An early morning stroll through the historic district of Savannah. Where the fog envelops the city with its white veil, and the Live Oak trees are draped with Spanish Moss. Here is where stories are made.
Business men come out with their freshly pressed oxford shirts and dress slacks, and the descendants of slaves walk the cobblestone streets. A city steeped in history, and freshened for the new millenium.
The streets are quiet this morning, the tourists resting in their hotels.
Visions of a true antebellum town drew me to Savannah. Considered to be one of the top towns in America for visiting, the visitor amenities are ample. From luxurious hotels and quaint bed and breakfast Inns, to fine dining and elegant shopping, there is plenty to choose from. The historic district is dotted with numerous garden squares with ancient oak trees and brick walkways.
But the true historic town that I was expecting has been changed. Savannah was first established in 1733 and was the first colonial and state capital of Georgia. It survived through multiple struggles including the American Revolutionary War, and the American Civil War only for the historic buildings to be destroyed in the 1930’s and 1940’s to make the foundation for the tourism industry.
It is here where a number of movies have been filmed, including the square where Forest Gump sat while waiting for the bus. There are still a few treasures to be found.
Thankfully to a handful of true Southern women in the mid 1950’s and additional conservation groups, the importance of historical preservation became paramount in Savannah. Of course, one cannot be in the city of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil without finding a few characters on the street.
There is plenty for visitors to enjoy, including romantic carriage rides or cruises down the Savannah River on a steam boat. If you’re ever in the area, Savannah is a true pleasure to explore.