Sunday, November 18, 2007
16 November 2007
Savannah is the first city established in Georgia, with arrivals beginning in the early 1700’s. They started the city on high ground above the river and laid the city out in grids which makes for easy navigation in the historic district. There are lots of “town squares” in the grids which contain historical monuments and lots of information about the city’s past. There is plenty of history from the revolutionary period thru the civil war to be found in almost every street and square.
We walked most of the historic district from the waterfront south to the Forsyth Park. While the city shows some signs of wear, the streets are a pleasure to walk. We enjoyed the many homes dating from the 1800’s and several of the churches from the mid 1700’s. The national bestselling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” is set in Savannah and is sold everywhere in town. We opted for the movie directed by Clint Eastwood. It gave us an interesting insight into the city.
There is a colonial period cemetery in the center of the city which contains an immense amount of history of the city and the region. The last burial allowed occurred in 1853.