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a real southern beauty
Savannah. It's everything I had imagined it would be. The historic district is a perfect, albiet long, walking adventure, filled with old moss-covered oak trees, homes of wonderful and varied architecture, from plantation style to cabin.
There are 21 squares within the historic district, and most have either a church, a historical landmark or some other item of interest to explore.
There's also River Street, with plenty of shops and restaurants.
A trolley tour covers the historic district from Forsythe Park to River Street and gives you an overview of what to go back to to see in more detail.
For a beach getaway, visit Savannah's only beach, Tybee Island, 18 miles to the east.
The Owens-Thomas House is one of many National Historic Landmarks in Savannah.
The surrounding shots are of River Street which is lined with wonderful restaurants and shopping huts.
Left and above: Between River and Bay Streets is a network of iron and cement alleys and walkways that would later be named Factors Walk. The crosswalks centered around the cotton industry and were used to connect the multi-storied cotton exchange buildings on River Street to the Bay Street level, 40 feet higher. The 'factors' were the cotton workers who used them.
Today, a series of stairs and cobblestone ramps as well as the crosswalks are used by tourists to get down to River Street and to the buildings that are now restaurants, bars and boutiques. The unique system is a major part of Historical Savannah.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in Savannah's historical district.
One of Savannah's most well-loved stories is that of the Waving Girl, Florence Martus, who, for the better part of her life, stood on shore and waved with a white handkerchief, her dog by her side, to the ships passing the Savannah port.
From 1887 until 1931, it's said she never missed a ship. She died in 1943 and is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah. Her statue stands at the east end of River Street.
One of the smallest homes in Savannah's historic district, nestled in near Houston and State Streets.
Forsythe Park is located on the south end of the historic district.
Forsythe Park. Take a stroll or lunch and blanket. There's plenty of room to stretch out and watch the tourists as well as the locals.
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