 2023

Love this place, this is my third time staying in the Remington Suite!
Just like the last 2 times it was perfection! I love this place! It’s very convenient to get on the free shuttle to tour Savannah… it is impeccably clean, the linens and beds are very soothing and comfortable..it’s great to have a full kitchen so I can save on eating out… I particularly favored the sun porch to read and enjoy my morning coffee… the Galloway House is also a great value!! Thank you Jim and Keith for your hospitality!
Nicole and Mike
St. Aug. FL
June 2023

Beautiful Place!
The house was beautiful with all the described amenities
Front porch was really nice
Our room was very clean
Close to historic district and great restaurants nearby
Jim was a very gracious host
Savanah is a beautiful city with nice oaks and many courtyards
Amber and Brandon
Charleston, SC
June 2023

Perfect
Everything was impeccable, absolutely the cleanest vacation house I’ve ever stayed in. Very comfortable furnishings and beds. The hosts are so helpful about the area and getting around the city. All of the amenities you might need are provided. Will definitely be our Savannah go to.
Ryan and Anthony
Brimingham, AL
May 2023

Experience a Real Savannah Neighborhood
A totally charming place in a delightful residential neighborhood full of coffee shops and good restaurants.
The host was extremely helpful in pointing out the free trolly and interesting sights to take in.
Our carriage house was well equipped, well decorated and really felt like home. There were brochures in the room to suggest local sights, note pads to use for planning and fresh coffee beans and a grinder for that morning necessity. Would stay there again anytime.
Dan and Lisa
Perry, FL
April 2023

Great Couples Getaway!
Wife and I had a couple of days to see Savannah prior to our trip to the Masters. The Galloway was perfect for us as we enjoy a more “local” vibe and Jim and Keith gave us great advice on places to go. Highly recommend this beautiful facility and make sure to hit up Elizabeth’s for dinner just a couple blocks away! Thanks Keith and Jim!!!
Alex and Liz
Jesup, GA
April 2023

An Exceptional Stay
Jim met us upon arrival and shared a lot of great information about nearby restaurants and the free shuttle to the riverfront, which was only 2 short blocks away. Our comfortable room was more of an apartment, with full kitchen, bedroom, bath, and living room (with recliner, couch, tv). Our door opened into a beautiful back garden. Savannah is fantastic.
Walt and Sarah
Milledgeville, GA
April 2023

Place was Amazing
We loved staying at this location. We stayed in the Carolina suite which was perfect size for two of us. Jim, the host/owner was amazing and gave us great recommendations for restaurants nearby. Location was really good and accessibility to downtown was very quick wither walking or free shuttle . Would stay here again for sure.
Jennifer and Robert
Gainesville, FL
March 2023

 

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"A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly." Homer 750 BC

 

 

Parking

Parking is plentiful and free in our neighborhood!

The FREE Savannah Visitor's Trolley stops just around the corner, so most of our guests park their cars until they're heading home. 

We also have parking for two cars on our property, we ask our guests to park on the street whenever possible so if there's an event in the neighborhood there's off-street parking available. 

 

Savannah's 200th St. Patrick's Day Celebration


 

2024 - March 15th, 16th* and 17th

 

*The Parade will be on Saturday, the 16th.

Remington Suite - 4 Guests, 3 Nights $2,547.00 + Taxes

Caroline Suite - 2 Guests, 3 Nights $1,948.50 + Taxes

Renwick Suite - 2 Guests, 3 Nights $1,903.50 + Taxes

Turner Loft Suite - 2 Guests, 3 Nights $1,858.50 + Taxes

 


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Savannah Free Visitor's Trolley Stops at the Corner

  • Go Everywhere Fast and Free
  • Runs Every 10 Minutes
  • 20+ Stops in Historic Savannah
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Extended Stay Rates

Stays for 31 or More Consecutive Nights Are Exempt from All Taxes. Please call 912-658-4419 for additional information.

 

Following is an article from the Savannah Morning News / USA TODAY NETWORK.

 

Meet The Galloway House Inn's Permanent Guest

 

Spectral former owner is known to chat up guests

Enocha Edenfield, Savannah Morning News / USA TODAY NETWORK

Savannah has no shortage of haunted hotels; inns, and B&Bs.

If you go on any of the ghost tours, you're bound to hear about the Civil War soldier wandering the Marshall House in search of his amputated arm or poor Wally, the unidentified body found in a wall during renovations. You may also hear about the Confederate soldiers sometimes spotted peering out of the windows of the Eliza Thompson Inn or how Lottie Churchill was driven insane with grief after she poisoned her mother and is now doomed to haunt the Forsyth Park Inn for eternity.

But one story you may not have heard is the tale of an unusually timed death that haunts a home-turned-inn just outside of the ghost tour routes.

Sitting in my car outside the Galloway House Inn on East 35th Street to wait out a summer morning storm, I had a chance to really look at the old home. If I hadn't already dug into the home's history before arriving, the thought that it could be haunted wouldn't have even. occurred to me. It looks cheerful which is probably how owners Keith Galloway and Jim Klotz prefer it.

Walking up the stairs to the front porch, I spot the only clue that there may be more to this home than it appears: dragon sconces on either side of the front door. Suddenly, I'm struck by the mental image of Gary Oldman's Dracula trading in the flowing capes and coats for a Mr. Rogers sweater to live as a quaint inn owner in Savannah.

Keith pops up from the nearby car-port to say hello and show me around, the home. He doesn't look like Gary Oldman or any version of Dracula I've ever seen, but he happily explains the history of the home and everything he discovered after buying it.  Keith tells Me that soon after he bought the home in 2005 he met a man who said he had worked there. He assumed the man had been 'a gardener or handyman.

“He said, 'I brought the bodies through the kitchen.’"

Anything can be normal in Savannah, but I was unaware my home was lacking a body-hauling guy.

Keith explains that after the shock wore off the man went on to tell him how the house had been a funeral home for a while.

The dining room had been the viewing room and the back bedroom on the first floor had been the embalming room.

That's certainly creepy, but I've never believed that funeral homes are automatically haunted. In my personal experience, ghosts tend to pop up in locations where they had a significant tie.

Someone who definitely had a tie to the building was the first owner Richard Martin Lester.

Keith researched the home's history at the Georgia Historical Society and the Bull Street Library and found Richard's name to add to the inn's website.

“When I went to the library, I found his death certificate on file.”

The cause of death was listed as "strangulation by hanging suicide.” Nothing I've found or Keith has found points to a reason for Richard to commit suicide. He was 50. He was a successful lawyer with a wife and two daughters.  As far as I know, no note was left.

While Keith admits he's never had an experience with Richard's ghost, he's definitely still around, and it seems he's collected some of his belongings.

Somewhere around 2010, some people who had bought documents at an auction reached out to him.

"All the documents had the same name on them, and there was one photograph: On the back of the photograph, it said Richard Martin Lester."

They decided the documents belonged at the Galloway house. "’ They just handed me this box and said, 'I think these have been here before.’"

Each suite now has one of those documents framed on the wall. Richard's picture, death certificate, and a diploma from Yale hang in a corner near the entrance.

Keith is clearly still perplexed about why Richard would kill himself, but he thinks there may be a connection to the timing of Richard's father.

According to old newspaper clippings covering the death and funeral arrangements, Daniel Lester was already on his way from Oklahoma to visit his son in Savannah. He was met at the train station, told of his son's death, and immediately led to the funeral.

Since it was a suicide, Richard's funeral was held in his home instead of at a church. He was buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.

 

Five years after his son's death, Daniel Lester would also be buried in. the same cemetery, but his large headstone would be put in front of Richard's, completely hiding it from the view of anyone passing by.

Was it Daniel's way of shielding his son from prying eyes? I'm not sure, but it did make it harder for me to find. Keith tells me that multiple guests have had experiences with Richard or at least spirit in the house.

"There were some women from Michigan who were staying in that back bedroom. One of them heard a noise and she sat up. At the foot of the bed, there was a man standing. She screamed bloody murder. It was like the neighborhood woke up, and he just vanished.

At the time, Keith shrugged it off as the power of suggestion and being in an old home that sometimes makes strange sounds. "Then I had a carpenter. His name was Kelly. He was a good old boy from small-town Georgia, drove a pickup truck, and didn't talk much.

"He just said to me, out of the blue one day, 'You know I've seen him. That Lester guy."'

According to the carpenter, Richard's ghost likes to hang out on the third floor in broad daylight. Keith tells me another Savannah group booked a room just to try to communicate with Richard. Because he was concerned about them accidentally burning the house down with candles or scaring other guests, he told them they could conduct their paranormal business in the backyard.

According to the couple, they were able to speak with Richard. He told them he liked the changes to the house, but as soon as they mentioned his death, he vanished.

The strange history of the home isn't promoted on the Galloway House Inn's website, but it isn't really hidden either.

Keith is upfront about the funeral home and Richard's death if people ask.

"I run a business. I don't really want to be 'entertainment'. I feel it's a sad situation. Somebody ' ended their own life. It’s a bit ghoulish to promote it. We just ask people to be respectful."

I agree.

Richard Martin Lester was a real person. He clearly had troubles.

While I love hearing about people's ghostly encounters at haunted inns, the experiences here seem to have an undercurrent of tragedy that pulls at the heartstrings.

I can't speak for Richard, but personally, I'm happy his haunted home isn't on any of the ghost tours.

Richard Martin Lester

Richard Martin Lester

 

 


Enocha Eden field is no stranger to Savannah ghosts. You can find more of her ghost explorations on YouTube and TikTok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built in 1895 and restored in 2007, the Galloway House Inn is not an interpretation of Savannah history, it is a part of Savannah history.

The original owners of the house, the Lester family, were the subject of John Jakes's civil war novel “Savannah” and at the time were considered to be among the most prominent and wealthiest families in Georgia.

Today guests enjoy one and two-bedroom suites furnished in classic Savannah style, antique furniture, period oil paintings, and eclectic artifacts of local history, all coming together to create a special edge of style and history.

Located on a quiet residential street, just off Thomas Square and just 1.6 miles south of the Savannah River.

 

The South's Best Neighborhood 2020

#1 Thomas Square / Starland in Savannah, Georgia)

Like so many great Southern neighborhoods, the area Savannah locals call “Thomas Sq. / Starland” brings together gorgeous, well-preserved historic architecture, good restaurants (from fine dining to brewpubs), and trendy nightspots. From stalwarts like Elizabeth on 37th and Back in the Day Bakery to places like Green Truck Pub, which helped revitalize Thomas Sq. / Starland, this area has become a food lover’s hot spot in Savannah. Don’t miss The Vault, an Asian-inspired restaurant in a former bank, and local favorite The Atlantic.

 

 

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There is no shortage of history, sultry beauty, and architectural delights. And a visit needn’t cost you much.

* Following is an excerpt from a much longer article.

"My Uber driver dropped me off at the beautifully restored Galloway House Inn, a Neoclassical plantation-style house built-in 1895.

One of the owners, Jim Klotz, met me on the wide, welcoming porch, behind a series of huge white columns, and took me around back to my apartment and it had everything I needed.

The price was right, too — $179 per night booked directly on www.TheGallowayHouse.com. For seasonal specials and promotions, check the inn’s website — which, by the way, has a section dedicated to its possibly being haunted."

 

 

Contact Us

Phone and Text: 912-658-4419 from 8 AM to 8 PM

Email

The Galloway House Inn
107 E. 35th Street
Historic Savannah, GA 31401-8111
USA

 

Your Hosts

We live on the 2nd floor of the main house, when you arrive we'll show you to your suite and answer any questions. During your stay, you can call or text us at any time.

 

Keith Galloway

Keith:

I spent my first 30 years in Chicago, followed by 20 years in Manhattan, and since 2005 I've been in Savannah.

In early 1995 I was living and working in Manhattan, on a Friday afternoon, after a 3 martini lunch and a few months shy of turning 40, I quit my job in Manhattan, a month later I got on a plane headed east and 6 months later return from the west, having traveled through Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morrocco, Egypt, Pakistan, Dubai, India, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Indonesia, and Japan. I'd spent my 40th in a Casablanca nightclub watching belly dancers that were as old and large as they were talented. On other trips, I've traveled through most of Central and South America, Northern and Western Europe, parts of Eastern Europe, Iceland, and Turkey.

In 2005 I came to Savannah looking for a 2nd home and met Jim at a rug auction. A few months later I found this house, it had been vacant for decades and was in pretty rough condition. My real estate agent said I should buy it, fix it up and then rent out the apartments to college students who would pay enough to cover the mortgage! Then someone who lived nearby told me I shouldn't buy it because I was from New York and didn't know what I was doing, so the next day I bought it and moved in with two rescued Great Danes, Charlie and Moose. A year and 9 months later, I woke up on a Monday morning and told all the carpenters and painters that I had had enough,  Friday was their last day, and anything left unfinished would just have to wait.

In 2006 and 2007 I rented a couple of the apartments to some grad students but realized the cost to maintain a house of this size was far more than most of them would pay, so I had to come up with a Plan B. I took up a couple of pictures of the outside of the house, copied some generic living room and bedroom pictures off of the Internet, and used them to create a listing on VRBO.com (Vacation Rental by Owner.com). In July 2007 we got our first reservation and as the students graduated I added their apartments to the VRBO listing. From there things just took off, there was no looking back and I eventually sold my place in Manhattan.


Jim:

Jim is from Baldwinsville, NY and was Exec. Director at Walt Disney World Hotels in Orlando, FL and later at the Weston Hotel in Savannah. He also has four great kids that he does everything for.

Over the last 20 years we've rescued 7 Great Danes, 5 have passed and now we have Emma and Hudson.

Emma is a 130 lb. lap dog born into a Great Dane’s body, and even though she’s been blind since birth, she can always find a comfy lap. Unfortunately, Emma was abused by her previous owner so she's very fearful of strangers.

 

Our most recent rescue, 140 lb. Hudson, waking up from a morning nap on the 2nd-floor porch.

 

 

 


REVIEW: Galloway House Inn, Historic Savannah

"Take a seat on the porch, won’t you?"

Why did this hotel catch your attention?
It’s impossible not to be awed by The Galloway House Inn, a historic mansion. The huge, two-story pillars and immaculate topiary give visitors the impression that they’re about to experience something very special.

What’s the backstory?
The house dates to 1895 and after a succession of owners, sat empty for a while before it was bought by current owner-operator Keith Galloway, who runs the place with his partner Jim Klotz. The Galloway House has been a real labor of love, and that work has paid off in spades: It’s one of the finest inns of its kind in the South.

Tell us about the rooms.
This is an all-suite property with discrete entrances for every suite. Our Caroline Suite had a bedroom, living area, kitchen, and bathroom. The overall decor blended contemporary and rustic pieces. Each suite is different, though, with some filled with antiques and others more bohemian.

Is there a charge for Wi-Fi?
The Wi-Fi is free and fast.

How was the service?
Galloway himself couldn’t be a more welcoming host, lending restaurant suggestions to everyone, regardless of whether they’re first-time guests or repeat visitors.

What type of travelers will you find here?
The hotel draws an affluent, mature crowd that values privacy and space, rather than the communal vibes of a huge full-service hotel.

What about the neighborhood? Does the hotel fit in, and make itself part of the scene?
The hotel, on the edges of the main historic district, sits in a quiet, residential neighborhood that fans of tranquility (and walking) will love. Forsyth Park is only a short walk away, and the rest of downtown is very accessible.

Any other hotel features worth noting?
A stay at a Southern mansion isn’t complete without sipping a cocktail on a front porch—and that’s particularly delightful here.

Bottom line: Worth it? Why?
If it’s your first time in the city, you might consider staying somewhere more in the thick of it, but if you’ve seen the delights of downtown before or want a different Savannah experience, this is the place. It’s hard to imagine a better version of local hospitality.

By Paul Oswell
Contributing Writer

Paul Oswell is a contributing writer for Condé Nast Traveler. He has been a travel writer and journalist since 1999, reporting from all seven continents for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Travel + Leisure, and Dorling Kindersley travel guides, among many other publications. He edits the online travel magazine Shandy Pockets. He has lived in New Orleans since 2010, and he now finds it hard to imagine living anywhere else.

 

Getting Around Town

 

Savannah's Fare Free Trolley - The closest stop is just a block from our front door, we have plenty of maps too.

  • Every 10 minutes or less!
  • Serving 20 stops around the Historic District

Foot – It’s 1.6 miles from the inn to the Savannah River, there are maps and Savannah guidebooks in every suite. Our cobblestone streets have been twisting ankles for centuries, so please wear sensible shoes!

Guided Trolly Tours – Some tour companies will pick up guests at our inn and bring you back afterward, but ask us for current information.

Uber and Lift – Available via their apps.

Pedicabs and Horse Drawn Carriages are also available in Savannah.

 

As of June 22nd, 2022, due to an insurance company policy change, we no longer can accept any animals, including all Service Animals.

There is an exemption in the Americans With Disabilities Act, section 36.104 Definitions, Place of Public Accommodation (1), which states a "Place of lodging, except for an establishment located within a facility that contains not more than five rooms for rent or hire and that actually is occupied by the proprietor of the establishment as the residence of the proprietor." The Galloway House Inn is owner-occupied and has 4 guest suites.

 

Ghosts?

After living in the house for the past 16 years, I can't say that I've ever seen a ghost, but I've never really looked for one either. It's not uncommon to hear a thud or for something to fall off a table in the middle of the night, but I think that's typical in big old houses.

Some guests have seen and spoken to a ghost, but it's usually after taking a late-night haunted Savannah tour and enjoying a few glasses of wine.

Then again, the house does have a history...

 


"Strangulation by Hanging - Suicide"

Richard Martin Lester

Richard Martin Lester

So reads the Cause of Death on the death certificate, dated Saturday, April 3rd, 1926, of the first owner Richard M. Lester and the coroner estimated the time of death to be 1 AM. At the time, most people died at home but if they were somewhere else there was a place to indicate where the death took place, for Mr. Lester this was left blank. Many people have asked me where this happened but I don't know. Although, at the time there were exposed beams located in what is now the Turner Loft Suite, the Caroline Suite, and the basement of the main house.

The Death Notice in the morning edition of the local newspaper on Monday, April 5th, 1926 stated the funeral would be that afternoon at 4:30 if Mr. Lester's father arrived via train from the Oklahoma Territory that afternoon, as expected, the service would be at St. John's Episcopal Church but the afternoon edition of the paper stated the funeral would instead be at  Mr. Lester's residence. At the time most churches did not allow the funeral of a suicide victim but Rev. W. A. Jonnard came to the house to conduct the service and W. L. Gignillat delivered the eulogy, closing with “No friend of his can view his untimely end without profound sorrow-some may be too quick of speech, but those who have looked death squarely in the face and have pondered most on the eternal verities will leave this tragedy as all else which the finite mind cannot fathom with Him who is infinite Love and Wisdom and will only say softly to his own soul “the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away.”

Mr. Lester left behind his wife Victorine and their two daughters, Myrta and Margaret who continued to live in the house.

The obituary was titled "R.M. LESTER RESTS IN BONAVENTURE CEMETERY"

Mr. Lester grew up on Drayton St. across from Forsyth Park, attended Phillips Academy in Andover MA, earned his law degree from Yale, was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Past Master Solomon's Masonic Lodge.

In 2011 local historians Steve and Judy Dunn acquired a box of documents that all had the same name and one photograph was included. The name was Richard Martin Lester and the documents included his law degree from Yale University, written in Latin on parchment, his diploma from the nation's oldest boarding school, Phillips Academy in Andover Mass, and his certificate of nobility from the Solomon's Lodge of the Mystic Shrine of the Masons, this is the only document with his signature. On the back of the image was written "Richard Martin Lester (Attorney), My Grandfather, Mimi and Myrta's Father & husband of Victorine Myrta Cooke Lester (Dower). The Dunn's brought these to the house, handed them to me, and said "I think these have been here before", it had been 85 years since Mr. Lester's death and 7 days before what would have been his 136 birthday.


In the 1950's and 60's the 2nd floor of the house was occupied by Ansa-Call Inc., a telephone answering service.


Hayman-Futrell Funeral Home

In the 70's Hayman-Futrell Funeral Home occupied the first floor. Shortly after buying the house a former employee told me how he’d delivered bodies through the kitchen door, performed the embalming in the back bedroom, and then laid out the deceased in the bay window of what is now the Remington Suite. In the middle of the night, a guest from Michigan saw a man standing at the foot of the bed watching her, she screamed, he vanished.


For some unknown reason, a previous owner installed deadbolt locks on both sides of every door, including every closet, pantry, and bathroom door. One morning a few years ago, a guest found the bedroom doorknob in the bathroom sink.


The house as it looked about 60 years ago.

 

 

 

 


 

We found this little headstone in the backyard, we cleaned it, put it back where we found it and we don't know if there is anything beneath it. A local historian said that as there's no name or date, the child was most likely "born out of wedlock".


“Haunted Homes for Your Next Vacation”

"This 1895 mansion may still be home to its original owner. Guests have reported hearing doors close when no one was there, seeing objects move on their own, and seeing a man at the foot of the bed. This man is thought to be the home’s original owner, Richard Martin Lester, who committed suicide in it in 1926. The mansion is divided into four guest suites."