With more than 20 city squares filled with monuments, mansions, museums, churches and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras, Savannah boats the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States.
Just a stone’s throw from this exceptional locale is Savannah’s Victorian District. Bounded by Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Broad Street, Gwinnett and Anderson Streets, the Victorian District represents the city’s first suburb. It’s also home to some of the finest architecture in the South complete with whimsical, two-story residences adorned with gingerbread trim, stained-glass windows and other unique details.
As you admire Savannah’s colorful history, take a stroll through Forsyth Park, the city’s largest and oldest park. The space occupies 30 acres and features walking paths, a café, children’s play area and Fragrant Garden for the Blind. The famous Forsyth Fountain was added to the park in 1858 and is a focal point of the park because of its size, majestic elegance and beauty. You’ll also find tennis courts, basketball courts and areas for soccer and Frisbee. Adults, youth, families and people of all ages come to see the sights, run, play and relax.
For those with an interest in history, Forsyth Park has more than its share. It was established in 1851 and named for Georgia Governor, John Forsyth. With over two centuries of military history, Savannah is also home to three war memorials that pay tribute to those who fought in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and Vietnam War. At the corner of Bull Street and Park Avenue, a large bronze statue mounted on a stone pedestal was erected in 1931 to honor the Georgia soldiers who served their country in the War of 1812. Also in the park is a Confederate monument honoring local Civil War veterans composed of Nova Scotia sandstone and designed by Canadian David Reid. There’s also a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Emmet Park paying homage to the local men and women who served in the war.
Outdoor plays and concerts often take place in Forsyth Park. Venture to the northwest corner for Hodgson Hall, a 19th-century Italianate Greek-revival building that houses the Georgia Historical Society.
Founded in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in the state and one of the oldest historical organizations in the country. The society’s permanent collection contains more than four million manuscripts, 100,000 photographs, 30,000 architectural drawings, 15,000 rare and non-rare books and thousands of maps, portraits and artifacts.
As with any trip to Savannah, visitors must take time out of their busy day to enjoy the culinary creations of The Hostess City of the South. Make sure to check out Mansion on Forsyth Park, which boasts Forsyth Park Café, 700 Drayton Restaurant, Casimir’s Lounge and Bosendorfer Lounge.
There’s also Elizabeth on 37th on East 37th Street, which fuses coastal cuisine with Southern hospitality and has been named one of the top 25 restaurants in America by Food & Wine Magazine.
Savannah offers a variety of hotel options for travelers.