There are tons of haunted houses and scary realistic escape games in Georgia, but let's not forget that the state's rich history has it crawling with paranormal activity. Afterall, Savannah is one of the country's most haunted cities. Among the spooky spots riddled with ghostly supernatural sights and sounds are all the abandoned properties in Georgia, including the state's oldest jail on the outskirts of Oconee National Forest.
I guess we could say that Oconee National Forest gives off creepy vibes because it also houses Scull Shoals Experimental Forest (the name itself says enough) which contains ruins from the 1700s that stand after the park was devoured by a flood. The Old Gaol prison right outside the park makes it even spookier.
The Old Gaol prison, located in the tiny town of Greensboro, is a historical site that is said to be the oldest standing jail in the entire state. From looks alone, you are bound to sense some spooky spirits, but the history of the cell makes it that much more chilling. The aesthetic of the unaltered bastille-esque structure from 1807 will make you feel like you time-traveled back to the early 19th century.
The weathered stone walls and castellated rooftop set the foundation for the two-foot thick, two-story high establishment.
The most sinister part of it all is that during this era, hanging was a legal form of execution in Georgia. So yes, you guessed it, prisoners where hanged to their death from the ceilings of Old Gaol. Execution also occurred with the gallows and trap doors inside the prison. Spooked yet?
If that's not enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up, you can actually go inside the prison to check it out. If you are prone to sensing the supernatural, we can almost guarantee your paranormal radar will be shrieking at this point. All you have to do is visit Genuine Georgia in downtown Greensboro to grab a set of keys. Let the paranormal games begin.
The Old Gaol Jail
Address: N East St, Greensboro, GA 30642
Why You Need To Go: To experience freaky spirit-ridden history by stepping foot inside the states's oldest, murderous prison.