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Columns on Savannah Antebellum Home

Telfair Mansion


We left early this a.m. and headed north on I 95. We drove along the coast through Jacksonville and on to Savannah. We were surprised by how marshy the coast is in places. We did go inland a little in Georgia. We took Hwy 16 into town turning off onto Martin Luther King BLVD on the outskirts of the historical district. We easily found the Visitors Center ( in the old train station) and the trolley depot across the street. With free parking ...and someone to look afyer our car...we booked an Overview Tour on the old white trolley.

We were driven around through the historical district with 16 stops to let people on and off. There are numerous live oak trees with Spanish moss and reunion ferns. ( the ferns spring quickly to life after a rain...and it had rained this a.m.) They line the streets.

There are numerous squares....each with their statues mostly of civil war heroes. They mostly occupy a city block.

Oglethorpe founded the city and much is named in his honor.

The most elaborate house was owned by Telfair. It is now an art museum. To one side is a large square.

Forsyth Park is the largest park at 21 acres. A beautiful fountain graces one section. Many weddings are performed here.

The Dueling Square is conveniently located next to the old Cemetary.

At several stops actors in period costume boarded the bus and told us a little of their history. One portrayed a lady who had lost her eyesight as a child and regained it as an adult. She became the first black female doctor and was very influential....opening a school of nursing as well as other notable things. She got so excited when she regained her sight...she jumped up and down.

We learned that Girl Scouts were started here.

Many of the old plantation homes are museums, restaurants or gift shops. Many have wrought iron balconies and fences. All have beautiful gardens and grassy lawns.

There are many old churches devoted to the different religions. Some have real tiffany glass windows. The Baptist church has put 90% of its land up for sale. It has a huge holding.

We descended to the river level to see warehouses were cotton was kept and from which it was shipped. We saw the catwalks above that the accountants used to walk across the street. Opposite the warehouses the banks were lined with rock walls.

All too soon the tour was over and we found ourselves back at the Visitor Center. We had a shrimp po' boy sandwich and tried some fried green tomatoes at the Distillery then crossed the river on Hwy 17 and headed for Charleston, South Carolina.

We are settled at the Day's Inn in Mount Pleasant.

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