With nearly 300 years of history, it’s hard to find a rock unturned in The Hostess City of the South; but that certainly doesn’t mean Savannah is lacking in hidden gems and little known points of interest. To help make your next vacation to Georgia’s oldest city just that much better, here is a list of the top places to visit and things to do that are a bit off the beaten path.
The Harper Fowlkes House is a beautifully furnished Greek Revival Mansion with a stunning garden and fascinating story. Owned by a prominent family in its first 100 years, it was purchased by a woman before her time, preservationist Alida Harper, who gave it to the Society of the Cincinnati for its GA headquarters, an organization founded by George Washington’s officers.
Filled with period antiques, this is a Must See in Savannah, having been selected as one of the top 25 Historic Homes in America by Traditional Home magazine.
There are more than a dozen museums in historic Savannah showcasing the best of the city’s culture, history and arts. From priceless antiquities and African-American education to colonial reenactment and maritime history, much can be learned from the premier and plentiful museums of “The Hostess City of the South.” Here are the top museums to consider when planning your trip to Savannah.
The streets, squares and parks of Savannah are home to a variety of monuments honoring people and events that influenced the history of the city. This brief list provides an introduction to some of the most popular and interesting historic monuments in Savannah.
Hear the story of her rags to riches rise to stardom and all the most up to date Paula Deen “dish”! Tour includes a narrated history of Paula Deen through the Savannah Historic District and Victorian District, pointing out specific points of interest related to Paula and her family and story including her original home in Savannah.
Popular with locals and visitors, East River Street is an integral part of the historic Savannah Waterfront. From eateries to fine dining, art galleries and boutiques, there’s something appealing for every taste.
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.
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. And the Telfair’s newest addition, The Jepson Center for the Arts is one of today’s most modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The Telfair Museum of Art includes the original building, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Center for the Arts. The Academy building and the Owens-Thomas House are National Historic Landmarks.
Unseen spirits stroll among the living in the streets and squares of Savannah – “America’s Most Haunted City!” Hear the tales no other tours dare tell as shadows play tricks on your mind. Journey through time with EXCLUSIVE nighttime entry into TWO of Savannah’s most haunted venues.