Old Fort Jackson – The Oldest Standing Brick Fort in the US

August 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Fort Jackson - The Oldest Standing Brick Fort in the USGeorgia’s oldest standing brick fortification is beautifully preserved and located on the Savannah River: Old Fort Jackson, constructed before the War of 1812.

Old Fort Jackson is one of Savannah’s many, must-see National Historic Landmarks. Ordered built by then President, Thomas Jefferson, as part of a national defense system, Old Fort Jackson is named after the one-time governor of Georgia, James Jackson. It saw action in its efforts to to defend Savannah during both the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Always a strategic area, Old Fort Jackson was constructed atop the site of an older, earthenwork fort built in the mid 1700′s against British invaders. This earlier emplacement was abandoned in 1778, however, after a wave of illness convinced folks that its earth was “unhealthy.”

The Civil War saw Confederate troops using the fort’s defenses against Union forces until December of 1864, when Old Fort Jackson fell during General Sherman’s destructive “March to the Sea”. The Confederate men stationed at the fort did what they could to render the facility unusable to their enemies before retreating, including rigging the front gates to explode and setting the barracks on fire.

Despite this, Old Fort Jackson survived and now you can visit it! Managed by the Coastal Heritage Society, Old Fort Jackson is open seven days a week, offering daily cannon firings, interactive programs, and unique views of Savannah’s riverfront skyline and the Talmadge Bridge. Don’t miss it!

Old Fort Jackson

Open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm
1 Fort Jackson Rd.
Savannah, GA 31404
chsgeorgia.org/Old-Fort-Jackson.html

Old Fort Jackson Lodging
Like so much of what brings people out for a Savannah vacation, Old Fort Jackson is but a 10 minute drive from McMillan Inn. Our convenient location in the Landmark Historic District of Savannah means that most of what you’ll want to see is easily accessible and just minutes away – often on foot! After all, Savannah is: “America’s best pedestrian city,” and our restored, 1888 Italianate Revival Inn is perfectly situated to make that motto ring true!

Savannah’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Savannah's Cathedral of Saint John the BaptistThe grand architectural beauty and rich history of Savannah’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is affecting beyond words and worth visiting – no matter your personal beliefs.

Construction began on Savannah’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in 1873 and was completed in 1896 – making it oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia. You might well wonder at why it took so long for such a structure to be built in Georgia, given that the state was established in 1732 and one of the original 13 colonies of the US.

What this set of facts overlooks, however, is the general mistrust for Catholicism that existed in the early days of the US.

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Visit Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah

July 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Oatland Island Wildlife CenterLooking for something wild to do in Savannah? How about a visit to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center?

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah features 175 acres of maritime forest, freshwater wetlands, and salt marsh habitat, crisscrossed by a 2 mile-long “Native Animal Nature Trail” that affords you the opportunity to view over 60 species of indigenous, North American animals, many of which are considered endangered.

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The 2014 Savannah VOICE Festival

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Savannah Voice FestivalThe Savannah VOICE Festival is a two-week celebration of excellence in vocals through opera, musical theater and popular songs, scheduled for August 1st through the 17th, 2014.

Offering a host of programs – both performance and educational – many of the Savannah VOICE Festival events are free, while others require tickets for admission, ranging from $18 to $65. Below is a quick overview of just a few of the events on tap at the Savannah VOICE Festival, designed to whet your appetite for what is sure to be an amazing exhibition of talent:

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Savannah’s Georgia State Railroad Museum

June 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Georgia State Railroad MuseumIf you’re a railroad enthusiast – and honestly, once you get up close to one of these magnificent machines, who isn’t? – you’ll definitely want to make the Georgia State Railroad Museum part of your Savannah vacation.

The Georgia State Railroad Museum is located at what was once the Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities and, as such, is a National Historic Landmark. Not only that, the Georgia State Railroad Museum is considered to be the largest and most complete Antebellum railroad facility in the world.

At the Georgia State Railroad Museum – originally called the Roundhouse Railroad Museum because of the working roundhouse on the grounds – there are numerous interesting and informative railroad exhibits, steam locomotives, diesel engines, and both unused and historic rail cars. You can take train rides, go on guided tours, learn to run a handcar, and maybe even see a blacksmith demonstration or – best of all – see the fully operational train turntable in the roundhouse in action!

With a wide selection of fascinating daily activities available, there is always something exciting to see or do at the Georgia State Railroad Museum!

The Georgia State Railroad Museum
655 Louisville Rd.
Savannah, GA 31401
Be sure to check the site for hours as well as train ride and program schedules: chsgeorgia.org/Railroad-Museum.html

Savannah’s Georgia State Railroad Museum Lodging
McMillan Inn is a Savannah inn located in the historic district of Savannah and only a touch over a mile away – just 5 minutes drive – from the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Treat yourself to some of the most unique and beautiful lodging in the city with a stay at the historic McMillan Inn!

Don’t Miss the 2014 Savannah Theatre Season

June 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 Savannah Theatre Season is in full swing and, if you haven’t had a chance to look at the schedule, you should do so! This historic venue, the “oldest theater in America,” has a reputation for putting on iconic stage shows that stay with you long after the curtains go down – and the 2014 Season is no exception.

Explore the 2014 Savannah Theatre Season

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Savannah’s Forsyth Park

May 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The famous Forsyth Park fountainSavannah, Georgia is so full of beauty and history that trying to see it all can be overwhelming. One place you do not want to miss, however, is historic Forsyth Park.

The view of the spectacular Forsyth Park Fountain from down Bull Street is one of the most fampus and unforgettable Savannah vistas. Its iconic beauty stands as testament to the careful planning of the 19th century visionaries who saw the park as a gem to be cherished now and into the future.

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Discover Savannah’s River Street

May 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Savannah's River StreetRiverside cobblestone streets. Southern hospitality and history mingling with charming storefronts and delectable eateries: Savannah’s River Street.

The busy, nine-block, waterfront stretch along the Savannah River, known as Savannah’s River Street, was once a bustling, gritty wharf area that slowly grew into a district of prosperous cotton warehouses as trade flourished. By the end of the Civil War, however, the area fell into disrepair. It remained run down until the mid-70′s, when the Riverfront Urban Renewal Project was begun.

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Visit the Historic Tybee Island Lighthouse

April 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Tybee Island LighthouseLighthouses fascinate us and with good reason – they are iconic, historic, and reach far out over the waves to help save lives – Tybee Island Lighthouse is no exception.

Tybee Island Lighthouse has been an iconic part of the Georgia shoreline in one form or another since 1736, having been built when Georgia was but the 13th colony of England’s holdings in the New World.

At first Tybee Island Lighthouse had no light at all and was just a 90 foot tower meant to serve as a guide on the horizon during the day. Built near the shore of the island, it wasn’t too long before this early tower was destroyed by a storm and had to be rebuilt.

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Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade 2014

April 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Tybee Island Beach Bum ParadeHave you ever been in a crowd and wondered what it would be like to start a massive water fight? Well, you can find out at the 2014 Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade!

Yes, you read that correctly: the annual Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade devolves (quite intentionally) into a massive water fight every year – the South’s largest water fight!

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