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What to See and Do in Savannah – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

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The oldest city in the proud state of Georgia, Savannah oozes classic Southern charm. It survived the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as well as many titanic cultural changes, and its legacy can be felt everywhere you wander amid the Gothic, Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. Seeing grand homes owned by American heroes, and religious sites used by the early European settlers, you're bound to leave Savannah with a greater appreciation of American history.
Bonaventure Cemetery

 

 

Set on the site of the Bonaventure Plantation, this peaceful and atmospheric cemetery has over 160 acres of grave sites, and as you walk through the pathways lined with weeping willows and mossy oak trees, you'll no doubt be captivated by the slightly eerie yet sumptuous surroundings. Many of the graves are decorated with elaborate sculptures, and there are many notable people buried on the site, as well as legends and folklore surrounding some of the more unusual graves. Pick up a guide book at the visitor's center, or book a guided tour if you want to really appreciate the history of this unique place.

 

First African Baptist Church

 

 

The First African Baptist Church played an important part in the history of North America, having been formed by a congregation of 1773. Until the church was built, slaves were visited by preachers on their plantations, but this humble church gave them a place to hold services and baptisms. You can still see the pews carved by slaves, and the church was also a stop on the Underground Railroad network of safehouses for escaped slaves. Visitors can actually look at the cramped spaces where men and women would hide under the church floorboards, with just a few air holes to keep themselves alive. This rich history is brought to life in the museum, which is stuffed with archives and memorabilia about this beloved building.

 

Old Fort Jackson

 

 

For those interested in military history, Savannah is a goldmine of attractions dedicated to the wars that shaped modern America. Old Fort Jackson is a firm family favorite, dating back to 1808, and displaying cannons, muskets, and other restored weapons. Set alongside the banks of the Savannah River, the fort offers spectacular views, and can be combined with a stroll alongside the waterfront. There are daily cannon firings for those who want to see these old weapons in action, and a busy program of events that include lectures and educational days. With staff dressed in authentic military uniforms, and plenty of well-preserved buildings, you can see what daily life was like in this immense fortress.