So we wanted to get the history of Savannah, and we wanted to get right in the middle of it without dealing with the hassle of always parking our car, so we took a day and did one of the trolley tours of the Savannah Historic District.
Touring Savannah Historic District + Lunch at the Pirate House
We headed to the downtown visitors center and took a look around. This mural is amazing!
There is a lot to do just here, but we grabbed some information for our stay and headed back out to pick our trolley tour. We settled on the Oglethorpe Grey Line Trolley Tours for a few reasons.
One because they were $19 vs. the almost $30 the others wanted. Two after your 90-minute tour you can get on and off all day. When you get to a trolley stop, you can call them, and they will send someone to pick you up, 3-minute wait vs. the others!
I loved the open air trolley even if it was a bit cold!
We got to see many of the towns 22 squares and parks. They all have their own history.
The oldest running theater in the country is in downtown Savannah.
This English style Pub was in several movies like Something to Talk About.
The Colonial Park Cemetary was used when the Union soldiers took over Savannah. Nice guys that they were they moved many of headstones to make room for them the camp. Others messed with many gravestones, dates of the day they died before the dates they were born.
Some even lived to be 200 – 400 years old. Many of the moved headstones are lined up against the back wall from the Union Soldiers, what a site to see.
The smallest house in Savannah it's all of 200sq feet!
This bell was the old firehouse bell. It would ring based on where the fire was to let people know where to go help. 1 ring for square one 2 for square 2 and so on up to 24, though by the time 24 rings got out I don't know how much help anyone would be.
Not to far from the River is the City Market. This is a little area of boutique shops and restaurants. Including Paula Deen's Lady & Sons not too far from here.
Here is the first African American Church erected in 1859. It had tunnels in the basement leading out to the River as part of the underground railroad.
After our tour, we had lunch at the Pirate House.
We got the buffet because it was the best way to sample everything. The fried chicken is AMAZING. It came with honey-glazed rolls.
The peanut gallery liked the bread!
Their placemats have the history of the building.
My plate from the buffet. Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, yams, and rice.
My second plate of collard greens, turkey, mac and cheese and more yams!
I love the decor they kept the tavern feel.
After lunch, we headed town to the riverfront, and we saw 2 famous statues. The first was the one from the Olympics.
The 2nd is the one of the waving girl who used to wave at every ship as they entered and left the harbor.
Down by the water they have the River Street Markey Place with all sorts of need things to check out.
We passed the famous River Street Inn that is part of the Historic Hotels of America.
We walked the shops.
We, of course, stopped by the famous River Street Sweets and hubby walked away with a bag of energy gummy bears. Gummy bears with energy shots in the middle.
Then we crossed up to the top level via the elevator near the Hyatt and turned around to see this.
The Georgia gold topped City Hall. I remember seeing this as a kid with my grandparents when we visited Savannah, and I loved it then, and it didn't disappoint now.
We hit a few of the antique shops to look around.
Then walked around City Market before calling the trolley to pick us back up.
We had a great time, and we are looking forward to touring some of the places we heard about on the trolley tour.