Things to Do in Savannah
The riverside city of Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia. It was settled in 1733 by the British colonists, under the leadership of General James Oglethorpe and Colonel William Bull. Today, Savannah is one of the few cities in the American South to retain its antebellum aesthetic and architecture, and also has one of the largest historic districts in the country.
Savannah shot to fame with the bestselling book and subsequent movie 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' by John Berendt. Savannah’s oak-lined boulevards, colonial mansions and relaxed, laidback vibe has earned it the distinction of being one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Read on to discover the best things to do in Savannah and find out how you can make the most of your next getaway to this beautiful city.
Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site
Located on the picture-perfect 'Isle of Hope', the site is one of the most photographed spots in Savannah. The site preserves a part of the former Wormsloe Plantation, which was once established by one of Georgia's colonial founders - Noble Jones. The site has a beautiful 1.5-mile oak avenue, the ruins of Mr. Jones's fortified house, a museum and demonstration area dedicated to scenes from the daily Colonial life.
Look out for the 'Wattle-and-Daub hut' and the small outbuildings that recreate the living conditions of Jones's marines and slaves. There is also a short interpretative trail near the museum, which guides visitors past prints of wildlife and birds by Mark Catesby - the renowned 18th Century naturalist.
A historic home that has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, The Owns-Thomas House is hailed for its English Regency architecture. The house was built in the year 1819 and was designed by the famed architect - William Jay, who also designed the Savannah Theater. Symmetry is a hallmark of the building‚??s design as is its sophisticated detailing. While here, look for the cast iron veranda on which the Marquis de Lafayette delivered his 1951 address to the citizens of Savannah. The house also has a collection of period furnishings and decorative arts, including early Savannah textiles, paintings and exported Chinese porcelain.
SCAD Museum of Art
The museum was established in 2002 as part of the Savannah College of Art and Design. It has a collection of more than 4,500 pieces, including haute couture works, drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs. The museum is currently home to several important collections, including the Walter O Evans Collection of African American Art -one of the most important collections of African American visual art in the country. Also look out for works by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz and Pablo Picasso, among others. Haute couture is well represented by heavyweights such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Oscar de la Renta. The SCAD‚??s 86 ft. tall steel and glass lantern is a prominent highlight of Savannah's skyline.
Mercer-Williams House Museum
The former home of Savannah's most famous (or notorious) art dealer Jim Williams, is one of Savannah's most visited museums. Mr. Williams - whose story was told in Savannah's most famous book, 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' - was the only person in Georgia to be tried for the same crime four times. Tour the house and view the site where Mr. Williams' assistant was shot, which is also the crime for which Mr. William was tried and retried. It is believed that the art dealer died at the same spot six months after his fourth and last trial was concluded. A visit to the Mercer-Williams House Museum is definitely one of the most interesting things to do in Savannah, especially if you're eager to explore the back story of one of the city's most enduring urban legends.
Spread over 30 acres in Savannah‚??s historic district, the park is an oasis of green in the midst of Savannah's concrete jungle. The park has several walking trails, a caf√© where you can stop for refreshments, a play area for children and even a 'Fragrant Garden' for the blind. The highlight of the park is the Confederate Memorial statue, which is dedicated to those who died fighting for the confederacy, and its beautiful fountain that makes for excellent photo opportunities. The park hosts several free public concerts throughout the year, which draw crowds from across the city.
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