Beautiful springs; delicious food; heavenly ice cream; picturesque streets and haunted pathways – Savannah is a whole pack of surprises. This beautiful and alluring city I located at the east of Georgia along the Atlantic Ocean. It borders the state of South Carolina in the north. Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County. This amazing place is known for its vibrant and important history. This coastal marvel is a popular vacation destination for its well preserved architecture.
This article will tell you why you will fall in love with Savannah. Read along –
Savannah has one of the prettiest streets in America
Savannah is the most instagrammable location as I would like to say. The Jones Street, located in the historic city of Savannah is so charming with 18th century homes, giant oak trees, and brick streets. Due to its quintessential Southern Charm, Jones Street makes it at the top list of prettiest streets.
Savannah Was Georgia’s First Capital
Before Atlanta became the Capitol of Georgia, it was Savannah up until 1868. Atlanta was only the temporary Capitol, it became official in 1877.
The City has Been in Ruin Multiple Times
Once in 1796 and in 1820, Savannah had to survive two major hurricanes. This old and one hell of a strong city that has built and rebuilt itself and yet doesn’t cease to amaze people is a one in a must visit. To all the folks who love the tough being. You know, the ones that has been through something, then Savannah is your perfect holiday destination.
Savannah is the First Planned City
Savannah is also known as the United States’ first planned city. General James Oglethorpe who found the city had big plans for designing it which was laid on a grid system with wide streets.
The Oldest Home in Savannah is the Pirates’ House
Originally started as an Inn, the place became favorite among the pirates. Soon, the pirate’s Inn became frequented by pirates. Today, the Pirate’s Home is one of the longest running pirate- themed restaurant. Also, this place is famous among the horror stuff lovers. Said this place is haunted.
Savannah was a Christmas Gift to President Lincoln
During the Civil War, General Sherman who took a few days leisure in Savannah before marching into the sea had destroyed every town they went through. It is said that he thought Savannah was so beautiful, that he didn’t want to pillage the city. After the General’s famous March to the Sea, a telegram was sent to President Lincoln saying, “I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton”.
Savannah is One of the Most Haunted Cities
Savannah is known as a city that has been built over the dead. From mass graves and Native American burial grounds, the city is so haunted. Previously hit with a huge Yellow fever epidemic and several mass fires in the past, Savannah gives out the scared-to-death vibes. Many tour guides in Savannah offer Ghost tour in and around the city.
Most haunted places in Savannah are everywhere. To name a few, Colonial Park Cemetery, Moon River Brewing Company, The Marshall House, The Mercer House, and Factors Walk down River Street.
Lawyers, Drinking, and Slaves were Outlawed
Savannah’s history is very unsettling. Georgia’s history in a whole is tragic to be fair. When Oglethorpe founded Savannah, he outlawed lawyers, alcohol, and slaves. Unfortunately, in 1751 Georgia made slavery legal.
Savannah has Open Containers
Unlike many other places in the US, Savannah has open container law, which means, you walk around the historic district with 16oz to-go cups of your favorite alcoholic beverage. Just don’t be shocked to see people walking around with big boozy cups.
Savannah is Home to Georgia’s Oldest Plantation
As Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city, it’s obvious the oldest plantation can be found here. Wormsloe Historic Site Plantation is very popular among tourists for its towering oak tunnel that stretches 1.5 miles. Wormsloe is also home to the oldest tabby wall structures in the state. Movies such as The Last Song with Miley Cyrus and the Generals Daughter were filmed here.
The Girl Scouts Were Founded in Savannah
The Girl Scouts were founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1915. The girl scout cookies are very famous in the region. In fact, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace is the first Registered National Historic Landmark.
The weeping time
I usually keep shit to the last. Especially if it has something to do with race and religion. Savannah has my heat here because it has a dark history. In March of 1857, Savannah had the largest sale of human beings in the history of the USA. The auction of African Americans lasted for 2 days and took place at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. During these 2 days, it is said that there was pouring rain the whole time because the heavens were sad; therefore it was named The Weeping Time.