Visit Historic Savannah is your personal travel guide to this charming and fascinating city.
What sets us apart? Our focus on Savannah’s rich and colorful history. We'll give you tips on the best way to get around, what to see, where to eat and stay, but that is just the beginning. We won’t just give you a list of historic homes, we’ll tell you a little about their history, and the people who lived in them.
You'll learn about the various tour companies and their specialty tours - yes, there is even a Midnight tour. You'll find interesting, informative and entertaining information that will help you make the most of your trip to Savannah.
Why Visit Savannah?
Most people who come to Savannah come to visit historic Savannah and indeed, the city is loaded with fascinating history, historical homes and buildings and interesting characters – historic and present – as any who have read the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might recall. For those who didn’t read it or those who didn’t read the epilogue, virtually all of the people and places mentioned in the book are, or were, real life people and the events depicted there did occur.
When you visit historic Savannah, you will find tourist-related businesses as you do in any anyplace that attracts a lot of visitors – T-Shirt shops, rowdy bars, carriage rides, walking tours “hop-on – hop off” tours, beaches, boats and so on. But you will also find what we loved best – the friendliest locals and a city, due to it original planning, that is a comfortable place to hang out, to absorb the past, revel in beautiful architecture, squares and parks.
What makes Savannah historic? Lots! It was founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, who arrived from England with 114 settlers. Lore has it that those 114 were poor and persecuted men and women who were seeking a new life in the new world. This turns out to be just one of the many myths connected with Savannah’s history. Savannah’s roots are pre-Revolutionary War. Ancient in America’s terms.
There are lots of firsts associated with Savannah:
The first capital of the 13th colony and later of Georgia
The first city in North America planned on an extensive system of squares
The first Negro Baptist congregation in the U.S.
The first practical cotton gin
The first steamship to cross the Atlantic
The first lighthouse on the south Atlantic coast
The first Girl Scout Troop
The first experimental garden in North America
And many more…
Savannah has also been home and hometown to a number of luminaries – composer Johnny Mercer, poet Conrad Aiken and inventor Eli Whitney, to name a few. We’ll tell you more about them in the upcoming pages of this site.
Savannah is also well known for its beautifully preserved historic neighborhoods and believe us, they are special. When Oglethorpe arrived he had a plan already drawn up for the city. It was laid out in a grid and planned for all development to be around 24 squares. In fact, the history and development of Savannah evolved around these squares, as did its revival, when it came about.
When you visit Savannah, you will want a plan – something to tell you how to get around, where to stay and dine. Having done all those things ourselves, we are in a position to share that knowledge with you so that when you arrive, you won’t lose most of a day (like we did the first time) trying to figure it out. We recommend that you start with a “hop on – hop off” tour of the historic district. You’ll find more information on the various tour companies on the tour pages.
We hope that you will find the information
on these pages helpful and entertaining. Visit Historic Savannahs want to help make your Savannah visit a trip to remember. Come back soon! We are
constantly updating and adding to this site in order to provide you with
the best possible tools for planning your trip to the enchanting city
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