Savannah a City with a Story
Savannah, Georgia has all the charm of a low country city. It also has a long history. The town first settled by General Oglethorp in the Georgia territory was designed with squares for meeting of the town people. The Savannah River makes is a good harbor town.
I took a delightful tour. Our tour guide Tammy was actually from Tennessee and has been doing the Savannah tour for almost two years. She also does some of the ghost tours in the evenings. Savannah is filled with ghosts of the past.
For Girl Scouts and Girl Guides the world over Savannah is the birth place of founder Juliet Gordon Lowe. Do you also know she was the first person to put her garden in the front yard for people to see? Most gardens in Savannah are in the back yard surrounded by high fences. Juliet Gordon Lowe did not want to do all that work and not be able to share it. While the yard is fence with wrought iron, her garden continues to bloom in her back yard.
Dining in Savannah is as varied as the people who live there. Paula Deen has her main restaurant there. Gryphon is an exclusive place for eating. We also went by a place that had been a former funeral parlor and is now a famous restaurant. The Pirate House is another of the restaurants in Savannah, where you can also find Outback Steak House something for everyone. Savnnah’s Candy Kitchen is supposed to have to die for praline. Leopold’s Ice Cream shop has been family owned for generations. Those are just a few of what you will find in Savannah.
I found the river front to be the most intriguing. The old cotton warehouses have been made into shops and restaurants. The streets are made of cobble stone that was carried in the ships for ballast. When not needed they were off loaded and used to form the streets in the area.
The river front also has a statue of a young woman and her dog. She is waving a towel. It is believed she lived there with her brother and was waving to the passing ships awaiting the return of her sailor lover. She is said to have waved her towel for over forty years. No one knows exactly why she did it and she did not argue with those who thought she was waiting for someone to return.
Wrought iron was a sign of wealth. You will see a lot of wrought iron in Savannah on porches, balconies, and used for fencing.
The Lucas theater is often used by SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. While it is also used as a concert and theater venue during the summer months, the students use it for performances and art displays.
The bell outside the Cotton Exchange that used to ring when cotton prices had been determined now only rings once a year. It now only rings on September 11 and rings for the lives lost on that day.
Savannah is a city that begs to be explored. Take the bus tour that allows you to get off and walk around the different areas then get back on at your leisure and finish the tour. There are fifteen stops on the tour and each is an area of great history. Something you will not want to miss.