The Southern Charm of Savannah Georgia

Few cities evoke the true spirit of the American South than the city of Savannah in Georgia.

This historic city boasts one the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States, thanks to the architecture of grand Confederate-era public buildings and stately mansions which have survived intact from the days of the Civil War.

Savannah was established in 1733 and was the colonial capital of the Province of Georgia before becoming the first state capital of Georgia. A visit to the Savannah Historic District will reveal magnificent buildings which trace the city’s history from its inception until the present.

Millions of people flock to Savannah each year, precisely to explore its buildings and green spaces. That’s another facet of Savannah which adds to its attractiveness, the 22 public squares which dot the city’s environs.

The city planners must have had an inkling that Savannah would grow, as four squares were set aside when the town was first established in 1733, but provision was made for more squares to be incorporated as the city expanded. At their height, there were 24 squares and 22 still remain. They add a touch of greenery to the city, and act as places in which to build monuments for local dignitaries. All of the squares are a part of Savannah’s historic district and fall within an area of less than one half square mile.

You can actually trace how Savannah developed just by the names of the squares. For instance, the first four squares were named after the British coloniser, and the late 18th century squares were named after important leaders of the American War of Independence and beyond.

Savannah also has a vibrant arts community and has a reputation for serving fine food. It’s coastal location and access to excellent fishing in the marshes and tidal creeks means that its seafood, particularly its crabs, are popular with locals and visitors alike.

Close to Savannah is Tybee Island, which is the eastern most point of Georgia, and has long been a popular beach resort. As it is strategically located near the mouth of the Savannah River, a lighthouse was built there in 1736, which was the first on America’s South Atlantic shore. Although the original building is no longer there, the 18th century lighthouse that is there is an important historical site.

There is always plenty to see and experience in Savannah. With more than 150 festivals occurring every year, Savannah is all about celebration. Music, art, culture and food are just a few of our excuses for city-wide parties. Whatever your interest, Savannah has an event that is perfect just for you.

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