4701 US 17 S., Exit 87
Richmond Hill, GA 31324-0047
Phone: (912) 756-3312
Fax: (912) 756-3835
The Savannah-Ogeechee canal stands as one of the main relics in tracing the history of southern canals. It commences with the tidal lock at the Savannah river and the fine waterway goes on past four lift locks. It is a scenic canal site and as it passes through, one can be enchanted with the stunning visuals of Savannah's 19th century industrial corridor, timber tracts, old rice fields, lush river swamp and much more. The canal is famously registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was from these earthwork battlements that a dwindling Confederate force held out for nearly two years before being taken by the marauding General William Tecumseh Sherman. Upon its surrender in 1864, the destructive swath across Georgia known as Sherman's March to the Sea was concluded, and the backbone of the Confederacy lay broken. A small museum, visitor's center and a few trails surround the restored battlements.
The Dorchester Academy was set up to teach African Americans in the South their rights and to become registered voters by passing the required test. The academy was built in 1935 and was listed as as one of the top most endangered historic sites in the country. This site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1986.
Once used as school for boys, this historic campus is now a cultural focal point of life in Savannah. Composed of several historic buildings and acres of rambling grounds, the site is host to several community events including sports and the annual Scottish Games.
A few minutes from downtown Savannah, this historic landmark offers a remarkable insight into the accomplishments of the Eighth Bomber Command, created shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By mid 1944, it had over 200,000 people. Its purpose was to conduct aerial bomb missions against the Germans in Europe. It also served in the 1950s Korean War and the Southeast Asian conflict of the 1960s. The museum features artifacts, collections and exhibits, as well as a research library, restaurant, chapel and gift shop, educational programs, and children's camps. It's well worth a trip to discover a proud military legacy. Admission is USD10 for adults, USD9 for seniors, USD6 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 get in for free. - Natasha Lawrence
Best known for playing host to the annual Coastal Empire Fair, these grounds can also be rented by the public. Indoor or outdoor, whatever your requirements, Coastal Empire Fair Grounds can be used as a venue. Just call up +1 912 354 3542 for more details about the grounds as well as the fair.
Formerly the home of Dr. Louis LeConte, this historic site flourished as one of Georgia's earliest inland swamp rice plantations and is now a natural preserve. Louis LeConte's world-famous 18th century botanical gardens contain a myriad of antique plants and visitors can walk through the cypress forest or walk the interpretative trail along the earthen rice dikes leading through the Bulltown Swamp black-water ecosystem while at this plantation.
Six miles southeast of Savannah is the 500-acre Skidaway Island State Park, a barrier island and a perfect day-trip for the Savannah visitor wanting to get to know the natural ecology of coastal Georgia. Facilities at the park include a museum, picnic shelters, a playground and observation towers. Tent, trailer and RV sites are available. Two nature trails provide visitors a chance to view the spectacular environment and watch for wildlife, especially shore birds. There is a charge of $2 per vehicle daily for parking.
Located in the heart of Savannah's Historic District and named for John Forsyth, a Georgia Governor, this 30-acre park began in 1733 as part of the city's garden plans. A "must" visit for sightseers and a stop on the trolley tour, the crown jewel is the 1858 cast iron fountain at the park's north end, designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. It is dyed green each St. Patrick's Day. The park features memorials from the Spanish American War and the Civil War. Considered the Central Park of Savannah, it has large open areas, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and is a venue for concerts and weddings, all within the beautiful walks of historic oak trees draped in Spanish moss. - Natasha Lawrence
Thousands of researchers visit The Georgia Historical Society's Hodgson Hall, circa 1875, to sit beneath the high vaulted ceilings of the library and delve into the vast archives. Founded in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of Georgia History, a mission made evident by its expansive collection of 18th, 19th and 20th Century manuscripts, maps, images, diaries, business records and government and military papers. The society coordinates the state's historical marker program and sponsors lectures and public programs throughout the year. Call for details. Free admission.
This National Historic Landmark site is home to the only preserved railroad shops complex and roundhouse of its size. The brick industrial buildings, constructed in the mid 1800s, are a testament to the importance of the railroad to Savannah and the U.S. The 125-foot tall smokestack that still stands is very impressive. The giant turntable still works, and the collection of locomotives and railroad cars, many of which have been fully restored and are operational, are often rolled out and moved.
The first Jewish community in Savannah began in 1733 with gatherings for services and meetings in private homes. The construction of this magnificent neo-Gothic synagogue in 1878 replaced a wooden structure that had been destroyed by fire in 1829. It was designed by Henry G. Harrison, a New York architect in the fashionable Victorian era architectural style. Open to tours during the week, Mickve Israel features a historic cemetery and museum which contains ten original letters from United States presidents, including George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. - Natasha Lawrence