Savannah

Looking from West Harris Street across Pulaski Square to West Charlton Street

Looking from West Harris Street across Pulaski Square to West Charlton Street

Savannah is known as America's first planned city. It was founded by General James Oglethorpe who arrived from England with 120 shipmates in 1733. Oglethorpe named the 13th and last colony "Georgia" after England's King George II, and Savannah became its first city. Savannah was laid out in a grid with open streets intertwined with shady public squares and parks that served as town meeting places and centers of business. More information about the layout of the city is available by looking at the Oglethorpe plan.

Savannah's historic district is a square of roughly one mile per side; it is split into four quadrants by Bull Street that runs from City Hall in the north to Forsyth Park in the south and Liberty Street that runs from the Visitor Information Center in the west to East Broad Street in the east. The Savannah river is at the north end. 22 of the original 24 squares of Savannah still exist today.

The best way to get acquainted with the history and architecture of Savannah is to take a tour. Based on a recommendation of friends, we chose an Architectural Savannah tour led by Jonathan Stalcup, and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Sure, you can just walk around this beautiful city and admire the sights, but we highly recommend taking this tour. Our guide left no question unanswered, and it made exploring on our own later on more enjoyable because we were able to look for many of the things we had learned.

As delighted as we are to have you visit this page, there is no substitute for walking through historic Savannah yourself and experience southern hospitality first-hand. People are friendly and engaging; at one point, we were standing at a street corner, probably looking a bit lost. Almost immediately, a police officer walked up to us; she smiled and asked if she could help us find something. It's the kind of thing that makes you feel welcome. We will definitely go back to the setting of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and at the same time also revisit beautiful Charleston.

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The Owens-Thomas House seen from Oglethorpe Square Looking from Oglethorpe Square to Oliver Bentleys Barking Bakery

The Owens-Thomas House seen from Oglethorpe Square

Looking from Oglethorpe Square to Oliver Bentleys Barking Bakery


Reynolds Square and statue of John Wesley Iconic Southern Live Oaks in Reynolds Square

Reynolds Square and statue of John Wesley

Iconic Southern Live Oaks in Reynolds Square


Wright Square and Tomochichi memorial The Gordon monument in Wright Square City Hall dome

Wright Square and Tomochichi memorial

The Gordon monument in Wright Square

City Hall dome


Footbridge by the River Street Inn Southern Live Oaks and Spanish Moss are ubiquitous in Savannah

Footbridge by the River Street Inn

Southern Live Oaks and Spanish moss are ubiquitous in Savannah


The Georgia Queen Along the Savannah River

The Georgia Queen

Along the Savannah River


The container ship 'Cape Tainaro' makes its way upriver... ..and to the docks beyond the Talmage Memorial Bridge.

The container ship Cape Tainaro makes its way upriver...

...and to the docks beyond the Talmage Memorial Bridge.


On East River Street On East River Street

On East River Street

On East River Street


City Market Bozena's gift shop at City Market

City Market

Bozena's gift shop at City Market


Troup Square with its Armillary Sphere The Collins Quarter Australian café and restaurant

Troup Square with its Armillary Sphere

The Collins Quarter Australian café and restaurant


We stopped here for some British pub grub Inside the Six Pence Pub

We stopped here for some British pub grub

Inside the Six Pence Pub


The Kehoe House with its cast iron (!) columns The Davenport House

The Kehoe House with its cast iron (!) columns

The Davenport House


On West Liberty Street The Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah

On West Liberty Street

The Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah


Big Duke Fire Alarm Bell This Oglethorpe Avenue home was built in 1760...

Big Duke Fire Alarm Bell

This Oglethorpe Avenue home was built in 1760...


...and raised up one floor later. Utility lane between streets Horse carriage ride on Bull Street

...and raised up one floor later.

Utility lane between streets

Horse carriage ride on Bull Street


On Habersham Street On Habersham Street Madison Square and W. Jasper Monument

On Habersham Street

On Habersham Street

Madison Square and W. Jasper Monument


On Oglethorpe Square The Paris Market and Brocante at 36 West Broughton Street

On Oglethorpe Square

The Paris Market and Brocante at 36 West Broughton Street


Façades on West Broughton Street Oglethorpe House student residence

Façades on West Broughton Street

Oglethorpe House student residence


The Merver House seen from Monterey Square The Armstrong House on Bull Street

The Mercer House seen from Monterey Square

The Armstrong House on Bull Street


The Forsyth Park fountain In Forsyth Park

The Forsyth Park fountain

In Forsyth Park


The central alley in Forsyth Park The Forsyth Park fountain

The central alley in Forsyth Park

The Forsyth Park fountain


Lafayette statue and Confederate Memorial In Forsyth Park On East Jones Street

Lafayette statue and Confederate Memorial

In Forsyth Park

On East Jones Street


On East Jones Street On Abercorn Street On Hull Street

On East Jones Street

On Abercorn Street

On Hull Street


The cathedral seen from Lafayette Square The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Stained glass window

The cathedral seen from Lafayette Square

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Stained glass window


The nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist In front of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

In front of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist


Chippewa Square and the monument honoring James Oglethorpe Gorgeous ironwork at the corner of West Gordon and Bull Streets

Chippewa Square and the monument honoring James Oglethorpe

Gorgeous ironwork at the corner of West Gordon and Bull Streets


Strolling through the Colonial Park Cemetery On Drayton Street

Strolling through the Colonial Park Cemetery

On Drayton Street


Bird Baldwin House Old Chatham County Courthouse 'Hot Pink' at the Jepson Center

Bird Baldwin House

Old Chatham County Courthouse

Hot Pink at the Jepson Center


On Bull Street by Monterey Square On East Oglethorpe Avenue

On Bull Street by Monterey Square

On East Oglethorpe Avenue


Fountain in Lafayette Square At the intersection of Liberty Street and Bull Street

Fountain in Lafayette Square

At the intersection of Liberty Street and Bull Street


The photos on this page were taken from May 23 through 25, 2017.
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