The Hanging of Alice Riley at the gallows that once stood in Wright Square is a popular story on ghost tours. Irish immigrant Alice Riley was allegedly the first woman to be executed in Georgia. She was the indentured servant to a cruel man, and after she could take no more rapes and beatings, she drowned him in his bath water. As Alice was pregnant, she was allowed to live for 8 months in the jail until her child was born, and then she was promptly hung from the gallows. Locals say Alice’s spirit sometimes can be seen in Wright Square. She’s dressed in rags and searching for her baby, unaware that the baby died shortly after it was born.
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- Wright Square
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- 32.0779179, -81.09228039999999
- Chatham County, Georgia
- Nearest Towns:
- Savannah, GA (0.6 mi.)
Thunderbolt, GA (3.9 mi.)
Garden City, GA (4.4 mi.)
Whitemarsh Island, GA (5.6 mi.)
Port Wentworth, GA (6.4 mi.)
Isle of Hope, GA (6.9 mi.)
Vernonburg, GA (7.9 mi.)
Wilmington Island, GA (8.6 mi.)
Pooler, GA (9.4 mi.)
Montgomery, GA (9.7 mi.)
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