10 Best Historic Sites in Savannah: Forts, Cemeteries, Houses of Worship and More
When General Sherman made his notorious March to the Sea during the Civil War, he burned everything in his path. Everything, that is, except Savannah, which he famously gave to President Lincoln as a Christmas gift. In the 1950s, the city began making efforts to preserve and restore these historic structures, and subsequently many original buildings and homes remain intact for present-day visitors to enjoy.
Some of Savannah’s most interesting historical structures can be found at Fort Pulaski National Monument and Old Fort Jackson. You don’t have to be a military buff to enjoy the impressive ramparts, moats and beautiful... Read more »
Historic Bonaventure Cemetery has gravesites dating back to the mid-1800s including those of several... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "If you're not up for navigating Bonaventure on your own, take a tour of the cemetery with Shannon Scott Tours. The company's daytime and evening tours give a fascinating glimpse into the cemetery's history and folklore."
Fort Pulaski's moats, drawbridges and tunnels will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. The river view is spectacular.
Local Expert Tip: "Plan to visit on a Saturday to see one of three daily cannon firings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m."
Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site features 18th-century ruins and a museum filled with fascinating... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget your camera. The entry leading into Wormsloe is one of the most photographed spots in the city."
The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a must for Girl Scouts past and present but will delight anyone with an appreciation for 19th-century relics.
Local Expert Tip: "Girl Scouts sell their famous cookies outside the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace each year during cookie season."
First African Baptist Church is one of the nation's first black churches and was a stop on the Underground... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to check out the church's museum at the conclusion of your tour."
Old Fort Jackson is Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification. The fort's guides are extremely... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Check Old Fort Jackson's Facebook page for upcoming special events."
Colonial Park Cemetery is the oldest intact cemetery in Savannah and features fascinating 18th- and... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Ghost hunters: keep your eyes out for the ghost of Rene Asche Rondolier, an orphan accused of murder who was lynched for her crime."
The Massie Heritage Center is a great starting point on your tour of historic Savannah and a must for architecture aficionados.
Local Expert Tip: "Bring your kids. The Massie Heritage Center's interactive activities make it a good place for children."
Congregation Mickve Israel is the nation's third oldest Jewish synagogue. Guests can tour the... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to browse the great selection of Judaica in the Mickve Israel gift shop."
The Pinpoint Heritage Museum offers a unique glimpse into local Gullah/Geechee culture. Visitors can tour... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "After exploring the Pin Point Heritage Museum, continue over the bridge to Skidaway Island and hike one of the beautiful walking trails at Skidaway Island State Park."
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