My writing time was cut short this past week. Enduring the “knock-you-down” heat, I’ve been spending the last few days in Savannah, Georgia. Over the past five years, I’ve had the privilege of hosting and facilitating an engineering summer camp at one of the local high schools. Every year I travel to Savannah, I discover something new and exciting.
So, I thought I would jot down some ideas and thoughts about this wonderful historical town. There are many things to see and experience there. Founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733, it’s the oldest city in Georgia. Savannah is where Georgia got its start, and it’s an outstanding example of eighteenth-century town planning. There’s colonial history, Civil War history, stories from the sea, the river and some of the most fascinating architecture I’ve ever seen.
We normally stay on Bay Street which places us within easy walking distance of the Savannah Riverfront, historic district and plenty of great restaurants. Below, I’ve listed some of our experiences and places to visit.
- Lady and Sons (must get a reservation the day before)
- Pirate House (a very historic restaurant)
- Shrimp Factory (River Street)
- Boar’s Head (River Street)
- River House (River Street)
- Spankys (River Street)
- Tubby’s Tank House (River Street)
- Uncle Bubba’s
- Fort Pulaski
- Fort Jackson
- Fort McCallister (Richmond Hill near Savannah)
- Downtown tours – trolley car tours and horse & buggy tours.
- Ghost tours and cemeteries.
- Historic homes and architecture.
- First African Baptist Church
- Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Even Savannah’s Catholic Churches are Baptist)
- Independent Presbyterian Church
Savannah Riverboat Trips
- My wife and I have taken the dining trip down the river.
Parks and Other Interests:
- Tybee Island
- Skidaway Island State Park
- Mulberry Inn
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Olde Harbour Inn (supposedly “haunted”)
On this last trip, my wife and I took a horse & buggy history tour. You may have to take what some Savannah tour guides say with a grain of salt, but our guide shared a very interesting story about General Sherman. When Sherman arrived, he decided to spare the city and offer it as a Christmas present to President Lincoln. He set up his headquarters in the Green-Meldrim House. The house stands next to a church and because the church did not like the presence of the union general, they supposedly rang the bells every fifteen minutes. Sherman grew tired of hearing the bells, so he ordered his men to cut them down. Word got back to Mary Todd Lincoln who relayed the information to her husband. President Lincoln ordered Sherman to put the bells back. This he did, but we’re told that the men hung the bells upside down.
Anyway, if you decide to visit this amazing southern city, send me an email or share a comment here. I’d love to hear about your visit and other places to explore in or around Savannah.