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A trip to Savannah Georgia is not complete without a visit to the African American Museum, which honors the late Dr. Gilbert. The museum explores the long and difficult journey of African Americans through personal stories, photographs and interactive displays. The museum is housed in the former Wage Earners Savings and Loan Bank, one of the country’s first African-American banks. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum is open to the public on weekends and holidays.
The home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, is located near downtown. It is furnished in the same manner as the original 1886 building, and is a perfect example of Savannah’s romantic past. The home also houses the relics of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912.
In addition to the historic district, Savannah is also home to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The college was founded in the late 1970s and attracts students from all over the world. The campus is scattered throughout downtown and includes the SCAD Museum and the SCAD shop, which features artwork and other products created by the school’s students. The Savannah College of Art and Design Museum is an impressive place to see if you are in town.
The historic district of Savannah has many places of interest, including the famous cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Its pipe organ boasts 2,308 pipes and features the famous Great Rose Window. The Teach Institute, Savannah’s first black school, is located on East Harris Street. A visit to the Owens-Thomas House, Savannah’s most important historic home, will allow you to see the daily lives of slaves. If you have time, you can visit the reconstructed Central of Georgia railroad station. The museum offers self-guided tours of the city.
Bull Street & Savannah Historic District #1
Walking along Bull Street and any side streets in the Savannah Historic District is the best way to see the beautiful Savannah Historic District. At the intersections of Bull Streets and Bay Streets is City Hall (1905). Opposite City Hall, is the U.S. Customs House. Built in 1852, it was built on the site where the colony’s first building.
Johnson Square is to the south. It is the first place in the planned town. On the site of the colony’s original 1733 church, the Christ Episcopal Church (1838), it can be found. This area of Savannah is home to many historic squares. This stretch is home to many coffee shops, restaurants, and cafes that offer great views of people.
Bull Street is a memorable place to visit from the comfort and safety of a horse-drawn carriage. Fun are the Savannah Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tours. Here you can learn some history.
Forsyth Park #2
Forsyth Park, Savannah’s most visited park, is the largest. It was built in the middle-19th century during a period when large parks were fashionable in American cities. Today, it is a popular destination for tourists as well as locals.
The park’s main feature is its large cast iron fountain. The fountain was built in 1858 at the park’s north boundary. It has been the focal point of this 30-acre greenspace for over 30 years. There have been many restorations, including the most recent major one in the late 80s.
Forsyth Park is a wonderful place to stroll, with its large shade trees and paved roads. A number of old buildings are located around the park. When the azaleas in full bloom are in season, the park puts on an amazing display of colors. The park also has a visitor center and Band Shell that offer amenities such as a snack bar, a cafe, and tennis courts.
Bonaventure Cemetery #3
Bonaventure Cemetery is an iconic historic cemetery in the United States. It is well-known for its Victorian layout as well as beautiful stonework memorials. The grounds are magnificent, with enormous oak trees that are covered with hanging Moss. If you see the same setting, it is because it was used in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
The cemetery has a total area of more than 100 acre and its historic section is over 14 acre. This district contains graves dating back to 1846. This cemetery houses nearly 1,300 Civil War, Spanish-American War and other veterans. It also has stunning marble tombs.
Bonaventure Cemetery Tours offer a fascinating way to explore the cemetery. They are led by an author and historian from the area who will share fascinating details about the cemetery and famous people who have been laid to rest there.
River Street #4
Iron steps descend from Factors Walk down to Savannah’s historic Riverfront district. This area, which is always busy along River Street, features well-preserved warehouses. Many are now occupied shops, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.
An expansion of this popular area, which cost multi-millions of dollars, has brought more things to do along the Savannah River’s southern bank. The JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District hotel is a luxurious addition to the already extensive offerings. It also features a stateof-the-art music hall at the west end River Street.
This spot, as well as Hutchinson Island can offer spectacular views of both the suspension bridge (port) and port. You can get great Riverfront photos by taking the free ferry. It takes you from the mainland to the island, and returns. This ferry is particularly beautiful in the evening. You could also opt for a dinner cruise along the Savannah River aboard the Georgia Queen.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist #5
Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was constructed in the 1870s. The cathedral was later rebuilt in 1899, following a terrible fire. It took more a decade for the cathedral to be redecorated. In the 1950s and 60s the building underwent more restoration work. Additional work was done in 1990 and the 80s. The marble interior is beautiful, with marble floors and marble railings. The main altar is a carved Italian piece that weighs in at 9000 pounds.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist’s remarkable Renaissance-style murals are also well-known. It also has a pipe-organ with 2,308 tubes. The Great Rose Window, which radiates out from the St. Cecilia images in the middle, is located above the organ.