In the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the Historic District of Savannah is full of cobblestone streets, magnificent gardens, and oak-shaded parks sprinkled with Spanish moss. Buzzing with art, culture, festivals, live theater, outdoor cafes, and gourmet restaurants, this true southern city will win your heart over! Savannah is a great place to live and visit throughout the year! For the visitors wishing to learn more about the roots of the city, Savannah Historic District is the best place to start your adventure! We at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn have written this guide so that you can experience the area to its fullest!
A number of companies offer tours of the Historic Distract, allowing visitors to explore the entire city by foot, carriage or bus! Spend the day with the staff of the Old Savannah Tours! The On & Off Tour is a fantastic way to explore as much of Savannah as you can fit into a day. You will enjoy an informational tour given by your guide and the option to explore the Historic District with the company’s 15 trolley stops throughout the day! Find out more at the Old Savannah Tours’ website here!
Among the cultural gems in the historic district reside some of the country’s most beautiful churches. None is more gorgeous than the First African Baptist Church on Franklin Square. The church was built by slaves in 1859 and was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Although the exterior is simple, the interior will take your breath away!
The only Broadway-style professional live show in the city is the Historic Savannah Theatre. The show features a 5 piece live band, cast singers, dancers, and actors that sing music from an array of popular themed shows! The building in which the theatre is located was constructed in 1818 and is the oldest operating theatre in the United States. Seeing a show is a great way to stay cool in the summer heat while still enjoying the history of the city!
Located on Drayton Street and East Park Avenue, Forsyth Park is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to visit! At the north end of the park is a cast iron fountain that was erected in 1858. The fountain was designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. A stroll through the 20-acre Forsyth Park offers a true southern picture, with Spanish moss hanging from massive old live oaks.
Savannah has numerous beautiful historic homes to see and tour. One that is a must see is the Andrew Low House! This beautifully restored home is filled with wonderful portraits of the people who have lived and visited the family of the house. The home has deep roots with Savannah’s history and the Civil War. Another classic Savannah building is the Davenport House, which was completed circa 1820 by Isaiah Davenport. Take a tour of this lovely home and experience what the early 19th century was like in Savannah.
City Market is one of the best ways to experience Savannah. From unique art to Southern cuisine, you will need an entire day to explore every nook and cranny of the Market. Since the early 1700’s, City Market has been the center of historic Savannah. Today, City Market offers the best of what is old and what is new in Savannah! Sit down at any of the charming outdoor restaurants or enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream from Café GelatOhhh in a classic courtyard.
The best part about spending time in the Savannah historic district is that the Presidents’ Quarters Inn is right there and ready to host you on your trip. This charming bed and breakfast is located right on Oglethorpe Square and neighbors several prominent historical sites. This makes the Presidents’ Quarters Inn the perfect place to stay during your exciting trip. In addition to its superior location, the Presidents’ Quarters Inn offers guests 16 luxurious accommodations from which to choose! See you soon!
Photo courtesy Britt Reints.