Savannah, Georgia is a classic city of the Deep South, which grew on the backs of slave labor and the fortunes of cotton-farming. The downtown area is laid out in an unusual way — homes and neighborhoods were centered on a series of 24 squares which are now landscaped and preserved as city parks. Twenty-two of the original squares designed by General James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia, still remain and they provide a charming walking tour of the downtown area.
The first of Savannah’s “historic homes” to be preserved was the Hamilton-Turner House. This event spurred the local Preservation Society to continue the process and now there are many such properties in town which can be admired and/or visited.
Also visit the riverfront where shopping opportunities and restaurants abound. Here you will find the “Waving Girl” statue, created to represent a real Savannah girl,
Of all the parks, Forsythe Park is particularly attractive..