Econo Lodge Midtown
7500 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: (912) 352-1657
Fax: (912) 691-1975
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.
Preserving the antebellum era of Georgia's oldest city, the Savannah Historic District is a wonderful insight into the history of this historic town. The area occupies the rough border of the city before the Civil War, 18th and 19th Century buildings and large green recreation spaces offering a glimpse at life in Savannah before war. The district contains several notable landmarks, from religious sites like one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations and the third-oldest synagogue in the country to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the first free museums in the South.
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.
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.
Even if it had not served as the most memorable setting in the 1994 novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this remarkable graveyard would still draw the curious. The moss-covered graves and monuments date back over two centuries, and mark the resting places of Confederate soldiers, generals, plantation owners and Savannah families of note. Don't come looking for the famous Bird Girl statue, however. This signature icon of Midnight Madness was relocated to the Telfair Museum when the heavy traffic of adoring fans began to disturb neighboring graves.
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
One of Georgia's most beloved storytellers got her start at this modest house. O'connor's unflinching portrayals of life in the South, generously infused with wit and pathos, not only won her acclaim and numerous national awards, but also opened the door for other Southern writers to a more national audience. Her works included A Good Man is Hard to Find and Wise Blood. Readings, lectures and other programs are offered periodically at and through the museum. Free admission.
Facing Lafayette Square, this 1848 stucco and brick masterpiece has played host to such notable visitors as William Makepeace Thackeray and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The homes namesake, however, is that of the husband of Julliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts of America within these very four walls. Tours are conducted until 3:30pm, except on major holidays. Admission is USD7 for adults, USD4.50 for students and children to age 6. Credit cards not accepted.
Built for a wealthy cotton tycoon and now used as a church rectory, this glamorous Gothic-style home on Madison Square served as the lodging of choice for General William Tecumseh Sherman during his somewhat unwelcome stay in Savannah. From a desk in an upstairs bedroom, Sherman dictated a telegram to Abraham Lincoln, offering the city as an extravagant 1864 Christmas present.
Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, for it is not only a religious marvel, but also has a rich history behind it. It is a breathtaking experience to see for yourself the church bathed in white from the outside and as you venture in, you admire the intricacy of the stained glass windows. With its French-Gothic style of columns and minarets, this church is an architectural masterpiece. The atmosphere inside is generally calm and serene, but one can attend the Sunday mass if looking for a great spiritual experience. Also, do not miss the beautiful choir gallery.
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.