Savannah, Georgia, is a city steeped in the culture of the Deep South. It was the original settlement of James Oglethorpe, founder of the Georgia colony. Its position along a navigable river gives it direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, so it has figured prominently in maritime history.
The city itself is lovely, laid out much as it was in Oglethorpe’s day, with streets intersecting at public squares. The many live oaks with their strands of Spanish Moss hanging down give the city a tropical aura. Life is slow-paced here, probably because of the sultry temperatures especially during the summertime.
My favorite spot in Savannah is the fountain in Forsyth Park, a lovely expanse of green within the city environs.
Davenport House, once threatened with demolition, was the first preservation effort of the Historic Savannah Foundation. After its initial success, the group has spearheaded the preservation of much of Savannah’s past glory.
They have also maintained and restored many of Oglethorpe’s squares.
Another famous landmark in Savannah is the Waving Girl Statue, on the riverfront.
While in Savannah, be sure to sample the authentic Southern cooking at Mrs. Wilkes..