This morning I drove to the Inn at Mulberry Grove, where I bought my tour ticket and left my car for the day. I arrived in plenty of time to catch the 9:30 shuttle. It stopped at a couple of other places before heading to the Old Town Trolley center. Two ladies on the shuttle, Diane Nardin and Donna Dreyer of Holland, Michigan, became my ooh and aah buddies for the day. We had a good visit. Diane is a watercolor artist and Donna does alterations and makes grocery shopping totes.
We stayed on the trolley until Stop #7, where we got off to see the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. It is a beautiful masterpiece of architecture and art. The congregation was formed in the late eighteenth century and it became a cathedral in 1850. It was dedicated on April 30, 1876. I couldn't get a "clean" photograph of it because of those pesky power lines, but I've included it anyway.
Then we walked to the nearby Colonial Park Cemetery. It is very old and quite large. There are several large tombs, including the Graham Vault. The interesting thing about this vault is that it has the distinction of having been the burial place of two Revolutionary War Heroes, Nathaniel Greene (Major General of the Continental Army) and John Maitland (Lieutenant Colonel from Lauder, Scotland). The remains of both men have been relocated.
We continued walking to Columbia Square. Across the street to the west is the beautiful Owens-Thomas House. On the north side is the Davenport house. It was designed and built in 1820 by its owner, American Isaiah Davenport. Most of the wealthy people hired architects and builders from Europe to build their houses.
Our next stop -- where we spent most of our time -- was River Street and Factors Walk. We walked up and down this area. We had lunch at Spanky's, which was very good. We all ordered their luncheon special of pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. They had run out of the beef early so they substituted chicken tenders.
After lunch we walked around some more in the area. Then we got back on the trolley and rode back to the first stop. We had enough time to visit the Savannah History Museum before catching the shuttle back to the motels where we had gotten on this morning. It was a good day, complete with perfect weather.
Now I have to decide where my next destination will be.