YOUR PASSPORT TO
History • Mystery • Culture
FROM DEBTORS COLONY TO COASTAL EMPIRE
Follow the Savannah time line
Founded initially as a military encampment, Savannah served as the first line of defense for the United Kingdom's Crown Jewel of the colonies, Charleston. Being the first planned city in America, Savannah in its humble beginnings was already centuries ahead of most of the known world. The growth of the city's economy was exponential, leading up to Savannah being known within affluent circles as "The Wall Street of the South."
Although Savannah gained it's initial wealth from the rice industry, it quickly transitioned to "King Cotton". With wealth comes independence, and the patriots of the colony sought to break their ties to the British Crown. Although Savannah gained it's independence, it was quickly recaptured again by the British for a second time. During this period the city hosts the most bloody battle ever fought on home soil, the " Siege of Savannah".
THE CIVIL WAR
In the years following the Revolution, Savannah thrives off of the agricultural products it produces, but this quickly comes to an end leading up to the Civil War. The Industrial Revolution changes the landscape of Savannah and makes a few of it's most prominent residents rich beyond imagination. It all comes crashing down in December of 1864 at the hands of William Tecumseh Sherman and 62,000 of his men.
THE PRESENT DAY
The perfect blend of old and new, you can find traces from each Era in the city's history all around you. From plantation homes and squares lined with Spanish moss - draped oaks, to art, fashion and theater, Savannah has it all. Even the stones beneath your feet have a story to tell. Experience this, and so much more with the My City Savannah Tour.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Must see Savannah destinations
SECOND AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH
Upon seizing control of the city of Savannah as the last stop in his "March to the Sea", William Tecumseh Sherman meets with African American leaders at this church, and to a gathering crowd in front of it reads the Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery in the Southern United States.
THE HERB HOUSE
This two story home was one of the original endeavors of the colonists upon founding Savannah. Built to house the resident horticulturist of Savannah's much anticipated experimental garden in 1734, this structure is the oldest house in the entire state of Georgia.
Modeled after the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, Trustee's Garden was a ten acre experimental project overlooking the Savannah River and the location of the first cotton to be planted in the South. Botanists traveled as far away as the West Indies and South America to procure plants for cultivation within the colony.
THE PIRATES HOUSE
A well known tavern to both pirates and sailors alike, The Pirates House was known as one of the most famous layover spots from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. Robert Lewis Stevenson depicted stories from this establishment in his classic novel "Treasure Island." It is said that sea captains frequently shanghaied men from this location to supply their ships with able bodied sailors.
Founding father of America and later elected provisional president of Georgia in 1777, Button Gwinnett signed the Declaration of Independence and became a hero to the Revolutionaries of Savannah. His signature is the rarest amongst all of the signers, and the most sought after amongst collectors.
THE HAMPTON LILLIBRIDGE HOUSE
Completed in 1799 and built for Hampton Lillibridge, this house eventually became an inn for sailors and later still was purchased by Jim Williams, the main character of the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". Amongst the old Savannahians this house is said to be the most haunted in the city.