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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 .

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    Swamp Tour on Hilton Head

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 1, 2009

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    There is a swamp in the middle of the Sea Pines Plantation that has about 50 acres of pristine lush vegetation that is untouched. You can walk along paths and over bridges and see the animals and waterfowl here as well as what a swamp looks like. It is a fun tour that take 1-2 hours

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  • Old Time Photos

    by southernbelle67 Written Nov 13, 2009

    On my last trip to Savannah (one of my favorite cities to visit!), my husband and I stumbled upon a gem - The Time Machine Portrait Company. I'll be honest: at first I thought it was an antique store because of the shop's incredible collection of old-fashioned decorations. But it was actually an Old Time photography studio, with four sets that look VERY convincing.
    My personal favorite was their Wild West Saloon, which was equipped with a real piano! I loved getting dressed up as a sexy Saloon girl, and my husband was delighted with the pair of silver pistols he was given to sport in the photo shoot. It was really fun to pretend we were different people in a different time, even if it was just for a few minutes. But we have a priceless set of photos to remember it with!
    If anyone is looking for something fun to do in Savannah besides bar hop and sight-see, a visit to this photo studio is a MUST!

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    Try Boiled Peanuts

    by Inna_S Written Oct 4, 2009

    Boiled peanuts are a southern specialty beloved by locals. The taste is similar to garbanzo beans, but not quite. I think they're more of an acquired taste, but you should try them anyway— maybe you'll like them.

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    Streets and Squares

    by Inna_S Written Sep 27, 2009

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    The easiest way to introduce yourself to Savannah is to walk from the River Street to Forsyth Park (or the other way around) on Bull Street, which runs through the middle of the historic district. From Bull Street you can branch out to your left or right to see other streets and squares. It is essential that you walk in Savannah. Its charm lies mostly with the things you see while walking its streets.

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    The City of Savannah

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 25, 2009

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    Savannah was founded in 1733 and was the first capitol of Georgia when it was both a colony and later a state. Savannah is considered America's first planned city, with its square blocks and large squares. In the American Revolution, Savannah was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the war, which turned into a major British victory. Near the end of the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman finished his infamous "march to the sea" at Savannah in December 1864. Even after the Civil War, Savannah remained a key city in the cotton industry and one of the largest cotton ports in the world.

    Savannah's downtown area was designated a National Historic Landmark Districts in 1966. This area, including the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District and 21 squares is one of the largest historic districts in the United States.

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