Savannah's Historic Sites

Take a historic trip through Savannah

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Savannah's Historic Sites

1. Savannah Georgia Historic Trip

Deeply rooted in history and beautifully preserved, Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city. Established in 1733 by English settlers, Savannah grew into a graceful town known for its architecture and Southern hospitality.

2. Forsyth Park

Encompassing 20 acres, Forsyth Park was conceived by William B. Hodgson and named for Governor John Forsyth when it was laid out in 1851. The main promenade is highlighted by the beautiful white fountain, which was erected in 1858, and recently restored as a joint effort of the City and community residents.

3. Savannah Movie Tour

“Lights, Camera, Action!” For the past 100 years those words have been heard in and around Savannah, as Hollywood recognized that the ‘Hostess City’ was a perfect backdrop for filming. From silent movies to the original Cape Fear (1962), The Longest Yard (1974), the TV miniseries Roots (1977), Glory (1989), Forrest Gump, Something To Talk About and Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil (1990s) to The Conspirator and The Last Song (2009), plus the aptly named Savannah, filmed in 2011, are just a few. Our famous 90-minute narrated tour at Savannah Movie Tour, including numerous film clips, will pass many of the most recognizable locations. This is a ‘must do’ tour for moviegoers of all ages. And maybe a stop at the world-famous Leopold’s Ice Cream for a treat to end your tour? We're a pet-friendly tour company, and well-behaved dogs are also welcome.

4. Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, National Historic Landmark

The Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low was the first National Historic Landmark in Savannah. Home of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, this Regency house, constructed 1818-1821, is elegantly restored to 1886 and features original furnishings.

While you are in Savannah, don't miss your opportunity to explore Savannah's Civil War experience through the eyes of the Gordon family at the Juliette Low Birthplace during one of our Focus Tours: Civil War Journeys.

Owned by Girl Scouts USA, the historic house museum is open for public tours with reserved programs for Girl Scouts and school classes. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and tours are 12:15-4:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Reservations required for groups. Elevator accessibility.

5. Isaiah Davenport House Museum

The Isaiah Davenport House Museum, a stately Federal-style home built by Master Carpenter Isaiah Davenport for his household, provides a glimpse into 1820s domestic life in the port city of Savannah. Fine interior plasterwork, authentically restored period rooms and a spectacular staircase are highlights of a visit to the Isaiah Davenport House Museum. The saving of the Davenport House from demolition in 1955 was the first effort of Historic Savannah Foundation, ushering in the preservation renaissance of the coastal city. The museum's recent restoration was recognized with a Preserve America Presidential Award.

6. First African Baptist Church - Savannah

Constituted in December 1777 by Rev. George Leile, the First African Baptist Church is believed to be the oldest continually active, autonomously developed African-American congregation in North America. The church building, constructed around 1859, served as the birthplace of the area's civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. During the Civil War, runaway slaves were hidden in a space under the floorboards of the sanctuary as part of the Underground Railroad.

7. Azalea Inn & Gardens

Guests are invited to rendezvous at the romantic Azalea Inn & Gardens, a storied mansion with historic character and turn-of-the-century artisan craftsmanship in Savannah's Historic Landmark District. This Queen Anne Italianate mansion (circa 1885) indulges casual-minded bed and breakfast guests. Highlights include Southern cuisine, heritage gardens, balconies, courtyard pool, and rockers on the veranda.

The Inn is a charming spot where "old Savannah prominence meets new Savannah eclecticness" for a leisured vacation or romantic wedding engagement. Near Forsyth Park, the inn assists with Savannah insider tips and travel packages, including off-the-beaten path photography, boutique Design District shopping excursions, romantic "Meet Me in Savannah" wedding proposals and intimate wedding elopements.

Weekday business travel rates apply Sunday through Thursday for single executives. Last-minute reservation discounts are available within three days of arrival. Free off-street parking.

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