Archive for the ‘Savannah Georgia Attractions’ Category

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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Slavery and Freedom in Savannah at the Jepson Center for the Arts

March 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Slavery and Freedom in SavannahWhen most of us think of slavery in the south, we picture rural plantations and fields of cotton but a new book and an exhibit at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, looks at the subject of urban slavery.

While rural slavery on the plantations was a more visible fact, urban slavery was instrumental to America’s slave-based economy. The story of the lives of the African Americans – both free and enslaved — who built and worked at various homes in and around Savannah are documented in the exhibit and book, shedding new light on this often forgotten yet integral part of American history.

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Bonaventure Cemetery – Sacred Icon of Savannah

February 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Bonaventure CemeteryLocated just east of Savannah on a quiet bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, sits the Bonaventure Cemetery, sacred icon of Savannah.

Boneventure is probably most famous now for the image of it on the cover of John Berendt’s book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The cover showed the now-famous “Bird Girl” statue, whose new-found fame forced it to be moved to the Telfair Museum of Art for safe keeping – but Bonaventure Cemetery has more to it than just an appearance on a popular book cover.

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Arrrrr – It’s the Pirates’ House!

February 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Pirates' House - Savannah, GAThere’s a restaurant in Savannah that’s been serving customers since 1753 – for a time you could even get shanghaied there, but they’ve discontinued that service – The Pirates’ House!

Originally constructed in 1734 as part of an experimental garden complex modeled after London’s Chelsea Botanical Garden, the site of The Pirates’ House is the source of the peach trees that Georgia and South Carolina are so famous for, as well as the upland cotton that played a major role in our nation’s early economy.

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The 13th Annual Gingerbread Village Competition

November 28th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The 13th Annual Gingerbread Village Competition DisplayOnce a year, there’s a section of Savannah where the houses, businesses, the streets and fences, even the people and animals are not all just edible but sweetly so – and some are even frosted!

No, I’ve not gone right out of my tiny, little mind: I’m talking about the annual Gingerbread Village Competition, a free event sponsored by the Savannah Harbor Foundation!

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Savannah Riverboat Tours – Your Passport to the Past

September 6th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Savannah Riverboat Tours and Cruises

Nothing brings the rich history and lush beauty of our city to life like a Savannah riverboat tour. Set sail for a bygone era and discover the story of a river instrumental in the founding of our beautiful city.

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