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Historic Savannah GA Vacation : Hostess City of the South

Savannah GA is Georgia’s First City. For a Savannah GA vacation, historic Savannah sits like a jewel along the broad Savannah River. Historic 18th century garden squares, gourmet restaurants, antique shops and boutiques beckon by day and night. The name conjures images of nights redolent with honeysuckle, warm breezes and the glint of moonlight over the sweeping river and marsh. History, tradition, courtesy and hospitality are at the heart of our Southern culture.

British Parliamentarian James Edward Oglethorpe (later to be known as General James Oglethorpe) and 120 travelers of the British ship "Anne" landed on the high Yamacraw Bluff along the Savannah River in February 1733.  The site is marked by Oglethorpe's Bench, located at Bay Street and Whitaker Street near the Hyatt Hotel.

The thirteenth and final American colony Georgia, was named after England’s King George II and Savannah became its first city. Oglethorpe laid the city out in a series of grids that allowed for wide open streets intertwined with shady public squares and parks. Today, the Landmark Savannah Historic District is a 2.5-mile walking district laced with bistros in repurposed warehouses, quaint boutique shops where national chain stores once retailed, green squares where cattle were once corraled, and grand architecture preserved from the 19th Century.

Savannah played an important role in both the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War (also called "The War of Northern Agression" by some Savannahians today.  Its downtown area is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States.  The Savannah Area Visitor's Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard is part of the best preserved 19th-century railroad complexes in the country.

Nearby is Forsyth Park

Savannah, asserting their own cosmopolitan image, created Forsyth Park (originally Forsyth Place) in the 1840s on 10 acres of land donated by William Hodgson. In 1851, the park was expanded and named for then Georgia governor, John Forsyth.  One of Savannah's world-famous icons -- the Forsyth Park Fountain -- was created in 1858 and received extensive restoration in 1988. The Fountain is located in Forsyth Park, which extends from Gaston Street to Park Avenue along the Bull Street corridor.

Savannah GA from WikiPedia --

Savannah GA is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Chatham County, Georgia, US. The city of Savannah was established in 1733 and was the colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia.

Each year Savannah GA attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South's first public museums), the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third-oldest synagogue in America), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America).

Today Savannah's downtown area, which includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic
District
and 22 parklike squares, is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated by the U.S. government in 1966).

Savannah was the host city for the sailing competitions during the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. [Source: Wikipedia.org]

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