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    Johnson Square

    by brkilbourne Written Nov 2, 2014

    Named after Robert Johnson the Royal Governor of South Carolina the square was the 1st & largest square established.
    The 2 fountains in the square represent where James Oglethorpe had bread ovens built and he also had a sundial built which is represented on the center South end of the square.

    Christ Church built in 1840
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    Fort Jackson State Park

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Aug 19, 2014

    On August 15, 2014, Tony, Noel and I was in Savannah, Ga celebrating Tony's 52nd birthday. We stopped at Fort Jackson to check out the site. We were actually on our way to Tybee Island on Rt 80 when we saw the sign and opted to stop. The admission was $6 per person and it was worth it. It is a self guided tour and a short 20 minute film to watch.

    This is what I found out on the internet about the site:
    Named after James Jackson, Old Fort Jackson is a beautifully preserved fort along the Savannah River, and is Georgia’s oldest standing brick fortification.

    Old Fort Jackson is a must-see National Historic Landmark offering weekend cannon firings year-round, and daily interactive programs scheduled March through October. Minutes away from Savannah’s Historic District, visitors of all ages experience unique views of Savannah’s river-front skyline and the Tallmadge Bridge while walking the grounds of one of the oldest brick fortifications along the East Coast.

    Named for James Jackson, the fort is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. It was not the first fort to occupy the site, however. In 1776 Savannah residents built an earthen fort, which was destroyed by the construction of Fort Jackson.

    Visiting Old Fort Jackson
    Plan on spending at least 1 hour when you visit the fort. As you leave the Tybee Depot the site of the C. S. S Georgia is directly in front, near a cannon embankment. From here continue to the sentry box in front of the “sally port,” the techical designation for the entrance to a fort. The open land in front of the fort was once a rice field.

    After entering through the sally port there is a brief film describing the history of Old Fort Jackson. A highlight of the visit is the Coastal Heritage Society exhibits that explain the fort’s relationship with the city of Savannah, weapons used at the fort, and the fort itself. These displays are locate in the casemates (technically a protected chamber within the fort) beneath the ramparts .

    Then comes the tour of the ramparts itself. In addition to the cannon, there is a beautiful view of the Savannah River and the coastal plain. Leaving the rampart be sure to visit the privy in the southeast corner of the fort. Once a day the tidal nature of the river would “flush” it out.

    We really enjoyed the site. I can't wait to visit again. This was an awesome site to check out. I am glad we found this site. It was accidental and worth every minute. Took us about an hour to look around. It is so lovely!!

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    A Gorgeous, Historical & Romantic City

    by charlenemixa Written Aug 10, 2014

    Savannah offers a wonderful experience just strolling the streets and squares of its historical area. Truly beautiful with its rich southern architecture, Spanish moss draped trees, flowering shrubs, and magnificent statutes in each of its memorable squares. A true walking city where you step back in time to another era. Plus lots of unique shops and restaurants to explore. Visit on non-peak season (July for us) and miss the crowds.

    Savannah - tree lined streets
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    Club at Savannah Harbor: Very Good!

    by charlenemixa Written Aug 10, 2014

    We recently played the Club at Savannah Harbor and thoroughly enjoyed our round of golf this July day. The course has enough challenge to keep us alert, adding plenty of bunkers for extra excitement. Additionally, the course was in very good condition. For my husband and I it was a fun, challenging and exciting day of golf. A good addition to a visit to Savannah when you are ready for a reprieve from doing the historical sights. The staff is most attentive and helpful. We enjoyed a tasty light lunch after golf at the clubhouse restaurant.

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    Historic Savannah Theatre

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 15, 2014

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    We loved "Hurray for Hollywood". The cast is awesome and the show was excellent. With the energy, enthusiasm and talent an evening at the Savannah Theatre is great to add to a visit to Savannah. We highly recommend it. Will definitely add as a "must do" on future visits to Savannah.

    The Theatre is within walking distance of the Riverfront and Forsyth Park which also makes it convenient. Have dinner and then stop in for an entertaining show!.

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    Johnson Square

    by apbeaches Written Feb 2, 2014

    Johnson Square was the first of Savannah's squares and remains the largest of the 24. It was named for Robert Johnson, colonial governor of South Carolina and a friend of General Oglethorpe.[7][8] Interred in the square is Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene, the namesake of nearby Greene Square. Greene died in 1786 and was buried in Savannah's Colonial Park Cemetery. His son, George Washington Greene, was buried beside him after drowning in the Savannah River in 1793. Following vandalism of the cemetery by occupying Union forces during the Civil War the location of Greene's burial was lost. After the remains were re-identified Greene and his son were moved to Johnson Square. An obelisk in the center of the square now serves as a memorial to Gen. Greene. The cornerstone of the monument was laid by the marquis de La Fayette in 1825. At that time the obelisk did not yet commemorate any specific individual or event. In fact, due to financial restrictions the unmarked obelisk served for several years as a joint monument to both Greene and Pulaski. Inscriptions honoring Greene were added in 1886, but the Greenes’ physical remains did not arrive until 1901.
    Johnson Square contains two fountains, as well as a sundial dedicated to Colonel William Bull, the namesake of Savannah's Bull Street. Bull was a South Carolinian who assisted Oglethorpe with the establishment of Savannah and, as a surveyor, laid out the original street grid. The sundial has four panels, one on each side of its square granite base. The dial itself is bronze, set atop a marble shaft. One of the base panels reproduces a 1734 map of Savannah.[8]
    Another landmark of Johnson Square includes the Johnson Square Business Center. This building, formerly known as the Savannah Bank Building, was the city's first "skyscraper", built in 1911. Johnson square is known as the financial district, or banking square, and many of the City's financial services companies are located here.[10] These companies include the Savannah Bancorp, Savannah Bank, Coastal Bank Headquarters, Bank of America branch, SunTrust branch, TitleMax Corporate Headquarters, and a Regions Bank building.
    Johnson Square is located on Bull, between Bryan and Congress Streets.

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    Veteran's Memorial

    by DSwede Written Jan 24, 2014

    Possibly the only place I walked to in town that does not already have an entry here in the VT lists. The Veteran's Memorial is a large steel globe symbolically split down the middle, dividing the spheres.

    Homage is paid to the names of the locals who gave the ultimate sacrifice in honor of the US military here. It is a public display, open 24hr, so feel free to pass by at your leisure.

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    Walking in High Cotton!

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 9, 2012

    While Savannah was built around the cotton industry, this is not where cotton is typically grown. Georgia's best cotton producing region is in the southwest corner of the state, including Dooly, Colquitt, Worth and Mitchell counties. These four counties together produce more than one fifth of the state's total cotton crop.

    Did you know:
    Georgia ranks second in the U.S. in cotton planted acres and 4th in number of bales produced each year.
    Cotton is the most widely grown row crop in Georgia.

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    Slow Down in Savannah

    by JckNSally13 Written Jul 24, 2012

    We recently took a little one day trip to Savannah with our kids and it was amazing. There are plenty of books for the walking tours that you can do yourself. These are nice, but the city is large and if your not wearing the right shoes, this can prove to be very tiring. I do not recommend flip flops! We took a trolley tour. This not only provides you with some history on the city, and the main historical sites and areas you want to tour, but also is your on/off transportation through the city.

    We had been to Savannah once previously without the kids, and we took the White "Old Savannah Tours" bus. On our trip with the kids we took the Orange and Green "Historical Tours of America" Tour. Take the White one. Really. It has much better narration on the city and makes more stops. The trolleys come about every 7 mins and focus more on the "history" than the other tour did. These tour trolleys were also very "open" no windows. The other one had windows, they don't go down all the way, and it is stifling hot.

    One of the best places to take some time at with kids is the Forsyth Park Fountain. Bring a towel so the kids can dry off afterwards. But this is a nice way for kids to cool off while you plan where to get off and explore next after you reboard your trolley. Ellis Square has a fountain as well, but it is just not as beautiful as Forsyth Park by any means.

    The riverfront is very nice if you like to shop in the classic tourist shops that you can find in any tourist destination. It is hot though. There just is not a breeze down there. And walking on the cobblestones can prove tiring. When the huge container ships come in though it is a nice sight to see.

    I would definitely get off and spend time in the Cathedral of John the Baptist. Amazing inside. Well worth getting off and strolling through the pews, and lighting a candle with a prayer.

    All the history alone is well worth spending a day there. My next trip will be later in the evening and I am dying to take a ghost tour. You would be amazed at how many people are buried under the city.

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    Tour by bike

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Jun 30, 2012

    Savannah Bike Tours.

    Take a leisurely ride thru the city on 1-sped bikes, from interesting place to interesting place. Dee is your guide, and tells you what happened there, or why it's important. 2 hours, and very affordable. A good choice to do this when you first get into town.

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    Historic Savannah Mini Bus Tour

    by Thumper911 Written Apr 8, 2012

    I take such a trip almost every time that I visit a place for the first time...but in Savannah, it was special. As it turned out, our guide was an amazing character who had lived his entire life in Savannah, and had worked for the local Historical Society. He is actually in charge of training the guides for the tour. As you move from square to square (Savannah is a city of squares), he can recall almost every detail. He knows ALL of the history of the city, black and white, and has insights into local black culture which is not commonly found among white people. Among other things, he speaks Gullah (an English dialect spoken only by blacks on the barrier islands) fluently, and can offer insights into the black religious beliefs brought down directly from African slaves. He tells the whole story, no holds barred. An exceptional experience. When the whole trip was complete, he took no tips (apparently he is independently wealthy, and does this for FUN), and thanked us for listening to him. While I cannot recall the gentleman's name, I have never had such a tour experience anywhere else. I am told that he only does two tours per week, usually weekday mornings.

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    independant presbyterian church

    by doug48 Updated Jan 6, 2011

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    the independant presbyterian church was designed by john holden greene and was built in 1817. the design was modeled after st. martins-in-the-fields in london. the original church burned in 1889 and william gibbons preston rebuilt a replica of the original. preston was an important architect of the late 19 th century, noted for his romanesque designs.

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    Self guided walking tour

    by Dabs Written Nov 2, 2010

    There are endless options for guided tours in Savannah, buses, mini vans and trolleys packed with tourists pass by at a alarmingly frequent pace, people adorned with Old Town Trolley Tour stickers are everywhere. We decided to do our own tour after finding a self guided walking tour book at the Visitors Center ($5.95). The booklet is broken down into four different walking tours and in our one day in Savannah we managed to do three of them and part of the fourth. The booklet doesn't have a lot of detail on what you are seeing but I had printed out the history of the squares and the houses from _______, combined with the historical markers that appear in front of the houses and in the squares, you couldn't possibly want anymore information.

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  • Blue Orb Ghost Tours Midnight Zombie Tour

    by jessparker Written Jun 9, 2010

    We took Blue Orb Ghost Tours Midnight Zombies Tour. I recommend this because it is a great way to enjoy some late night adult fun that doesnt center on alchohol. Savannah has an open container law so alchoholic drinks in plastic cups are allowed. It starts in the southern part of the historic district which is beautiful and intriguing but uncongested. Parking was free after 6pm and the tour was led by Tobias McGriff, Blue Orbs founder. We visited a hidden cemetery (1100 bodies in unmarked graves from the 18th century), a very active property ob Abercorn street that few people know about and no other tour does. We were taken to Savannah's version of Amytiville, The Mercer House form the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book/movie and heard little known tales about the home "accused of murder". From there we visited the home of the first Doctor in the United States to take an X-ray photograph and saw where his lab was and now his ghost that has been seen by congressman among other people for over 50 years. The house was also the site of an exorcism and an attempted "reverse exorcism" by the Episcopal church. In fact there were two houses on the stop that had exorcisms performed whihc is to say the tour was a blast and very active. We saw the Masonic library also a T.A.P.S. investigation site. It was the best $ we spent the whole time we were in Savannah. Tobias McGriff and Blue Orb were awesome.

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  • Savannah Self Guided Walking Tour

    by ksimms Written Apr 23, 2010

    On a recent visit to Savannah it was recommended to take a self-guided walking tour by a friend who lives there. Surprisingly it was one of the highlights of the trip! It was great to explore the city at a leisurely pace, take breaks whenever the time felt right and learn a lot about the city.

    Before leaving for the trip, both The Savannah Walking Tour & Guidebook which arrived via hard-copy and The Savannah Self-Guided Walking Tour (e-Book version) was purchased before arriving. The hard-copy was $7 and the e-Book was $3.99. Both tours were unique, had different routes and can be purchased online - these are both highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn about and have a great time in Savannah .

    e-Book Cover Image Hard Copy - by Paul Bland - A Savannah Native
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