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The two RV Gypsies enjoyed a day in Savannah, Georgia
October 20, 2014 - plus a flashback to 2010

Savannah is the largest city in Chatham County Georgia. 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. Savannah is credited as being America’s first planned city. The City is laid out in a series of grids that allow for wide open streets intertwined with shady public squares and parks that served as town meeting places and centers of business. Savannah had 24 original squares with 21 still in existence.

Welcome to Savannah sign the two RV Gypsies in Savannah, Georgia
bridge
riverfront

Karen took several photos of Savannah City Hall from different angles.

Savannah City Hall sign
Savannah City Hall
Savannah City Hall
Savannah City Hall
Savannah City Hall Savannah City Hall

laughing clipart dudeLee Duquette's hair turned green

 
Lee Duquette with green hair
Old Time Photo statue

Cobblestone roads, steep staircases, and lots of walking bridges.

staircase
bridge
historic steps sign
historic steps
walk bridge
looking down

Water fountain in Ellis Square

Water fountain in Ellis Square
Water fountain in Ellis Square
Lee Duquette and Marilyn Monroe a dune buggy

This is the second time that the two RV Gypsies ate at Kevin Barrys Irish Pub and both times they sat on the second floor so they could look out at the riverfront. The food was excellent both times.

Kevin Barrys Irish Pub Kevin Barrys Irish Pub sign
Kevin Barrys Irish Pub food
Kevin Barrys Irish Pub food

Below: Photos from the two RV Gypsies first visit to Savannah in 2010

Savannah, Georgia was laid out in 1733 around 4 open squares. The plan anticipated growth of the city and thus expansion of the grid; additional squares were added during the 18th and n19th centuries, and by 1851 there were 24 squares in the city. In the 20th century 3 of the squares were demolished or altered beyond recognition, leaving 21. In 2010, one of the 3 "lost" squares, Ellis, was reclaimed. Most of Savannah's squares are named in honor or in memory of a person, persons or historical event, and many contain monuments, markers, memorials, statues, plaques, and other tributes.
One of the squares in Savannah, Georgia
One of the squares in Savannah, Georgia
One of the squares in Savannah, Georgia
a statue

Savannah's Marine Corp Memorial, erected in 1947 By The Savannah Detachment Marine Corps League.
bullet The West face is in memory Of the United States Marines From Chatham County, Georgia, Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In The Vietnam Conflict.

bulletThe South Left Plaque is In Memory Of The United States Marines From Chatham County, Georgia, Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In World War II
bullet The East Plaque is In Memory Of The United States Marines From Chatham County, Georgia, Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In The Korean Conflict
bullet The North face Plaques are the dedication plaques for The Savannah Detachment Marine Corps League and persons who made this memorial possible.

Savannah's Marine Corp Memorial
Savannah Georgia is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, multi-talented, quirky and severely hearing impaired, and founder of the Girl Scouts in 1912. She became one of the most significant American women of her time; a sculptor not only of clay but also young women's lives, she gave the girls of America and the world the career opportunities, outdoor activities and the fun they so desperately wanted.
sign - the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low
the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low
The Davenport House was completed circa 1820 by master builder Isaiah Davenport and his crew. He owned 9 slaves. Isaiah lived in the home with his family until his death from yellow fever in 1827.

Sarah Davenport was able to keep her family's home until 1840 by renting out the skilled labor of her slaves and renting out rooms after the death of her husband. When she sold the Davenport House, she moved to another residence in the downtown area and opened it as a boarding house.

By the early 20th century, the Davenport House had become a tenement, housing as many as 10 families in its rooms. Savannah's city market building was demolished in 1954 and the Davenport House was slated to be torn down in 1955 in order to make room for a parking lot for a funeral home that was located across the street. Seven prominent Savannah women did not want to lose another historic building, so they banded together to raise the $22,500 needed to purchase the house. Saving the Davenport House from the wrecking ball was the founding act of the Historic Savannah Foundation.

The house was used as office space until enough money could be raised to restore it. It opened as a museum in 1963 and underwent a second restoration in 2000-03 in order to return the house to its original 1820s state.

sign - The Davenport House
The Davenport House
A haunted B & B
one of the streets in Savannah, Georgia
A haunted B & B
one of the streets in Savannah, Georgia
F.B.I building and reserved parking
sign - parking reserved for F.B.I.
sign - parking reserved for F.B.I.
great architecture

A few of the churches in Savannah, Georgia


Independent Presbyterian Church
The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Independent Presbyterian Church
The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Temple Mickve Israel - the third oldest Jewish Congregation in America - The First Synagogue in Georgia
Temple Mickve Israel
Savannah's architecture tells the story of one of the south’s most intriguing cities. A casual stroll through Savannah’s Historic District reveals the influences of Europe in the many mansions, storefronts and museums that line the historic streets and squares.
Savannah's architecture
Savannah's architecture
Savannah's architecture
The "Big Duke" Fire Alarm Bell was constructed in 1872 and is located in the median of Oglethorpe Avenue, near Fire Department headquarters. It was originally constructed as a fire alarm bell for the City of Savannah, but soon evolved to a general alarm bell to call the police or military. It was also used to announce special occasions such as the end of the Spanish-American War and to welcome home the troops of various wars. No longer used for its original purpose, the Bell was dedicated as a memorial to firefighters in 1985.
"Big Duke" Fire Alarm Bell
"Big Duke" Fire Alarm Bell
sign - Savannah Waterfront
a unique flag flying on a sailboat
River Street is a narrow cobblestone road that runs along the Savannah River on the northeast edge of town, a one-way street with trolley tours. The bridge that spans the river and the massive ships that sail under it are beautiful. Block after block of little storefronts with handmade jewelry, souvenirs, and knick-knacks galore, plus lots of restaurants. In the below photo on the right, the white streaks you see in the photo are actually rain drops pouring on Karen's head.
River Street
Karen Duquette in the rain on River Street
The Picturesque Savannah River with the New Talmadge Memorial Bridge in the background, and a very wet entertainment area.
Savannah River
a rainy day
Riverboats relive a bygone era on sightseeing cruises with tales and historic facts about the history of Savannah and her port modern day and past, as it travels a river once used by the founders of this beautiful city. The boats have large-pane window views from the dining rooms and a canopied, open-air third deck. It is a one-hour cruise. Snacks and soft drinks available onboard.
a Riverboat
The two RV Gypsies had lunch at a restaurant on River Street and took this picture of a container ship leaving the Port of Savannah after passing under the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and proceeding down the Savannah River past the Savannah Historic District.
container ship leaving the Port of Savannah

For the historical plaques, monuments and statues in Savannah, see the link below.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies
in the USA State of Georgia
October 19-22, 2014
You may visit these seven (7) sections in any order.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Historical Plaques, Monuments, and more Georgia history

Savannah 2014 & 2010

Tybee Island Lighthouse & beach

Jekyll Island 2014 & 2010

St. Simon Island  and Lighthouse

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