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SCAD is everywhere in Savannah. It is the Savannah College of Art and Design. Numerous buildings have been bought and restored by the school and you can see evidence of the art students everywhere. It reminded me of our own Rhode Island School of Design which is widely known. Art students create all sorts of interesting and beautiful things in their community and benefit the neighborhoods with color and imagination.
This lovely brownstone building is the welcome center as well as having a store where students sell their work. Scituated on Madison Square... it makes a wonderful neighborhood. I visited the Sorrell-Weed houe which is on the opposite side of the park.. as well as the Gryphon where I enjoyed an excellent lunch after my tour.
Trolley tours galore...riverboat tours....Haunted house tours.....Historic house tours......seems there is something for everyone.
I took advantage of touring the Historic Sorrel-Weed House built in 1838. It's one of the first 2 houses in Savannah to be designated as a Historic Landmark. Featured on HGTV program "If Walls Could Talk", there are plenty of stories to be told about this wonderful old Greek Revival. I was fascinated with the story about the man who has purchased the house and committed to the restoration... pulling storefronts off the facade which had been patched onto the front....hiding the beautiful home that it is. He keeps finding fabulous original things throughout the house. He tears down a wall and finds an original window all in tact....he found a 1,000 sq ft wine cellar which noone was aware of. The corker was when he found an original draft by Robert E. Lee of his concession speach when he surrendered.
During the haunted tour you'll get the stories of the awful deaths that occured in the house....and the mysteries surrounding them. You'll hear about the TAPS findings at the house and see the locations the Ghost Hunters were so excited about.
My tour didn't enter the room in the basement that is known for its voo-doo.
There was a great old map on the wall in the foyer ... shows you what Savannah looked like in the early years.
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I need two tips to cover the square named for him as well as the park where his monument stands. Both are worth visiting.
The surrounding neighborhoods are very beautiful as well.
Well, I knew Pulaski had a lot to do with Savannah as well as Rhode Island as well as Philadelphia... but I didn't realize how much he is revered in Savannah. There is a square named for him as well as a statue in another park -- where his remains were interred under the monument. There is one other building I found that had his name inscribed in the stone work above the door as well. I don't know if it was a house he lived in during the war.
Pulaski was, of course, a Pole. He fought in Poland and then came to the US where he fought in the Revolutionary war as well. Evidentally he was an amazing man to be singled out so often as he is... for I see wonderful monuments to him and parks named for him in many places.
The square where his statue stands is done quite well. I welcomed the opportunity to sit for a while under the graceful branches and moss that form a ceiling overhead.
Savannah is known for her squares and parks. When the city was initially laid out in the 1700's, it was planned that the streets would run in square blocks with green space centering in each quadrant. It's easy to find your way, but a good idea to use a map so you don't get the squares and parks confused. The neighborhoods seem to operate around the square...so that you'll have a few cafes or galleries...a tea room or an historic house... all identifying with the square as if it were the name of the neighborhood. Am I clear on that?
There were a few squares I sought out for specific reasons... I'll offer more on that later.
If you have a yearning for the sea... perhaps Savannah is a good place to start. There must be lots of opportunities to jump aboard one of these monster container ships and sail the high seas. In one of my photos you can see a deck hand with both arms stretched out in greeting to us as we passed in the river boat cruise. Do you suppose it was a stow away who was ecstatic to be finally on his way across the ocean????
Quite a striking bridge...I've forgotten the details... but it would take you out of Georgia into the Carolinas. When the boats approach it, they sometimes look as if they would crash into it...they are so tall. The bridge had to be rebuilt to accomodate Savannah's active shipping industry and the large container ships arriving throughout the day.
There are several options for cruising on the river. Along River Street you will find large old fashioned looking river boats which make for good photography... as well as smaller craft designed for short cruises to explore the river with a little commentary.
When I say a "little" commentary, I mean just that. We were disappointed in the river boat cruise. The commentator was not very talkative or entertaining. We sailed up river but not down river...so what was included was just the port and the bridge.
It would have been nice to fill in with some stories, jokes or music, but there was none of that. We thought the river boat was better to look at and imagine the ride rather than actually take the ride. Perhaps it would be better as a dinner cruise? Didn't strike me so... but perhaps if you were in a group of jovial folks.....
Address: River Street
The huge hulk of a container ship
On my first night in Savannah as we were enjoying the riverfront... there was this ENORMOUS ship coming up the river. It loomed above us in the darkness... with lights blinking here and there. The river is narrow as it passes the section where all the tourist shops and restaurants are located...so the huge container ship seemed like a dark giant so close to us you felt as if you could reach out and touch the hull. The container ships are at least 7 stories high above water level, so you can imagine what it's like to watch this monster floating past in the darkness.
Savannah is one the top 5 largest shipping ports in the country. Enormous offloading equipment distinguishes the skyline in the port area.
When we took the riverboat cruise, I expected to see some natural plantation type lands...but instead they take you up river to see all the working part of the city. We were a bit disappointed in the tour, but the huge ships gave us some entertainment as they passed.
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