While we were staying in Beaufort, SC, our very gracious friends, Tom & Nancy Bartlett, offered to take us on a road trip to Savannah, GA. As we had decided to skip stopping in Savannah (it is out of the way of the path south we were taking), we jumped on the chance to check out this town.
Savannah, Georgia, is America’s first planned city. General James Edward Oglethorpe (who had previously founded the colony of Georgia) founded Savannah in 1733. He designed his new capital as a series of neighborhoods centered around 24 squares. Chippewa Square is at the center of the downtown historic district (and was the site where Forrest Gump was filmed).
To get to Savannah’s waterfront, you first walk across a bridge.
Then you climb down some super-sketchy stairs and through an alleyway.
To finally get to the cobble-stoned water front.
Cracked Earth – A World Apart is a large Earth globe split in half and is a tribute to World War II . You can walk inside and read the names of those who died in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of the conflict.
Just off the waterfront is the market area. There are several local artists with a gallery here. This area very much reminded me of Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
- Martinis at Jen’s & Friends – over 100 martini choices including maple bacon.
- Dinner & Craft Beers at MoonRiver Brewing Company
- click the link above to check out the haunted history of this establishment
The Gullah are a distinctive group of African Americans whose origins lie along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, as well as the adjacent sea islands. They live in small farming and fishing units, having formed a tightly knit community that has survived slavery, the Civil War, and the emergence of modern American culture.
Big Thank You to Tom & Nancy for a very fun side trip to Savannah! 🙂