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    Touring Savannah Historic District + Lunch at the Pirate House

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    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

    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!

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Mural

    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!

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Trolley

    I loved the open air trolley even if it was a bit cold!

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Open Trolley

    We got to see many of the towns 22 squares and parks. They all have their own history.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Square

    The oldest running theater in the country is in downtown Savannah.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Movie Theater

    This English style Pub was in several movies like Something to Talk About.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House English Pub

    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.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Cemetary

    The smallest house in Savannah it’s all of 200sq feet!

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Smallest House

    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.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Bell

    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.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House City Market

    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.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House First AA Church

    After our tour, we had lunch at the Pirate House.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House 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.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Bread

    The peanut gallery liked the bread!

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Bread Lover

    Their placemats have the history of the building.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Placemat

    My plate from the buffet. Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, yams, and rice.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House My Plate

    My second plate of collard greens, turkey, mac and cheese and more yams!

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House 2nd Plate

    I love the decor they kept the tavern feel.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Decor

    After lunch, we headed town to the riverfront, and we saw 2 famous statues. The first was the one from the Olympics.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Olympic Torch

    The 2nd is the one of the waving girl who used to wave at every ship as they entered and left the harbor.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Waving Girl

    Down by the water they have the River Street Markey Place with all sorts of need things to check out.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House River Street Market

    We passed the famous River Street Inn that is part of the Historic Hotels of America.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House River Street Inn

    We walked the shops.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Rive Street

    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.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House City Hall

    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.

    Touring Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia and Lunch at the Pirate House Antiques

    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.

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