Sorrel Weed House, or the Francis Sorrel
House, is a historic facility located in Savannah,
It represents one of the finest examples of
Savannah and was one of the first two homes in the state of Georgia
to be made a state landmark in 1954. The Sorrel Weed House is open
for historic Savannah tours.
The opening scene of the 1994 movie Forrest
was filmed from the rooftop of the Sorrel-Weed house and
is a popular tourist stop. The scene, which begins with a floating
feather through the Savannah sky, pans the rooftops of other
buildings occupying Madison Square as seen from the very top of the
Sorrel Weed home. The scene is then spliced to a scene of another
church located on Chippewa square, where ultimately, Forrest is
seen sitting on a bench.
The house was investigated by TAPS
during a special 2005
Halloween special episode of Ghost
. The house was also featured on HGTV's "If Walls Could
Talk" in March 2006.
The house was designed by Charles Clusky in 1835, the home was
completed in 1838. Clusky also designed the old governors mansion
in Milledgeville, Georgia. The house was built for Francis Sorrel
(1793-1870), a weathly shipping merchant and esteemed citizen of
Savannah. One of his sons was General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel
(1838-1901), one of the youngest Generals in the Confederate
The Sorrel Weed House has a reputation for being one of the most
haunted buildings in Savannah. People claim to see figures in the
windows and hear disembodied voices inside the house. The
connecting carriage house behind the main house was said to have
housed a female African-American slave who was murdered by a member
of the family. Visitors can take tours of the house at night.
National Trust Guide to Historic Places makes architectural
comparisons between the Sorrel Weed House, Thomas Jefferson's
Monticello, and William Jay's Owens Thomas House in
Although clearly a Greek Revival house, the
earlier Regency influences are prominent.