Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more information about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Savannah retains elements of its origin as the centerpiece of the Georgia Colony of James Oglethorpe. The city was designed around a plan of 24 squares, each surrounded by a residential neighborhood. Today, the city has restored 22 of these squares. Southern architecture is found everywhere. Savannah is a delight and should be part of any trip to the Southeastern US for at least the following reasons:
1. Forsyth Park features a spectacular fountain as its centerpiece.
2. The Isaiah Davenport House’s anticipated demolition spurred the creation of a preservation group which has spearheaded Savannah’s restoration. Since then many properties have been preserved and maintained.
3. The Hamilton-Turner House was featured in the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
4. The Savannah waterfront is another popular area for tourists with its many shops and restaurants. We particularly liked the Waving Girl statue, which recalls the legend of Florence Martus who greeted ships that entered and left Savannah for 44 years.