Maybe it’s the history or the mystique of being a river port. Or, it could be the literary flair used to describe Savannah and its charms.
But, one thing is certain: Savannah catches the imagination like few other U.S. cities. As much as you may know about Savannah, there’s always a little more to learn when you dig deeper. Get in touch with some of the lesser-known facts about our fair city during your visit. It’ll make your vacation in Savannah that much more magical.
Drink On-The-Go in Savannah
One good thing to know for those who like to imbibe: You can take your cocktail to-go. At least within the boundaries of the Historic District. If you haven’t finished your libation in one pub, no worries. Ask for a to-go cup and take it with you to the next watering hole.
Go, Island Hopping
There are more than 100 miles of coastline along Georgia and lots of pristine islands just offshore. You can drive to Tybee Island. Little Tybee Island is an uninhabited nature preserve, only accessible by boat, but that’s not a problem. Rent a boat or take a charter from Bull River Marina. You can also take a ferry from Bull River Marina to Daufuskie Island, S.C.
We Don’t Hide Our Crazy
You’ll no doubt catch some interesting sights around town as the eccentricity of many of our residents is something we accept with pride. You can also catch street performers along the river and in some of the squares. From violinists to a craftsman who turns palm fronds into flowers to public art, it’s all part of the allure of Savannah. Okay, maybe it’s not “crazy” we’re not hiding, but it’s a good bit of charm and eccentricity.
Visit the Nation’s First Black Church
Check out a lesser known, yet cherished landmark, Savannah’s First African Black Church, the first black church in the country. The church, located at 23 Montgomery St. in the Historic District, contains many of its original fixtures, the baptismal pools and pews. The church was organized by a slave, George Liele in 1773. It is a National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and on Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information, call 912-233-0636.
Home to One of the Oldest Jewish Congregations
The Congregation Mickve Israel, located in the Historic District, started in 1733, just months after the city was founded. Forty-two Jews set sail from England aboard The William and Sarah, with little more than their beloved Torah and a special kit for circumcision. They arrived in Savannah, a border colony town with an innovative vision for religious tolerance, to start their lives anew in a land of freedom. The sanctuary was built in 1878 in a neo-Gothic style. They welcome visitors to tour their historic sanctuary and museum, and to join them for worship services.
Eat and Drink in an Original Pirate’s Den
Dine at The Pirate’s House restaurant, one of the oldest buildings in Savannah and once a rendezvous point for pirates and sailors. It is said to be the setting where Capt. Flint died and spoke his last words, “Darby M’Graw, fetch aft the rum,” in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Built in 1753, it was part of the Trustee’s Garden, the first public agricultural garden in America. Today, the restaurant’s menu is an eclectic mix of Low-country cooking, seafood and Southern comfort food.
What makes Savannah a magical place to visit? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.