Moon River Brewing Company is located in the heart of Savannah Georgia.
In one of the oldest cities in America, there is a lot of history to be found. The buildings in Savannah are old and beautiful with architecture that has remained true to its roots. Some of the most interesting Savannah history can be found at The Moon River Brewing Company.
When the building was erected in 1821 it served as a hotel. The owner, Elazer Early and his wife commissioned it to be built. It was made to be the City Hotel which was a haven for the rich and famous who wanted to see the beautiful, quiet city of Savannah. Notable guests include James Audubon who like the hotel so much he stayed for six months.
The City Hotel was, and is, one of the most beautiful buildings in Savannah. It has been a landmark in the south since it was first built and none of the things that have happened there have stopped that from being true. The building that houses the brewery has been gorgeous since it was built and it still remains a gorgeous building to go see whether you want to see a ghost or not.
Sadly the City Hotel closed in 1864. This was a little before General Sherman took Savannah during the Civil War. The City Hotel never re-opened after the war and the building has been building a history since then. It has not been a hotel again, but it has seen quite a few owners.
Notably, the building was used as a hospital many times. Savannah has seen many yellow fever outbreaks over time. The brewery building was used as a hospital and housing for yellow fever victims. It is estimated hundreds of people, mostly children, died on the upper floors of the building during these outbreaks.
The building was passed from business to business for quite some time, as seems to happen to haunted buildings, before sitting empty for twenty years. The Moon River Brewing Company saw the potential of this historical building and decided to buy it and set up their business. Since purchasing the building the brewery and its patrons have seen their fair share of ghosts which has only added to the rumors of a haunting.