The coastal city of Savannah captivates visitors with its shaded tree-lined avenues and old-world charm. Established nearly three hundred years ago as America’s first planned city, Savannah proudly displays its rich and colorful history. Here, numerous relics of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, stunning architecture, and the hauntingly beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery give you a sense that you’ve stepped back in time.
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Wander along Savannah’s cobblestone streets, past historic mansions and lively squares, and moss-draped oak trees. Explore the city as memorialized by John Berendt in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Bask in the sunshine at Tybee Island. And get swept up in the warmth of Southern hospitality as few other cities know how to dish it out.
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Many historic homes are open to visitors, including the Isaiah Davenport House, an elegant Federal-Style home dating back to the 1820s. The impending demolition of the building in the 1950s led to the formation of the Historic Savannah Foundation, whose primary goal is the preservation of the city’s architectural heritage.
Monterey Square is a standout among the city’s many elegant squares. At its center stands a monument honoring General Casimir Pulaski, who was killed during the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Among the many stately buildings bordering the square is the Mercer-Williams House, known both for its meticulous restoration and for its notoriety as the site of multiple mysterious deaths including a murder recounted in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
For those with a taste for the paranormal, Savannah has also earned itself the reputation as one of the most haunted cities in America. From the eerie pathways and that wind along the Bonaventure Cemetery to the converted River Street warehouses that housed slaves, you’ll find the spirits of the past echo through the city.
Tour the civil war bastions of Old Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski.
Art aficionados will enjoy the Telfair Academy and the SCAD Museum of Art as well as the city’s robust collection of art galleries and boutiques. The famous Bird Girl statue, once a centerpiece at the Bonaventure Cemetry, is now on display at the Telfair Academy.
If you’re planning a trip in the springtime, the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are worth experiencing. The renowned Savannah Music Festival also takes place in the spring and draws performers and visitors from near and far.
Savannah serves up a vibrant mix of Lowcountry cuisine and global influences to satisfy even the most discerning palate.