On the banks of the Savannah River stands the lovely city of Savannah. This oldest city of Georgia has retained most of its old world charm. This is one of the few US cities where time has come to a standstill amidst the elegant mansions, the tall oak trees and the Spanish moss.
Art and Architecture
If you are lover of art and architecture, Savannah should feature in your Georgia itinerary. The Jepson Center for the Arts is dedicated to contemporary art. Mercer-Williams House is the place where the infamous art dealer Jim Williams lived until his death in 1990. Since 2004, the ground floor of the mansion is open to visitors. You will be overwhelmed by the magnificent dÃ©cor of this mansion.
Davenport House, although a lovely mansion depicting the Federal form of architecture, might not appear as attractive as the other well known buildings of Savannah; but nonetheless, you can pay a visit to this historic place. To enrich your knowledge on the Regency style of architecture, visit the Owens-Thomas House. Your tour guide will provide several interesting details about this early 19th century wonder, which includes 22 coatings of paints on the wall of this building.
Several outstanding paintings adorn the walls of the Telfair Museum of Art. The Savannah History Museum is the place where you will encounter the past of this wonderful city. The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum has on display several models from the past, including the first steamship that crossed the Atlantic and the first nuclear powered ship. Replicas from Savannah’s civil rights movement are displayed in the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.
If you are interested in spooky things, come to Savannah on St Patrick’s Day. This traditional springtime ceremony is also the time to do some ghost hunting. Tours are conducted in hearses across spooky sites of the city.
Savannah is not only steeped in history. You will find open-air cafes, art studios, jazz clubs and specialty stores in the vibrant City Market area. This pedestrian-only area could also be toured on a bike or even in a horse drawn carriage.