Founded in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, so it’s no wonder that a visit to Savannah is like a walk through history. From moss-covered trees to cobblestoned streets, Savannah is a beautiful example of Southern charm and hospitality at its finest. In fact, Savannah’s downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmarks in the United States. Here are our must-see stops that will make the most of your visit to Savannah:
Forsyth Park. Beautiful squares and parks abound in Savannah. It’s oldest and largest is Forsyth Park, named after John Forsyth, one of Georgia’s governors. The centerpiece for this 30-acre park is the Forsyth Fountain, which was installed in 1858. While there take some time to explore the Garden of Fragrance – a garden designed with plants whose texture and fragrance appeals to those with limited site.
Georgia State Railroad Museum. The Georgia State Railroad Museum is thought to be the oldest, most complete pre-Civil War railroad complex in the United States. Now a museum, it exhibits a collection of historic, restored railroad cars and engines. Take a tour to learn more about the history of railroading and the role it played in Georgia.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. For all the current and former Girl Scouts, a tour of the home where Juliette Gordon Low, was born will be a highlight of their trip to Savannah. This home pays homage to the founder of the Girl Scouts, celebrating her belief in the potential every girl has in her and the lives she has changed in the 100-plus years since she founded it.
First African Baptist Church. While there are several churches of considerable note in Savannah, one that you don’t want to miss is the First African Baptist Church. Thought to be the oldest African-American congregation in the US, the church has its origins dating back to 1773. The church played an important role in the Underground Railroad, housing runaway slaves in a 4-foot space beneath the sanctuary floors – there are air holes visible in the floors. Now run as a museum, you can learn more about its place in the history of Georgia and our country.
Wormsloe Historic Site. Located just outside of Savannah proper, Wormsloe Historic Site is the former plantation of a carpenter named Noble Jones who came to Georgia with James Oglethorpe, the founder of Savannah, in 1733. Upon arriving, the mile-long tunnel of oak trees will take your breath away. Then, you can explore the spectacular nature trails, visit the museum to learn more about the beginnings of Georgia, and visit the oldest standing structure in Savannah – the ruins of Noble Jones’ tabby house.
Fort McAllister State Park. Fort McAllister was one of three forts to protect Savannah and played a significant role in the Civil War. It was the last defense to fall to General Sherman on his famous March to the Sea. Today, the park has the best-preserved earthen-work fortifications of the Confederacy. You can still see cannons, barracks, palisades and more remnants of the Civil War on the grounds and in the museum. The park is also open for camping, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities.
Mercer-Williams House. For movie buffs, the Mercer-Williams House needs to be on your list of things to do in Savannah. Originally built in the 1860s, the house was eventually bought by Jim Williams in 1969 as part of his historic restoration projects throughout Savannah and the surrounding area. While the house itself and the eclectic furnishings throughout are incredible to see, the real draw is that it’s the site of the 1981 murder of Danny Hansford as covered in the book and movie, Midnight in Garden of Good and Evil.
The Forrest Gump Bench. If you’re a fan of the movie Forrest Gump, you’ll need to carve out time in your trip to visit two locations for the famous bench. The first is Chippewa Square where the bench was located and filmed during the movie. The second is the Savannah History Museum, the home of one of the prop benches used in the film.
As you can see, Savannah is brimming with the history of the South from its founding through modern times. There is much more to see in Savannah and the surrounding and Luxury Destinations Concierge is happy to help you plan your trip. Give us a call at (805) 236-4437 to get started.
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