A City of Parks
Never have I seen a city with so many small beautiful parks. In the downtown area between the river and Hall Street there are about 25 manicured parks. I picked a perfect time to visit as all the flowering trees were in bloom. The historic buildings give Savannah a certain oldworld charm, but for me what truly makes Savannah a stand out city is its parks.
Visit Fort Pulaski National Monument Near Savannah
While in Savanna, be sure to visit
Fort Pulaske: now Called Fort Pulaski National Monument
The fort is located on Cockspur Island.
Pass the junction of US 80 across Whitemarsh Island, Turner Creek, and Wilmington Island . (Tybee Road) crosses the Bull River. Near the approaches to Tybee is a turnoff (left) to the Fort
There are 25 million bricks in Fort Pulaski, which, at the time, was thought to make it indestructible. This fort faces the sea, and early in the Civil War, it was captured by Confederate troops to protect blockade runners from attack by the Union Navy.
So, the Federals made it a priority in their quest to win. They secretly hauled 36 cannons to Tybee Island and concealed the cannons in eleven batteries. By 1862, Fort Pulaski fell to the Union because they used new bullet-shaped artillery shells from more than one mile away! This incident changed the construction of forts.
Today, this pentagonal redbrick fort is maintained by the National Park Service. With its seven-foot-deep moat surrounding it, the fort is an interesting site to tour. The fort is an outstanding example of the 19th-century brick masonry fortifications constructed along the southern U.S. coast. It is built on massive pilings that are sunk deep into the salt marsh and mud. Guess who was the engineer who was in charge of its construction? None other than new graduate from West Point, Lt. Robert E. Lee!
There is a museum on the site, and they regularly give living history demonstrations.
This is a perfectly preserved National Monument and looks like a Medieval Fortress. It took 18 years to build this current structure.
I was told on the tour that there is a yearly Labor Day Encampment that features garrison life, people in period costumes, and activities of the era.
Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day: free to see the fort, but $1.00 charge in summer to see the Museum.
Hilton Head is Just up the Road
This island is a resort of about 6 major projects and a number of minor ones. Savannah and Hilton Head have always been interconnected in many ways, and they are only 50 miles apart. The island has many condos and homes of luxury style, and golf courses until you can swing your arm out of joint. The main attraction is Harbortown at the end of Sea Pines Plantation. It is a peaceful place that has codos surrounding the water harbor and a nice lighthouse tower.
Broughton Street Shopping
Savannah's most original "Main Street,"
Broughton Street has undergone extensive renovations in recent years and has been restored to its former glory as the epicenter of shopping in downtown Savannah. Broughton Street offers a wide range of shopping options for Savannah residents and visitors alike.
Historic buildings house an array of shops featuring gifts, fine art, clothing, antiques, collectibles and much more.
Spend the day on Broughton Street, you'll discover an ideal shopping destination with something for everyone on your shopping list.
ELECTIBLES Savannah's most unique Gift Shop.
In the City Market
under construction We got off at the City Market where the horse and carriages were and had lunch at Belfords outside under the awning.. Bob had a bowl of she crab soup and a salad, and I had a cheeseburger with fruit instead of fries. The total with tip was $18.44. The bathroom was
non-handicapped accessible - down a flight of stairs.