In the spirit of old Savannah, the historic City Market is alive and bustling, welcoming guests of all ages to enjoy its charming ambiance. In 1755, City Market was where fishermen and farmers brought their wares and where horse-drawn carriages brought people to meet, shop and socialize. Back then, it was Savannah’s social and commercial gathering spot. Though the original structures did not survive various fires, demolition and the eventuality of progress, a group of history enthusiasts worked to revive the City Market and due to their efforts, it is once again a center of activity.
Today, visitors and residents come for the restaurants, pubs, unique shops, museums and galleries. There’s also a vibrant night-life including live music and entertainment in the courtyards. And to many visitors, a horse-drawn carriage ride brings back the nostalgic beauty of the Original City Market.
What began in 1886 as a small museum housed in the home of the Telfair family, today spans several different sites providing a wonderful view of the arts for all to share.
There’s no better time to pick up some memorable gifts for family and friends or even a special something for you. Stop in at Trolley Stop Gifts for a variety of gifts, souvenirs, stationery and more.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Savannah at the Inn at Ellis Square, a grand historic hotel steps away from City Market. Located in the Guckenheimer Building, built in 1851, The Inn at Ellis Square exudes southern tradition and charm. It has been restored to its original magnificence and offers guests a meaningful and memorable stay in the heart of Savannah. Original hard-wood floors and warm red brick walls blend beautifully with gracious modern amenities. Its idyllic setting is just a short walk to galleries and horse drawn carriage tours, fine dining and outdoor cafes and a wonderful variety of live music.
Located in Savannah’s popular City Market, the American Prohibition Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. Highlighting an era of gangsters, rum runners, and flappers, the museum brings the Roaring Twenties to life with over 20 intoxicating exhibits and an authentic speakeasy. Featuring 21st century technology and immersive displays, the museum takes guests on a journey through the past to the early 1900s when anti-alcohol rallies swept the nation and America’s struggle with alcohol was brought to light.