Savannah, Georgia

Films done there: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Forrest Gump, Glory, and Roots.

I have not done a ghost tour with them, but the book James Caskey wrote is super and well researched. Lots of hauntings in the town.

Excerpt from this site =Other significant structures include the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, which, with the Telfair Academy, is a prime example of Regency architecture attributed to the English designer William Jay from the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens period 1818-25; the Pirates House (1754), the old seaman’s lodge mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island; the Pink House (1789), site of the first bank in Georgia; the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (1876); the Independent Presbyterian Church (1890); and the former Wage Earners Savings and Loan Bank building (1914), once one of the largest African American banks in the United States and which now houses the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Another interesting site for visitors is the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens, which features more than 140 varieties of bamboo. Operated by the University of Georgia‘s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the center conducts research, primarily on ornamentals and turf, and provides education for the public.

Super bookstore with loose tea selection for a cuppa

The Sentient Bean
Coffee Shop and Veg break/lunch delights. Pirates House for food (one of the oldest surviving structures of its kind)
20 East Broad Street

The Collins Quarter for lunch at the Forsyth Park locations –

The Savannah Coffee Roaster

Leopard’s Ice Cream

Churchills for food 13 W Bay St

Old Pink House – food
The Marshall House (check out the lobby). It’s an in now but it’s known to be haunted by Civil War soldiers & others

Telfair Museum –

First African Baptist Church – website, not linking on my machine so not including.

This place is interesting

Mercer House (historical location which started the Book; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Low House – girl scouts. Tour

Bonaventure Cemetery

Excerpt for website =
The famous Bird Girl statue, originally designed both as art and as a birdseed holder, was originally located at Savannah’s historic Bonaventure Cemetery. A Savannah photographer, Jack Leigh, was commissioned to take a photograph for the cover of the book. The cover image became immediately iconic, with author John Berendt calling it “one of the strongest covers I’ve ever seen”, and the statue became a popular stop for tourists. Owing to rising concerns about the integrity of the statue and the cemetery’s privacy, Bird Girl was relocated in 1997 for display in Telfair Museums in Savanna

Oglethorpe Club

450 Bull Street
Monterey Square

Union General Oliver Howard appropriated the mansion as headquarters for himself and his staff during Sherman’s occupation. Much of the library and all of the expensive wine and brandy were found missing after they departed. A Union subordinate later confessed to “finding” the missing items at headquarters, much to Howard’s embarrassment. Representatives of the family allegedly presented Howard with a bill for damages in the amount of $11,000.

The Molyneux home remained in the possession of the family until 1885, when it was sold to Confederate General Henry R. Jackson, who occupied the home until his death in 1898. Perhaps one of Savannah’s most distinguished citizens, Jackson served as a lawyer soldier, diplomat and poet. He was Judge of the Eastern Circuit of Georgia from 1849 to 1853 and served as a special prosecutor for the U.S. in the famous case of the slave ship “Wanderer.” He fought in the Mexican War and as a Confederate Brigadier General in the Civil War. During the Atlanta campaign of 1864 he organized and commanded a brigade of the First (Georgia) Confederate Regiment against General William T. Sherman until the city finally fell on September 1. He served as an ambassador to Austria from 1856-1858 and then as minister to Mexico from 1885-1886. He published a volume of poetry in 1850, which was described as “spirited and lively” and “of a patriotic interest.” He is perhaps best known for his poem entitled “The Red Old Hills of Georgia.” Judge Jackson loved history and served as president of the Georgia Historical Society from 1875 until his death 1898. He was laid to rest in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery.

The historic mansion is now home to the Oglethorpe Club, the “oldest gentleman’s club in Georgia.” Organized in 1870, the Oglethorpe Club was established by a group of Savannah’s leading citizens. It still remains a fashionable private club today.

Of interest to “Midnight” fans, you will recall from the book that Jim Williams’ annual Mercer House Christmas party was always a well-known society event. Less well known, however, it is rumored that Williams discreetly followed that party with a secret, wilder one here at the Oglethorpe Club.

Tybee Island Beach Time.

 On the way to Tybee Island, we stopped at the funky shops.

Greeting every ship that comes into the Savannah port is the statue commemorating Florence Martus. Florence took it upon herself to be the greeter of all the ships in the harbor, waving them down with a white handkerchief or lantern. She was the daughter of an ordnance sergeant at Fort Pulaski, living on Elba Island with her brother and border collie. Though there are several speculations as to why she waved down every boat, one of them being that she was waiting for a sailor she fell in love with to return. The true reason is still a mystery. The statue is located at the east end of River Street in a grassy area near the Marriott Hotel.

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