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Travel Tips for Savannah History: 7 Places for History Buffs on Vacation

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 04:05 PM

Tourists who love history will find a home away from home in Savannah, Georgia. Travel tips to this Southern city include lots of destinations for history buffs in the state's oldest city, established in 1733.

1. History abounds in the Andrew Low House on Abercorn Street. The house was built in 1848 on the site of the old city jail for wealthy Savannah merchant Andrew Low, a native of Scotland. Low’s son, William, inherited the house and later moved to England with his wife, the former Juliette Gordon. After William died, Juliette returned to the house and founded the Girl Scouts in 1912.

The house, open to the public since 1950, has an exterior of cast iron railings and side balconies. Antiques, stunning silver, ornamental ironwork and paintings decorate the interior.

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2. The City Hall of Savannah on Bay Street is not an average city building with its awe-inspiring stained-glass inner dome, mosaic tiles, mahogany banisters, and stately fountain inside a four-story rotunda. The domed roof rises 70 feet, making it an impressive sight throughout the city. The first city council was held there in 1906. The mayor’s office and city council quarters are now on the second floor.

3. Civil War buffs can enjoy the Fort Pulaski National Monument, a fort built between 1829 and 1847. It was thought to be impenetrable against Union forces during the Civil War, but eventually fell to a bombardment of cannon fire.

The restored fort, under the direction of the National Park Service, has moats, drawbridges, and towering walls along with trails and picnic areas.

4. Christ Church, known as “The Mother Church of Georgia,” overlooks Johnson Square with its Greek Revival style architecture and classical white columns. The first church built on the site in 1750 was destroyed in a fire. A hurricane damaged the construction of the second building in 1804. The current building was completed in 1840. Parishioners faithfully attend services today at the sound of a 1,900-pound bell.

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5. The Mercer-Williams House on Bull Street is well-known for being featured in the “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” book and movie. Its splendid architectural style has made it a popular tourist site.

The home was built for Civil War Gen. Hugh W. Mercer, but he never lived in it because of the outbreak of war. It was completed in 1869. The restored home has antique furnishings and beautiful 18th-century portraits.

6. Travel tips to Savannah include experiencing the city’s past at the Savannah History Museum in Tricentennial Park. Savannah’s significance in history includes roles in the American Revolution and the Civil War, as well as in the Industrial Revolution.

Exhibits range from a display of the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah to the bench used in the “Forest Gump” movie. The museum is located at the northwest corner of Savannah’s Historic District.

7. Across from the Savannah History Museum is Battlefield Memorial Park, commemorating the American Revolutionary Battle of Savannah fought by 8,000 troops of three armies on October 9, 1779. Hundreds of soldiers died in battle.

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