Posts Tagged ‘Savannah vacation’

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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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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