If there is one thing the South does not come up short on, it is historical attractions. Colonial, antebellum and postbellum sites await the millions of visitors each year who visit the culturally rich places of destination that make up the deep South.
Leading the list of southern cities is Savannah, Georgia. Magnificent architectural designs, antiquated, cobblestone streets and rich, natural beauty everywhere best describe this noble and great city.
We will begin our tour with five of the most visited historic attractions of this great southern city. Taking any of the frequented Old Town Trolley Tours, millions of visitors board on leisurely, guided and entertaining trolleys to over 16 notable stops and 100 points of particular interest. Typically, visitors are picked up and dropped off every 20 minutes from various stops throughout the city including major hotels, motels, restaurants and malls.
The Juliette Gordon Low Mansion
Affectionately known as "Girl Scout Mecca," the stately home of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Built in the early 1800s, guests today may view several original paintings and artwork that are on display in the house. In addition, a gift shop offering Girl Scout memorabilia, select gifts and souvenirs, is also open to the public.
Established in 1815 as a memorial to the Battle of Chippewa in the War of 1812, its centrally located place today remains in the heart of Savannah’s historic district.
A detailed statue of General James Oglethorpe, who founded Georgia in 1733, honors the man who demonstrated benevolence toward the Yamacraw Indians and Tomochichi their leader.
Within a short walking distance from Chippewa Square lies Colonial Park Cemetery. With over 9,000 graves in this historic cemetery that first opened in 1750, it is a lasting memorial to the many notable Savannah citizens that first settled in the city.
The Pirate's House
Once an "old safe house" that served as a hideout for pirates, deserters and swashbucklers, this Savannah attraction easily dates back to the early 1700s.
Savannah History Museum
Originally founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, a rich timeline of all the events and contributions made by Savannah gentry unfolds for visitors.
Located in the original old Central of Georgia Railway passenger shed, another National Historic Landmark in itself, the museum displays everything Savannah-related beginning with the Revolutionary War.
There are so many things to do and see in this splendid city, that it takes about three days to tour it. Only then will you best enjoy and appreciate the historic houses, churches, art centers, cultural events, gourmet dining and much more that annually greet visitors of every age.
About the Author: Gina is a guest contributor from Presidents' Quarters Inn, a wonderful Savannah bed and breakfast located near these interesting historical attractions.