When you think of Savannah, Georgia, you imagine old-fashioned architecture, moss-covered trees, and Southern charm. Founded in 1733, it became the first city in the colony of Georgia. And legend says the city was so beautiful, General Sherman refused to destroy it like the other cities his army swept through during the Civil War. Though Savannah didn't escape the war unscathed, its history remained intact. Here are a few of the city's best historical sites:
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
You might not know her by name, but if you indulge in a box of Thin Mints or Samoas every year, you know her legacy. The birthplace of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, stands in the heart of Savannah. Today, the Federal-style mansion stands as a historical museum and a monument to Low's work. Since 1953, the Girl Scouts of America has operated the house as a museum and has gradually restored the building and surrounding properties. Guided tours are available Monday through Saturday, and offer an opportunity to learn about the house, Juliette Gordon Low, and the Girl Scouts as an organization.
This historic cemetery has a reputation as one of the most beautiful in the country-- perhaps even the world. The twisting paths are lined with abundant flowers and majestic oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Guests can visit popular grave sites, such as that of lyricist Johnny Mercer, or the hundreds of crosses marking the graves of soldiers from both the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Guided tours are available on the weekends, and the Bonaventure Historical Society offers a mobile touring app for iOS and Android for those who visit at other times.
The Historic Savannah Theatre
Catch a little entertainment at the country's oldest operating theater! Designed by notable Savannah architect William Jay, the Historic Savannah Theatre opened in 1818 and has been running ever since. The building survived a fire in 1948 and has undergone multiple restorations and updates over the years. It's still a popular spot to catch a show. The current year's lineup includes the rollicking variety show Savannah Live and a production of the ABBA-inspired Broadway musical Mamma Mia.
Savannah is filled with old-fashioned charm and fascinating history. And our upgraded apartment community is the perfect place to hang your hat if you want to call the city home. We offer a touch of Southern hospitality with amenities like two swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center, an on-site dog park, and more. Contact us to set up a tour or for more information.