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 river views at these two historic fortifications, both of which survived several wars.

Savannah’s historic cemeteries are a great a way to learn about the city’s early history. One of the most stunning is Bonaventure, a 160-acre cemetery that dates back to the 1800s. Colonial Park Cemetery, located in Savannah’s Historic District, was established in the mid-18th century and features more than 900 historic graves.

Several of the city’s original houses of worship remain intact and are open to the public, including First African Baptist Church, one of the nation’s oldest black churches, and Congregation Mickve Israel, the country’s third oldest Jewish synagogue.

Savannah also has numerous historic homes decorated with authentic period furnishings that are available for tours, among them the Davenport House, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the city’s first National Historic Landmark.




This fascinating museum pays homage to the tiny community of Pin Point, a century-old African-American community on the banks of Savannah's Moon River. Pin Point, best known as the birthplace of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was...  Read More




When General James Edward Oglethorpe founded Savannah in 1733, he brought along 42 Jewish settlers who went on to establish Congregation Mickve Israel, the nation's third oldest Jewish synagogue. The neo-Gothic-style synagogue--the only one of...  Read More


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The Massie Common School opened its doors in 1856 and educated Savannahians until 1974. Today the Massie Heritage Center serves as an architecture and history museum, featuring engaging, state-of-the-art exhibits. A three-dimensional model of...  Read More


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Colonial Park Cemetery, located in Savannah's Historic District, is the oldest intact municipal cemetery in the city. Established in 1750, the cemetery has more than 9,000 graves and is the final resting place for many famous Georgians,...  Read More


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Old Fort Jackson, a National Historic Landmark, is the oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia and one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States....  Read More




Lauded as one of Savannah's most inspirational sites, this wonderfully preserved church, organized in 1773 under the leadership of Reverend George Leile, is one of the first black churches in North America and was a stop on the Underground...  Read More




The first National Historic Landmark in Savannah, this iconic gem is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Built in 1821, the English Regency-style townhouse has been elegantly restored and is furnished...  Read More




Wormsloe Plantation, a haven of natural beauty and rich history, was established in 1737 by Noble Jones, an Englishman and one of Georgia's earliest settlers. The plantation is known for its striking mile-long entryway, which is lined on both...  Read More




This 19th-century fort, which was occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War, is a must-see for history buffs. Only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Savannah, Fort Pulaski was designed by Napoleon's engineer, and though it fell during...  Read More


Bonaventure Cemetery
Photo courtesy of Don Teuton


This storied 150-year-old cemetery, perched on the bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, is at once beautiful and haunting. The final resting place for may famous Savannahians, among them lyricist Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken, the...  Read More


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