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Burnt and Frozen: 2 Days in Savannah – Part Two

In Sina's Posts, Tamás' Posts, Trips on March 4, 2012 by SN

You’ve previously read the frozen part of our trip to Savannah. On the second day of our short trip we did an extensive walking tour through downtown Savannah. We started off with walking through the historic neighborhood which features colonial architecture:

Savannah: Historic District.

Some of the houses in the historic district are supposedly haunted, as the 1892 built Kehoe House “where twins died in the chimney and haven’t vacated the premise since” (The Carolinas, Georgia and the South Trips, 225):

Twins Down the Chimney: Haunted Kehoe House.

We continued our walking tour on the Savannah River, which is also the state border to South Carolina. Once again, we were close to another state, but unable to cross the river.

Down by the River: Savannah Waterfront.

The river front has been abandoned for a long time by its residents, but is now slowly developing with scattered restaurants and souvenir shops. Some of the old buildings on the river are still not renovated and tell us about decline and decay.

At Savannah’s oldest cemetery, Colonial Cemetery, we could see gravestones from the earliest settlers from the 17th and 18th centuries. The small plates and plots gave us a feel for the long history of the city…

Palm Trees and Gravestones: Colonial Cemetery.

… as well as inspiration for photo ops:

Duellists at the Grave: S and T.

After our extensive tour, we had lunch at the Pirate’s House, which is – what a coincidence – the oldest settlement in Georgia:

Oldest House in Georgia: Herb House.

The state of Georgia was founded by a group of Trustees, who were businessmen from the English crown. Georgia was erected as a puffer zone between the Spanish colonies to the south and the English colonies to the North. James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia and namesake of my current employer, established a Trustee’s Garden where the Pirates’ House is situated today. Oglethorpe had the objective to create a utopian settlement on the coast of the Atlantic. Apparently this all relates to Freemasons, by the way. Like the founding fathers, Oglethorpe was a Freemason, and the founder the Solomon’s Lodge of Georgia, one of the oldest in the States. Well, we know that this did not work out exactly as planned…

Walking around Savannah allowed us to get a greater insight into the history and architecture of the city. Although the day was crisp and cold, the sun was already quite strong. At the end of the day, we both had not only burning feet, but also slightly red faces from the sun. All in all, we enjoyed the short trip to Savannah a lot as we learned more about the origins of our temporary home state Georgia.

You can find many more pictures of our day in Historic Savannah on Tamás’ Flickr page.

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