Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Savannah by Trolley Car.

We have just returned from a whirlwind, week long trip to visit my sister and some of my husband's cousins in Raleigh, N.C. To break up the very long, 13 hour drive we stopped in Savannah, GA on the way up. We stayed the night just outside the city and in the morning we drove in for a quick trolley tour of all of the highlights.
The Girl Scouts' founder, Juliette Gordon Low's House. This one is quite the mecca for little girls around the country. I was a brownie and a girl scout, but just learned for the first time on this tour that Ms. Low was 52 and nearly deaf when she started the girl scouts. Just another example of "it's never too late".
The Six Pence Pub, you might remember this one from Julia Roberts' movie "Something to Talk About".
Our tour guide told us that this one of Henry Ford's first car showcase stores.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
One of the beautiful streets covered in an awning of Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss.
Check out the police cars in front of the headquarters, the guide said they can still fire right up.
This house was featured in the original Cape Fear film starring Robert Mitchum.
The Davenport House, Circa 1820.
The Kehoe House, thought to be one of the most haunted houses in America.
Just a true American scene.
One of the most interesting things we learned on the tour was about Tomochichi. He was the leader of the original inhabitants of Savannah, the Yamacraw tribe, and was a great help to the first colonists that arrived in Savannah. Most of the history I was taught about our country's history with the Native Indians was one of struggles, not of peaceful partnerships. Tomochichi's grave marker is prominently displayed in one of the many squares.
This is as close as I got to Paula Deen's restaurant on this trip, but I will be back!
George Washington gave these two guns to Savannah in 1791, nicknamed "George & Martha".
All of us enjoyed the tour, and came away with a much better understanding of the city. Leah was most impressed by the tales of haunted houses, and she wants to come back and do a haunted tour. I'm sure we will make another trip back to Savannah, if for no other reason, as a true Southerner it's my obligation to eat at Paula Deen's.


Jen said...

Thanks for the great photo tour of Savannah. I haven't been in years, but now you've got me thinking about how fun and educational it would be for the kids.

Vanessa S said...

What a great "sneak peek" of what we can expect when we go next month. Nice pics and it sounds like you learned a lot too! Welcome back :)!