Just behind River Street and Factor’s Row on a bluff is Factor’s Walk. Factor’s Walk has a series of pathways made of concrete and iron bridges that connect the bluff to the top floors of the buildings. These buildings along Factor’s Walk were used by cotton brokers over two hundred years ago. Since Cotton was the main export in Savannah during this time, Factor’s Walk was home to many cotton factors and warehouses which were shipping the product all over the world.
As cotton was going out of Savannah, slaves were coming in through Factor’s Walk. As they arrived, they were sent into the warehouses or to one of the five vaults that were built into Factor’s Walk. These vaults were used as holding pens until they could be led through hidden tunnels to businesses on Bay Street and put to work. The tunnels were sealed off years ago, however, one tunnel still exists. Underneath B. Matthews Eatery on East Bay Street, there is a tunnel that runs to their cellar. Unfortunately, it’s not available for tours.
Locals today believe that the ghost of at least one of those slaves has stuck around. Be sure to check out The Vaults at Factor’s Walk in our app to find out more and see it for yourself.