The BEST Historic Sites in Savannah, Ga.
For any history buff, Savannah is like hitting the Mother Lode. Discover history at every turn. The cobblestone streets alone feel like stepping back in time.
Savannah is well known for its historic district, named a National Historic Landmark District in 1966. Founded in 1733, it was the first capital of Georgia, and the first city in North American planned on an extensive system of squares.
Those 22 squares can serve as a starting point for must-see historic spots around the city. A stroll through the squares takes visitors by charming churches, historic homes, and museums. You’ll also see monuments, fountains, theaters and more. Most of the squares are named for a famous person or historic event. Take advantage of a walking tour, or pick up a tour map.
The Mercer House
At Monterey Square, you’ll find Mercer House, built in 1860 for the great-grandfather of songwriter Johnny Mercer. Purchased in 1969 and restored by Jim Williams, Mercer House remains the principal subject of the book and film titled “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Scenes from the movie were shot here. Still privately owned by the family, the Mercer-Williams House Museum is open for tours.
Colonial Park Cemetery
Home to hundreds of weathered tombstones, Colonial Park Cemetery dates to 1753 and serves as a connection to Savannah’s colonial history. It’s located at the corner of Oglethorpe Avenue and Abercorn Street. Nearly 700 victims of the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 were buried there, as was Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
If museums are your thing, check out the Savannah History Museum at the Visitors Center, home to Forrest Gump’s bench, Johnny Mercer’s Oscars and a carriage owned by Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Lowe. The Ships of the Sea museum exhibits ship models, paintings and maritime antiques. It’s housed in a home built for William Scarbrough, president of the Savannah Steamship Company.
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