Hauntings Walking Tour
Hauntings Walking Tour
Hauntings Walking Tour
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Savannah Travel Information

Savannah is often pictured as the epitome of Southern charm and hospitality. The city's architecture and history lend themselves to this reputation. It is noted for its St. Patrick's Day celebration, the second largest in the United States, behind Boston. Savannah's downtown area is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States.

City Info

  • Land Area: 78 miles
  • Parks: 2 (Bacon Park, Lake Mayer Park)
  • Number of radio stations: 1 AM, 10 FM
  • Number of television stations: 4
  • Number of newspapers: 3 (Savannah Business Report, Savannah Georgia Guardian, Savannah News)
  • Elevation: 46 feet
  • Transportation:  Savannah Hilton Head International Airport

City Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature: 65°F
  • Average annual rainfall: 50"

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from City (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA - 249
  • Birmingham, AL - 400
  • Charleston, SC - 108
  • Charlotte, NC - 250
  • Chattanooga, TN - 365
  • Columbia, SC - 160
  • Daytona Beach, FL - 232
  • Greenville, SC - 255
  • Hilton Head, SC - 38
  • Jacksonville, FL - 141
  • Miami, FL - 486
  • Montgomery, AL - 321
  • Orlando, FL - 282
  • Pensacola, FL - 504
  • Raleigh-Durham, NC - 347
  • Tallahassee, FL - 307
  • Wilmington, NC - 306

City Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • Candler General Hospital (5353 Reynolds St., 912-692-6637)
  • Memorial Medical Center (4700 Waters Ave., 912-350-8390)

City Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Historic District
  • Victorian District
  • Riverfront
  • City Market
  • Bonaventure Cemetery (made famous in the movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
  • Savannah History Museum
  • Savannah Riverboat Cruises
  • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
  • First African Baptist Church
  • Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
  • Ft. Pulaski National Monument
  • Oktoberfest
  • Savannah Seafood Festival

City Major Shopping Areas:

  • Riverfront
  • City Market
  • Oglethorpe Mall
  • Savannah Mall
  • Savannah Festival Factory Stores
  • Paris Flea Market


City Major Dining Areas:

  • Southside
  • Islands
  • Historic District
  • Westside
  • Eastside & Thunderbolt

City Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Historic District
  • Victorian District
  • Ft. Pulaski National Monument
  • Owens-Thomas House
  • Beaux-Arts style Edmund Molyneux Mansion
  • Spencer Woodbridge House
  • Gothic Revival Greene House
  • Beach Institute
  • King-Tisdell Cottage
  • Andrew Low House
  • Davenport House Museum
  • Green-Meldrim Home
  • Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace
  • Owen-Thomas House and Museum
  • Telfair Mansion and Art Museum

City Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Conrad Aiken, poet
  • Charles Coburn, actor
  • Johnny Mercer, songwriter
  • Flannery O'Connor, writer
  • Stacy Keach, actor
  • Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Diana Scarwid, actor
  • James Moore Wayne, Congressman and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Billy Joe Royal, 1960's Singer

Notable Moments in City History:

1733 — General James Edward Oglethorpe and the 120 travelers of the good ship "Anne" landed on a bluff high along the Savannah River.  Oglethorpe named the thirteenth and final American colony, Georgia, after England's King George II. Savannah became its first city.

1778 — During the American Revolution, the British took Savannah and held it until July, 1782. A land-sea force of French and Americans tried to retake the city in 1779, first by siege and then by direct assault, but failed.

1796 — Devastating fire leaves 1/2 of Savannah in ashes.

1819 — Savannah made worldwide news as the home port of the steamship S.S. Savannah. The Savannah was the first steam-powered vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

1820 — Another devastating fire struck, again leaving over the 1/2 the town to be rebuilt.  Savannah also saw an outbreak of the yellow fever epidemic that eradicated a tenth of Savannah's population.

1858 — The Georgia Historical Society was founded in that era and Forsyth Park got its grand ornate, cast-iron fountain.

1862 — Fort Pulaski, built to be impregnable on Cockspur Island at the mouth of the Savannah River, was captured by Federalist Soldiers.

1864 — Sherman began his march to the sea, burning the city of Atlanta and everything else in his path on the way to the coast.  Savannah was evacuated and avoided destruction. Upon entering Savannah, Sherman was so taken back by its beauty that on December 22, 1864, a legendary telegram was sent from Savannah and delivered to then President Abraham Lincoln, by which Sherman presented the city of Savannah to Lincoln as a Christmas present. With the arrival of Sherman's troops, the war was over for Savannah and a period of reconstruction would begin.

1920's — The boll weevil destroys 1/2 of Georgia's cotton crop.

1950's — A group of concerned women organized to preserve historic structures were threatened by the wrecking ball of urban renewal. The brave endeavor gave rise to the Historic Savannah Foundation who since its inception has saved multitudes of buildings whose beauty and appeal was the foundation of Savannah's charm.

1966 — Savannah's Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and remains one of the largest historic landmarks in the country.

1990's — Savannah experienced a resurgence in tourism with visitors reveling in the city's elegant architecture, ornate iron works, fountains and lush green squares, as well as the cities natural beauty and hospitable reputation.

Interesting Facts about City:

Savannah was used for shooting many feature films including the following:

  • 2000: The Gift
  • 1999: The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • 1998: Forces of Nature, The General's Daughter
  • 1997: The Gingerbread Man, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Kiss of Fire
  • 1996: Wild America
  • 1995: Something to Talk About
  • 1994: Now and Then
  • 1993: Forrest Gump, Camilla
  • 1990: Goldenboy, Love Crimes
  • 1989: The Rose and the Jackal, Flight of the Intruder, Glory
  • 1988: The Return of Swamp Thing, The Judas Project
  • 1987: My Father, My Son
  • 1969: War Stories
  • 1986: Pals
  • 1983: Solomon Northup Odyssey
  • 1981: All My Children, Tales of Ordinary Madness
  • 1980: The Slayer, White Death, Scared to Death, When the Circus Came to Town, Fear, East of Eden, Mother Seton
  • 1979: Gold Bug, The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd, Orphan Train, Hopscotch
  • 1978: The Double McGuffin
  • 1977: The Lincoln Conspiracy
  • 1976: Roots (mini-series)
  • 1975: Gator

City Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 257,889
  • White — 39%
  • Black — 57%
  • Asian — 1.5%
  • Hispanic/Latino — 2%
  • Population 18 and under — 29%
  • 65 and over — 11.5%
  • Median age — 32 years
  • Average household size — 3.13
  • Median family income - $29,038

City Colleges and Universities:

  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Georgia Tech Savannah
  • Savannah State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Savannah Technical College
  • University of South Carolina - Beaufort
  • Brewton-Parker Evening College
  • Ogeechee Technical College
  • St. Leo College
  • South University
  • Technical College of the Low Country

City Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

  • Memorial Medical Center
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
  • International Paper
  • St. Josephs/Candler Medical
  • Fort James Corp.
  • Great Dane Trailers
  • Kemira, Inc.
  • Savannah Electric
  • Carson Products
  • CSX Railroad

City Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

None

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