Savannah, Ga., captures the essence of Southern charm. This is the quintessential Southern town, with elegant historic mansions, quaint shops and lovely shaded parks. The city's rich history and Southern hospitality draw travelers from afar who are eager to see Savannah's many historical and cultural destinations.
The Historic District of Savannah is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, and it is perhaps the city's most appealing destination. It is located in the heart of Savannah, and travelers and residents can stroll the cobble stone streets as they admire brightly painted Victorian homes, luscious gardens and manicured lawns. Learn about life during the Civil War with a visit to Old Fort Jackson (chsgeorgia.org). Pay a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org) to learn more about the Girl Scouts founder. Visit the Mercer House (mercerhouse.com), the Owens-Thomas or other residences to view the splendor of Savannah's oldest mansions.
Savannah's museum are dedicated to the history of this small city. The Savannah History Museum (chsgeorgia.org) details the city's history from its founding in 1733 though the present. A visit to the Roundhouse Railroad Museum (chsgeorgia.org) or the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum (shipsofthesea.org) lets guests learn about the city's connections with various modes of transportation. View a collection of American and European art at the Telfair Mansion and Art Museum (telfair.org), which is the oldest public art museum in the South.
Savannah's history also has a spooky side, and the city is reputed to have a notable spiritual presence. Learn more about Savannah's eerie qualities by embarking on a ghost tour. Whether on foot with Blue Orb ghost tours (blueorbtours.com) or by trolley with Oglethorpe (oglethorpetours.com) or Old Savannah Trolley Tours (oldsavannahtours.com), you can travel around downtown and view some the city's alleged haunted sites. Alternatively, take a tour of a haunted house, such as the Sorrel-Weed House (savannahtours.net), which claims to be one of the creepiest places in the country.
Parks and Squares
The city of Savannah is home to 22 public squares, which add beauty to the city landscape. From Calhoun Square to Wright Square, these public spaces provide sidewalks and grassy lawns, as well as monuments honoring historic figures. They feature trees draped in Spanish moss with cobblestone streets, manicured gardens and oak-shaded parks. Savannah's parks provide beauty and are a peaceful place for visitors to rest after a day of exploring. Forsyth Park, the city's best known park, covers 30 acres and features the Forsyth Park Fountain, modeled after the Parisian fountain at Place de la Concorde.
- The Mercer Williams House Museum: Our History
- Coastal Heritage Society: Savannah History Museum
- Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
- Telfair Mansion and Art Museum
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
- Blue Orb Tours
- Oglethorpe Trolley Tours: Our Tours
- Old Savannah Tours: Trolley Tales of Historic Haunts
- Savannah Tours: Sorrel-Weed Ghost Tour
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