Savannah Things to Do Tips by rexvaughan
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This was the first synagogue establlished in the state of Georgia in 1790 and the third oldest Jewish congregation in the US. It was founded by settlers from London. The group met in various locations originally, eventually built a wooden structure which eventually burned. The structure shown here was built in 1876-1878 and is the only Gothic synagogue in America.
There is a museum here containing the Torah Scroll brought from London as well as letters from Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Bush , and Bill Clinton.
Directions: On Monterrey Square at the intersection of Bull and Taylor streets.
This is the Andrew Low House where his daughter Juliette Gordon Low lived from 1886-1927. It was built by Mr. Low in 1849 and remained in the family until Juliette's death. In this house was the first Girl Scout troop was organized in 1912 and upon her death, Ms. Low willed the house to the Girl Scout's of Savannah. Later The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (how is that for a name!) bought the house for their headquarters and later opened it to the public.
In the photo my wife and a friend are posing with the Girl Scout salute which they used as girls in their troop.
It is worth a visit to see the magnificent furnishings many of which were made by the premier names of the time and the cast iron balconies which are so popular in Savannah.
Address: 329 Abercorn Street
Directions: On Layfayette Square
Phone: 912 233-6854
On August 10, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was first read to Georgians in a house beside this square. It is named Reynolds Square in honor of the first Royal Governor of Georgia.
In the center of the square is this statue of the Rev John Wesley who accompanied Oglethorpe from England. Wesley was one of the first rectors of Christ Church in Savannah and the founder of Methodism. While Wesley was great in many ways, his stay in Savannah was less than stellar. According to local legend he became unpopular with his parishoners becausee he walked around recording the "sins" they were committing and then reported them to the congregation on Sunday. He also had an unsuccessful romance with a Miss Sophy Hopkey and at one point refused her the Eucharist. But he went back to England and seems to have gotten his act together.
Directions: At intersection of Congress and Abercorn
The Waving Girl
River Street is, naturally, by the river and has a lot of shops, restaurants, etc. However, it is a lovely spot particulaly as the sun goes down behind the Talmadge Bridge. The shops and restaurants are also not bad even though you find some typical tourist stuff.
There is also a small park at the east end, Emmet Park where you will find "The Waving Girl" statue. Legend has it that this woman, Florence Martus, waved a welcome and a farewell to each ship in Savannah Harbor from 1887 to 1931. They say she never missed a ship and at night would use a lantern. Her brother was the lighthouse keeper at nearby Tybee Island.
Directions: Along the Savannah River
When Savannah was laid out in 1733 by General Oglethorpe hw designed wards with 40 building lots and 4 trust lots for schools, churches and other public services and a square at the center. Most of the original squares survive and are named for and dedicated to the significant figures in Savannah's history so that a tour of the squares is a delight for the eyes and also a tour of her history.
The photo shows Lafayette Square (1837) named for the famous French aide to General Washington. The fountain was installed in 1983 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the colony of Georgia in the center of this square. In the photo you can also see the spires of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Directions: At the intersection of Abercorn, Charlton and Harris streets.
Visitor Center Mural
Savannah has a really good and lovely visitor center right near the historic downtown. It is in a former rail station which seems very appropriate. (I love old train stations). There are nice maps and you can purchase a little packet containing a Self-Guided Tour for about $4 and it is worth every penny. There is also a very nice bookstore and gift shop with lots of publications on the area. There is also a small snack cafe which has really good coffee.
Directions: At Liberty and Mongomery Streets on the west edge of the Old Town.
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