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.