December 9, 2012

Savannah, Georgia

We spent the week at the Red Gate RV Park. It is the closest RV park to downtown Savannah, about 8 miles away. There were between 3 and 6 motor homes here at any one time during the week.

No one was anywhere near us all week.

Savannah is everything one imagines it to be. If you want to go back in time, this is the place you must visit. On top of that, it is a beautiful city with over 20 town squares, each a separate small park in and of itself.

A typical town square.

Walkway along the Savannah River

Lots of vendors were creating a "Savannah Rose" from
palm trees that grow around here.

We visited the Colonial Park Cemetery, a historic burial ground. Very interesting walking around the place and reading the inscriptions on the tombstones.

Colonial Park Cemetery

Do you really think she was the 11-year 9-month-old "wife"
of this lawyer when she died? If so, it's no wonder she
died at such a young age.

Another picture of the Colonial
Park Cemetery.

We also drove out to Tybee Island to check out the Tybee Lighthouse.

Tybee Lighthouse

Tybee Lighthouse with sun
behind it.

We took another day to visit the Wormsloe Plantation and learn about the early settlers in this area (1733).  We took Chanti with us and she absolutely loved running all over the place, pulling on her leash. We think she was picking up the scents of the ghost dogs.

Entrance into the Wormsloe Plantation. It is very interesting
how these oak trees reach out to each other 
to form an arched way.

More trees on one of the path on the Plantation.

Walking on this trail on the Plantation, we realized
that we were walking on the same trail that the
settlers walked on in the early 1700s.

Of the 33 families that originally settled on this Plantation,
only one family survived (others died or decided to leave
because the living conditions were too harsh).

Inside the house.

And then we also visited the Bonaventure Cemetery. This cemetery is much larger than the other one and is still taking on new residents today.

This is a famous statute of a six-year old child named Gracie Watson 
sculpted by Savannah's pre-eminent sculptor, John Walz. 
She died in 1889. This is the cemetery's most visited gravesite.

Angel on a tombstone.

Today, we visited three historic homes that have been preserved and are now tourist attractions: the birthplace of Juliet Gordon Low, Founder of the Girl Scouts (hey, I was one), the Davenport House (a middle class home in the late 1700s), and the Andrew Low House, a high end house built by Mr. Low, a multi-millionaire, in the mid-1800s. (He made his money exporting cotton.) We were not allowed to take pictures for "security reasons." The last house, in particular, has very expensive furnishings and antiques.

We also just had to visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Tourists in horse-pulled carriage in front of the Cathedral.

Wide angle view of the front of the Cathedral.

Inside of the Cathedral.

Close-up of the windows of the Cathedral.

Needless to say, we loved Savannah. But, it is time to move on. So tomorrow we will drive 200 miles to Daytona Beach, Florida, hoping to beat the storm that is coming into Daytona in the afternoon.

Have a great week everyone!

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